After downloading some videos from the Internet, you tried to play them with the “standard” media player installed on your computer, but unfortunately you couldn't. By analyzing the situation better, you realized that the "problematic" files are in MKV and, having never had to deal with videos of this kind, you don't know how to proceed. If that's the case, don't worry: most likely, the program you used to play the files in question doesn't support this format and you can fix it by changing player.
If you give me a few minutes of your free time, I can point you to a series of programs for MKV that you can use to succeed in your intent. For each software that I am going to list, I will show you the detailed procedure to download and install it on your computer, after which I will also show you how to best use it to play the videos of your interest or convert them to another format. How do you say? Is that exactly what you wanted to know? So don't waste any more time and get deeper into the topic immediately.
Courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you see fit and read the next paragraphs carefully. Identify the program that you think best suits your needs and I assure you that, by putting into practice the instructions I am about to give you, you will be able to view your videos without encountering further problems. Happy reading and, above all, good viewing!
Programs to Read MKV
If you are looking for a program for MKV that allows you to open and read files with this extension, it will be useful to know that there are so many that you are spoiled for choice: here is a list of those that I think are most interesting.
VLC (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
Among the first programs to read MKV that you can consider is there VLC. If you've never heard of it before, it's open source and cross-platform software, compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux, capable of reading numerous video formats without adding external codecs.
To download VLC to your computer, connect to the program's official website and click the button Download VLC. Completed the download, if you have a PC Windows, double-click the file vlc- [version] .exe just got it, presses the button Yes to start the installation, choose the language of your interest (eg. Italian) and click on the button OK. Now, press the button forward three consecutive times, choose the option Install and wait for the progress bar to reach 100%, then press the button Close to start VLC and close the window.
A Poppy, april il dmg package just downloaded (vlc- [version] .dmg), move VLC to the folder Applications macOS and open it, then right-click on the program icon, choose the option apri e pulsing sul pulsating apri to open VLC bypassing macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers (this is only necessary on first launch). If you have any problems, you may find my VLC download guide helpful.
You are now ready to open your MKV file with VLC. To do this, right click on the fillet in question, select the option Open with and choose the item VLC give the menu to compare.
Alternatively, if you intend to set VLC as the default program for opening MKV files, on PC Windows right click on a file MKV any, choose the item Property from the menu that opens and, in the new window displayed, presses the button Change, then select the option VLC e pulsing sul pulsating OK. On PoppyInstead, right click on a file MKV any, select the option Get information from the menu that opens, locate the section Open with from the window that is shown to you and select the item VLC via the drop-down menu below the option Open with and press pulsating Edit all per salvare i Cambiomenti.
Alternatively, you can open an MKV file directly from VLC. If so, start the program in question, click on the entry Media in the top menu (on Mac click on the button Average apri), select the option Open file from the menu that appears (Shop by Department on Mac), choose the file to open and press the button apri.
Among the programs to open MKV that you can install on your computer, if it is equipped with Windows, there is also MPC-HC, Short for Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Unlike what its name and interface might suggest, this free software has nothing to do with the most famous Windows Media Player.
To proceed with the download and installation of MPC-HC on your computer, connected to the program's website, click on the button MPC-HC Download now! to start downloading and wait for it to finish.
Now, double click on the file MPC-HC-[versione].exe obtained, presses the button Run and, in the new open window, click on the button OK to confirm the choice of Italian language (or whatever you prefer). To start installing the program, press the buttons forward (for five consecutive times) e Install, then wait for the progress bar to reach 100%, put the check mark next to the option Start MPC-HC e pulsing sul pulsating end to close the window and start the software.
After starting MPC-HC, click on the entry Fillet in the top menu, choose the option Quick file opening from the menu that appears, select the file MKV that you intend to reproduce and presses the button apri. Alternatively, right-click on the file in question and select options Open with e MPC-HC from the menu that opens to play the file with the program you just downloaded.
Finally, if you want to set MPC-HC as the default program to open MKV files, right-click on a file with . Mkv, scegli l'opzione Property from the menu that appears, make sure the tab is selected General e pulsing sul pulsating Change next to the item Open with. Then click on the option MPC-HC, presses the button OK And that's it.
Among the programs you can use to read MKV files on your Poppy there is also IINA, a free and open source media player that supports all major video formats. It has a minimal and easy to use interface, completely in Italian. It is also very fast and "light".
If you think IINA is the software that best suits your needs, connect to the main page of its website and click on the button Download. Wait, then, for the download to complete, open the dmg package obtained, move IINA to the folder Applications macOS and open the latter. Now, right click on the program icon (the celestial ▶ ︎ symbol), select the option apri from the context menu and presses the button apri to start the software. This is only necessary on first launch to avoid macOS restrictions for applications from non-certified developers.
To open the MKV file of your interest, select the entry apri present in the main screen of IINA, choose the video file you want to play and press the button apri. Alternatively, click on the entry Fillet present in the menu bar and select the option apri, otherwise right click on the file of your interest, choose the option Open with and select IINA from the menu that appears or, again, associate IINA with MKV files via the menu Get Info> Open With, as I explained to you in the chapter dedicated to VLC.
Programs to Convert MKV
In addition to the programs that I proposed in the previous paragraphs to play MKV files, you must know that there are also software to change the format of your files: here are some programs to convert MKV che potrebbero fare al tuo case.
Convertire MKV in AVI
If you are looking for a program to convert MKV to AVI, the solution that best suits your needs is called Adapter. If you've never heard of it, this is free software available for Windows and macOS that allows you to convert a video file to numerous formats.
To download Adapter on your computer, connected to the official website of the program, click on the button Download Adapter and wait for it to download. Now, if you have a PC Windows, double-click the file adapter- [version] .exepigia sui pulsanti Run e Yes, choose the language of your interest (Italian is not available) through the drop-down menu on the screen Select the language to use during the installation e pulsing sul pulsating OK.
Clicca, quindi, sul pulsating Next, place a check mark next to the option I accept the agreement and click on the buttons Next. Then choose whether to download too FFMPEG (necessary for the program to function correctly) e VLC (not necessary) and presses the buttons Next e install to proceed with the installation.
If, on the other hand, you have a Poppy, april il dmg package just downloaded, move Adapter to the folder Applications macOS and open it, then right-click on the program icon, select the option apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri to circumvent the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (this is necessary only at the first start). At the first launch of the program, accept the installation of FFMPEG (necessary for the software to function correctly).
You are now ready to convert your MKV files to AVI format. Then click on the button KATEGORIEN, select the file you want to convert and press the button apri, then choose your options Video, General e Custom AVI process the menu to tendin Select output format, fai clic sull'icona della rotella d'ingranaggio and, in the field Directory, specify the folder in which to save the converted file.
If you wish, set the options of your interest in the sections Video, Resolution, Audio, Trim, Layers e Advanced e pulsing sul pulsating Convert to start the conversion. Wait, then, for the conversion bar to reach 100% and that's it.
Convertire MKV in MP4
Be your intention è convertire MKV in MP4, it will be useful to know that, also in this case, you can use Adapter, the software that I indicated in the paragraphs dedicated to the procedure for converting MKV to AVI. However, if you want to rely on another valid program that is completely free and available for Windows PC and macOS, you can download HandBrake.
To proceed with the download, connect to the official website of the software and click on the button Download HandBrake. Completed the download, if you have a PC Windows, double-click the file HandBrake- [version] -Win-GUI.exepigia sui pulsanti Yes e Next, click on the item I Agree and start the installation by clicking on the button install. Wait, then, for the progress bar to reach 100% and press the button Finish to close the window and complete the installation.
Su PoppyInstead, open the dmg package just downloaded, drag HandBrake to the folder Applications macOS and open it, then right-click on the program icon, select the option apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri to bypass macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers (only required on first launch).
Now, start HandBrake, drag the MKV file you want to convert into the program window (or click the button Open source) and through the drop-down menu next to the item Presets, choose the conversion profile you prefer.
Make sure, then, that next to the option Format the item is selected MP4click on your button KATEGORIEN at the bottom right to indicate the saving path and the name to be given to the converted file and click on the button Start encode in the top menu. Wait, then, for the conversion bar visible at the bottom left to reach 100% and that's it. To learn more, I leave you to my guide on how to convert MKV to MP4.
Convertire MKV to DVD
If you are looking for a program to convert MKV to DVD, Movavi Video Converter is one of the solutions that you can consider to succeed in your intent: it is a software that in addition to allowing simple editing operations, allows you to convert files in over 180 different formats. It is paid (starting at $ 29,95) but available in a free 7-day version that applies a watermark to the output movies.
To download Movavi Video Converter on your computer, connect to the manufacturer's website and click on the button Scarica free (if you have a Mac, select the option Go to the Mac version). Download completed, if you have a PC Windows, click the file MovaviVideoConverterSetup.exe, pigia sul pulsating Run, place a check mark next to the option I accept the terms of the license agreement and click on the button Install.
Su PoppyInstead, open the dmg package just downloaded, double-click the program icon, press the button Continue twice consecutively and start the installation by clicking on the buttons Accept e Install.
Once the installation of Movavi Video Converter is complete, start it, click on the icon arrow and select il file MKV to convert. Then choose the option Video present at the bottom, click on the item DVD- Compatible Video and select one of the available options from DVD - PAL medium quality, DVD - PAL high quality, DVD - LOW low quality etc.
Having made your choice, click on the icon folder at the bottom, select the folder in which to save the converted file and presses the button Select folder, dopodiché pigia sul pulsnte Converted at the bottom right and wait for the conversion to complete.
To know other conversion solutions, I leave you to my guide on how to convert MKV to DVD.