MKV stands for “Matroska Video”.  MKV is open and free. No one holds patents or licenses and anyone can implement it freely. So, there is much more things we can do with MKV files on Windows and Mac. And I will show you how to play MKV, convert MKV to MP4, AVI, WMV and burn MKV back to DVD on Windows and macOS and how to transfer MKV to iOS and Android devices. 

MKV files from MakeMKV contains multiple audio and subtitle track MKV with all meta-information and chapters preserved. To be able to play MKV on Windows and Mac is easy, but you’d better be able select or even disable different audio/subtitle tracks and thus VLC player or IINA player is recommended for playback. It is free and open source cross-platform multimedia player for Windows and Mac. And VLC player is good at DVD playback as well and I usually use it for checking DVD’s titles. If you are on Windows, MPC-HC is also recommended.

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You can simply drag and drop the MKV file to VLC player for playing. Setting VLC as the default one to play MKV is a good choice. 

How to Convert MKV to AVI, WMV, iPhone, iPad, Final Cut Pro

MKV is good, but it is still not universal. For iPhone, iPad and Apple TV or TCL, Samsung smart TV users who’d like to enjoy the MKV videos on their devices, they will still have to re-convert the MKV to iPhone/iPad/Apple TV friendly video format in MP4 or M4V. Also Final Cut Pro does not like MKV either. For whatever else reasons, if you want to convert MKV to AVI, WMV, MPEG4, H264/H265 or devices like iPhone/iPad, Galaxy S9 etc, I recommend Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate which is available on both PC and Mac for converting.

Converting MKV files are much easier than we convert MMV file or AVCHD. Converting MKV files are straightforward. Simply drag and drop the MKV file to Wondershare or add MKV to convert via Add Files button in Convert tab. 

How to burn MKV files back to DVD on Windows and Mac?

With the help of MakeMKV, we have successfully rip DVDs to MKV with all chapters preserved, so it is now no problem to burn it back to DVD on Windows and Mac. Leawo DVD Creator or Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate are the two best DVD authoring software on Mac and PC and it’s able to burn popular video formats including AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV to DVDs with interactive menus, making DVDs professional-looking. So, with this two programs, you are able to burn MKV to DVD.

How to Transfer MKV to iOS/Android

Android is free to play popular video formats and most Android devices are able to play MKV. However, as for iOS devices, Apple does not allow us to play MKV on iPhone/iPad/iPod or Apple TV. We are able to convert MKV to iOS or Android compatible video formats. But there is an easier way for us to transfer MKV to iOS and Android directly? Do you like it? 

With Wondershare Dr.Fone, we are able to transfer MKV to your iOS or Android device! Of course, Wondershare will automatically convert MKV file to iOS or Android compatible formats according to your device that is connected to the program. 

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How to Play, Convert and Burn MKV file on Windows and macOS and Transfer MKV to iOS/Android
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