MKV stands for “Matroska Video”. MKV is open and free. No one holds patents or licenses and anyone can implement it freely. There are many more things we can do with MKV files on Windows and Mac. And, there in the post, I will show you all possible MKV solution on 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.
Play MKV on Windows and Mac?
MKV files from MakeMKV contains multiple audio and subtitle track MKV with all meta-information and chapters preserved. However, you are NOT able to play directly on macOS with the default QuickTime player.
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 a free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player for Windows and Mac. And the VLC player is good at DVD playback as well and I usually use it for checking DVD titles. If you are on Windows, MPC-HC is also recommended.
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.
Convert MKV to MP4 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, 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, here are my recommendations:
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is now called Wondershare UniConverter. It is one of the best video converting programs for both PC and Mac. It is an all-in-one MKV solution for you to convert, burn and transfer MKV files. I will have details on burning and transferring in this post as well.
DVDFab is also an all-in-one MKV solution to convert and burn MKV files. When it comes to converting, DVDFab is able to convert MKV to MP4 without quality loss. This is not a kind of exaggeration or ad, but this is the truth because of the passthrough profiles in DVDFab.
AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate is one of the top video converters in the market. It is available for both PC and Mac users. With AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate, you are able to convert 4K UHD MKV files or compress MKV for better streaming.
One of the key features of AnyMP4 is its 3D options with which you are able to convert MKV to 3D MP4, 3D TS, 3D AVI, etc for your VR headsets. Just take a look at its 3D options:
Burn MKV files back to DVD/Blu-ray on Windows and Mac
With the help of MakeMKV, we are able to rip DVDs to MKV with all chapters preserved. And there are many videos are in MKV format as well. If you want to burn MKV files back to DVD on Windows and Mac. I’d like to recommend two programs for burning.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, aka Wondershare UniConverter, is one of 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. It’s your very MKV solution to burn it back to DVDs.
Burn MKV to Blu-ray
I don’t see many MKV solutions to burn MKV to a Blu-ray disc, but Leawo Blu-ray Creator is the one I find easy to use. It works the same as Leawo DVD Creator as shown above. Just make sure you choose Blu-ray BD-25 or BD-50 as the output. Also, the download is the same and it is a functional module of Leawo Prof. Media as well.
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.