Searching for a user-friendly, accessible, and cost-free method to convert your MKV files to MP4? This comprehensive guide will demonstrate how to convert MKV to MP4 using VLC Media Player, a versatile and universally acclaimed open-source media player – easily!
The steps are simple, intuitive, and require no technical prowess. Let’s dive right in.
PS: go here if you want to use Handbrake to convert MKV to MP4.
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Understanding MKV and MP4:
Before we jump into the conversion process, let’s quickly familiarize ourselves with these two file formats:
- MKV (Matroska Video): An open-standard multimedia container format that can hold unlimited video, audio, and subtitle tracks in a single file. While highly flexible, it is not as widely supported as MP4.
- MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14): A digital multimedia container format that stores video and audio. MP4’s broad compatibility with various devices and platforms makes it a go-to format for many users.
Before we start, ensure you have the VLC Media Player installed on your device. If not, download it for free from the official VLC website, ensuring you choose the correct operating system version.
In this tutorial, I am using a Macbook Pro and I downloaded VLC Media Player for Apple Silicon.
Converting MKV to MP4 using VLC Media Player:
Here’s your step-by-step guide to converting your MKV files to MP4 format:
Step 1: Launch VLC Media Player: Open the VLC Media Player application from your desktop or application folder.
Step 2: Access Media Conversion Feature: From the menu bar, click “Media,” then select “Convert/Save…” from the drop-down menu. In the Apple version, this can be found under File -> Convert & Stream.
Step 3: Add MKV File: In the dialog box, click “Open Media” and navigate to the MKV file you want to convert to MP4 file format and select it. Once selected, click “Open.”
Step 4: Select Output Profile: In the dialog box, click on the drop-down menu next to “Choose Profile.” Select “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)” from the list.
Step 5: Initiate Conversion Process: After adding your file, click the “Save as File” or the “Convert/Save” button on Windows at the bottom of the dialog box.
Step 6: Select Destination File: Click on the “Browse” button next to “Choose Destination.” Choose where you want to save your converted MP4 file and name it.
Then, click “Customize” and choose the MP4/MOV option under “Encapsulation”.
Then, click on “Video Codec” and check the Video and the Keep original video track checkboxes.
Then, click in “Audio Codec” and check the Audio and the Keep original audio track checkboxes.
Step 7: Start Conversion: Once you’ve selected your destination folder and file name, click the “Save” button to begin the conversion process.
Please note the conversion time depends on the size and complexity of the MKV file. A progress bar will display the process; once it’s complete, your MP4 file will be waiting in your chosen destination folder.
Converting MKV to MP4 using VLC Media Player is so simple, right?! Now, you can enjoy your favorite videos on various devices and platforms without worrying about compatibility issues.
So next time you’re stuck with an MKV file you wish was an MP4, remember, you’ve got VLC and this guide to help you. Stay tuned for more tech solutions and comprehensive guides, simplifying technology for you!
Disclaimer: This guide is based on VLC Media Player version 3.0.14. If you’re using a different version, the process should remain relatively similar, but there might be minor differences in the interface or steps.
Krishna Rao Vijayanagar
Krishna Rao Vijayanagar, Ph.D., is the Editor-in-Chief of OTTVerse, a news portal covering tech and business news in the OTT industry.
With extensive experience in video encoding, streaming, analytics, monetization, end-to-end streaming, and more, Krishna has held multiple leadership roles in R&D, Engineering, and Product at companies such as Harmonic Inc., MediaMelon, and Airtel Digital. Krishna has published numerous articles and research papers and speaks at industry events to share his insights and perspectives on the fundamentals and the future of OTT streaming.