VLC Won’t Play MKV Files, Best Way to Play MKV Files on VLC

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Although VLC media player is claimed to be the most powerful free open source multimedia player that supports to play most codecs including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3, etc with no codec packs needed. However, a lot of people complain that they are unable to play MKV files using VLC player or experience playback problems such as VLC Player stopped playing randomly, crashes suddenly without any notification, only showing the first frame and freezing on it, skipping when playing high-definition media formats or video is fine but without any sound or audio.

Fix VLC MKV playback problems

How to fix VLC MKV playback problems?

The reason that cause VLC MKV playback issues can be various, you can read the following article to fix VLC MKV playback problems respectively:
VLC skipping and lagging issue: Fix VLC skipping and lagging when playing high definition video
VLC video freezing issue: Fix video stuck or freezes on VLC
VLC no sound issue: Fix VLC media player no sound/audio

If all above listed issues stilll can’t solve your problems or you even can’t open MKV files with VLC media player, then your problem is caused due to incomaptible video and audio codec contained in MKV files. As an open standard and free container format, MKV can hold unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks in one file. Following are supported video and audio codec by MKV.
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, VP9, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, AAC, AC3, DTS, PCM, LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, MLP/Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD

The best way to address this codec incompatible issue is transcoding MKV to VLC more friendly video format such as AVI, MP4, FLV, MOV or audio formats such as AAC, WMV, MP3, WAV, etc. Here, a workable and simple to use MKV to VLC Converter – Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac is highly recommended to you, it has full support for MKV files with various different video and audio codec, it helps to convert MKV to VLC playable file formats with fast speed and perfect output quality.

For those people with good video background, you can flexibly adjust the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels to get the best output video and audio quality for VLC player.

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How to Convert Unsupported MKV Files to VLC friendly File Format?

Step 1: Load MKV files into the program.

After the successful installation, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from Folder” to load unsupported MKV files into the program.

Step 2: Output one of VLC best playable file format.

Click “Format”, from its drop-down option, choose one of VLC best playable video formats such as “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” from “HD Video” main category.

Step 3: Adjust output playback settings for VLC.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window to tweak the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels, etc according to your own needs.

Step 4: Carry out the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to convert MKV to VLC readable video and audio file formats.

Further Reading:

VLC Media Player No Sound? Solved!
VLC Media Player Won’t Play MP4?
How to Play MXF with VLC?
Copying Blu- Rays to MKV for VLC Video Media Player?
Best Alternatives for Android Video Playeback than VLC?

About the Author: John Salley

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