How To Play MKV Files on VLC
MKV is a file extension used for the Matroska file format for video, audio, or picture storage. It’s been created by open source developers to serve as a universal format for multimedia use. It’s commonly used for storing videos or TV shows, and MKV specifically refers to files including video. While other open source video storage formats have come and gone, such as the OGM format and various AVI and MPEG based formats, have come and gone, MKV is still considered by many developers and users to be the best open source format for digital video storage.
Unfortunately, despite it’s many benefits, not all video players can play MKV files. Most software that users already have installed will not be able to play these files, so a compatible stand alone video play must be used. Playing MKV files on VLC is your best choice. VLC is an open source stand alone video player that is free to download and use. It has some support for MKV, and in most cases can play the file as soon as it’s installed. However, some MKV files use codex that do not come pre-installed with VLC. Fortunately, most codex that a MKV file use can be downloaded for free online, as MKV files usually utilize open source codex.
Playing MKV files on VLC is simple. The quickest way to open the MKV file is to simply double click on it. If VLC has been installed properly and the MK
V file format has been associated with the program, VLC will open automatically and load the file. If that doesn’t work, you can open the MKV file through VLC. When the VLC program is open, click on File. Choose the Open File option, and click on the Browse button next to the white bar. Find the MKV you wish to play on your hard drive, and double click on the file name. Then click OK at the bottom of the box, and the MKV should immediately open and start playing.
If the MKV does not work, chances are it requires Real codex, which are impossible to install on VLC as they are licensed by the Real corporation. To play these files, RealPlayer or RealAlternative must be used. Playing MKV files on VLC is the best option though. It’s rare to find MKV files containing Real codex, so most MKV files will play just fine on VLC.