Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ever dealt with MKV files?

Have you ever had to deal with this file type? Sometimes I wonder why the tech world confuses things and created a whole bunch of different formats to play a file when we can all just stick to one type of file. I miss the old days when any video you find can be played on any device. As you know I am a big fan of reality TV shows and recently I have found that a lot of my shows are available online in MKV format. As I expected, these files fail to play on my computer or tablet which is quite the bummer. I knew there had to be a solution as I noticed several users easily play these files.

With a little bit of searching I managed to find Movavi which is an MKV file converter. I tried a bunch of different software and even online websites that claim to convert my MKV files to something that actually works but I haven’t had luck until I tried Movavi. If you are looking to watch your favorite TV show or movie and it’s in MKV format, here’s a simple guide to get it to work on your favorite device.
•    Download the Movavi video converter from their website (
•    Once you open up the software you will find it is quite easy to use. If you are not the type to handle software that much it can be a challenge so let me guide you.
•    First you select “Add Video”
•    In the “Convert to” section you have to choose a video format. This can be a little tricky. Make sure you choose a file you identify. Generally, the mp4 file format is fine. If you would like to play your file on a portable device as well, Movavi gives you options to directly choose the file type based on your device. Choosing a file type compatible with a portable device will usually work on a desktop computer as well.
•    Next, you choose where to save the file. I usually save it on the desktop and then move it.
•    Once this is done, click “convert” and you are done!
On researching this, I found that MKV is actually a great file format because it can save size but may not be the best option as it does not work with many players.

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