4 Ways to Open MKV Videos on Windows

4 Ways to Open MKV Videos on Windows
MKV is a Matroska video format that can support photos, audio and subtitles. MKV videos usually have a larger size because they are high in the definition. Another problem with MKV videos is that many people complain they can’t open it in the local media player on their Windows computers. The following are 4 ways that you can use to open MKV videos.

Install the Right Codec

Sometimes, you just need to install the right codec to open the video in the media player. You can get a suggestion on the right codec to install on the help page of your media player. You can also go to the forum and post question that ask people to suggest the right codec for the media player.  When installing the codecs, make sure you pay attention to the instructions in the setup. This is because the setup will ask you to tick boxes that give it permission to install adware on your computer. Usually, you have to restart your computer after installing the codec.

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Install a Media Player that can Open MKV Movies

Sometimes, you just can’t find the right codec. To avoid wasting time searching for the codec, you can just go ahead and install a new media player that can open MKV video. There are lots of media players that can play MKV videos. You simply search for the keyword MKV video player download on Google search engine and you will see a list of sites that offer them. As a rule of thumb, you should only download MKV video player freeware from an established software download site that is tested to be virus free. In addition, you must also make sure it is compatible with your Windows version.

Convert the MKV Movie to a Supported Format

The third method is to convert the MKV movie to a supported format like MP4 with a video converter program like Movavi Video Converter. You can drag the videos directly into the software to open them.  When the video is opened, you will see a lot of details like format, length, size, codecs, and subtitles. You must click on the add subtitles button to load the subtitle file. You can choose one subtitle track stored in the file. It supports various subtitle formats like *.srt, *.ass, and *.ssa.

If you need to reduce the video length, you can click on the Open in Editor Button and go to the built-in editor. In the Trim tab, drag the triangle sliders to choose the part of the video you want to keep. The part outside of the triangle sliders will be cut. The audio files can also be trimmed in the same way as the video.  To convert MKV to MP4 on Windows, go back to the main screen and choose MP4 in the video tab. Finally, click on the Convert button to convert the video.

Record the Movie with a Screen Recorder

If you download the movie in a video sharing platform, you can use a screen recorder to screen record the video and export it in MP4. Screencast video can quickly take up a lot of space so you should record the video in parts if the movie lasts for more than 20 minutes. You can also crop the screencast to a lower resolution to save space on your hard disk.

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