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How to Convert MKV to MP4 Video File?

Manisha Rawat
Manisha Rawat Updated On - 27 Aug 2020

Matroska Video files, popularly known as MKV video file, is a standard video file format. Due to its flexibility and support for great HD videos, it has become a popular video file extension for HD videos on Internet. But, even after being so popular it is not supported by all kinds of media players. Hence, people sometimes try to convert into some other video file format which their media player supports.

A Comparison between MKV and MP4 File

MKV– MKV is a Matroska Multimedia Container format, was introduced in December 2002. This popular multimedia format is free and open and is supported by a number of multimedia players. It has the capacity to hold an unlimited number of videos, audios, pictures, subtitle tracks, etc. in a single file.

MP4 – Launched in 2001, MP4 is the most popular digital multimedia container. It is designed to not only store audio and video, but it can also store subtitles and images. MP4 file format’s specification was based on QuickTime Format.

Let’s compare both of the file formats and know their differences:

MKV

MP4

Release Year 2002 2001
Supported Video Coding Formats MPEG-1 Video, MPEG-2 Video, MPEG-4 Visual, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, Sorenson, Cinepak, Theora, MPEG-4 AVC, VP8, VP9, etc. M-JPEG, MPEG-Visual, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VC-1, Sorenson, H.263, Theora, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-H HEVC, Dirac, AV1, MVC, etc.
Supported subtitles formats SubRip, WebVTT, ASS, SSA, etc. VobSub, PGS, TTXT, SubRip, WebVVT.
Supported Audio Coding Formats MP1, MP2 MP3, AAC, AC-3, DTS, ATRAC3, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, ALAC, Dolby TrueHD, ETC. AMR, MP1, MP2 MP3, AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, DTS, Opus, ALAC, Dolby TrueHD, ALS, SLS, ETC.
Supported Operating Systems Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android

Why Might a User Need to Convert an MKV file to MP4?

Well, MKV is quite a flexible file format, which can be used for multiple purposes. Both MKV and MP4 are multimedia containers. But even there are some scenarios and cases where you would want to convert it to some other format to play it. What are those? Let’s discuss:

  • MP4 is a file format that is supported by almost all types of media players, while MKV is just supported by VLC or other very rare media players.
  • MP4 is supported by almost all video editing software, while MKV is supported by a few.
  • MP4 assures more compatibility than MKV.

How to Convert MKV File to MP4?

Below, we are going to mention the methods to convert MKV to MP4:

  • Play with VLC Media Player
  • If you are converting MKV file to MP4 because just your media player doesn’t support this file format, then don’t worry. VLC Media Player is a very advanced media player because of its flexibility and advanced features. VLC supports MKV video file format and plays it with no disturbance at all. You can play the video with VLC Media Player by making a right-click on the MKV video file, and selecting Open with from the menu that pops up. Now select VLC Media Player as the media player you want to play your video with.

    Once you will perform all these actions successfully, your video will start playing on your screen.

  • Convert MKV file with free utilities available online
  • If you are trying to convert an MKV file to MP4 without putting much effort into it, then you should try this. There are many utilities available online to do so. You only need to submit the file and decide in which format you want it to be converted. You can look for them online.

  • Convert MKV file with VLC Media Player

    VLC is not just a media player, it’s a simple video converter also. For conversion, follow the below-mentioned steps.

    1. Open VLC Media Player on your system and click on the Media tab on the toolbar.
    2. Open VLC Media  Player

    3. From the menu there, select Convert/Save option.
    4. Select Convert/Save

    5. This will open an Open Media window. In the Open Media window, go to the File section. Now, click on the Add button, and add the MKV file.
    6. add the MKV file

    7. Once the file is added, click on the Convert/Save option.
    8. add file and select Convert/Save

    9. Now, in the new Convert window, go to the Profile option. In the drop-down next to Profile option select Video – H.265 + MP3 (MP4) as the final conversion format.
    10. select Video – H.265 + MP3 (MP4)

    11. Just near the drop-down box of Profile, you will see a Settings icon. Click on the Settings icon.
    12. click Settings option

    13. Now look for the Encapsulation option, there check MP4/MOV.
    14.  In Encapsulation select MP4/MOV

    15. Now look for the video codec and there click on Video and Keep original track options.
    16. choose Keep original track

    17. Now look for the Audio section and click on the Audio and Keep original track option. Click on the Save option to save the changes.
    18. save the changes

    19. Now you will be back to the Covert window, there look for the Browse button and click on it.
    20. choose Browse button

    21. In this step, provide a destination to save the new MP4 file on your system.
    22. provide a destination to save MP4 file

    23. Once the file is added, click on the Start button to start the conversion.
    24. start the MKV to MP4 conversion

Once the process is finished, your file will be converted and saved at the destination you have specified.

Drawbacks of Converting MKV File with Open Source Tools

We have suggested two free ways to convert MKV file to MP4 file, but there are some drawbacks to them. Some are:

  • Compromised quality of the converted file.
  • Syncing issues in the video and audio of the converted file.
  • Issues while playing videos with embedded subtitles.
  • Any issue during the conversion can leave you with a corrupt, broken or damaged video file.

What is the Safest Way to Convert an MKV File to MP4?

Using unreliable sources to convert a video file may lead you to disastrous situations. So what is the solution to this? Using a more reliable, quicker and safer way to convert the file. We recommend you using Kernel Video Converter in such cases. This tool is specially designed to handle video files with care and convert video file without interfering with their original quality. Let’s know how this tool works:

  1. First download and install the tool properly on your system.
  2. Now as the tool displays the home screen on your system, click on the Plus icon on the right corner of the tool.
  3. Run Video converter tool

  4. Now, go to the location from where you want to add the video file. Add the file you wish to convert and click on Open.
  5. add the video file

  6. You can select a single as well as multiple video files to convert, as per your requirement. Once added, they all will be listed in this screen, check them and click on the Next button.
  7. Check the listed video files

  8. Now, select the format you want to convert your file(s) into and click on Convert Now option.
  9. select the format to convert

  10. At this stage, provide a destination to the file. Select a location and click on the Ok button to proceed.
  11. provide a destination to the file

  12. Conversion process starts. Wait for the process to finish. Click on the Stop button to stop the process any time.
  13. Stop Conversion Process

  14. Once the process is done, click on the Close button to finish the process. Or you can click on the Save reports to CSV to get a CSV report.
  15. Save the converted video file

Once you follow all the steps mentioned above, you will end up with the converted MP4 file. So, this is how this tool works, which is quite simple and even beginners can operate this tool with total ease. To try and test the features and capabilities of the tool, you can go for the trial version of the tool. This trial version of the tool can save up to 15 seconds of the video for free.

Advantages of Converting Video with Kernel Video Converter

There are many advantages of using Kernel Video Converter to convert video files of your choice. Let’s discuss those advantages:

  • You can convert single or multiple video files in one cycle.
  • You can convert any video file format to any other format ranging from MP4, MOV, MPEG, MKV, AVI, ASF, WMV, FLV, DIVX, MJPEG, M4V, 3G2, TS, 3GP, AVCHD etc.
  • No compromise with the video and audio quality
  • Saves converted video at a desired location.

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Conclusion:

In this blog, we have discussed how one can convert MKV to MP4 video files. We discussed the reasons for converting MKV to MP4 files. Finally we suggested using Kernel Video Converter to convert any sort of video files with total ease. If you are also facing corruption issues, then you can also repair corrupt MP4 files. Hope you find this blog helpful.