Can’t Play MKV on VLC? Solution here

VLC, this open source and cross-platform multimedia player, is very popular among users and powerful on playing DVDs, CDs, various videos, even streams. But there still exist some VLC playing MKV errors, like “VLC is closed with no reason”, “VLC can’t play MKV, ” and some other supported videos. Do you know why MKV can’t played on VLC? How to play all MKV on VLC? Follow me to find the reason and solution.

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Why can’t play MKV on VLC?

VLC only supports some MKV video codec. Some codec in MKV file is not supported by VLC. For example, more and more new codecs, like H.265, are invented and used in MKV file, but some old versions of VLC Player doesn’t support them. Or your MKV files are corrupt. You can play them on other players and devices to check if this is the reason.

How to Make VLC play unsupported MKV?

In order to make VLC support MKV format, On this situation, converting your MKV to VLC natively supported MP4 format is the fastest solution. So you only need one MKV to VLC video converter. Here we recommend you Pavtube Video Converter which has the feature of easily converting all kinds of MKV files to VLC recognized formats like H.264 MP4 with zero quality loss. Besides, it also can convert other videos like MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI, H.265, MPG, XAVC, ProRes etc to VLC supported fromats. What’s more, it also has the ability to convert VLC video file to any formats you need. Mac user can get Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to work on Mac.

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Easy Steps on How to Convert MKV to VLC Player

Step 1. Add MKV files

Simply drag and drop MKV files to the main interface of MKV to VLC Converter.

Step 2. Set MP4 as output format

Click “Format “drop-down button to select “MP4″ from “Common Video” or “HD Video” category under “Format”. You also can choose other VLC popular formats form “Common Video” or “HD Video” category, H.265 MP4 is OK for the latest version of VLC.


Before conversion, click “Edit” button on the interface of the program to open “Editor” Window to edit MKV file. There you can trim, flip and add text watermark, special effect and 3D effect to the video, etc;

Click “Setting…” button on the interface, and a window will pop up which allows you to set the bitrate of the video and audio, adjust the codec and change the channel of the audio, etc.

Step 3. Convert MKV to VLC

Just click “Convert” button of MKV to VLC to finish MKV to VLC Conversion with high quality and fast speed. When done, click “Open” button and you’ll see the converted MKV files there. Now start to play MKV in VLC Media Player.

PS: You can also try some excellent VLC alternatives to play MKV

  • XBMC Media Center
  • RealPlayer
  • KMPlayer
  • UMPlayer
  • DivX
  • BS.Player
  • GOM Player
  • Media Player Classic Home Cinema
  • SMPlayer

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