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How to Play MKV on Mac (MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, Mac mini, etc.)

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MKV is not a friendly format. See, Quicktime can not open MKV file, let alone playing MKV video. Does VLC play MKV files on Mac? VLC media player supports MKV format theoretically, however, it is bogged down with issues like, stuttering, no audio, loading file all the time...How to play MKV on Macbook, Macbook Pro/Air with Retina display, iMac, Mac mini, etc.? Follow the solutions below to learn how to play MKV on Mac free of any issues.

Method 1: Play 720P HD MKV Video on Mac Using A MKV Video Converter

MacX Video Converter Pro helps to convert MKV to MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, etc. supported by QuickTime and VLC, or other media players. With the MKV video converter, you can play MKV on Mac freely, solve VLC, Quicktime MKV playing issues, even add MKV to iTunes, Final Cut Pro, import MKV to iMovie etc. You don't need to sacrifice any video audio quality during the conversion process thanks to the advanced High Quality Engine. The MKV video converting software also enables you to download MKV video free from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vevo, 300+ sites, which means you can watch MKV on Mac with no formats limits or internet connection limits.

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How to Convert MKV Video Movie File for Playback on Mac

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Step 1: Free download the MKV video converter on Mac and run it on your computer. Click "Add File" icon to load the MKV video or movie.

Step 2: Select output format you want. If you wanna convert MKV to MP4, select "MP4" as output file format. To play MKV on Mac with QuickTime, you can convert MKV to AVI, M4V, MOV, 3GP, QuickTime supported formats.

Step 3: Click "Browse" button to select a destination folder to save output converted MKV file.

Step 4: Click "RUN" button to start MKV video file conversion process. After the task is finished, you can play converted MKV on Mac with original video quality, or add the MKV video to iTunes movie library with no format limits.

Method 2: with MKV Player for Mac

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What plays MKV files on Mac computer perfectly? Not QuickTime, not VLC, what I'm going to recommend here is a newbie, 5KPlayer, a fantastic MKV video player for Mac that I came across accidentally on forum.

It plays MKV video in 720p, 1080p, or 4K UHD on macOS Sierra, Mac El Capitan, Yosemite, OS X 10 without freezing or buffering. It takes no time to fully load MKV file. The player for MKV also plays AVI, FLV, MOV, MTS, MP4, MP3 music, AAC, to name just a few.

Another feature that impresses me is that it is able to airplay MKV video movie from Mac to Mac, from Mac to Apple TV. This means that you can watch MKV on Mac even on airplay supported TV with no limits.

Method 3: with QuickTime Plugin Perian

play MKV on Mac via QuickTime Perian

With Quicktime MKV plugin - Perian, you can play MKV video movie in HD, SD on any Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, El Capitan, Yosemite, needless of MKV player for Mac. The plugins also enables you to play other QuickTime unaccepted formats, AVI, FLV, DivX, and many more.

Perian is not perfect, though. It only works with QT 10 or lower for it stops being updated. You may still have some problems when playing MKV on Mac. Some users are crying that they downloaded Perian, and MKV are played on QT but with no sound. And it has to read the MKV file before playing, you can not fast forward file that has not been fully loaded. So it's better to use MKV video converter to convert the file first and watch MKV on Mac freely, or jump to method 3, resort to a MKV player for Mac.

How to Fix VLC Won't Play MKV(HD) File on Mac OS X

Will VLC play MKV files on Mac? Yes, but not smoothly, common issues are MKV files audio not working on VLC, some MKV files not loading, open successfully, Skipping, Chopping, VLC does not support the audio or video format, etc. If you still prefer to using VLC media player, the following tips of VLC player not playing MKV may help you out, if it still fails to work, try other players.

Set all preferences before back to default, close the player, execute the reset and re-open VLC player. If that doesn't help, the most straightforward solution to let VLC play MKV files on Mac smoothly is simple, convert MKV in 720P, or HD files to VLC formats with MKV video converter. VLC player reads several formats on Mac OS X, including MP4, QuickTime format, 3GP, VOB, TS, AVI, FLV, ASF, Ogg, WAV, , MPS, etc.

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MacX Video Converter Pro can convert MKV SD HD video movie file to MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV etc. format in a blazing fast speed with zero quality loss.

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MacX Video Converter Pro is the best MKV video converter I've ever used. It can convert any MKV video to MP4 MOV M4V, etc. no matter the H264, MPEG-4 or HEVC/H265 codec. Plus, its fast speed is quite impressive. Only 27.58 seconds and my MKV files are successfully converted to QT mov in batch.