With the development of multimedia technologies, the competition of various video formats is increasing. However, different media players support different formats, users have to install several players to be compatible with the videos they downloaded. To solve this problem, many one-stop media players are appearing for supporting multifarious format. Among them, VLC Media Player is the most outstanding one. As an open source and cross platform multimedia player, it is simple to use and it can play multiple formats of videos and audio files including MP4, AVI, MOV, OGG, FLAC, TS, M2TS, etc. But MKV is an exception which is not supported to play on VLC Media Player. Then, is there a solution to enable VLC to play MKV?

VLC Media Playert

Part 1. The Problems and Quick Tips of Playing MKV on VLC

There's no doubt that VLC Media Player is very popular among users and powerful on playing various videos, even streams. Actually, VLC can open MKV files. But, recently, the complaints and questions from users start to trickle in, they are trapped into troubles including choppy screen, no sound, lag, FPS drop, errors on external subtitle and other issues. If you encountered the mentioned issues, the following workaround methods will be helpful for you.

1. Check If Your Device Supports H.264

Some graphics cards on computer and hardware on phones may not enable hardware assisted decoding of H.264 streams.You ought to check your devices whether have such issues first.

2. Use MKV Diagnosis Software and Find An Appropriate Codec Pack

You can use an official free MKV diagnosis software or third-party sources to analyze MKV files. Because those software and sources can tell you if your computer installed a right MKV codec to play the files. If not, you need to find and install a proper codec pack. However, downloading VLC codec packs may cause system unstable problem.

Part 2. An Easy, Safe and Trustworthy Alternative Way for Watching MKV Videos on VLC

If you want to play MKV on VLC smoothly, there's really not much you can do except maybe converting MKV to another format. VideoSolo Free Video Converter brings you the best and safest way to walk through, so we suggest you to give it a try. It is a free, stable and powerful software with easy-to-use interface, fast conversion speed & high output quality. It will allow you to convert all formats of videos to be playable in all kinds of devices. Aside from the fact that you can edit videos on it.

How to convert MKV to other formats with VideoSolo Free Video Converter? Following the step by step guide:

Step 1. Install and Launch VideoSolo Free Video Converter

Download this software on your computer. Launch it after you finish the installation.


Step 2. Add MKV Files

Click the "Add Files" button to upload MKV files from your computer. Note that it supports batch conversion mode and you can process multiple files at the same time.

Add Files

Step 3. Edit Video with Opening and Ending Title (Optional)

Choose one video file and open the editing panel by clicking the "Edit" icon. Now choose a theme you like from the different templates. Go to next step to edit the words with title, author, time, etc. to identify your own video. Finally, you can preview your changes in the panel. This operation enables you to have different experience in watching MKV videos.

Select Video Opening Theme

Step 4. Choose Output Format Profile

Click the icon of "Output Format" which displays various output format, choose the one you need. For example, if you want to convert MKV to MP4, just choose MP4 as output format.

General Video

Step 5. Change the Output Folder

The output folder is chosen by default, but you can click the "…" icon to change to other destination folder. Besides, there's a "Merge into one file" button on the bottom of main interface. You can merge some video files into one after conversion.

Select Output Folder

Step 6. Press "Convert" Button and Wait

Once all the settings done, press the "Convert" button to start converting your MKV video to another format. You can check the progress of the conversion from the pop-up window. On the bottom of the conversion window, you can choose "No action" or "Shut down computer" after done.

After Done Action

Now let's play the MKV videos on VLC media player, and enjoy!

If you want to experience other superior functions, you can upgrade to the full version of VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate to convert MKV for playing on VLC. With both converter or one of them, you will be delightful to share a Hollywood blockbuster with your family or friends in a weekend night with all elaborate prepared desserts and snacks by the couch. Choppy video with no sound! You must be freak out immediately. The savior, VideoSolo is the overwhelming choice for you!