How to Play MKV Files on Chromebook?

2019-11-10 23:05:13     Posted by Gabriel

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Summary: How to play MKV files on Chromebook? Not all MKV files are supported by Chromebook itself. And when it cannot play an MKV file, you should either turn to a third-party player or convert the MKV to a Chromebook compatible format. Now lt’s see the details.

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Chromebooks have made their own niche market. Especially in the education sector, they have captured more than 40% of the market. Even for the elderly who have issues with the latest technology, Chromebooks have become the best choice. The reasons are their dirt cheap prices, cloud storage and no extra spending for all applications courtesy Google apps. However, what Chromebooks struggle with is playing different media files types, especially MKV file formats.

MKV formats sometimes contain proprietary codecs which can cause audio not playing, video playback being patchy or subtitles not appearing when playing on Chromebook default media player. Proprietary codecs mean that the players have to pay the rights owners money to make their players capable of playing MKV file formats. There are 2 ways to solve this problem. Let’s see the 2 solutions on how to play MKV files on Chromebook.

 

 

 

Part 1: Play MKV files on Chromebook with VLC player

You can make use of the free open source media player - VLC player from developers VideoLAN. A good to go player for all major media types including MKV. Since it is also available for Linux distributions you can install it on your laptop and it can act as your default MKV player on Chromebook. Not only MKV, but you can start using it for all your video and audio files.

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Part 2: Convert MKV files to Chromebook supported formats

The second solution on how to play MKV files on Chromebook is to convert the media file to a Chromebook supported media format. Since MP4 is supported by Chromebook and can be played natively, a good idea is to convert your MKV files to MP4 using DVDFab Video Converter.

This converter is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems. So you will need a computer with either of the two operating systems to install and use the software. And after you have done the conversion you can copy the files to your Chromebook.

 

About DVDFab Video Converter

This converter is a professional class utility to transcode your MKV file to MP4 without producing any loss in the video or audio quality of the output video. In addition to conversion from MKV to MP4, you have a lot of other file type options too both in 3D and 2D file formats like 3D AVI, 3D MP4, 3D MP4.H.265 for 3D and MP4.H.265, MKV.265, MP4.4K in 2D. You can even get just the audio from your MKV file in MP3 format if it is a music track in MKV format.

It can not only convert MKV to MP4 but also contains tools to edit the video to change its attributes or do modifications in the video itself like trimming and cropping.

 

How to play MKV files on Chromebook by converting it to MP4

Step 1. Download and install DVDFab Video Converter to your Windows or Mac PC.

Step 2. Load your MKV files to the application by clicking on the + icon on the main screen or dragging and dropping the files.

Step 3. Use the Profile Switcher button to open the formats available for conversion to. Under the Video and Format section, select MP4 format.

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Step 4. You can make modifications to the output file using inbuilt video editor. To launch it, click on the last icon (pen icon) in front of the video that you have added to the application. It will launch a new window with a lot of video editing options for you. You can choose to crop the video frame, trim parts of it to remove a particular part, merge two videos if you are trimming from between and change brightness, contrast or saturation level of the video. It is all up to you.

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You can also add text or image watermark to the video or subtitles if you have a subtitle file like .srt with you.

Step 5. Just like you can do video editing on your media file, you can also modify the properties of the output file. You can change the Encoding Method, Video Quality, Resolution, Audio channel and more with the Advanced Settings window. To open it, click on the Wrench option that is second last in front of the media file you have uploaded.

play mkv files on chromebook

Step 6. Once you have done any changes you require using the Video editor and/or Advanced Settings menu, you can start the conversion process. Before that though, you might want to change the output file directory. To do so just click on the folder icon in front of the “Save to” bar at the bottom of the DVDFab Video Converter interface.

Click on Start and you will get your MP4 file within a few seconds or minutes depending on the video file size.

DVDFab Video Converter supports batch conversion too which means you can do multiple conversions at once. Just add all the MKV files you want to convert, do any changes you require and start the conversion. Hope this was helpful in your search for MKV player for Chromebook.

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