- Converting MKV files is important nowadays to allow a more versatile format for your files.
- This can be done with the aid of specific software, and today we're listing some of the best tools to do it.
- For more useful material on the same topic, see out MKV separate page.
- Also, in our Video Hub, you'll find a lot of guides and recommendations that might be helpful.
Our digital video age is full of various video formats and since developing new video formats has become the goal of some software and hardware vendors the video format list will not cease to grow.
Converting videos is not a task as complex as editing videos, but most people make the mistake of seeing video conversion as a complicated or expensive action that requires sci-fi software. But it’s not the case, as you can even convert videos for free.
There are a lot of reasons for which you need a video converter and we’ll get back to this discussion at the end of this article.
What I should know about video formats?
You should know that you need a thick book full of scientific terms to know what each video format means and to understand the details regarding how video formats are created. On the other hand, to perform a video conversion, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, so some basic knowledge will be enough.
Most video files have at least two types – the codec and the container.
The container format is a computer file format that can contain all kinds of data which is compresses in a manner of standardized codecs. The container describes the file’s structure (where the pieces are stored, how they’re interleaved, which codecs are used by which pieces and so on).
The codec (short from compressor/decompressor) will allow you to store the digital photos, music, and movies in the form of compressed and easy manageable files that you’ll be able to open or to decompress to deliver their original content. The most popular video codecs include DivX, XviD, 3ivx, MPEG(MPEG-1,2,3,4), ReadVideo.
A video is made up of various frames (snapshots), and the frame rate is the number of still pictures per unit of time of video or FPS. Motion pictures that are shot on film do so at 24 FPS. Audio and video file resolution is measured in kilobytes per second (kbps), and this is called bitrate. The higher the bitrate, the better is the video quality.
Aspect ratio is about the dimensions of video screens and the video picture elements.
A video is made up of static images that are being flashed before our eyes in rapid succession and when we say picture resolution we mean the elements, the pixels that comprise these pictures. In theory, video conversion will not improve the video quality, and therefore you should not expect better quality than the one of the source video.
Choosing a good video converter
A high-quality video converter is crucial to whether you can successfully finish video conversion. There are lots of available video converter apps, but excellent video conversion software can make you look like a video professional with only minimal efforts.
Usually, video converter tools feature preset optimized profiles and these preloaded profiles will cover most requirements. You will be able to customize the bitrate, the frame rate, the video size, the aspect ratio, and more the make your final video look perfect.
Given the fact that most video conversion tools are trialware, you will be able to give them a try before deciding on getting something. Here are the elements that you should be looking for when purchasing video converter software:
- Input files – the tool should accept a large variety of input files especially the source video formats.
- Output files – you may need to output to a few file formats, but the number and breadth of output files will determine the strength of the tool’s overall performance.
- Key features – the tool’s features should include the ability to adjust multiple options (codecs, video size, frame rates, bitrates) to ensure the highest quality possible. Even if you might think that some of the features might be only for advanced users, you’ll find out that they are essential for your success as well.
- Ease of use – the tool’s interface should be an easy and intuitive one and non-threatening to the new user; the video conversion tasks usually involve just a few clicks.
All this being said, here is our top converter tools list.
Which are the best MKV video converting tool?
Aiseesoft Total Media Converter can easily convert between various video formats such as: MP4, H.264/MP4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, MTS, MXF, MOV, AVI, DivX, WMV, MKV, FLV, WTV, VOB as well as 4K, HD and 3D video formats.
It can be as video conversion software that converts any of your videos to MP4, MP3, WMV, MOV, etc. for playback on your TV or mobile device.
Besides its enormous converting potential, this tool is very easy to use. The interface is very intuitive, and it unlocks the most needed/interesting/powerful features really easy.
Aiseesoft Total Media ConverterUse Aiseesoft to convert any video/audio file to all popular video and audio formats.
iSkysoft Video Converter is a very powerful and convenient converter tool that features high conversion speeds and amazing output quality.
The converted MP4 files can be used on your iPod, TV, iPhone, mobile phone, Android phone, and more portable devices.
The tool can convert your MKV to MP4 video format or any other video format and of course vice versa.
You will be able to customize and edit videos before conversion, and you can also upload the final videos to websites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.
You can also download videos from more than a thousand popular websites, and the tool is compatible with the latest operating systems including the one and only Windows 10.
This is an excellent downloading and conversion toolkit which is so easy to understand and to work with, that it is tough to believe it’s free.
You can use it to rip files from discs, to download videos from Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and more. You will be able to apply effects and filters and then save them or burn them to DVD in any format you want.
The video can be downloaded and converted into batches, and simple conversions can be successfully completed with just a bunch of clicks.
The tool is free to use, but when you run the installer you will see that you will be offered a security program and the program will suggest that you change your default search engine to Yahoo. In case you want to avoid this, select Click here to customize the installation and then uncheck the box.
Freemake has produced powerful yet very easy to use tools and it made them available for free, and the Freemake Video Converter is no exception.
This tool can not only convert files from your hard drive to almost any existing format, but it can also be used to download and to convert online videos from YouTube for instance.
The software features easy editing tools to trim unwanted footage, and you also have the ability to add subtitles, to convert to and from DVD. The tool has all your daily conversion needs covered and it offers much more.
On the other hand, you should be aware of the fact that the free version of the software will add a branded splash screen to the beginning of your video. It’s not such a big deal, as the splash is not obstructive and the main video will not be watermarked.
If you can live with that, then the Freemake Video Converter might become your best friend, so give it a try and see how it works for yourself.
This is a powerful converter that is well known to Mac users and less popular with Windows users, but this doesn’t mean that you should overlook it.
This is an excellent choice for anyone who works on multiple platforms and also for everyone who is dedicated to Windows.
The tool has lots of features that will allow for fine-grained control of video conversion, and they include very precise cropping, frame rate adjustment, advanced filtering and more.
You will also find some presets for quick results in case you are interested in such a thing.
The main reason for which you’ll love the software is the fact that it’s free and open-source, and you can use it to convert videos from almost any format.
This universal converter features a few cutting-edge technologies that will make video editing amazing because it lets you take control of the whole process.
The tool is updated once a week, and this means that you will come across the latest versions all the time.
MediaCoder has everything you need: ripping of CD, VCD, DVD and BD and the filters will help improve the converted files. The tool also features transcoding parameters that will make tuning and adjusting the video parameters as easy as possible.
During the whole process of conversion, the software will make it possible to reduce the sizes of big files and also the extraction of audio from video, which is pretty great.
Converting video files can be a tricky process, but it is useful. Besides, the tools that we mentioned above will help you to get the job done perfectly.
FAQ: Learn more about MKV files
- Which is the best MKV Player?
- Why can’t I play MKV files on my PC?
It’s possible that you can’t play MKV files on your PC because your device is missing certain codecs. We’ve looked further into this topic in an extensive article.
- Does converting MKV to mp4 lose quality?
A good converting tool should not allow losing quality when converting MKV files to MP4. However, check the features of the tool you want to use.
- Why do I need to convert MKV files?
You need to convert MKV files mainly because some mobile devices, especially older models, don’t handle all video formats and codecs. And also because you can perform basic video editing while converting the videos.
- Can I share MKV videos on Social Media?
Sharing MKV files on Social Media is possible, but downloading them is harder. This is why it’s recommended to convert them to easier-to-read formats.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2017 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.