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How Do I Convert MKV to MOV?

By G. Wiesen
Updated May 17, 2024
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To convert MKV to MOV, you typically require a converter program, which may also be able to perform other tasks such as video editing. There are a number of programs available for this type of conversion, and you should consider a single program that can handle all the file types you want to convert. To convert MKV to MOV, you simply load or import the original MKV file into the converter program, choose an output name if available, and then select MOV as the output file type or format.

While the MKV format has become increasingly popular in recent years, you may need to convert MKV to MOV files. MKV files are also known as Matroska container files and are typically used for audio and video files for use in editing or playback. MOV files, on the other hand, are video and audio files used primarily in the media program QuickTime®, though numerous products such as iPads® and iPhones® can also play MOV files. Since these other players may not be able to play MKV files, you may need to convert MKV to MOV.

Most programs that simply play media files are not able to convert MKV to MOV files, which means you need to utilize a specialized converter program. There are a number of different programs that can be used to convert MKV to MOV and you should choose the program that works best for you. Some of these programs can be quite expensive, while others may be available as freeware that you can download and use without purchase or payment of a license fee. The actual conversion process is typically quite easy, and you simply select the MKV file as the input and then save or output the file as a separate MOV file.

If there are other types of files you wish to convert, in addition to your need to convert MKV to MOV, then you might want to look for a single program that can convert between all of these various file types. You can also find converter programs that can be used to handle other video editing issues, including cropping and cutting videos down to shorter lengths. Some programs can even alter the length of the file as you convert MKV to MOV, allowing you to convert a single MKV file into several shorter MOV files or convert several MKV files into a single longer MOV file. If you do purchase or download a converter program online, you should be careful to avoid malware by choosing a program that is reputable and only downloading such a program from websites you trust.

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