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How do I Convert MKV to Mp4?

By I. Ong
Updated: May 17, 2024

If you wish to convert a Matroska video (MKV) file to a MPEG-4 Part 14 (mp4) file, you can do so easily using a downloaded program. Programs that can convert file formats from one to the other can be obtained online and have freeware programs among the choices. Such programs are made for the user’s convenience so that converting a file is only a few clicks away. However, before proceeding to convert MKV to mp4, it is useful to take note of the pros and cons of each file format.

MKV is a kind of Matroska Multimedia Container file. The name “Matroska” was derived from matryoshka dolls, which are Russian dolls of decreasing sizes made to fit inside each other. The Matroska file format received its name because the Extensible Binary Meta Language (EBML) on which it was based was stated by its creator to be of similar layout as the Russian nesting dolls. MKV is a very flexible file format that allows you to edit video files while retaining excellent video quality as well as maintaining backward compatibility with old software. This file format is commonly used for streaming online and video editing.

Mp4 is used to store digital video and audio streams as well as subtitles. It is called mp4 because its filename extension is .mp4, and its file format is able to achieve better compression than many other types. Compression refers to maintaining the same quality at a lower bitrate, thus essentially having the same file in a smaller size. Mp4 is a popular file format for viewing videos on portable devices and game consoles. Any user who has finished editing a video file and wishes to store the video file in smaller sizes to conserve space will want to convert MKV to mp4.

To convert MKV to mp4, you first need to find the corresponding program on the Internet. Ascertain that the program supports MKV as a source file format and mp4 as an output file format. After you have done so, you can download the program from a trustworthy site and begin installation on your computer. Make sure that the MKV file you wish to convert is on your hard drive.

After it has finished installing, launch the program and select your MKV file. If you should wish to adjust the program settings, read the documentation before doing so. Otherwise, it generally is safer to stay with the default settings. Take note that you can set the quality of the output file and that the file size will increase in proportion to its video quality.

After you have configured the settings, select the save location of the file. You can then click the command button to convert MKV to mp4. When your program has finished the conversion process, your new mp4 file can be found where you chose to save it. Your file will then be ready for playing.

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