.mkv to iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kjs862, May 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    I was just curious if someone can give me the best possible advice on how to convert a .mkv movie file to play in iTunes.

    I have bought visual hub, but not too sure of what settings to use. Also I read of this 4gb file limit; not too sure what to do about that.

    Also when the .mkv movie file is finally in iTunes how does the quaility compare to the original? If it doesn't compare I'm thinking about holding out on all this converting and just burning the.mkv file to a blueray disk.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Boston, MA
    If you don't need to convert it for compatibility reasons (AppleTV, iPhone, iPod, etc) and just want to organize it using iTunes, just load the mkv in Quicktime (with Perian) and once it is loaded, save it as a reference movie and add that to iTunes (which also stops it from needing to load for so long when you first open it)
  3. macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Search before you post, I personally have come too the conclusion that it is worthless to convert a .MKV to .MP4 as you do lose hell of alot of quality.
  4. macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    I have tried to save as a reference movie, but Save As... is greyed out. Using QT 7 Pro... Has anyone else run across this?
  5. macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    There are several apps that can do this, especially if the video is h.264. You can pull the raw video and audio out of the mkv and repackage it into a quicktime compatible mp4/m4v with absolutely no loss in quality

    MKVtools is one
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Handbrake, check out the apple tv section for more info.

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