Any Mac software to convert MKV to AVI?

Peter Franks

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Hi guys, just wondered if there is a software for this.

What is MKV and can it be converted to AVI easily without downloading some rogue softwares that are around the web?

I keep hearing Handbrake being bandied around these sites. Is this worth downloading and easy to use?
 

Peter Franks

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thanks for the reply.. I just don't understand it :D

Does handbrake convert for burning to DVD too? I have iDVD but it only really likes AVI
 

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thanks for the reply.. I just don't understand it :D

Does handbrake convert for burning to DVD too? I have iDVD but it only really likes AVI
Handbrake is free software that will if you get the older 0.9.2 version allow you to convert the .mkv to .avi. Avidemux2 will also do the same idea. Handbrake does not convert to a VIDEO_TS folder that you can burn to DVD.
 

MacUser2525

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Thanks, I thought handbrake was a burning software? Like iDVD?
Nope plain old video encoder that can take a DVD and turn it into a file to watch. Now I think about it and just checked with an .mkv file selected Burn will offer to convert then burn a disc with the DVD-Video option it has.
 

Peter Franks

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Any Mac software to convert MKV to AVI?

Thank you. Is Handbrake fairly easy to fathom out?

EDIT: I've just downloaded it and don't have a clue what it does or how I can change it to AVI?
I've got it on there but then what?
 
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powerstrokin

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I use MacX Converter software. They have a bunch of different versions depending on what you need to do including a free app for downloading YouTube videos if you need that.

They do charge for most of the software but you can catch deals and sometimes they offer Pro versions for free. I got the pro suite for free during a thanksgiving deal.

Works pretty well and is easy to use.
 

aristobrat

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Thank you. Is Handbrake fairly easy to fathom out?

EDIT: I've just downloaded it and don't have a clue what it does or how I can change it to AVI?
I've got it on there but then what?
Handbreak doesn't convert to AVI anymore, IIRC. I found an article that quotes the developers as commenting 'AVI is a rough beast. It is obsolete.'
 

MacUser2525

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Thank you. Is Handbrake fairly easy to fathom out?

EDIT: I've just downloaded it and don't have a clue what it does or how I can change it to AVI?
I've got it on there but then what?
HandBrake-0.9.2-MacOSX.5_GUI_UB.dmg is the file you are looking for. Once you have it installed then for source you load your .mkv choose the avi Format option start the conversion.
 

BrianBaughn

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I don't know why the OP needs avi versions but I'll just say that I have a Samsung TV that won't play mp4 files from a UBS key...unless I change the extension to avi!
 

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I use Video Converter Ultimate, which isn't free (although they do a free version that only converts a few minutes or files or something). Their free/nagware was very annoying and almost turned me off it, but the paid app is excellent and has always done everything I've thrown at it.
 

Peter Franks

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I use MacX Converter software. They have a bunch of different versions depending on what you need to do including a free app for downloading YouTube videos if you need that.

They do charge for most of the software but you can catch deals and sometimes they offer Pro versions for free. I got the pro suite for free during a thanksgiving deal.

Works pretty well and is easy to use.
thanks

Handbreak doesn't convert to AVI anymore, IIRC. I found an article that quotes the developers as commenting 'AVI is a rough beast. It is obsolete.'
Yes, only saw a drop down with mpeg4 on it, no AVI.

HandBrake-0.9.2-MacOSX.5_GUI_UB.dmg is the file you are looking for. Once you have it installed then for source you load your .mkv choose the avi Format option start the conversion.
I just saw a drop down with mpeg4 and MKV when I clicked the file

Just look at the page MacUpdate's Handbrake download page. It has reviews on the page also.
thanks

I don't know why the OP needs avi versions but I'll just say that I have a Samsung TV that won't play mp4 files from a UBS key...unless I change the extension to avi!
because iDVD only works for me with AVI, and the only other it has done on occasion is mp4/mpeg4, but for some reason it can take HOURS as opposed to AVI. not sure why

I use Video Converter Ultimate, which isn't free (although they do a free version that only converts a few minutes or files or something). Their free/nagware was very annoying and almost turned me off it, but the paid app is excellent and has always done everything I've thrown at it.
will check out, thank you
 

butterflyv

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If you just need a player...

You may want to try VLC Player if you are just looking to play a file and don't have to burn it. VLC is free and is awesome. It will play absolutely everything, IMO.

Just my 2 cents

butterflyv
 

Peter Franks

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You may want to try VLC Player if you are just looking to play a file and don't have to burn it. VLC is free and is awesome. It will play absolutely everything, IMO.

Just my 2 cents

butterflyv
thanks I do have that, but it's the burning I'm having the issue with

That is new version you have installed I put the old version in my Users Application folder so I can have both available to run if I have need for .avi.
so I need to get a copy of the old one, wonder why they don't cover avi on new one
 

Peter Franks

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Senseless in other words.....

Anyone use iDVD, and ever had this come up?
Had this 3 times on the trot after waiting an hour each time, while it was encoding, for nothing... the multiplex error?

 

HappyJun

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Try Smart Converter from Mac App Store it's Free

Hi, why don't you try Smart Converter. It converts to any format and it's free from the Mac App Store. Here's the link: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/smart-converter/id447513724?mt=12

Basically, you just drag and drop the file to the app, and choose which format you like to convert to.

Note: This is the free version, which doesn't have batch conversion.

Hope this helps.
 

Peter Franks

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Can someone tell me/moderator, why they have removed the last few posts from this thread since yesterday?

Thanks
 

Daisy Smith

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Hi guys, just wondered if there is a software for this.

What is MKV and can it be converted to AVI easily without downloading some rogue softwares that are around the web?

I keep hearing Handbrake being bandied around these sites. Is this worth downloading and easy to use?
All you want is to download converters without sogue software?

Why not try some online applications?

Such as Online-convert, Free Video Converter, Zamzar, etc.
 

Peter Franks

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satcomer

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Hi guys, just wondered if there is a software for this.

What is MKV and can it be converted to AVI easily without downloading some rogue softwares that are around the web?

I keep hearing Handbrake being bandied around these sites. Is this worth downloading and easy to use?
To move from MKV to AVI you don't need to reconvert it you just need to change the MP4 container using something like MP4tools.
 
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