Any Mac software to convert MKV to AVI?

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  1. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    Handbrake is good software. If you prefer command-line utilities, get ffmpeg
     
  3. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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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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    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.
     
  5. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I thought handbrake was a burning software? Like iDVD?
     
  6. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
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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?
     
  8. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  9. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    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.'
     
  10. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  11. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Just look at the page MacUpdate's Handbrake download page. It has reviews on the page also.
     
  12. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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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!
     
  13. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  14. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks

    Yes, only saw a drop down with mpeg4 on it, no AVI.

    I just saw a drop down with mpeg4 and MKV when I clicked the file

    thanks

    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

    will check out, thank you
     
  15. butterflyv macrumors newbie

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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
     
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    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.
     
  17. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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

    so I need to get a copy of the old one, wonder why they don't cover avi on new one
     
  18. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Old tech they say is junk to support I believe is the gist of their reasoning on it.
     
  19. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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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?

    [​IMG]
     
  20. HappyJun macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  21. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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

    Thanks
     
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  23. Daisy Smith macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  24. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    17 month old thread, but thanks for replies, always open to new ideas on this one, particularly like online apps as well, as opposed to downloading more unknown stuff. So thanks again for that
     
  25. satcomer macrumors 603

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    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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