free .mkv to quicktime compatible converter?

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  1. db3kfan macrumors newbie

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    Im at a loss. Does one exist? .mkv to anything playable will be fine.

    or an mkv player will work i suppose
     
  2. NicP macrumors 6502

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    VLC plays mkv files, also if you install perian (quicktime codecs) quicktime can play mkv files.
     
  3. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    MPlayer is the best MKV player I have found for Mac OS X. VLC is buggy under Leopard when playing MKVs (even with the new version) and Quicktime is just unusable. MPlayer can at least play them without crashing.
     
  4. NicP macrumors 6502

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    I have had no problems with either on leopard. Do you know what the mkv files that crashed contained? were they h.264?
     
  5. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Yep H.264.
     
  6. NicP macrumors 6502

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    Thats strange, no problems here
     
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    Are you using an Intel Mac or a PPC Mac?
     
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    Hmm I have no idea then. I have Perian and Flip4Mac installed as well as having Quicktime Pro (7.3) and MKV files are a real pain to get working in OS X. I'll have a hunt around for some more information. Thanks for the help.

    I'm on a Mac Pro by the way.
     
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  12. julial macrumors newbie

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    Sorry i did not see it. did you place the link to the file?
     
  13. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    You could always use Quicktime Pro if you have it. It takes about 5 minutes.
     
  14. Journojulz macrumors 65816

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    Just installed Perian 1.1.4

    Worked a treat and quicktime exported a 30min file in about 3 mins
     
  15. xlii macrumors 68000

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    You can use handbrake to convert the mkv file to another format. But you should be able to play a mkv file (unless the file itself has errors) using quicktime 7 with perian or vlc (as others have pointed out).
     
  16. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    I use handbrake for converting mkv to m4v with H264 encoding.

    In general that works pretty well with Quicktime and iTunes and AppleTV.

    I don't like Perian cause it once screwed my MBPs iTunes video playback which resulted in freezes. Never again!
     
  17. Erdnase macrumors newbie

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    Not to take over this thread, but I am having the same problem. I would like to convert the .mkv to .mp4 or .mov but I would not like to actually convert the video. I'd like to do a pass-through of both the audio and video? Will QuickTime 7 do that for me?


    Matt
     

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