How to extract video from mkv?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by east1999, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. east1999 macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Am I missing any essential app for extracting workable video from MKV files? I.e. something I can either recut or cut to gifs?

    Currently I use AnyMP4 (free, App Store) to cut and convert to MP4, or Lossless Cut (free, GitHub) if I want to cut first, then convert. Both are terribly bad with the UIs, as the cutting interface is slow and quickly turns into a complete headache. I end up doing loose cuts and opening them with Quicktime so I can use its trim edit.

    The situation has been like this for years! Any MKV player is 10 times faster than any cutting interface in a mac video converter. Don't even get me started with Handbrake and its endless menus. I see all kinds of edited video (from tv shows or films) all the time on Youtube, so how do people do it on the mac? I do the miss the one-app-does-it-all appeal of Quicktime 7 + Perian, but even that is too slow (and macs have gotten way faster!).

    As a final note: I found out that using Gif Brewery's screen recording actually quickens the gif making process, since I can use the video player directly. But Quicktime has had screen recording for years. Is anyone working on something new?
  2. east1999 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Endless menus. A pain to select just a 10 second clip. LosslessCut, while imperfect, gets it right: just a big box to drop down a file, and a menu to trim it. A second part of this, yet to be realized, though it used to be a part of QT, is the "export" options: MP4, gif, series of jpegs.
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
  4. east1999 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Also dated, generic, and doesn't do clip trimming.
  5. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

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