How to Play MKV on Mac OS X Lion for Free?
"I watch a lot of media on my MB pro via quicktime. I have a veriety of different media formats and the Perian pluginlet quicktime play everthing! Since I upgraded to lion I can't play most of my media such as mkv. files. I re-installed Perian and in an unexpected turn of events I was propted to download Quicktime 7! That's the only problem i've encountered after upgraded to Mac OS X Lion so far! Do any of you guys know how i can fix that? Thnx!"
MKV containers are probably a bit of a mystery to most regular Mac users. Unlike .mov, .rm and .wmv, MKV is not associated with a particular player. If you use Perian to watch Matroska movies in QuickTime Player on Mac OS X Lion, you will surprised to find that some files which used to play well with Perian on Snow Leopard now can't play on you Mac Lion, or for some users they may only play the audio or video of the MKV files, To play MKV files on Mac OS X Lion you will need to use MPlayerOSX or VLC which both support these containers. And they are all free.
Play MKV on Mac OS X Lion for free with VLC
We start with VLC which is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MKV, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. As for play MKV videos, we found that VLC works well on Mac OS X Lion with most MKV files use the DVIX and XVID codecs for video.
To play .mkv in Mac OS X Lion with VLC, follow the steps below:
- Step 1. Download the VLC player for Mac
- Step 2. Once downloaded, double click on the dmg file. Drag the VLC icon to your Application Folder
- Step 3. Now right click on your .mkv file and select Open with -> VLC, and now you should be able to play the .mkv file with the VLC Player.
Play MKV on Mac OS X Lion for free with MPlayer OS X
If you want something slightly different there is Mplayer, which is an open source program like VLC Media Player Classic has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support (requires QuickTime and/or Real Player); built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec.
To play .mkv in Mac OS X Lion with Mplayer, follow the steps below:
- Step 1. Open Media Player Classic and navigate to View –> Options
- Step 2. Select Internal Filters situated on the left and then uncheck to disable Matroska.
- Step 3. Now install the Matroska Pack.
- Step 4. You should now be able to play the MKV files.
Convert MKV( (rev. 12 or 13) to QuickTime or MKV Players on Mac OS X Lion
These excellent and free multimedia players can tackle many of the video formats unknown to QuickTime. They contain a decoder to decode the MKV files. They will also play many of the formats you will find inside the MKV file. It is possible, however, that you may find it difficult to decode *some* .mkvs with these players because Matroska can actually be used for storing closed proprietary codecs like Real Video. This time you can have a try with iFunia MKV Converter for Mac to convert the MKV to other video formats for your player on Mac OS X Lion.
MKV Converter handles almost all MKV formats, and works well on Mac OS X Lion, It's priced at only $29 and includes simple video editings like video trimming, cropping, watermarking, etc. You can download iFunia MKV Converter for free here.
Step 1. Run iFunia MKV Converter on your Mac and click the big button "Add Files" to add MKV or HD MKV video files.
Step 2. Select MOV or QuickTime output format for each video file and specify a directory on your computer to save the output files.
Step 3. Click "Start" to begin MKV conversion on Mac OS X Lion. The convert progress bar shows you how much of the encoding is completed.