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  1. azcruz's Avatar
    To play on the surface
    If you just want to play existing MKV files on the RT, use PowerDVD Mobile. No conversion (time consuming and eats storage) required.
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    08-06-2013 07:50 PM
  2. wpn00b's Avatar
    Handbrake is what I use.
    08-06-2013 07:52 PM
  3. TechAbstract's Avatar
    Nevermind
    Last edited by TechAbstract; 08-07-2013 at 07:08 PM.
    08-06-2013 07:54 PM
  4. Johnnyzhang123's Avatar
    I use pavtube video converter. It works well. You can have a try.
    02-18-2014 06:12 AM
  5. calfee20's Avatar
    Handbrake
    02-18-2014 12:46 PM
  6. Jack Neill's Avatar
    Xmedia Recode is my preferred method, I just set it to copy it will take just a minute or two, no encoding..
    02-22-2014 09:31 AM
  7. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    May I ask what are all these MKV videos, that everyone is spending time converting to mp4 and why?

    Are they purchased movies that you convert to mp4 before you watch them on your computer/tablet? If movies, what about DRM? If not movies, then what?

    Sorry for my ignorance on the topic, but I can tell from all the software solutions, that something big must be going on. Without me.

    Best wishes, No worries.
    02-22-2014 09:57 AM
  8. calfee20's Avatar
    Bit torrent......there is a lot of stuff available. Movies, books, and software file sharing it is not politically correct. I guess it is really hot now down under because their media distribution is not that great. Game of thrones is their # 1 pirated download. Zdnet did an article in the past week about the Australian Gov. and this problem.

    This stuff goes in cycles. I think it will get a lot tougher soon. Do a bing search for "torrent crazy" and "torrentz" or "yify". There is almost anything available but what the heck there is enough stuff on youtube to last the rest of your life. Once in a while I go on PBS kick and watch hours of documentaries with basically no ads.

    I dropped cable and then DishNetwork and got Netflix for a year or so. I have just dropped Netflix and tried Amazon prime "free trial" dropped that to. I am down to OTA HDTV basically for PBS because I can't stand the adds on regular TV.
    Kevin Rush likes this.
    02-22-2014 08:36 PM
  9. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    Re: calfee20,
    Thank you for explaining.
    I didn't think anyone was going to respond. It got quiet so suddenly. Maybe the topic was covered.

    Best Wishes, No Worries.
    02-23-2014 12:47 PM
  10. Ed Boland's Avatar
    I prefer PLEX for watching all my 1080p HD blu ray mkv movies (or any other video/format files) on my Surface 2 (RT). It plays everything! Ever since I started using PLEX about a year ago, I've never had to worry about converting or what video/file format a movie is in again! It doesn't matter... PLEX will convert and transcode on the fly if it cant already play it natively.

    I have hundreds of movies in several folders, and I can access them all and stream them instantly to my Surface 2 in full 1080p HD!

    First, download and install the free PLEX media server desktop application on your PC (I have two servers running; one on a desktop PC, and the other on a laptop) and create an account. Then, set it up by telling it which folders contain all your movie/video files. That's it! Leave everything else at default settings...

    Next, get the PLEX client app(s) for $4.99 ea. (the best $4.99 you'll ever spend! I bought it for both my Surface 2 (RT) and my Nokia 1020)

    Start the PLEX app, log into your account, and enjoy playing all your movies without having to worry about file formats or converting files!
    07-16-2014 08:14 PM
  11. gilezzz's Avatar
    No need to convert anything. Download a player that supports mkv. I use mobile.HD.
    RajeevT likes this.
    07-17-2014 09:30 PM
  12. calfee20's Avatar
    No need to convert anything. Download a player that supports mkv. I use mobile.HD.
    All the ratings complain about audio problems.
    07-29-2014 10:21 AM
  13. RajeevT's Avatar
    All the ratings complain about audio problems.
    Works fine for me; perhaps those people have corrupt files or simply have no idea that the app doesn't support MPEG and DTS audio (or even what these terms mean and what their MKVs contain). Best to use the trial period to comprehensively test with your own media library before purchasing. I'll admit though it's not as good as the app mentioned below (despite the latter's price gouging and $5 increase from an already pricey $9.99 to $14.99).

    If you just want to play existing MKV files on the RT, use PowerDVD Mobile. No conversion (time consuming and eats storage) required.
    08-06-2014 04:36 PM
  14. Alses's Avatar
    Why not try Avidemux? There is no need to convert the file.
    Mkv is a container; it contains a video- and an audio stream. Avidemux simply strips them out of the container and puts them in a container of your choosing, like MP4 or whatever you want. It can also convert the tracks to pretty much any format you like… and it’s free!
    Avidemux web site
    Last edited by Alses; 08-12-2014 at 05:44 PM. Reason: Added "There is no need to convert the file."
    onlysublime likes this.
    08-12-2014 05:43 PM
  15. jorcrawdan's Avatar
    Faasoft Video Converter is a widely used way to convert MKV to MP4 on Mac and Windows. Maybe you should give it a try.
    02-02-2015 06:13 AM
  16. Philip Hamm's Avatar
    The native video app was updated to play MKV files a few months back.
    02-02-2015 09:44 AM
  17. onlysublime's Avatar
    People suggesting Handbrake need to clarify that what Handbrake does is takes a video and transcodes it to a new video file. It's literally creating a brand new video which can take quite awhile (depending on the speed of the encoding machine and the length of the video).

    A better way to do lots of videos is to use AVIdemux. What that does is leave the video and audio intact and just changes the container from MKV to MP4. Remember, most videos are actually h.264 or x.264 encoded and then placed within a container like MKV or MP4. So by just changing the container, it only takes seconds (under 2 minutes for an entire 2 hour movie) to convert MKV to MP4.

    Of course, if the original video uses nonstandard settings (or aggressive settings), you'll have to re-encode to more standards-compliant settings which means for those videos, you might as well use Handbrake which will re-encode the video entirely. So the best way is to try out AVIdemux, test if the video works, and if not, then go to Handbrake.

    I never go to Handbrake first unless I have a lot of time on my hands or only have a couple videos to convert. Also, if people are converting things with exotic content like multiple audio tracks, custom subtitles, etc., MP4 is far more inflexible than MKV so you'll have problems converting these.
    02-07-2015 11:22 PM
  18. PratikMade's Avatar
    Or use total video converter. It has all type of conversion extensions.
    02-07-2015 11:56 PM
  19. brad63's Avatar
    I use Gom player from the store to watch mkv files. No conversion required
    02-08-2015 08:37 AM
  20. Jen Carlson's Avatar
    Hi! I also used Handbrake till I found WALTR. I recommend using WALTR both for windows&Mac to import MKV to iPhone it just requires you to drag and drop your MKV. Super easy&fast! Sure you'll like it!:)
    Julia Softorino likes this.
    07-14-2015 05:40 AM
  21. D M C's Avatar
    VLC is the best player. It's fast, fluid and stable.
    07-14-2015 05:45 AM
  22. Inna Zuieva's Avatar
    Vote for WALTR:) In my opinion, it's the fastest and the most efficient.. I use it to convert AVI to MP4. It converts all the craziest formats as well (MKV, AVI, FLAC, ALAC etc.) in a matter of seconds. For those who need some info how to use it - visit softorino web-site)
    07-20-2015 08:43 AM
  23. Julia Softorino's Avatar
    Format Factory sucks really
    Handbrake is better
    But the best one is WALTR, we`re working on it and it is the quickest of all
    08-04-2015 07:01 AM
  24. AlexDovz's Avatar
    Actually, WALTR is great. I've used it to convert MKV for iPad. First - it took a few seconds to both convert & copy the movie. Second - the sound & video quality were just super-great as for converted file. Perfect tool.
    12-11-2015 03:45 AM
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