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Convert M4A to MKV Online for Free
Click Add Your Media and upload your M4A file.
Make sure that the output format is set to MKV.
Step 1. Download and install the Movavi converter
How to use a file converter? First, download the version of the software for Microsoft Windows or Macintosh, launch it, and proceed following the on-screen instructions. When the app is installed to your computer, it will run automatically.
Step 2. Add your M4A files
Locate the M4A files you want to convert and drag-and-drop them into the program’s window. The application can convert big batches of files – there’s no limit to how many files you can transfer at once.
Step 3. Select MKV as the output format
In the Formats menu, select the file type you want to turn your media into and choose the target format for the files. Also, you can change the conversion settings: choose a different bitrate, resolution (including HD, Ultra HD, and even 4K), codec, etc. Pay attention to the SuperSpeed label: it indicates that the conversion will be performed with a very high speed and without losing quality.
Step 4. Convert M4A to MKV
To specify the output folder, click the Save to button. Hit the Convert button to launch the process. When the converting is done, the new media files will be saved to the chosen folder.
Now you know how to change the file format using the Movavi converter. WIth this tool, you can also reduce the file size, cut out clips from videos, crop pictures, and create animations from your favorite movies. Get the free trial version and test it out!
What is M4A?
MPEG-4 Audio Layer
The International Organization for Standardization
M4A is described in the MPEG-4 Part 14 standard created by the International Organization for Standardization. While MP4 files can contain audio and video, M4A is designed for audio only. This file type can be used to store music, podcasts, or audiobooks. Apple devices and programs support M4A natively, and it is the most common format in iTunes. On Windows, you might need to install an additional codec pack to open and play an M4A file.
In the M4A format specification, you might see one of two codecs: AAC or ALAC. ALAC provides lossless compression, so these files might be relatively large compared to those compressed with AAC, which offers lossy compression. If you’re wondering how to choose between these codecs when converting files to M4A, think about the audio playback. Lossless compression means better quality.
Windows Media Player 12 (older versions will require additional codecs), iTunes, QuickTime, and VLC
What is MKV?
Matroska Multimedia Container
MKV (or Matroska Multimedia Container) is a free, open source video container format created in 2002. It’s officially called Matroska after the Russian matryoshka dolls because all the video, audio, and subtitle tracks are held within a single file. This format enables synchronous playback of audio and video tracks. Since MKV supports a large number of codecs and even uncompressed video, this format retains the original quality, allowing you to enjoy your videos in HD. Check this table if you want to know how to open MKV files and which programs can play them.
.mkv, .mk3d, .mka, .mks
Videos with the MKV file type have a data channel for each type of track, making this format closer to other media containers such as AVI or MP4. A disadvantage of the MKV format is that very few modern programs can play files with these specifications correctly, so users have to install additional applications or codecs, for example, the VLC player or K-Lite Codec Pack.