How to convert MKV to MP4 on Mac
Edited by Pat Bitton
September 12, 2019
MKV (which stands for Matroska) is a universal format used for storing multimedia content, like movies, concert videos or TV shows, in HD. Although this format is getting more and more popular, it’s only supported by a limited number of devices.
Let’s have a look at solutions to other common problems related to MKV files.
Can’t open a video file?
Either your device doesn’t support the file’s format, or you need to install a special media player. In both cases, converting the file to a suitable format is the best solution.
Your video is distorted?
The video file must be too large. Reducing its size in a conversion app might help.
Usually, the source of the problem is the incorrect audio codec. Change it with video converter.
How to Do Lossless Conversion from MKV to MP4 on Mac
Unfortunately, users of Apple smartphones cannot open MKV files on their devices, and even Mac users can encounter difficulties opening and playing these videos. In these instances, you have to convert MKV to MP4 on Mac. The best way to do this is to use a dedicated program. Movavi Video Converter can help you transform your files extra quickly, thanks to its SuperSpeed mode.
What is SuperSpeed mode?
The fastest way to convert MKV to MP4 on Mac is to transfer data from one container to another without compression. SuperSpeed mode is a function in Movavi Video Converter that enables format changes in the blink of an eye without re-encoding or associated quality loss.
There are a few limitations though, that you need to take into account when using SuperSpeed conversion:
With our software, you can easily change format from MKV to MP4 on Mac. Movavi’s MKV lossless converter for Mac supports not only MKV and MP4, but many other video, audio and image formats as well.
Read our short guide and learn how to convert MKV to MP4 on Mac.
Install Movavi’s Transcoder on Your Mac Device
Download the installation file for Movavi Video Converter to your hard drive, open it, and install the program.
Open Files for Conversion
First, locate the files to convert: click Add Media in the upper left corner, select Add Video, and choose the videos. If you want to use SuperSpeed conversion, make sure that your MKV files are encoded either with H.264 or MPEG-4 codec, otherwise SuperSpeed mode will not be available.
Select the Output Format
Open the Video tab, find the MP4 icon, and click on it; a list of MP4 presets will appear. Choose the one that best meets your needs. If you want your files to be converted extra quickly, select the preset with the SuperSpeed icon.
Start MKV-to-MP4 Conversion
By default, all converted files are stored in the Movavi Library folder. If you want to use a different folder, click the Folder button to the right of the Save to field and locate the desired folder on your computer. Click the Convert button to start the process. Since the Movavi app supports one of the fastest video processing technologies, your files will be converted in no time.
With Movavi Video Converter, converting MKV to MP4 on Mac is fast and lossless! It also includes other features like cropping, rotating and adding watermarks to your video. Download the program and check it all out!
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The ideal way to get your media in the format you need!
- Convert video, audio, DVDs, and image files
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MP4 vs. MKV Comparison
Let’s have a closer look at differences between MP4 and MKV formats.
MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) is a container format used for storing video and audio streams. Low quality loss combined with high compression levels, as well as its compatibility with almost all default media players, make MP4 format one of the most widespread formats on the internet. You can play MP4 files with any default media player.
MKV (Matroska Multimedia Container) is a free, open-standard video container format. MKV files are able to contain an unlimited number of video, audio, and subtitle tracks in one file. That’s why this format is widely used for storing multimedia content such as movies and TV shows. Using this format, you can watch your favorite movies with any combination of audio tracks and subtitles. It’s less universal than MP4 because you need to install a special media player to open MKV files, and you can’t open such files on iPhones.
|Video encoding formats||H.264, H.265, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, Dirac, others||H.264, H.265, MPEG-4, MJPEG, Theora, VP9, DV, others|
|Audio encoding formats||AAC, MP3, AC-3, Apple Lossless, ALS, SLS, others||AAC, AC3, MP3, ALAC, Vorbis|
|Device and OS compatibility||Compatible with almost all devices and operating systems||Some TVs, media players, and mobile devices. Windows PC (with a special codec installed), no native support in macOS|
To sum up, if you want to watch a movie with audio track in your target language and English subtitles on a Windows PC, MKV is your best choice. In most other cases MP4 is much more convenient.