How to Smoothly Play MKV Files in VLC Smoothly

by Christine Smith • Jul 23,2019 • Proven solutions


1. Play MKV on Device+
  1. 1.1 Top MKV Player
  2. 1.2 Play MKV on Mac
  3. 1.3 Play MKV on Apple TV
  4. 1.4 Play MKV on Samsung TV
  5. 1.5 Play MKV on Sony TV
  6. 1.6 Play MKV on LG TV
  7. 1.7 Play MKV on PS3
  8. 1.8 Play MKV on Xbox One
  9. 1.9 Play MKV on Xbox360
  10. 1.10 Play MKV to iPhone
  11. 1.11 Play MKV to iPad
  12. 1.12 Play MKV on iPod
  13. 1.13 Play MKV on Android Phone
  14. 1.14 Play MKV in VLC
  15. 1.15 Play MKV in Windows Media Player
  16. 1.16 MKV Playback Issues in VLC
2. Convert MKV to Other Format+
  1. 2.1 Convert MKV to MP4
  2. 2.2 Convert MKV to MP4 on Mac
  3. 2.3 Convert MKV to MP4 Online
  4. 2.4 Convert MKV to MP3
  5. 2.5 Convert MKV to Audio
  6. 2.6 Convert MKV to WMV
  7. 2.7 Convert MKV to M4V
  8. 2.8 Convert MKV to AVI
  9. 2.9 Convert MKV to AVI Online
  10. 2.10 Convert MKV to FLV
  11. 2.11 Convert MKV to DVD
  12. 2.12 Convert MKV to MOV
  13. 2.13 Convert MKV to iTunes
  14. 2.14 MKV to MOV Converter Online
  15. 2.15 Convert MKV to VOB
  16. 2.16 Convert MKV to DivX
  17. 2.17 Convert MKV to MPEG
  18. 2.18 Convert MKV to MPEG2
  19. 2.19 Convert MKV to MPEG4
  20. 2.20 Convert MKV to XviD
  21. 2.21 Convert MKV to 3GP
  22. 2.22 Convert MKV to M2TS
  23. 2.23 Convert MKV to AVCHD
  24. 2.24 Convert MKV to H264
  25. 2.25 Convert MKV to TS
  26. 2.26 Convert MKV to VCD
  27. 2.27 Convert MKV to AC3
  28. 2.28 Burn MKV to DVD
  29. 2.29 Burn MKV to Blu-ray
  30. 2.30 Convert MKV to SWF
3. Convert Other Format to MKV+
  1. 3.1 Convert MP4 to MKV
  2. 3.2 Convert MP4 to MKV on Mac
  3. 3.3 Convert MP4 to MKV Online
  4. 3.4 Convert M4V to MKV
  5. 3.5 Convert WMV to MKV
  6. 3.6 Convert MOV to MKV
  7. 3.7 Convert DVD to MKV
  8. 3.8 Convert M2TS to MKV
  9. 3.9 Convert AVI to MKV
  10. 3.10 Convert Bluray to MKV
  11. 3.11 Convert FLV to MKV
  12. 3.12 Convert AVCHD to MKV
  13. 3.13 Convert OGM to MKV
  14. 3.14 Convert MTS to MKV
  15. 3.15 Convert WTV to MKV
  16. 3.16 Convert VOB to MKV
  17. 3.17 Convert RMVB to MKV
  18. 3.18 YouTube to MKV
4. Edit MKV & Other Tips+
  1. 4.1 Extract Subtitles from MKV
  2. 4.2 Add Substitles to MKV
  3. 4.3 Add SRT to MKV
  4. 4.4 Compress MKV Video
  5. 4.5 Reduce MKV File Size
  6. 4.6 Cut MKV Files
  7. 4.7 Edit MKV Metadata
  8. 4.8 MKV No Sound
  9. 4.9 MKV Video Player for Android
  10. 4.10 MKV Converter for Mac
  11. 4.11 Free MKV Converter
  12. 4.12 MKV Player Mac
  13. 4.13 2D to 3D MKV Converter
  14. 4.14 Remux MKV
  15. 4.15 MKV Encoder
  16. 4.16 Convert MKV to FCP Mac
  17. 4.17 Stream MKV to TV with Chromecast
  18. 4.18 Import MKV to iMovie
  19. 4.19 Windows DVD Maker MKV
  20. 4.20 Convert MKV to MP4 with HandBrake Alternative

Although MKV has robust capabilities to handle video, audio, image and subtitle content in a single container even if they are in different formats, it’s not yet an industry standard which is not supported by any media player. Here we’d specifically talk about how to use VLC to play MKV file, a powerful open source media player runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and UNIX OS.

Part 1. How to Play MKV Files in VLC

First of all, you need to download VLC media player from, the official website, otherwise you might get unwanted malware. Follow the guide to install it correctly, then you’ll have 2 ways to play MKV files using VLC.

Way 1: Right click on the MKV video file and going to Properties in the context menu.

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Then click Change… button to swap the default application with VLC media player.

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After that, simply double-click MKV file would open it with VLC.

Way 2: Open VLC media player and select Media>Open File… and then go to the location of MKV video as shown below, select the target file and click Open.

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Part 2. VLC Not Playing HD MKV Media File Issue

According to official VLC feature, MKV is supported by default by VLC. However, VLC error that not play MKV video happens at times, i.e., fail to open an MKV file, show grey screen or an error pop up dialog while playing MKV file and even load MKV indefinitely. What’s worse, deleting preferences, reinstalling and even rebooting is not going to assist solve the freezing, skipping or stuttering problem. So we’ll tack these issues one by one in this part.

1. VLC Media Player Has No Sound

Check whether Sound is muted and ensure it is not muted before proceeding. In the case that this fails then VLC menu Tools > Preferences menu to display the preferences dialog then click on the Audio section and ensure that Enable Audio is checked.

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2. VLC Skipping MKV or HD MKV

Go VLC Menu Tools > Preferences to open the preferences dialog window and select the All radio button on the bottom left of the preferences dialog. Go to Input/Codecs Section and a list on the right will appear with preferences. Scroll to the bottom of the list to locate the File Catching (ms) option under advanced section and set it to 1000.

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3. Choppy Video While Playing MKV and HD MKV on VLC

Go to the VLC Menu Tools > Preferences and in the preferences dialog click on the All radio button on the bottom of the dialog. Now select Input/Codecs > Video Codecs > FFmpeg and disable hardware decoding on the list that appears.

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Part 3. Tricks on Playing MKV Files in VLC Smoothly

If you’re still having issue while playing MKV or HD MKV (dragging, error screen, choppy video), you can try to convert MKV to DivX, WMV, MPEG-4 and other VLC-supported formats as an alternative. Then Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) comes in handy, which is capable of 150+ video/audio format conversion and playing MKV with inbuilt player.

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Step 1 Download Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) to your PC, and then launch it after installation. Make sure you’re downloading the right version (take Windows version for example).

Step 2 Click Add Files button to add MKV files to the software, or you can directly drag and drop them.

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Step 3 Select your desired format that you want to convert to under Convert all files to section in the right side. Then click Convert to proceed with MKV to VLC conversion.

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Tips: You can also directly play MKV files by hovering to the video’s thumbnail icon and clicking on the PLAY button.

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