Convert MKV to MP4 on Windows 10
Edited by Jay, Maria Quinney, Onespy
Matroska (MKV) is an open source multimedia container that is quite popular and is capable of holding an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, and subtitle tracks in a single file. MKV files make an excellent alternative to say, AVI files because they can support all known video and audio compression formats. Because audio and video compression has come a long way, AVI which is an integral part of VfW (Video for Windows), can't support a lot of the advanced features found in modern A/V compression.
MP4 (MPEG-4) is another highly used multimedia container and is often used for streaming over the internet. MPEG-4 is pretty much identical to the QuickTime file format, which was developed by Apple INC. A significant difference between the to is that MP4 offers more support as it is an international standard.
Both MKV and MP4 Have their advantages. MKV is an excellent option for compressing high-quality video (HD and Blue-ray) without losing much in quality. MP4 files are more suitable for playback on portable players and devices, such as iPods/iPads and PS3/4s. Choosing which container to use depends on the user's objectives. If compatibility is more of a concern rather than quality, MP4 would probably suffice. On the other hand, if playback quality is more of an interest, MKV might be the better choice.
The focus of this VisiHow tutorial is to show how to convert an MKV file into an MP4 file. We'll be using free open source software called Handbrake, which is widely used by multimedia enthusiasts all over the world. For this guide, we used a Clevo laptop running Windows 10 Professional.
**Please Note** Because Handbrake is a transcoder, your system's CPU will be heavily used, which could result in higher CPU temperatures. If possible, you should use a desktop with adequate cooling or, a high-end laptop (gaming, workstation, etc.).
Download and Install Handbrake on Windows 10
- 1Open a web browser and visit the link. Once the Handbrake download page loads, click the Windows installer.Advertisement
Convert MKV to MP4 in Windows 10
- 13Once the encoding is complete, navigate to the location you chose to save the output file. Open your MP4 video in your favorite media player and test it out.