Best Free Converter MKV to MP4 for Windows 11/10 PC - Windows Basics


Monday, August 29, 2022

Best Free Converter MKV to MP4 for Windows 11/10 PC

MKV is a multimedia container format that typically stores multiple audio tracks and subtitles. However, since it is not as popular as other video file formats, such as MOV and MP4, playing MKV files can become difficult on Windows computers.

If your device does not support the MKV format, you can convert it to MP4. It is a popular multimedia format that is supported by most devices. Today's article will show you the best online and offline tools to convert MKV to MP4 in Windows.

1. Using VLC Media Player

VLC is a free and open source media player that supports most audio and video formats, including MKV. If you already have VLC installed, you don't need to convert and play the video. However, if you still need to convert your MKV videos, you can do this using the Convert feature in VLC. It's one of the best hidden features of VLC media player.

1. Open the VLC media player app on your PC.

2. In the VLC main window, click on Media and select Convert/Save. Alternatively, press the Ctrl + R key to access Convert/Save.

3. Next, click the Add button. Navigate and select the MKV video you want to convert.

4. Select the .mkv video you want to convert to .mp4 and click Open.

5. Click the Convert/Save button.

6. In the Profile section, select Video –H.264 +MP3 (MP4) and then click the Settings icon next to it.

7a. At the Encapsulation tab, select MP4/MOV.

7b. At the Video codec tab, check both the Video and Keep original video track items.

7c. At the Audio codec tab, check both the Audio and Keep original audio track items and then click the Save button.

8. Click the Browse button.

9. Specify a specific path to save and name the file that you convert from MKV video format to MP4 video format. Once done, click the Save button.

10. Finally click on the Start button.

11. Wait until the conversion of MKV video format to MP4 format is finished.

12. Navigate to the location where you saved the file to find the MP4 video file.

Note: If you have problems with audio delay during playback of a video that has been converted to MP4 format, then from the main menu navigate to Tools => Track Synchronization and edit the Audio sync settings.

2. CloudConvert

CloudConvert is a multi-format online video converter. It offers both free and premium options, which can convert your MKV videos to MP4 in a jiffy. You can upload videos from your local drive and cloud storage accounts like Google Drive, DropBox and URL.

You can use the free option to make up to 25 conversions per day. If you need more, you can subscribe to CloudConvert's conversion minutes plan with unlimited file sizes and 5 hours processing time per file.

1. Go to CloudConvert website and click Select File.

2. Now, select the file to upload.

3. Once the file is selected, click the Convert to drop-down menu and select MP4 from the list.

4. Click the wrench icon (Settings) to customize the output settings. Here you can change the video resolution, aspect ratio, video codec, profile, preset settings, etc.

5. Click the Convert button to start the process.

6. CloudConvert will first upload the selected video. Depending on the file size and your Internet speed, this may take some time.

7. Once the video is processed, you will see the video in the preview dialog. Click the Download button to save the video to the local hard drive.

To remove a video from the CloudConvert server, click the small red X icon next to your video title. All your videos will be permanently deleted within 24 hours.

CloudConvert's ease of use and 25 free conversions per day make it ideal for occasional conversions. However, if you are concerned about privacy, consider using an offline converter to keep the video in your local drive.

3. HandBrake

HandBrake is a free and open source video converter that supports most media formats. It is a cross-platform application available on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

HandBrake is one of the easiest video converters you can use. For a regular conversion, all you have to do is drag and drop the video into the app and it will automatically apply the most commonly used container settings. Then you can choose the destination folder and start encoding to convert the video.

If you need more advanced options, HandBrake has plenty of options. You can change subtitles, add chapter markers, perform batch scans, use video filters, and more.

1. Download HandBrake. Run the setup file and install the application.

2. Next, go to the Microsoft DotNET site and download the .NET 6.0 SDK x64. Without this, HandBrake might not launch or work.

3. Next, open HandBrake.

4. Click File and then select the MKV file to convert. You can also drag and drop files into the app to open them.

5. In the Summary tab, make sure Format is set to MP4. Here, the example is using the default MP4 container settings applied by the application.

6. Next, click the Browse button and choose a location to save your new file.

7. You can rename the file if you want and click Save.

8. On the main HandBrake window, click Start Encode. HandBrake will start encoding the video, so wait until the process is complete. The processing time depends on the file size and your system capabilities.

The only downside to using HandBrake is having to download an additional .NET toolkit from Microsoft. However, it is a great open source video conversion utility that can cater to both casual and expert users. You can also use it to compress and reduce video file size without losing quality.

Converting MKV files to MP4 allows you to share and play videos on any video compatible device. While you may not see any difference in the output size, the quality should not be compromised either.

For quick conversion, you can use VLC media player. If you need something a bit feature-rich, HandBrake offers plenty of customization options and is completely free to use. Then there are a bunch of online video converters that allow you to convert from anywhere and on any device with some limitations.

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