How to Convert a Video from MKV to MP4 Using VLC?

If you have a video in MKV format, and you want to open it, but it’s not opening because some programs like Sony Vegas Pro doesn’t support this format, then you’d possibly think that how you can convert this format into some different format. I have just brought you the simplest way to do so. Before you go ahead, you need to understand this method, and you will need to know that media file formats are not less than the containers (for example, MKV is Matroska). However, every format encapsulates a set of streams, generally one audio and one video stream. Now, each stream has been encoded with the help of some particular codec.

How to Convert a Video from MKV to MP4 Using VLC

However, the MPEG4 Video is almost the same codec that is usually used with MP4 file format! So, that means can easily convert an MKV file to just different container format. We can do this by rewriting streams as-is without actually converting video or audio – which should be very fast and is more unlikely to cause any quality loss.

The program you need to convert your video from MKV to MP4 is VLC media player. As this program has been featured with its own set of codecs for many video and audio formats, it doesn’t tend to depend on codecs that are installed in the Windows. The VLC media player is just an overlay on top of a robust library that also performs different things, like converts files or streaming video over a network. Follow the steps mentioned below to convert an MKV format file into MP4:

  1. Launch your VLC media player.
  2. Then from the main menu, you will need to select the Media option.
  3. Tap on the Convert/Save option.
  4. On the File tab, you have to tap on the Add button.
  5. Here you will need to choose the MKV file you want to convert.
  6. After choosing, it will be added to the list. (Alternatively, you may also drag & drop a file into the directory.)
  7. Tap on the Convert/Save button.
  8. Now, you need to select the Profile Video – H.264 + MP3 or MP4.
  9. Then you will have to tap on an icon button that has a hint: Edit selected profile.
  10. Here, you have to leave MP4/MOV selected on the Encapsulation tab.
  11. Then you’ll need to check both Video and Keep original video track on the Video codecs tab.
  12. Now, on the Audio codec tab, similarly, you need to select both Audio and Keep original audio track.
  13. Then just tap on the Save button.
  14. In the Destination Selection tab, you have to tap on the Browse button. Doing so selects the directory and file name for your destination MP4 file.
  15. Tap on the Start button.
  16. You will get to see a progress bar in the main window as your file is converted.

Note: After this process, your VLC media player might hang in an infinite loop so you may need to kill it using system “Task Manager,” but it doesn’t matter because your destination file has already been created.

Thanks for reading my blog; I hope this information will be useful to you.

Jack Tucker is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry from last 10 year. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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