Three Methods to Play MKV on Mac

Method 1: VLC Player; Method 2: QuickTime plugin; Method 3: Avdshare

Just like AVI, MP4, ASF, etc, MKV is also a container format which may contain various video, audio, subtitles, picture in one MKV file. Now many movies are in MKV format and it is very easy for users to download some MKV movie files. But compared with other container formats, MKV has poor compatibility with Mac computers and many Mac users ask around to find a solution about how to play MKV files on Mac computers. Now the following article just shares three popular methods to help users to play MKV on Mac                  

Method 1: Use VLC Player

When we say Mac does not support MKV file, what we actually mean is that the Mac default player, QuickTime, does not support to play MKV file. Method One just needs users to install another VLC player on your Mac and use the VLC player to play MKV on Mac, since MKV is well supported by VLC player. Except for playing MKV on Mac, VLC player also helps to play FLV, WMV, MPEG, AVI, etc on Mac. Users can download VLC Player from its official website, install it and then import the MKV to it for playback on Mac computers. One point that users should keep in mind is that VLC is not compatible with the latest OS X Mavericks.

Method 2: Install QuickTime plugin on Mac

Perian is a free and open source QuickTime component, after installing it, users can play many video formats that QuickTime does not natively support, such as MKV. Also, Perian can help users to play other unsupported video formats on Mac, such as AVI, FLV, DivX, etc. But Perian crews have stopped to provide support for Perian and Perian is not compatible with the newer Mac systems. So if users want to try Perian, they can do it. But if they want to try a stable and more reliable method to play MKV on Mac, they should rely on the following Method 3.

Method 3: Use Avdshare Video Converter

Avdshare Video Converter is a professional MKV to Mac converter which can help to play MKV on Mac by simply converting the unsupported MKV to Mac QuickTime default supported MOV format. Except for converting MKV to Mac QuickTime, this Avdshare Video Converter also helps to convert other unsupported FLV, WMV, AVI, MP4, WTV, WEBM, etc to Mac QuickTime best supported MOV. You do not have the need to worry about the quality loss during the MKV to Mac MOV conversion process. Now follow the guide below to easily convert the unsupported MKV to Mac MOV.

Make Preparation: Free download MKV to Mac Converter

Free download the professional MKV to Mac Converter - Avdshare Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac), install and then launch it, the following interface will pop up.

Step 1 Add MKV file

In this step, users only need to import the MKV file to this MKV to Mac converter. Users can click the Add File button or use the drag and drop function when importing the MKV file to this MKV to Mac converter.

Step 2 Targeted output format setting

Choose QuickTime MOV as your output format by clicking "Profile" button > "General Video" category.

Step 3 Start the conversion

To start and simply finish the MKV to Mac QuickTime MOV conversion, users only need to click the "Convert" button.