This is a format that in recent times has acquired a lot of notoriety and is being seen more and more, especially on the Internet. It is a format that is being used a lot lately and that is why it is best that you know it.
What is an MKV?
The first thing we can say is that it is a video file format, but not like the ones we know more about as the AVI or the MP4. In this case we are facing a file that includes other different files and thus be able to play a video.
Although everyone knows him as MKV his real name is MatroskaLike the Russian dolls that have the particularity of having one inside the other, well, that is the idea of this format as well.
Being a container file, what we will have will be a series of files inside it as if we put them in a box and if we have a compatible player we can even see and access them.
Within an MKV, different capacities can be included, that is, we could enter it and enjoy different parts, and even, if the file is very well prepared, choose various kinds of languages, subtitles and even some kind of extra content. We can have MKA (Matroska Audio) files when it only includes sound files, MKS (Matroska Subtitles) when it is responsible for subtitles or MK3D when they are used for 3D videos.
As is evident this type of file can be really large on several occasions, since the level of preparation can be very high.
If we have Windows 10 we will not have to worry about playing MKVs, since this operating system incorporates the support for these types of files natively, so we can see them without problems with the built-in player.
Even so, we have a huge number of players that are compatible with this specific format. Being so popular, almost all the software dedicated to this need can reproduce it, although some better than others, in the same way that happens with any type of video file.
There is no doubt that the first one on the list had to be VLC, since it is currently the favorite player for many people and one of the most used today in the world due to its enormous compatibility with all types of video files.
Obviously you MKV they do not escape even being able play subtitles of these files if they bring. But not everything stays there, it can also play DVD, CD and VCD easily, simply, very quickly and with great versatility. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux, as well as being absolutely free, great news so that everyone can use it without problems. Another of the most interesting functions is the incorporation of extensions that will make this software even more complete with extra functions that we want to put on it.
This is another program that is compatible with the MKV format and its great asset is to be able to play videos with 4K, 5K resolutions, 1080p and 360 degree HD, in addition to playing other types of video and audio formats such as MKV, M2TS, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MP3, AAC, APE, FLAC among many others, along with compatibility of subtitles srt, sub, ass And several more.
Something that we find very interesting is that it has compatibility with the content sharing system via wireless Apple AirPlay and DLNA. With 5KPlayer we can Download videos for free from all types of pages such as Facebook, MTV, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo, Metacafe, UStream, or Instagram among others. But this does not stop there, since you can also download music from sites like SoundCloud or convert online videos into MP3 or AAC formats.
We can install it on Windows and macOS computers for free.
It is a media player that supports a lot of video format like AVI, MPEG, VOB, MP4 and MKV, among many others, with the ability to reproduce subtitles (up to 14 different types). The great particularity of this software is that the videos are played directly without having a defined interface, except at the moment in which we are watching a video that everything appears in the control box of this. It is totally free and it can be a very good option, especially for those who like minimalism.
It is a player that has a good number of interesting features, in addition to being compatible with the MKV files, how could it be otherwise. In addition, you can also watch videos on 4K, 8K and even 3D. Another of the most interesting capabilities of this software is that we can see subtitles or make reproductions via online just by knowing the URL of a video. It is gratuitous, excellent news, and with a fairly simple interface, somewhat minimalist, which will not pose any problem for any type of user.
Player practically all video formats current (MKV included, of course). The interface is quite simple with a modern and quite attractive design. It is a tool that integrates and updates your own codecs, so this sense we will not have to do anything, since the software itself ensures that they are up to date and fully operational to offer us all kinds of compatibility. Something that we have loved is that keep in memory where we left them in each video, so it will be very easy to continue watching a movie or series from the same place where we had to stop it. It is totally gratuitous and compatible with Windows and Linux.