How to Convert MKV Files to MP4 in Simple Steps | Digital Trends Spanish

When you have to work with HD videos or incorporate subtitles, files in MKV format (also called Matroska, like Russian dolls) can be very useful. However, when trying to play them you could experience a problem, since they still do not reach the massiveness of the MP4 format. But do not worry or get tired looking for a compatible program, better learn how to convert MKV files into MP4.

Some of the most common MKV files usually come from DVD and Blu-ray movie recordings, but it is not uncommon to see them in downloaded or converted YouTube videos as well. Wherever it comes from, the MP4 format is a much more compatible media standard with most modern devices, so it’s well worth knowing how to do this conversion.

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VLC (Windows / macOS)

The VLC media player can recognize and play almost any video format including MKV. Better yet, you can also convert them to something more universal, like MP4.

Step 1: go to VideoLAN home page and download VLC. Be sure to read the fine print when installing it, so you know that you are not installing any bloatware or bloated software.

Step 2: open the software and click the tab Half in the upper left corner and select Convert / Save in the drop-down menu.

Step 3: click the button Add (Add) and locate the file you want to convert on your PC. Once selected, press the button Convert / Save at the bottom of the window.

Step 4: specify the video format you want. In this case, we recommend H.264 + Mp3 (MP4), using the drop-down menu next to Profile. By clicking on the tool’s icon, you can also make more specific configuration adjustments.

Step 5: specify in Destination where you want VLC to export your file. Then click Start. The timeline will turn into a progress bar, and once it’s finished, your video is ready. Remember that the old MKV file will still exist. If you don’t want the old file anymore and prefer more storage space on your computer, you should delete all your old MKV files when you’re done.

Cloud Convert (Web)

If you are not convinced to install a program to transform your files, there are also a number of websites that will do the job for free. Cloud Convert is one of our favorites, because it is simple and supports a wide range of file formats.

It is important to note that you will have to upload your video files to a server and the company that converts them may have access to them. The Cloud Converter Privacy Policy is clear that it does not review the files, but it is still important to take it into consideration before converting anything that you do not want to come to light.

Step 1: go to the home page of Cloud Convert and upload your file. You can search for the file through the tab Select File or import it from Google Drive, Dropbox and other storage services.

Step 2– Click the button with a down arrow next to where it says Convert to and select MP4 in the list of formats.

Step 3– When the conversion process is complete, a green download icon will appear. Click on it to download your newly converted video. Keep in mind that if you are going to convert files to MP4 frequently, you may want to download Cloud Convert as a Chrome extension or an iOS app.

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