Having trouble playing MKV files on your Chromebook? Then you can follow this article to find the easy way to fix the problem.
Google, Samsung, Acer, HP, Ausus, Toshiba, Lenovo all have released or will release their own Chromebook laptops. Some are much sought after in the education field for its handiness, security, battery life, inexpensive price. However, Chromebooks are still struggling more than Mac, Windows or Linux computers when it comes to flawlessly playing every video file you throw at them. And many folks are facing problems when playing MKV files on Chromebook. Let’s see some frequently asked questions on this.
“Is there a way to play .mkv files on my Acer Chromebook? The file plays without audio.”
“I have a Chromebook HP 11 and i have the first season of Narcos on my external hard drive. All of the files are MKV files but the only thing is that I can only hear audio, video is absent. I have tried HEVC and it didnt work. HELP”
It is officially stated that MKV is supported by Chromebooks. But strangely, some MKV files work and some just don’t seem to be playable on Chromebook. In fact, Chromebooks (regardless of the manufacturer) don’t support certain audio codecs as they’re proprietary and Chrome/Google would have to pay license fees to the owners. MKV containers are supported but if the audio within the container is encoded in a proprietary codec, it won’t play.
Other than hosting your video files on e.g. something like Google Drive and trying to play them from there, you could convert them to another container format like MP4 (where the audio gets converted into a different audio codec that Chromebooks play back) with an app like EaseFab Video Converter, which is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Chromebook compatible MP4 format without quality loss. It’s very easy to use and only three clicks you can finish the task. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, EaseFab Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage. Here is how to do it.
Simple steps to get MKV files and Chromebook to play nicely
Step 1. Load original MKV files
Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. Drag&Drop function is included. You can also add VOB, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, etc. videos to it. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)
Step 2. Select output format
Click “Profile” (located below where your files are displayed) and select the format you want from the drop-down list. To convert MKV for Chromebooks, just choose “MP4” from “Common Video” as the output format.
Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original MKV file while also saving space. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
Step 3. Start MKV to Chromebook Conversion
Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert MKV to Chromebook compatible MP4 video files.
After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Now you will find it a great experience to play MKV files on Chromebook without any problem. Hope this article helps.