How to Solve VLC Not Playing MKV Files Issues

Whether you are downloading videos from the Internet or if you get video files from other people, there is a high chance that you will come across MKV files. To play MKV files, one of the common choice is VLC media player. Whereas, when using VLC to play MKV videos, problems always occur: sound issues, video lagging and shaky, no pictures… This article provides detailed instruction on solving MKV in VLC playback issues. Read on to get some tips to play MKV in VLC perfectly without any trouble.

Based on our multiple testing and some guys feedback in VLC forum, we’ve figure out 4 possible solutions to VLC MKV playback issues.

Solution 1: Change Parameters

If the MKV file that is skipping is playing from a local hard drive, choose the “All” settings at the bottom of the dialog to show all of the options, then navigate to Input / Codecs -> Access modules -> File.

The caching value here is set in milliseconds, so setting the value to 1000 will buffer for 1 second (the default is 600, or 0.6 seconds). The problem with setting this option too large is that if you want to manually skip to a new point in the file, there will be a larger lag while the content is buffered again.

Solution 2: Disable hardware decoding

Some users resolve choppy VLC Playback on mkv files by disabling hardware decoding. Normally you would want hardware acceleration of the decoding process, but in some cases, it can conflict with your drivers, and it is worth a try.

Solution 3: Find VLC player alternative

Media Player Classic is a compact media player which serves as an alternative to VLC player for Microsoft Windows. For Mac users, you can try MXplayer.

Solution 4: Convert MKV to VLC most friendly format

Since MKV can’t be supported well by VLC media player, an ultimate solution is to convert MKV to VLC most friendly format. Brorsoft Video Converter is the utility for you. With it, you can fast convert MKV to AVI that can be easily played in VLC. Besides, this video convert app can allow you to convert any other popular video and audio format like XAVC(S), MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MTS, MXF, 3GP, VOB, AC3, MP3… with ultra-fast speed and zero quality loss. If you are Mac users, please turn to the equivalent Mac version Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode MKV files to VLC on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included). Once you download the video converter, follow the steps below. .

Tutorial: Convert MKV for playback in VLC media player

Step 1. Load MKV movies

Run the MKV video converting software and then import your MKV files onto the interface by convenient drag-and-drop feature. You can add several videos for converting at one time as this video converter supports batch conversion.

Step 2. Set output format

Click on “Format” bar to select output format. Here you can choose to encode MKV to .avi, .mov, .mp4 for playing with VLC.

Tip: By clicking “Settings” icon, you can enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3. Start converting MKV to VLC format

In the end, you just need to click the “Convert” button start the conversion. After the conversion done, you can get the output videos played in VLC easily with best quality.

Additional Tips:

This versatile MKV to VLC converter program not only can change MKV to VLC playable format, but also supports converting MKV to QuickTime, iTunes, Windows Media Player, MX Player, etc video players to meet your different needs.

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