How to Get Emby to Play MKV Media Perfectly

I was able to successfully get my Emby server running. The only issue I have now is that it doesn’t play .mkv video files. I’m assuming it’s some sort of codec/transcoding issue? I can play .mp4 video files just fine. I’m looking for a way to get Emby play MKV files beautifully.

Searching high and low, I got some clues. Most of time, Emby can decode the MKV file automatically, but MKV(MKV files are not an audio or video compression format. In reality, MKV files are actually multimedia container formats. It is a container that can incorporate audio, video, and subtitles into a single file even if they use a different type of encoding.) is so complicated that Emby would fail to decode it sometimes.

In this case, you’d better convert MKV to a more friendly format for Emby. We think MP4 is a little better supported, if you are doing things like looking to play back through something like a PS4 or play without transcoding to mobile devices.

To fulfill the task, first download Brorsoft Video Converter. Overall, this excellent program is professional on fast converting MKV to Emby with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Emby) without fast encoding speed and excellent output quality. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like VOB, AVI, MOV, TiVo recordings, MPG, WMV .etc. For Mac users, you can turn to the equivalent Mac version Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which can convert MKV files to Emby on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included) without issue.

How to convert MKV to Emby most compatible MP4 format

Step 1. Load MKV files

Install and launch MKV video converter. Add the .mkv videos which you want to convert by directly dragging them to the main window of this program. Another way to import files can be done with clicking the Add button. It supports batch conversion.

Step 2. Choose output format

Click Format bar and choose your desired format. To stream MKV files via Emby easily, we recommend MP4 as the output format. And click Settings bar, you can adjust the level of compression to suit the quality you want.

Step 3. Start conversion

Hit the “Convert” button to start converting MKV for Emby playback and streaming.

After the conversion, click Open button to find the output files. Make sure the wireless network connection is accessible among the Emby Media Server and Samsung Smart TV, PS3, Xbox 360 or other media players. Then just enjoy the high quality MKV movies anywhere anytime.

Editor’s Note:
Besides format compatibility, to play MKV or other media on Emby smoothly, do as follows:
> Ensure your Emby is installed successfully without some files are omitted.
> Make sure your server version is updated to latest version.
> Your network connection is not fast enough to handle, it may impact playback performance. Maybe you will get “Loading, please wait” message on the screen.

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