Top 3 Ways to Play MKV on Mac OS X/macOS Sierra

Summary: The default media player QuickTime doesn't support MKV format. But it doesn't mean you can't play MKV on Mac. Here shows you top 3 ways to play MKV on Mac on Mac OS X/macOS Sierra (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, etc).

MKV, also known as Matroska Multimedia Container, is a free, open source container format that can hold several video audio files in one file at once. But MKV is not supported by QuickTime, the default media player on Mac OS X. So how can you play MKV on Mac (iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, etc) successfully? Today, here introduces you top 3 ways to play MKV on Mac on Mac OS X/macOS Sierra (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, etc). Just choose the one you prefer to enjoy your MKV files.


Solution 1. Play MKV on Mac with Third Party MKV Player for Mac - 5KPlayer


5KPlayer is designed to be the new style MKV player for Mac OS X/macOS Sierra and Windows 10/8/7 that can help you play MKV on Mac with QuickTime. It is associated with MacBook iMac 4K, 5K, 8K, UltraHD videos playback, let alone MKV, AVI, DivX, WMV, FLV, Webm, etc files playback. It is not only perfectly compatible with Mac OS X/macOS Sierra, but also the best free MKV player for Windows 7/8/10. This MKV player Mac could offer you high-quality images and dulcet sounds with the support of multichannel surround sound when you play DVDs, MKV AVI FLV MP4 3D files, music videos, etc on Mac (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks).


(For more MKV Players for Mac, see the complete list of MKV player for Mac->>)


Solution 2: Play MKV in QuickTime with Perian installed


Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats like the MKV. When you’ve had Perian installed, you have to quit QuickTime completely and then restart it. Note that you don’t just close the QuickTime Window; in fact, it’s still running in the background. To do this, QuickTime can update its format and encoding library.

Important Note: As you may find that Perian doesn’t work on Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and there is no upgrade news now. If you are running on Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, you’d better skip this way.


Solution 3:  Play MKV on Mac with QuickTime or iTunes by converting MKV format


Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac helps to convert MKV to MP4, M4V, MOV, etc. supported by QuickTime. With the MKV video converter, you can play MKV on Mac freely, solve Quicktime MKV playing issues, even add MKV to iTunes, Final Cut Pro, import MKV to iMovie etc. You don't need to sacrifice any video audio quality during the conversion process. The MKV video converting software also enables you to convert AVI, WMV, VRO, AVCHD, MXF, H.265/HEVC even Blu-ray and DVD to QuickTime and iTunes for playing on Mac macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, etc.


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Step 1: Load MKV File 

Free download this Mac free MKV to MOV video converter , fire it up and load the MKV files by hitting “Add Video/Audio” button. You also can add AVI to convert to QuickTime. 

Step 2: Choose output format

Select and custom output format. Click “Common Video” > “MOV – QuickTime (*.MOV)” to get the optimized output file for MKV to QuickTime conversion on Mac El Capitan.


Tip: If you like, you can click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. Remember bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss. If you want to keep 1080p Full HD resolution, set the video size as 1080*1920.

Step 3: Start MKV to QuickTime conversion on Mac 

Carry out the video conversion process by hitting the right-bottom “Convert” button. When the conversion is done, hit “Open” button on the main interface to find and locate the converted MKV files to add to QuickTime on Mac OS X 10.12.


Editor’s Note: The first and second solutions offered above have some limits anyhow. Personally, I prefer the last method which can help you view MKV files on Mac OS X including macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks without any limit.


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