Written by Kaylee Wood | Last updated: April 30, 2020
The official site acclaims that VLC media player does play MKV files, so we can call it MKV player VLC. However, we are only told that the player supports MKV briefly but without telling which types of MKV video files that VLC can open. Despite the VLC MKV player has a strong fan base and is widely-recommended by editors, its performance of MKV HD H.264 HEVC 4K videos playback is to be studied. So, in this article we have chosen kinds of SD HD and 4K UHD MKV videos to throw at it to prove whether VLC media player plays MKV files or not.
If VLC not playing MKV videos problem happens, you can choose VLC MKV media player 5KPlayer to help play any MKV files. No choke and no video audio issue, this VLC alternative plays MKV in 1080p and 4K very smoothly.
In reality, besides the high-res HEVC or H.264 MKV videos, MKV player VLC won't handle some other common standard MKV video files as well. The most frustrating reason is codec. Like MP4 or AVI, MKV is also a multimedia container format that different MKV files may contain different video audio codecs causing MKV player VLC not playing MKV files. As VLC only supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, SV1, 3ivX D4 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, you have to take some actions as below when your VLC MKV player stops working.
1. VLC MKV codec download: If it is possible, find something to make up for the imperfection. VLC codec pack download will beef up your VLC media player when there is some incompatible video audio codec.
2. Convert the MKV to VLC-supported formats: Professional video converter VideoProc provides you with an easy way to convert the MKV to VLC more compatible format without the need of downloading codec packs.
3. VLC MKV player alternative: Actually, this is the best way to fix VLC not playing MKV problem as codec download may bring virus and attacks to your computer, and the converting would cause quality loss. Therefore, a proper VLC media player MKV alternative would be the best choice when VLC is incapable especially when playing high-res 4K MKV videos. After various comparisons, we are confident that 5KPlayer is the most ideal one.
5KPlayer is firstly a video music player like VLC for multimedia playback on Windows and Mac, say MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MP3, DVD, etc files. When VLC YouTube download doesn't work, 5KPlayer is also your first choice to download videos music from YouTube as well as Dailymotion, Vevo, Facebook, etc. To perfectly match the functions of VLC media player, 5KPlayer also allows you to stream media to multiple platforms wirelessly. Regarding H.264 HEVC 4K MKV media playback, 5KPlayer performs even better than VLC media player on Mac and pleases you with smooth performances and crystal-clear images. So, free download this MKV player VLC to enjoy your MKV videos without worries.
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