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Easy Way to Solve XBMC Won't Play MKV

MKV XBMC Playback Issues

Although XBMC says that it can play a plenty of media formats including MKV, however, we can easily find various issues and complaints referring to "can't play MKV on XBMC ". Below shows part of the problems:

  • "My problem is that I have ripped Blurays to MKV files using Handbrake but when I try to play these MKV files on XBMC then I sometimes get sound but no video. Once in a while I will get both. "
  • "My problem is that a lot of mine MKV Files stop playing at stated points in XBMC media player. It happens always at the same time of the movies; if I skip that point with forwarding the movie it continues playing (till a possibly next failure). "
  • "So recently I've been playing around with my XBMC-setup, trying to get it to run MKV files smoothly. For some reason the HD MKV-files didn't play well with my AMD/ATI Radeon card."
  • "I just ripped my first blu ray. It plays fine in VLC but when I add it to the library in XBMC it doesn't show up. "

Why Can't Play MKV on XBMC? How to Solve XBMC Won't Play MKV?

So the users can't help wondering why XBMC won't play MKV files successfully. In fact, XBMC allows users to play MKV files, but the condition is not that stable. Whether we can play MKV on XBMC or not, it mainly depends on the video/audio codec included in the MKV video. To put it in other words, XBMC can't play MKV smoothly if the codec not supported by the XBMC player. To solve this problem, we have an easy solution: convert MKV to XBMC more compatible formats.

How to Convert MKV to XBMC?

iDealshare VideoGo is a powerful MKV to XBMC converter, which supports converting MKV files to XBMC more supported AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MV/MKA, MP4, Quick Time, AAC, M4A, AIFF, WAV. MPEG-4, RMVB, MPEG-2, RealVideo, etc., and enable MKV easily played on XBMC. The following illustrates a step-by-step guidance.

Make Preparation: Free download MKV to XBMC Converter

Free download the professional MKV XBMC Converter - iDealshare VideoGo (Windows Version, Mac Version), install and run it, the following interface will pop up.

MKV to XBMC Converter

Step 1 Add MKV files

Click "Add File" button to import MKV files which you want to play on XBMC. Or simply drop your MKV files into this XBMC MKV Converter.

Convert MKV to XBMC Supported Format

Step 2 Define output format

Click the "Profile" drop-down button to select desired format from the "General Video" category. People usually choose MP4 or WMV as the target format.

Step 3 Complete MKV to XBMC conversion

Click the "Convert" button to finish converting MKV to XBMC format. Now, enjoy the converted MKV files on XBMC SMOOTHLY!

What's XBMC?

XBMC is a free media player, available for multiple OS and various hardware platforms, and almost all common digital media files both from local and network can be played on it. In other words, XBMC supports most audio, video, image formats, third-party plug-ins etc.

The main formats XBMC supports:

  • Container formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MV/MKA, MP4, Quick Time, AAC, M4A, etc.
  • Audio formats: AIFF, WAV, MIDI, AAC, AC3, ALAC, FLAC, etc.
  • Video formats: MPEG-4, RMVB, WMV, AVC, MPEG-2, RealVideo, etc.

What's MKV?

MKV (Matroska Video Format) is an open free multimedia container format, usually used to wrap movies with several audio and subtitle tracks.