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How To Open MKV Files

MKV files—or Matroska Multimedia Container files—are an open standard free container format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file. It is a universal format for storing multimedia content like movies or TV shows.

To experience high definition (HD) qualities of your MKV files, you should open your MKV file using a virtual DVD player. HowSpot recommends VLC Media Player for high-quality viewing.


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    Download and install your free copy of VLC Media Player.

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    Run VLC Media Player for use.

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    Open a folder by clicking the menu Media > Open Folder.

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    Navigate and find the MKV file you wish to open.

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    Click Choose Folder. The MKV file should load.

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    If it is a movie or TV show, it will display an on-screen menu as it would on a DVD player. Click on the on-screen menu’s Start option to begin playing your media.


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