How can I watch MKV files on Chromebook?

“I have a Chromebook HP 11 and i have the first season of Narcos on my external hard drive. All of the files are MKV files but the only thing is that I can only hear audio, video is absent. I have tried HEVC and it didnt work. HELP”


Why Chroombooks won’t play MKV files well?

In fact, it is officially claimed that MKV is supported by Chromebooks. But strangely, some MKV files work and some just don’t seem to be playable on Chromebook. In fact, Chromebooks (regardless of the manufacturer) don’t support certain audio codecs as they’re proprietary and Chrome/Google would have to pay license fees to the owners. MKV containers are supported but if the audio within the container is encoded in a proprietary codec, it won’t play.

How can I play MKV on Chromebook in Chrome OS?

Solution 1:

Upload your MKV video files to Google Drive, Dropbox or another file storage service that includes video playback capabilities, then stream your videos from there.

Works if you have internet access so your files can be streamed and if you don’t mind uploading your videos first, which can take quite some time depending on file size. If you have large H.265/HEVC MKV files, this method is not suggested.

Solution 2: Install a video player app

Install a video player app from the Chrome Store that is able to play more video/audio codecs(and subtitles) than the Chromebook’s native player. For example, VLC is available from the web store now as a Chrome OS app. So far it’s playing high bitrate HD/4K MKV files with ease. Or try H.265/HEVC player to play H.265 files. Give it a shot!

Solution 3: Convert your MKV video files to a format that Chromebooks accept.

If none of the above suggestions provide relief, try converting your videos to a format that plays on Chromebooks. This will allow you to play your movie files even without internet access directly from your computer or a connected external USB drive or SD card. It will also reduce your video file’s size without noticeable quality difference (and save disk space in the process).

In order to convert MKV to Chromebook with high speed and excellent quality, you’re highly recommended to adopt the professional yet easy-to-use Brorsoft Video Converter, which is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Chromebook compatible MP4 format without quality loss. Besides MKV, you’re also allowed to handle other more video formats, like MXF, WMV, FLV, VOB, AVI, MTS, etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is your best alternative.

Simple steps to get MKV files and Chromebook to play nicely

Step 1. Load original MKV files

Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. You also can drag the file to the program’s window list directly. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)


Step 2: Choose output format

Click Format bar to get the format list and select a proper export format. For Chromebook, MP4 in “Common Video” column can be compatible.


Tips: Adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the “Settings” button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Step 3. Start MKV to Chromebook Conversion

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert MKV to Chromebook compatible MP4 video files.

After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Now you will find it a great experience to play MKV files on Chromebook without any problem. Hope this article helps.

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