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Troubleshooting on Kodi MKV Playback Issues

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Update on December 30, 2019

Can Kodi Play MKV? The answer is positive, but the file type is restricted. I’ll explain on this page why can’t you play MKV correctly on Kodi and provide you with an easy yet overall Kodi MKV solution.

Q: Never had this issue before but have a bunch of videos in MKV format for the first time. When Kodi plays it, it is just a green screen. The files play fine under windows. If it’s not a simple thing to make them work under Kodi, I guess I could always convert them with Handbrake, but that’s a timely job, as these are a lot of files.

- asked by WyldStallions from VideoHelp

A: Let’s check out Kodi supported video formats first:

Container formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV/MKA (Matroska), QuickTime, MP4, M4A, AAC, NUT, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia RAM/RM/RV/RA/RMVB, 3gp, VIVO, PVA, NUV, NSV, NSA, FLI, FLC, DVR-MS, WTV, TRP and F4V.

Video formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), H.265 (as from Kodi 14) HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak.

Audio formats: MIDI, AIFF, WAV/WAVE, AIFF, MP2, MP3, AAC, AACplus (AAC+), Vorbis, AC3, DTS, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, Monkey's Audio (APE), RealAudio, SHN, WavPack, MPC/Musepack/Mpeg+, Shorten, Speex, WMA, IT, S3M, MOD (Amiga Module), XM, NSF (NES Sound Format), SPC (SNES), GYM (Genesis), SID (Commodore 64), Adlib, YM (Atari ST), ADPCM (Nintendo GameCube), and CDDA.

As you can see, MKV is a supported container format to Kodi. But the “video and audio formats” listed above stand for the supported types of video/audio encoder, which are packed within the video container and determine the videos’ quality, compatibility, etc. Since MKV is a universal container that can wrap virtually all kinds of video/audio formats, if the encoder it’s packing is not supported by Kodi, it’ll lead to playback issues like black/green screen, audio and video not syncing, no picture/voice, etc.

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Step 1. Load Unsupported MKVs into the Kodi Converter

Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, hit “Converter” module to enter the converter workplace. Go the upper-left “Add Files” button or simply drag and drop to the center of the program to load unsupported MKV videos into the program. Then customize output file folder at “Output folder” box underneath.

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Click on the output format section on the right side to enter the output format section. From within, you get to choose from 500+ formats and devices to convert MKV to. To play MKV on Kodi properly, locate MP4 icon from “Video” category, click it to convert MKV to MP4(H.264+AAC), that’s an industry-standard video format supported by all mainstream platforms. When ready, hit “Run” to start the conversion, and it won’t be long.

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