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MKV Chromebook Playback Issues Troubleshooting – 3 Ways to Play MKV on Chromebook

Author by Oswald

June 13, 2019

MKV files are supposed to be supported by Chromebook. Many users are faced with MKV playback issues, however. In order to solve that problem, three ways to play MKV on Chromebook properly are introduced in the following article: 1. Convert videos to Chromebook compatible types; 2. Chromebook MKV player App; 3. Chrome MKV player extension.

Have you been faced with issues like “Chrome MKV No Sound”, “Video Plays Sound but No Picture Chrome Streaming” while Chromebook MKV playback? Those might make you wonder:

Does Chromebook Support MKV?

Simply put, the answer is positive – Under certain circumstances. According to Chromebook Help https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183093?hl=en, here are the file types that work on Chromebook:

Media: .3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav

Codecs:

Container OGV WebM MP4 MOV AVI 3GP
Video Codec Theora VP8, VP9 H.264, MPEG4 H.264, MPEG4 MPEG4, Xvid, DivX H.264, MEPG
Audio Codec N/A Opus, Vorbis N/A N/A MP3 AAC(H.264), AMR-NB(MPEG4)

Sure, MKV is a Chromebook supported file format. Nevertheless, since MKV is a universal container as it was designed to be, it can wrap up almost anything. The unsupported media codec packed within could be the root cause of the above issues in most scenarios. So, we can either transcode MKV to Chromebook-friendly codecs or install a third-party media player that supports your MKV files. Given this, three solutions are given as follows. Hope you can find one that suits your habit.

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Solution 1. Convert MKV with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

Chromebook MKV Player and Converter

Before start, please free downloadfree download the software.

Step 1. Load MKV Files into the MKV Chromebook Converter

Install and launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, select “Converter” to enter the video converter section. Click “Add Files” button/drag files to the screen to add MKV files from local storage. You can add up to 10 files to convert in a bulk.

Click the inverted triangle at the lower-middle side of the interface to preset the destination folder.

Convert MKV to Chromebook Types

Step 2. Transcode the Video to Chromebook Compatible Types

Click on the format section at the right side of the main workplace. Select “Chromebook” under “Google” (you can find it at the category box “Select Device” above).
When it’s all set, click “Run” to start the conversion. The program will convert all the files in the queue at once, and you’ll be noticed whether to open the destination folder when it’s done. That won’t take long.
After that, your MKV files will be perfectly recognized by your Chromebook, enjoy them as usual.

Tips: As you can see, many other Google devices are provided. You can convert any videos to Google-friendly types! Streaming AVI to Chromecast, converting MKV to Chromecast type, for instance.

Solution 2. Chromebook MKV Player – VLC Media Player App

VLC Player for ChromebookVLC Player for Chromebook

VLC media player is a worldwide popular media player renowned for its open-source, powerful features, and rich codec support. VLC runs on almost all platforms, including Linux-based Chromebook. Besides almost all MKV files, it even supports online streams! That’s a reliable way to play MKV on Chromebook.

Step 1. Navigate to https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-chromeos.html to download and install VLC for Chromebook.

Step 2. By default, select from the video list that VLC scanned from your local drive. If your playlist is empty, manually add video files to VLC by clicking the triple-line menu button > Add MKV videos.

Solution 3. Play MKV on Chromebook with Media Player for Chrome

Play MKV Files on Chromebook with Media PlayerPlay MKV Files on Chromebook with Media Player

Media Player is a Chrome extension MKV player for Chromebook that plays almost all video types. Note that Chrome extensions on Chromebook are slightly different from Chrome Apps. They usually appear at the menu bar and work cooperatively with Chrome browser. Usually, no installation process needs to be taken. That makes them quite handy, I figure.

Step 1. Navigate to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/media-player/mgmhnaapafpejpkhdhijgkljhpcpecpj?hl=en and add it to Chrome.

Step 2. Click Media Player icon to extend the player main interface

Step 3. Click the play icon at the upper-left side to play videos from local

At last...

Despite the fact that those two Chrome MKV players above performed perfectly while testing, there’s still a chance that they can’t properly recognize some MKV files with niche codecs. On the other hand, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can be of great help in almost any incompatible situations, playing WMV on Chromebook likewise. Furthermore, you can even compress your MKV files with it to free up storage space for your Chromebook! And there’ll be no quality loss after the conversion. Try it out!

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