6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2008 11:15 AM by Ricktoronto
JoeyDee Level 1 (0 points)
Hey FOlks.

Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing slow rendering (playing) of .MKV files on their MacBook Pro. And what to do?

I have Perian, but Im not convinced QT or Front Row can play .MKV files.

What do you recommend? What software for mac that can handle .MKV files good?

CoreAVC?

-Joey

iMac G5 OS X - - MacBook Pro - - iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)
    Quicktime should be able to play those.

    System Preferences/Quicktime/Advanced/Mime Settings - check the box Matroska (a Russian codec with the mkv suffix).
  • JoeyDee Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey Klaus.

    QT will play the MKV however it's very choppy... lags for some reason?? Not sure as to why?
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)
    It could be a 'difficult' form of Matroska file. FYI Matroska is just a container like MOV or AVI, and some mkv have the video encoded with Real Video Codec (RV9 RV10). Perian+QT can't decode this, but VLC will play .mkv files just fine on OS X, as long as they don't use H.264!

    It's a bit of a lottery until Matroska decide to properly support the Apple platform. I have found this:

    http://mkv4mac.free.fr/index.php?lang=en&p=lec

    which may help.

    But there may be another workaround: 1. Get Info the mkv file
    2. Change to extension to wmv. Save as wmv and that could work better.
  • JoeyDee Level 1 (0 points)
    Ah!

    That might be the problem. It does use H.264 which means it's High Deff no? Is that the reason the playback is very choppy?
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)
    Could be. I don't have Matroska ticked in Quicktime preferences, as it is also the format used by Russian p-orn sites to distribute malware and trojans.

    But it is a fact that not ALL formats are reproducible on a Mac.
  • Ricktoronto Level 6 (11,550 points)
    JoeyDee wrote:
    Ah!

    That might be the problem. It does use H.264 which means it's High Deff no? Is that the reason the playback is very choppy?


    H.264 does not mean high definition. It can be but you can have very tiny low-def H.264 for e-mailing to people etc.