Convert MKV to MP4 with VLC Media Player on Windows/Mac

VLC Media Player should be your go-to software for MKV to MP4 conversion. It is fast, reliable, and accessible. HandBrake and Premute can be served as alternatives to the VLC media player. Follow our guide to learn the conversion procedure in detail.

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Jane Zhou

Updated on May 24, 2024

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MKV format is a free container that holds audio and video in a file. But no matter how great it is, its use is limited to viewing purposes. It takes up a lot of storage and troubles uploading. Also, they are not compatible with most media devices.

MP4, however, is more compatible and compresses the file for size reduction, keeping the content quality as well. Therefore, MKV to MP4 conversion has become popular these days. People also ask about the best MKV to MP4 converters. Below is a guide on how to convert MKV to MP4 with VLC Media Player and other tools on Windows and Mac.

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
VLC Media Player Open-source video converter to convert file formats quickly. Super easy
EaseUS VideoKit Convert MKV to MP4 on Windows and macOS in bulk. Super easy
HandBrake Free video transcoding tool with third-party share limit. Easy
Permute Offer basic file conversion on macOS. Easy

Related Article: >> Convert MP4 to MP3 with VLC

Convert MKV to MP4 with VLC Media Player on Windows/Mac

The most professional, reliable, and efficient software you can use is VLC Media Player. It is an open-source, free-to-use converter and supports almost all formats. The best part about this player is that it offers better features than paid ones.

Its conversion speed is fast enough to keep you waiting to get the converted file. For the music freaks, this software extends its procession of audio files so you can know its name and title. This software is perfect for everyone with different technical backgrounds, from naive to experts.

Besides conversion, the VLC media player offers other features like creating playlists, getting subscription details, adding subtitles, applying audio/video filters, etc. Also, the procedure of conversion is the same for both Windows and Mac.

Converting MKV to MP4 with VLC Media Player:

Step 1. You should have the software downloaded on your PC/Mac. Open it. Click "Media" > "Convert/Save".


Step 2. Browse and click "Open" on the MKV file that needs to be converted. Click "Add".

Add file

Step 3. Choose "Convert/Save". Then, click "Browse" and set the location for the converted file.

Step 4. In the "Profile" tab, you choose "Video-H.265+MP3(MP4)."

vlc media player mkv to mp4

Step 5. Press "Start," and you can find the converted MP4 file in the destination folder you set.


Watch the YouTube video guide to learn in detail.

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:46 Finding the MKV file
  • 1:17 Converting MKV to MP4

Alternatives to VLC Media Player: Convert MKV to MP4 on Windows/Mac

If you don't want to convert MKV to MP4 with VLC, try some alternatives on Windows and Mac. 

Convert MKV to MP4 with EaseUS VideoKit on Windows & macOS

The VLC media player is not the only functional tool; EaseUS VideoKit allows this function as well. With a more simple interface, this crossplatform software attracts more common users. You can convert MKV to MP4 with a few simple steps without losing quality. After conversion, the quality can remain the same. 

Meanwhile, you can apply more options for the video, such as setting the resolution and so on. 

Main Features:

  • Effectively support 1000+ formats
  • Allow 30X faster converting speed
  • Change the frame rate, and resolution of a video
  • Convert MKV to other formats like MOV, MKV, M4A, etc. 

Now, catch this chance to try this tool!

How to make this conversion:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS VedioKit and move to the "Video Converter" tab.

choose video converter

Step 2. Click "Choose File" or drag and drop your video files to the area. Add another file or folder atop. 

Choose File

Step 3. Select the target format that you want to convert, and define its ratio, or you can choose a specific rate under "Device" and "Web Video" for certain platforms. You can also tab the gear icon next to the file to access the same interface.

Select the target format

Step 4. Click "Save to" for the location, and check "Merge all files" to merge them. Choose turn on "High-speed conversion" and "GPU Acceleration" optionally.

define video output setting

Step 5. Press "Convert" at the right of the clip or click "Convert All" in the bottom right to convert. After that, you can find the converted file in the designated folder.

Convert file

Convert MKV to MP4 with HandBrake on Windows

HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoding tool. It is efficient in converting and editing as well as reliable for your data safety. You can convert MKV files to MP4 in a few seconds with this tool. It has a strict policy not to share your files with any third-party software. Also, this software can rip DVDs from protected and unprotected sources.

You can upload as many files as needed and convert them into a single batch. Before clicking the Convert button, you can apply several editing features based on your needs. You can crop, tweak, change the codec, etc.

handbrake convert mkv to mp4

Here is a list of steps on how to convert MKV files to MP4:

Step 1. Launch this program on Windows. Click "Open Source". Browse and click "Open" at the target MKV file.

Step 2. The imported file appears on the Dashboard. You can edit it. After that, click "Summary" > "MP4" from "Format."

Step 3. Type the name in the output file and click "Save As." Lastly, click "Start Encode".

Save MKV as MP4 Using Permute on Mac

The perfect software for Mac users is Permute. It's simple, plain, and easy-going. The conversion of this tool is precise enough to keep the content retained. There are many supporting formats in it, including converting MKV to MP4.

Besides conversion, it has editing features you can use. It lets you rotate videos, change their size, and modify them via other tools. You can match the file results to your specific device through presets available for Apple hardware.

permute convert mkv to mp4

How to convert MKV to MP4 with Permute on Mac:

Step 1. Download it. Click "File" > "Open" to import the MKV file to this program.

Step 2. Select MP4 from the "Video" drop-down menu.

Step 3. There is a sub-window within the MKV file territory. Click "Play" from it. Then, you get the converted MP4 with it. 


To solve the compatibility issues that MKV files put forward, you need to convert them to a format like MP4, which is less space-taking and more compatible. VLC Media Player is considered the best tool since it is free and offers complicated features through a simple interface. You can also learn how to convert MKV to MP4 with VLC from this post.

To convert MKV to MP4 with other tools, you can choose EaseUS VideoKit on Windows and Permute on Mac. Both are efficient, like the VLC media player, offering perfect user-friendliness.

Convert MKV to MP4 with VLC FAQ

1. Can VLC convert MKV to MP4?

Yes, you can convert MKV to MP4. This is how you do it:

  • Download VLC from the official VideoLAN website.
  • Open VLC and go to the Media menu.
  • Select "Convert/Save."
  • Click the "Add" button to import your MKV file.
  • Hit "Convert/Save" again.
  • In the profile drop-down menu, choose MP4 as the output.
  • Click "Save."
  • Finally, click "Start."

2. What is the best way to convert MKV to MP4?

The best way to convert MKV to MP4 is by using reliable video converter software like HandBrake, VLC Media Player, or EaseUS VideoKit.

After downloading and installing the chosen software, open it, import your MKV file, select MP4 as the output format, adjust settings if necessary, specify the output location, start the conversion process, and check the converted MP4 file in the designated folder. 

3. How to convert MKV to MP4 for free?

You can convert MKV to MP4 for free using the open-source HandBrake or a free online conversion service. The steps are listed above.

4. How to convert MKV to MP4 without software Windows 10?

You can convert MKV to MP4 without additional software in Windows 10 using Windows Media Player.

  • Find the MKV file you want to convert and right-click it.
  • Select "Open with" and choose "Windows Media Player."
  • Start playing the MKV file in Windows Media Player.
  • Open the "File" menu.
  • Choose "Save as" from the "File" menu.
  • In the "Save as type" drop-down menu, select "MP4" as the output format.
  • Select the folder where you want to save the converted MP4 file.
  • Click "Save" to convert and save the file as MP4 in the specified location.

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