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Monday, July 28, 2008

How to play MKV files and troubleshooting tips

I better jot this down right away before I forget again. I have a couple of mkv x264 files on my PC that I wanted to play. I know for a fact that VLC or VideoLAN is the best media player that can do that without having to install any additional codecs, however, if you want to have other options, it's best to download a universal codec pack so in case VLC is in the fritz, you can use Windows Media Player Classic. However, the best and most effective way for me to play h.264 mkv is using TheGreenButton's tutorial. AVC really does works wonders even if you only have a dual core laptop or less than 2.0 GHz core 2 duo processor.

Another player which I found useful is the Windows Media Player Classic Home Theater Edition and they have a nice tutorial over at

PROBLEM: VLC and Media Player Classic plays sound but no video

Here's one of the problems I've encountered which frustrated me and took me about three hours of googling before I finally found the solution. Boxtorrent's tutorials actually did the job the first time with no problems however, I really wanted to play my mkv files on VLC. It turns out the problem was with my settings on VLC. Just click on settings and then preferences. Click on the General Video settings without clicking any of the drop down menus. On the right, you will see that the "overlay video output" box is checked. Uncheck this and then you're good to go.

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