Convert MKV to M4V for Free with Subler
If you have MKV movie files you’ve probably noticed they can’t be played on an iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, or a variety of other players. Not to worry though, because MKV video can be easily converted to the compatible M4V format using a free tool called Subler. If you want to get technical, this isn’t actually converting the video because MKV files are packages, basically Subler just repackages the MKV into an M4V, which can then be played in iOS and elsewhere. Anyway, it’s easy to use and very fast, we’ll walk you through the entire process.
Converting MKV Video to M4V with Subler
Subler relies on Perian to work properly, if you don’t have Perian yet be sure to download that before beginning.
- Download and install Perian (QuickTime component)
- Download and unzip Subler (get the latest beta)
- Drag the MKV into Subler that you wish to turn into an M4V
- Optionally, add metadata as appropriate
- Hit Command+S to save the M4V file and select a destination
You’ll see a “Saving” progress but Subler works very quickly, you shouldn’t have to wait long for the repackage regardless of the origin MKV video size. The resulting M4V video can now be synced through iTunes to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, played directly on an Apple TV, or watched on any other device or app that supports M4V.
On a side note, converting MKV to M4V isn’t necessary if you want to watch the movie directly on your computer, in that case, check out a handful of free MKV video players for Mac. If you need to convert other video types to iOS compatible format, Handbrake works great for that.
Thanks to Anthony and others who recommended Subler in the comments.