How to convert MKV to AVI with subtitles?

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12-26-2009 12:20 AM

kasper wrote:
don’t spend HOURS to convert your .mkv files to
avi using damn converters!,just rename the
.mkv extension to .avi and put the subtitle file in same folder as you do with other avi files.
that’s all!!
I think that is the best and easiest solution :)

will this method work on the ps3? reply


12-27-2009 02:41 PM

how can i rename .mkv to .avi ? reply


01-20-2010 04:50 PM

i’ve found a program that converts mkv to any format and that keeps the subtitles(it hardcodes them)

the program is format converts any media into any other media

the only thing i find sad about this program is that the converted files are a bit big a mkv that’s about 240 mb turns out to be 600mb when converted..but at least it keeps the subtitles.. (i think you need to install the latest CCCP codec pack but you probably already done that reply


02-05-2010 02:35 AM

and the program is???? reply


02-05-2010 02:47 AM

can it do ps3 reply


03-01-2010 03:06 AM


I’m trying to play MKV files on my xbox 360 which i bought to play HD content on my TV. So I have a movie that I want to play on my xbox

I currently use Moyea Converter to get the MKV-AVI but I lose quality of the audio by using it. It seems only to convert to stereo 128 kpbs (maybe because I’m using the trial) This allows me to play the movie with HD quality but the sound is not as good as I want. I got the system to play at the top (without the cost of a PS3). Then I get the free subtitles somewhere and I use AVI ReComp to hardcode them onto the movie/tv show because my girlfriends english is not perfect or some movies are in foreign languages.

I was hoping to find some easier way to do this. I’ve tried using Media Coder but it doesn’t start all the time, seems to have audio issues with the client, or sometimes no output. I’m pretty good with software but this stuff is all new to me. Please can someone help me. I would really appreciate it. The guides and all that have been confusing usually with some key point or information not clearly explained.

I’ve tried all the guides with FFFDShow but it still doesn’t help, maybe cause my Windows 7 is on the MAC bootcamp

Thank you reply


04-29-2010 12:59 AM

I have a software. Format Factory. Give me your email. I’ll email it to you. Its in chinese but you can change the language. No hassle. Just apply and convert. You get great resolution also. reply


06-12-2010 04:13 AM

it’s for “kasper”... can you tell me one thing? I tried the same with your idea, renaming the ".mkv” to ".avi”, but it worked only in players like VLC player. I want to know whether the same will work in DVD players..?? reply


06-14-2010 12:49 AM

I am following your directions however, it is keeps saying error(17) with the .ass subtitle file. I noticed you didn’t add anything in your tutorial about subtitles. Could you explain what settings need to be used under the subtitle tab? reply


06-14-2010 12:50 AM

Sorry, I am sending this message to hitman. reply


06-16-2010 04:46 PM

For MAC especially

I don’t know whether my solution will help anyone but since I was one of those who scratched my head trying to convert mkv to avi keeping the subtitle!! and I am a “Mac user” and now I am no longer fighting the impossible.... I think may be the info will be good for other Mac people. Do tell if you have better solution though.

You need 3 things - all very popular
1. VisualHub - usually does the job on its own with Force:QT encoding but sometimes, some subtitle doesn’t come out as nice....and mess up the images so this is when this solution is useful!
2. ffmpegX
3. iMkvExtract

None of these should be new if you come this far into reading/trying about mkv-avi convert

Step1: Use VisualHub to convert mkv to avi i.e. assuming QT encoding gives you not very nice subtitles. The result is *.avi with no subtitle

Step2: Open mkv with iMkvExtract and only ask for the subtitle track to be extracted. Rename the result subtitle file to the same name as the avi file but with *.srt as the extention.

If these 2 files - *.avi & *.srt are put in the same folder, the avi will run with subtitle.

Step3: For those who want to hard coded the subtitle onto the avi, ffmpeg can do the job. Drag *.avi to ffmpeg, select your codec. In Filters, load subtitle in, change font size and pos if you like. Then Encode.

Good luck reply


07-14-2010 02:03 PM

I use MelodyCan. It is the best, easiest and fastest converter I found. You can try it) reply


07-30-2010 09:25 AM

I got a program that put subs on avi format. Its called AVIAddXSubs. I use it to see movies on my ps3. Have fun. reply


08-03-2010 10:27 AM

Id like to throw my 2cents in but before I do, which codecs are in your MKV file? reply


08-29-2010 10:55 PM

hi im using super but it takes 40 mins to convert one episode of anime. reply


11-03-2010 07:20 PM

hitman47 wrote:
My god!

Well people are kind of slow.

OK, to do this you get MKVToolnix and MKVextractGUI.

After you have them both, you install MKVToolnix and extract the GUI into the install directory.

Now, open MKV extract and drag the file you want to part out into the open file space.

Tell it where you want the files and tell it to extract. Once done you will have the audio, video and subtitles in one folder awaiting to be put into another container.

Now to not have the new .sub/.srt/.txt subs as a separate file, you’ll have to hard-code the subtitles into the video.

OR you could leave it nice and organized in the .mkv container. Then, explain why you want to change the container.

If you still want to continue into .avi say so and I’ll continue.

okay Mr. Smart Guy. doing it your way actually seperates the file into 2. An .idx & .sub file. Now how you go about putting those 2 files together to create 1 .sub file or .srt file since the .sub file it gives out is encoded. Your technique doesnt work for every mkv file especially if it has vob subs. reply


01-18-2011 06:30 PM

i used mkn to avi with sub, the nideo result doesn’t have audio reply


01-19-2011 01:28 AM
24 posts

kasper wrote:
don’t spend HOURS to convert your .mkv files to
avi using damn converters!,just rename the
.mkv extension to .avi and put the subtitle file in same folder as you do with other avi files.
that’s all!!
I think that is the best and easiest solution :)

It sounds the easiest way , but i does not work on my computer! reply


01-21-2011 04:43 PM
Zylo Elliot
1 posts


Thanks a lot for your earlier report.I’m just finding some difficulties in knowing where and how to put the subtitle file in same folder as you do with other avi files.
Please,tell me how? reply


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