How to convert .mkv file to .avi file?

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A quick and dirty way to convert MKV programs to AVI or even Mpeg, is an open source program called DEVEDE. It’s mostly used to create Video DVD image files, but there is also an option to save the work to a different format. There isn’t any options to tweak anything, but I’ve been happy with the results. My first generation single core Athlon 64 doesn’t have enough horsepower to handle MKV. It can’t even display .264 without dropping frames. So I convert them all using DEVEDE. It’s nothing fancy but I don’t have time to figure out virtual dub and this is free also. Look for the windows version, it isn’t on their home page. Search for DEVEDE windows version in Google. reply

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The MKV guys have gotta figure out that if they want to be the top media encoders, they have to provide the tools for video editors to work with their format. reply

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Here is also a tutorials for how to convert mkv to avi without loss subtitle?

http://www.008soft.com/convert-mkv-without-loss-subtitle.htm reply

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Hi, I’ve networked with my friend on Hamachi. He has a monster computer with a great film library of 720pi and 1080pi movies. They are all in .mkv format. Also, my CPU is appallingly bad (I’m on a 300 pound laptop) and so my CPU cn’t handle even 720pi movies. My AV sync is appalling (the video is in slow motion while the audio plays in real time but skips a bit in places). Can anyone give me advice on making these films watchable with a bad processor (like converting them to lower quality quickly)? I don’t mind how LQ they are as long as I can watch them smoothly and they don’t hurt my eyes! I have downloaded a short clip to my ard drive to work with and can download any of the other full films so please help me! reply

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The best program to convert MKV to Avi I tried so far is called IMTOO MPEG Encoder which you can find it at www.thepiratebay.org. Not fuss, just chose the quality you want and press a convert button and here we are. Few minuntes and you will have an avi file ready to go with high quality sound. The only thing is that my MKV file was 350MB and after the convertion (quality 1:1) it became 990MB. reply

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.mkv is a far superior container.

Which codec did you go with in .avi?

The codec itself could be the reason for the high file size.

Not to mention bit-rates.

Try going for the .mp4 codec on an .avi conversion...

It has multiple audio track support and is equal in quality (HD or not) to .mkv.

Though, .mkv can support soft subtitles (Subs that can be turned on/off) .mp4 can have certain subtitle types that are able to be turned on/off but they are rarely used.

It will still be an .avi file but it will use the .mp4 codec. reply

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I have been trying to do the same. The thing is, when i demux the mkv file with MKVExtractGUI I am not getting an srt file
but an .ass file + 2 others: TimeCode_Track3.txt and a Chapters.txt. The code in the .ass file does have the subtitles in them, anyway, they look different from usual srt files.So what I do - I just rename it to srt? I am not going to encode for hour just to find it didn’t work with the subs in the end. reply

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Nicklas,

You could always keep a backup of the .ass file and rename the extension to .srt.

OR

You can use a program called SubResynch (Comes with the vobsub package) or subtitle workshop to convert the .ass to .srt.

Subresynch:
http://www.videohelp.com/download/VobSub_2.23.exe

Subtitle Workshop:
http://www.urusoft.net/products.php?cat=sw&lang=1 reply

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I you want to play a .mkv file, try using VLC media player - its free and it works!

You can get the VLC player for free here:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


Hope this helps :-)

Ian

http://iandavid.synthasite.com/ reply

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What a completely f*cking retarded format. I would rather stick my c*ock in a blender than try to convert an mkv file. reply

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use vso convertx to dvd 3 to copy to disc then once thats done use nero 7 or 8 to do the rest reply

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qball what program do i use to convert mkv to avi? i have a couple of 1280x720 HD mkv i wanna watch through my xbox and xbox wont play mkv.

fyi. i know nothing about this stuff. reply

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http://www.eztoosoft.com/mkv-video-converter.html reply

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@Taldarin: But WinAvi only does AVI to DVD, AVI to VCD, AVI to MPEG, AVI to MPG, AVI to WMV, DVD to AVI, MOV convert, all video format to AVI/WMV/RM and burning vcd/svcd/dvd.


Has anyone tried AVS Video Converter @ www.avs4you.com? reply

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Gattz wrote:
i am tring to convert my mkv video to avi and when i try to open it with virtualdubmon 1.5.10.2 an di getting this error:

Couldn’t locate decompressor for format “yyyy” (unknow). vurtualdub requires a video for windows (VFW) compatibale codec to decompress video. Directshow codecs, such as those used by Windoes media player, are not suitable. Only direct stram copy is avaible for this video.

my goal is not to save space .. it’s jsut to switch the vdeio mkv to avi so i can forward the video that’s it.. i have tried to intstall for codec Video for Windows but its still not working. i ahve install a bunch of stuff as i red on a website such as: oggds0995 mkvextracgui 3ivx lame mp3 etc etc. But the think is i can’T open the file from the start with virtualdub .. so if i can open it at least i will be able to figure out what to do after. Any help will be greatly apprecite :)

MKV is just a container and AVI is yet another container type.. I guess you are just trying to change the container type to keep the exact Video and audio quality... I would suggest to use the simplest methood by using VLC player.

Start the VLC player and select File->Wizard .. open the source file, then DO NOT select “Transcoding”.. and next to select the AVI container type. then in next step select the output file and finish to convert it...

Its simple efficient and free..!!!

Hope it helps. reply

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Is there any specific converting program which converts mkv to avi or mov ? reply

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Leawo Free Avi Converter
http://www.filetransit.com/download.php?id=76019

Try out this program... I have the same problem as you and this program claims to work. I will keep tryin' until one works for me. reply

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The program seems to be working. It says it will take 10 minutes. It makes a very large file, so you would have to get Windows Movie Maker to trim it down if you don’t want a two hour movie to 1.14 MB. reply

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It says it will take 1 hour.. I was reading wrong. It does SEEM to be working so far though. reply

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