How to Convert MKV to MP4 in VLC

The VLC Media Player lets you convert any MKV file to MP4 with just a few clicks. Here is how to do it in simple steps with pictures.

MKV is one of the most preferred file formats for several video and movie files. One of the main reasons being the file format’s versatility. For instance, you can add multiple audio tracks, subtitle tracks, etc.

However, as good as the MKV format is, the MP4 format enjoys far better compatibility. Not to mention, for the same quality video file, the overall file size of an MP4 file is a bit smaller than MKV. Better compatibility means almost every device can play MP4 format. So, if you want to make sure the media file plays correctly or reduce the file size without compromising the video quality, it is better to convert MKV to MP4. This is especially useful when sharing video files.

One of the lesser-known features of VLC is its ability to convert video files from one format to the other. In fact, you can convert any VLC supported media format to another supported format. For instance, I already showed you how to convert m4b to mp3 in VLC. Similarly, you can convert MKV to MP4 in VLC using the Convert / Save option. There is no need to use another converter software.

So, without delay, let me show you how to convert MKV to MP4 in VLC Media Player in simple steps with images.

Convert MKV to MP4 in VLC

You can use the “Convert / Save” option in the VLC Media Player to convert MKV to MP4. It is straightforward to do. Here is how.

  1. Open the VLC player.
  2. Click the “Media > Convert / Save” option.
  3. Go to the “File” tab.
  4. Click the “Add” button.
  5. Select the MKV video file.
  6. Click the “Open” button.
  7. Select “Convert” from the “Convert / Save” dropdown menu.
  8. Choose the “Convert” option.
  9. Select “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)” from the Profile dropdown menu.
  10. Click the “Settings” icon next to the profile dropdown menu.
  11. Go to the “Video” tab.
  12. Select the “Keep original video track” checkbox.
  13. Go to the “Audio” tab.
  14. Select the “Keep original audio track” checkbox.
  15. Click the “Save” button.
  16. Click the “Browse” button.
  17. Choose a destination, type a file name, and click “Save.”
  18. Click the “Start” button.
  19. VLC starts converting MKV to MP4.
  20. Once done, you will see the converted MP4 in the destination folder.

Detailed steps:

First, open the VLC media player. You can do that by searching for it in the Start menu. After opening VLC, select the “Media > Convert / Save” option.

select convert save option

Here, go to the “File” tab and click the “Add” button.

click add to add mkv file to vlc

Go to the MKV file, select it, and click the “Open” button.

select mkv file to convert to mp4 in vlc

As soon as you do that, the MKV file is added to VLC. Next, click the “Convert” option from the “Convert / Save” dropdown menu.

click convert

Here, select the “Convert” option. Next, select “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)” from the “Profile” dropdown menu.

select the mp4 profile

After that, we need to modify the selected profile a bit. So, click the “Settings” icon next to the “Profile” dropdown menu.

open mp4 profile settings

Go to the “Video” tab and select the “Keep original video track” checkbox. Next, go to the “Audio” tab and select the “Keep original audio track” checkbox. Click the “Save” button.

keep original video and audio tracks

Next, we need to choose a location to save the converted file. To do that, click the “Browse” button. Select a destination, type a file name in the “Filename” field, make sure the “Save as type” is set to “MP4,” and click the “Save” button.

select a destination to save mkv to mp4 file

Finally, click the “Start” button in the main convert window.

start mkv to mp4 conversion in vlc

As soon as you do that, VLC starts the MKV to MP4 conversion. While converting the file, you will see its progress on the progress bar (seek bar).

vlc converting mkv file to mp4

Once the file is done converting, VLC will save the converted file to the destination you chose earlier. You can now close the VLC media player.

mkv to mp4 converted file

Open the File Explorer, find the converted file, and open it. It should play without any issues.

That is it. It is that simple to convert MKV to MP4 in VLC.

I hope that helps.

If you need help, comment below. I will do my best to help.

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