Can't play MKV movie by iTunes(12)- Solution

Published on by Chris King

Can’t import and play MKV in iTunes(12)? Two possible solutions are listed in this page to teach you how to convert MKV to iTunes friendly format. Here is a simple How-To. 

Can't play MKV movie by iTunes(12)- Solution

I’m in great excitement to download the iTunes 12 as I’m new to iTunes and my iPad Air. Instead of paying for movies, TV shows or other videos in iTunes store, I want to import some local files to iTunes 12 and watch them with my iPad during journey. However, I found I can’t play MKV movie in iTunes, let alone transfer it to iPad Air. I’m now seeking for a simple way to add MKV to iTunes 12 for playing and syncing.

Searching online, I got some possible solution to importing MKV to iTunes. First I tried the free way- convert MKV to iTunes with Handbrake. Usually, we like HandBrake for converting video files. MKV is also easy to convert with HandBrake. But there’s a catch, the interface can look a bit confusing and the output files seems not in perfect video/audio sync. The video starts lagging behind the sound within 30-60 seconds.

Another method recommended by more than one guys is to encode MKV to iTunes with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. It can enables you to convert and import MKV to iTunes on Mac without hassle. The main features of this MKV to iTunes Converter for Mac are high conversion speed with zero quality loss and supporting to convert from and to more than 70 formats like MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, MKV, MOV, etc. The outstanding one is that the tool adopts optimized audio and video in sync technology, which keeps you away from audio and video out of sync issues. The equivalent Windows version is Brorsoft Video Converter for Windows, which can convert MKV movies to iTunes in Windows (Include Windows 8). Just download it and follow the steps below to get MKV files into iTunes library.

How to Convert and add MKV files to iTunes(12) on Mac

1. Add MKV files to this converter

Install and launch the MKV file Converter Mac and click the "Add" button to load 1080p, 720p MKV files from your computer or devices.

2. Select iTunes supported format

Since iTunes supports MP4, M4V and MOV formats, you can click Format bar and choose any of the three from Common Video as the output file format. If you want to import .mkv to iTunes for playing on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, etc., you can also directly select a format from decent device preset like iPad Air.

3. Start to convert MKV to iTunes on Mac OS X

Click the "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, this MKV to iTunes Converter Mac will start to convert MKV videos to iTunes(12).

See, so easy, isn't it. After the conversion finished, add the converted MKV files to iTunes and you can transfer them to your iPhone or iPad and enjoy them anywhere anytime.

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Comment on this post

Tyler 01/28/2015 01:28

I got a lo of Yify MKV videos from internet. This article helps me add MKV videos into iTunes successfully. Great sharing!

Glenn 01/26/2015 11:44

It's impossible to import an incompatible format to iTunes, expect converting MKV to iTunes. What I need is a professional and easy-to-use MKV to iTunes converter. I think I've found it out. I tried Brorsoft Video Converter. It works in good performance. The most important is that it can help me batch convert MKV to iTunes, iPad, iPhone.

Bobcolor 11/25/2014 12:49

I have been reading about a lot of mac software that can remux mkv into iTunes format. But I decide the mkv to itunes converter for brorsoft due to its option for free parameter settings. I always struggle to adjust my video files to a decent one I want.