"How do you burn .mkv onto a regular dvd for a dvd player? – Okay, I’m downloading this anime Eden of the East and it’s in .mkv format. Now usually I just download everything in .avi since that way I can play it on my computer or burn it. I’ve never used .mkv in my life and I want to know how do you burn it so that it plays on a regular DVD player ***(NOT on a blue ray player)***. So far I only know that you have to download the CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack) which is located under filters in order to watch this format on your computer."

If you happen to have the same question as mentioned above, you could get satisfactory answers in this guide. On this page, you will learn detailed solutions on how to play MKV files and how to burn MKV to DVD disc playable on DVD players.


Part 1: About MKV File Format

What is MKV file format


The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file. It is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. Matroska is similar in concept to other containers like AVI, MP4, or Advanced Systems Format (ASF), but is entirely open in specification, with implementations consisting mostly of open source software. Matroska file extensions are .MKV for video (with subtitles and audio), .MK3D for stereoscopic video, .MKA for audio-only files, and .MKS for subtitles only.

"Matroska" is derived from Matryoshka (Russian: матрёшка [mɐˈtrʲɵʂkə]), which refers to the hollow, wooden, "Russian doll", or Matryoshka doll, that opens to expose another doll that in turn opens to expose another doll, and so on. The logo uses "Matroška", with the caron over the "s".

3 Ways to Play MOV Files on Windows PC


Make use of codec packs or filters

You can play MKV content in Windows Media Player or DirectShow-based players by installing the correct software like MKV Splitter, FFDShow DirectShow Filters & AC3 Filter, K-Lite Codec, CCCP, etc. But do this carefully, since this would bring risk to your computer. Ninite offers multiple options for you to download. Learn More

3rd-party media player

Besides installing correct codec or filters for Windows Media Player and DirectShow-based players to play MKV files, you could still make use of 3rd-party media players like VLC media player, Leawo’s Free Blu-ray Player, etc. Learn More

Convert MKV to WMV or other formats

Free video converters could also be helpful for playing MKV files since they could convert MKV to WMV, MP4, FLV, and other formats that are accepted by your media players. You could make use of these MKV video converters to easily carry out MKV video conversion. Learn More