Get Chromebook Pro/Plus to Play MKV without Any Problem

2017 has seen two big consumer-facing Chromebook releases so far: Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus, and ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA. The Chromebook Pro and Plus are sleek 2-in-1s with bright and sharp displays. If you like to use Chrome OS, it of course a good choice, because its battery life is long and can be charged very quickly. However, for most peopel, the Chrome OS laptops are still struggling more than Mac, Windows or Linux computers when it comes to flawlessly playing every video file you throw at them. For example, though Chromebook Pro/Plus claims to support MKV formats, somtimes we still encounter Chromebook MKV playback problems. Some MKV files play nicely while others won't play on your Chromebook Pro/Plus or MKV playback with no sound. So what's the matter? Check out the reason and solution here.

Get Chromebook Pro/Plus to Play MKV

Part I: Why Chromebook Pro/Plus can't play MKV files

Part II: A Superb MKV Video Converter for Chromebook Pro/Plus

Part III: How to convert and play MKV on Chromebook Pro/Plus in Chrome OS

Part III: Additional Two Solutions to Get Chromebook Pro/Plus to play MKV

Part I: Why Chromebook Pro/Plus can't play MKV files

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With this great MKV to Chromebook converter, you can convert MKV to Chromebook for later playback at 30X faster speed & no quality loss.

According to multiple tests, it's quite credible that many a person runs into the similar problem of playing MKV on Chromebook Pro/Plus. In fact, Chromebooks (regardless of the manufacturer) don't support certain audio codecs as they're proprietary and Chrome/Google would have to pay license fees to the owners. As is known to all, MKV, the video file extension of Matroska, capable of storing a numerous audio tracks, multilingual subtitles and rich metadata in one single file is unreadable on Chromebook Pro/Plus directly sometimes the audio within the container is encoded in a proprietary codec. Providing you want to play all kinds of MKV on Chromebook Pro/Plus easily, it's wise to turn to a MKV video converter to convert MKV to a fully compatible format with Chromebook.

Part II: A Superb MKV Video Converter for Chromebook Pro/Plus

Nowadays, there are plenty of video converters flocking in the market. Only the fittest catering to the users' needs survive, among which, a cutting-edge video converter – Dimo Video Converter Ultimate occupies the dominance over the rest due to its practical features, high quality & fast speed, coupled with ease of use.

  • Practical features: Dimo Video Converter Ultimate is competent of easily converting MKV to Chromebook Pro or Chromebook Plus with compatible video files like MP4, MOV, AVI, H.264, etc.
  • High quality & fast speed: Thanks to its NVIDIA CUDA support, this MKV converter for Chromebook enables to offer lightning MKV conversion speed and remarkable audio/video quality.
  • Ease of use: The intuitive interface even grants a novice to convert and play MKV on Chromebook Pro/Plus just like A-B-C with solely three clicks.

In addition, you can not only transcode your videos including MKV, MP4, VOB, FLV, Tivo, etc. to your Chromebook without any issue, but also encode your videos for portable devices, like Samsung tablet, Nexus, Surface, Kindle Fire HD, Google, HTC,etc. with professional profile. For Mac users, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage. I'll guide you through it step-by-step.

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Part III: How to convert and play MKV on Chromebook in Chrome OS

MKV converter for Chromebook

Step 1. Load MKV videos 

This application allows you to import your MKV files in two different ways. You can either click the "Add File" button to browse your local directory or you can simply choose to drag-and-drop your local MKV video onto the program. 

Step 2. Choose the optimized format for Chromebook Pro/Plus 

Now click the "Select Format" drop-downloa list to reveal output panel. And and mouse cursor to "Format" category to Select "MP4", "MOV" or "AVI" as the output format. The optimized output format will contains the best video settings for playback on your Chromebook. 

Chromebook video settings

Tip: Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. 

Step 3. Start the MKV to Chromebook Pro/Plus conversion 

Hit the "Start" button to start converting MKV files to Chromebook. Once the conversion is finished, you will be able to get the output files for Chromebook Pro/Plus via clicking on "Open" button effortlessly. Now you can get a perfect experience when streaming and playing MKV files on Chromebook Pro/Plus. You're done! Hope this article helps.

Tip: How to Transfer converted Movies to Chromebook Pro/Plus

Method 1. Copy and paste directly.

Connect your Chromebook Pro/Plus to your computer, then copy and paste the video file to ChromeBook directly.

Method 2. Sync to Chromebook Pro/Plus via Google Play

Login your Google Play account on your computer, then upload the converted MKV videos to Google Play Movie library. When you login the same Google Play account on your Chromebook Pro/Plus, you can find where are the output MP4 movies.

Method 3. Download from Google driver

If you like to use Google driver. It's also a good way to upload your converted MKV videos to Google driver, then download it to Chromebook Pro/Plus.

Part IV: Additional Two Solutions to Get Chromebook Pro/Plus to play MKV

Solution 1. Upload your MKV video files to Google Drive, Dropbox or another file storage service that includes video playback capabilities, then stream your videos from there. Works if you have internet access so your files can be streamed and if you don't mind uploading your videos first, which can take quite some time depending on file size. If you have large H.265/HEVC MKV files, this method is not suggested. 

Solution 2. Install a video player app from the Chrome Store that is able to play more video/audio codecs (and subtitles) than the Chromebook's native player. For example, VLC is available from the web store now as a Chrome OS app. So far it's playing high bitrate HD/4K MKV files with ease. Or try H.265/HEVC player to play H.265 files. Give it a shot! 

Note: If none of the above suggestions help you out, try converting MKV videos to a format Chromebook Pro/Plus can understand. This will allow you to play your movie files even without internet access directly from your computer or a connected external USB drive or SD card. It will also reduce your video file's size without noticeable quality difference (and save disk space in the process). Please note that converting will work for most video files like MP4, MKV, FLV, MOV, WMV, VOB, Tivo, etc. It's definitely worth a try and might do the trick for you.

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