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Convert MKV to MP4 on a Mac

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Well, I’m at it again, after developing the ISOx360 and Wii Tools, I thought about what else might be a useful tool for all of the fellow Mac OS X users out there. One thing that came to mind was that most of the HD content that can be found on the internet is usually in MKV format.

I wont cover the MKV format in-depth, just know that it is a container and not a codec, similar to how an AVI can be encoded as a divx or an xvid, an MKV file can use many different codecs. Most commonly MKV files contain the H.264 / X.264 codec for Video and the DTS / AC3 codec for audio.

The other thing you need to know about MKV files and HD content is that a typical 720P MKV file using an H.264 codec has a max bit-rate of about 9000, currently the AppleTV can only support 720P content with a Video bit-rate of up to 5000. If this limitation didn’t exist we could easily transcode the file to an MP4 / M4V container, but because of the Video limitation, we need to re-encode the file at a lower bit-rate. Don’t worry about quality, I haven’t seen any noticeable decrease in quality when re-encoding.

So, enough with the tech talk, you’re probably wondering, the title of the post is Convert MKV to MP4 on a Mac, so I’ll get on with it. The application that I’ve developed makes this an easy 1 step process. You load the MKV file, choose a save location for the new MP4 file, pick a few options and click convert. When its done, you can copy the MP4 file to your AppleTV / iTunes and enjoy great quality HD content.

Note: My application will also remove subtitles and convert any DTS audio track to AC3 so that you can keep all the surround sound. The thing is, to enjoy the surround sound, you’ll have to use the optical output on your AppleTV and have a receiver that can correctly decode the audio, along with a nice set of surround sound speakers.

You can download a trial of the application below, it will work exactly 10 times before it is rendered useless at which point you will have to purchase it, but don’t worry I kept the price cheap, only $14.95.

Download :

  Click to Download the MKV2AppleTV Trial (9.4 MiB, 1,970 hits)

Purchase:
Click to Purchase an MKV2AppleTV License

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20 Responses to “Convert MKV to MP4 on a Mac”
  1. rmara says:

    Hi chris ,

    I would really be interested in your Mkv to mp4 application, if it could keep the subs in hard encode, Many HD mkv files on teh net now come with several languages and several subtitles to chose so we can appreciate an original version with subs …

    Do you think you will relase this option in your program sometime soon ?

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  2. Chris says:

    I am planning on implementing this in a future version. Hopefully by the end of this month.

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  3. lol sweet info man.

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  4. liuyesi54 says:

    You can choose Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac.
    - Keep original Blu-ray movie quality with the full disc copy function.
    - Enrich your NAS with more videos and songs and enjoy with home theatre systems.
    - Help you put videos and Blu-ray movies to iPad, iPhone, XboX 360, Zune, Nexus One, Blackberry, etc.
    - Convert MKV, Blu-ray video to Final Cut compatible formats for video editing and creation.
    - Easily remove AACS(MKBv17), BD+ copy protection, region codecs from Blu-rays.
    - Remove CSS, region code (RPC), copy protection from DVDs.
    - Load video, DVD, Blu-ray within one program UI and save time for conversion.
    http://www.aunsoft.com/imedia-converter-mac/

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  5. Evgeny says:

    Hi Chris,

    Please help with this app. I’m close app while it encode MKV file, delete MP4 file created by this app, but somewhere on HDD is still placed temp files – 10Gb (looks like extracted h264, ac3 & DTS tracks). Can you provide the path where they placed?

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  6. Chris says:

    Evgency,

    It keeps temp files in Library/Application Support/MKV2AppleTV/Temp

    Hope this helps.

    Chris

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  7. Chris says:

    liuyesi54,

    Thanks for the info.

    Chris

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  8. Bretton says:

    I read on a forum somewhere you may be adding the ability to hard code subtitles into the video soon. When do you expect to release a version with that feature?

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  9. Chris says:

    Bretton,

    I have been pretty busy with day to day life so I have put my development on hold for a short time. I am hoping to start picking it up again soon. Your best bet is to RSS subscribe to the blog because when I release a new version I will be posting here about it.

    Chris

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  10. John says:

    Seems to be intel only.
    Not that I mind, that’s common. HOWEVER!
    It does not say that anywhere on your blog page. In fact no system requirements are listed. After downloading there is no “read me” file or manual.
    So while the program may be good the documentation is worthless.
    Not worth a nickel let alone 14 of my hard earned dollars.

    Down loaded and deleted.

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  11. Chris says:

    John,

    Sorry that software did not perform as expected and that you were not aware of the requirements. I will post those so others are aware. I felt that there was no documentation needed since the software is pretty self explanatory. You pick your source file and your destination, choose from the available sound options and click convert. The reason I am offering a trial version to download is so that the software may be evaluated before a purchasing decision is to be made. Again, my apologies that the software did not meet your expectations.

    Chris

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  12. mkv mkv says:

    Hello Chris,
    When we expect the subs hard encode feature?
    It will be a perfect app with this on.
    Thank you

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  13. Chris says:

    Hopefully soon, The drive that I had the source code on has crashed, so I have to remake the app from scratch

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  14. Sean says:

    Hi Chris,
    I downloaded your program today to convert some HD DVDs that I have to play on my apple tv. I’ve loaded a file, then picked the destination, but the program won’t convert it. The button is grayed out.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
    -sean

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  15. Chris says:

    Sean,

    Are these in MKV format? The app only works when you are using an MKV for the source file.

    Chris

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  16. Sean says:

    yeah, I was using MKV files that I made in MakeMKV. odd

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  17. Sean says:

    I just checked another file. It says “no file selected” in the MKV File section. I tried the main feature file and some of the extras all with the same result.

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  18. Ben says:

    Download file is missing

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  19. Loren says:

    I paid for this but there was no download link and the link on this page is dead. Not very cool

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  20. Chris says:

    Sorry about that… I’m not sure why there wasn’t a download link there for you, but you should have been emailed a download link along with a serial number.

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