Video players with MKV support for Win7

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Video players with MKV support for Win7

Post by Beancounter » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:13 pm

Whatever the reason for the Scenes guys to switch from MP4 to MKV it will have left a lot of Win7 (and earlier) Windows Media Player users out in the cold. My purpose in starting this thread is to gather suggestions for codec and media player sources that can handle the MKV files.

As a start I know that Nero can handle the format and Microsoft has include support in win10. What other products are available

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Re: Video players with MKV support

Post by momijigari » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:44 pm

Just about any media player plays mkv, including Windows Media Player, provided you install the necessary codecs.
Or use VLC, in which case you don't even have to think about codecs or operating system.
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Re: Video players with MKV support

Post by Beancounter » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:54 pm

I tried Windows Media Player on a couple of PCs running Win 7 and it didn't work. I gather that Microsoft didn't introduce support until Win10.

Anyway thanks for the link.

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Judging from your comment, you skipped installing the necessary codecs.
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Re: Video players with MKV support

Post by momijigari » Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:05 am

Searching this section for previous topics on the same subject is always a good idea:

Windows 7 Media Center & MKV files

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Re: Video players with MKV support

Post by PARADoX » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:27 pm

Get MPC-HC (Media Player Classic Home Cinema) or as already suggested VLC. This tools play everything out of the box, no need to install any additional codecs.

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Re: Video players with MKV support for Win7

Post by Beancounter » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:47 am

Yes. I went with the suggestion of VLC. thanks

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