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Video players with MKV support for Win7

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:13 pm
by Beancounter
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

Re: Video players with MKV support

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:44 pm
by momijigari
Just about any media player plays mkv, including Windows Media Player, provided you install the necessary codecs.
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Re: Video players with MKV support

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:54 pm
by Beancounter
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.
And again, if you don't want to install extra codecs, just use VLC.
~momijigari

Re: Video players with MKV support

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:05 am
by momijigari
Searching this section for previous topics on the same subject is always a good idea:

Windows 7 Media Center & MKV files

Re: Video players with MKV support

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:27 pm
by PARADoX
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.

Re: Video players with MKV support for Win7

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:47 am
by Beancounter
Yes. I went with the suggestion of VLC. thanks