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How to Convert MKV to Quicktime MOV (Mavericks included)

MKV's native compatibility with Apple products like QuickTime, iTunes and iPhone etc. is not very satisfying. Of course, you may have Perian installed in order to play MKV in QuickTime smoothly and you can convert MKV to an iTunes-friendly format like QuickTime MOV using Perian + QuickTime Pro. But it's not a surefire way to do the conversion and it'll consume time very much.

Fortunately, you can use a smart MKV to MOV(QuickTime) converter to help you accomplish MKV to MOV conversion with ease and efficiency, either for playback in QuickTime or for entertainment on iPhone, iPad and AppleTV etc.

For Mac users, you can free download Video Converter for Mac (Mountain Lion, Lion included) to accomplish MKV to MOV Mac conversion, while Windows users can follow the detailed tutorial below step by step to do the job with a Video Converter.

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Step 1: Import MKV files to this MKV to MOV(QuickTime) converter

Install and run this smart app. Then you have three ways to import MKV files. You can select any one of the two:

1. Directly drag one or more MKV files to this app.

2. Click the "convert mkv to mov " icon to navigate the MKV files and then double-click them to add them.

MKV to mov converter

Step 2: Choose MOV H.264(QuickTime) as the output format

MOV is just a video format. It differs in video codecs. However, only the H.264 and MPEG-4 in MOV(QuickTime) format can be recognized by Apple products. So considering you might put the output MOV files on Apple products like iTunes and iPhone, you'd better set H.264 or MPEG-4 as video codec. Here, we take MOV H.264 for example.

In "Format">"Video" category of the format drop-down list, select MOV. And you need to set H.264 in the "video encoder" option by hitting the "Settings" option.

MKV to mov for os x mountain lion

Note: If you just want to put MKV files on Apple devices, such as iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, here, you can also directly select an optimized output format in the "Apple" category.

Step 3: Start to convert MKV to MOV(QuickTime)

Now, you need to hit "Convert" to convert MKV to MOV. When the conversion is done, you can get some MOV files with H.264 video codec. Now, you can drag these output files to iTunes without any problem. Or even continue to sync files to Apple devices like iPhone etc.

What is MKV file?

MKV, an open standard free container developed by Matroska, can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks inside a single file. It is not really intended for media content distribution on a large scale, but is achieving it anyway.

Below is a detailed video tutorial:

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