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6 Top Players and Tools for MKV Format

The Matroska multimedia container file format is .mkv. MKV is a powerful video container similar to AVI, but MKV is based on a newer format and can contain additional files within the container that AVI is unable to handle. The end result is higher-quality and more-efficient video processing. Many of the newer video players can play MKV files with no problems, but there are still many that have not implemented MKV support yet.

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Wondershare Player

Wondershare Player

The Wondershare player is a good, basic HD player that can handle multiple file formats including MKV format. While this player doesn't have a bunch of features, it is good at what it was created to do: play HD movies in multiple file formats.

The only downside to the Wondershare Player is that it installs spyware and adware when it is installed, so you will get annoying popups, and there is always the possibility that spyware is stealing your information.

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DAPlayer

DAPlayer

The DAPlayer is a powerful HD player that supports MKV format and many others. One of the great things about the DAPlayer is that it comes preloaded with more than 400 audio and video codecs in order to support multiple formats. DAPlayer allows you to watch movies up to HD 1080p. It can be used as a standalone music player as well, it's not just for video.

DAPlayer appears to be clean of viruses, malware and spyware, but as always, you should take every precaution to scan everything you download before you install it. The only downside is a dark GUI that makes navigating and browsing more complicated than it should be.

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KMPlayer

KMPlayer

KMPlayer is a fast and easy-to-use HD player that supports the MKV format. It also supports 3-D formats and allows users to import album art for their music. One cool feature of the KMPlayer is that it changes color each time a new track is loaded.

There have been multiple reports of virus infections after installing the KMPlayer, but other reports show that it is clean, so you should take the necessary precautions and scan everything you download before installing.

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SMPlayer

SMPlayer

SMPlayer can play virtually all video formats including MKV format. The player has many techie features including audio track switching, multiple speed playback, and mouse scrolling. It also has an advantage with user control of subtitles and memory options.

There have been reports of spyware and viruses from the SMPlayer, but it appears these are installed when users download from unofficial sources. However, users should take proper antivirus precautions when downloading any software from the internet.

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VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

VLC is one of the most powerful digital movie players available, and certainly one of the most popular. VLC comes preloaded with many codecs so that virtually all file formats are supported. While the VLC player is virus-free if you download it from the official site, there are many distributions on the internet that are infected with viruses, spyware, adware and malware, so make sure you download it only from the official site. VLC is one of the few players that already has Windows 10 compatibility, so it is a powerful choice when choosing a video player.

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4K Video Downloader

4K Video Downloader

Now you have a list of video players to choose from, but where and how can you find movies to play? The easiest method is to use the 4K Video Downloader. The 4K Video Downloader works on PC, Mac and Linux platforms, and allows users to download videos and movies from YouTube, Facebook and many other sites. It also has playlist compatibility, you can download entire video playlists with a single click, or you can even download an entire YouTube channel!

The 4K Video Downloader can download files in a variety of formats including MP4, MKV, M4A, MP3, FLV, 3G and more. It can also automatically create M3U files if you download playlists.

Use the 4K Video Downloader to download your favorite videos and movies, and then watch them on one of the five powerful movie players in the list above.