An MKV file is a Matroska Multimedia Container video file. Matroska is an open standard format that can store a wide variety of multimedia files in a single document. Consisting of open source software, the Matroska format is named after the famous Russian Matryoshka doll which has a doll within a doll.
If you are a Mac user, you must be used to playing MOV or Mp4 video files. If you are interested in an MKV document, you would have to first convert it into a MOV file before playing it. Once you change it to a MOV format, you can play it on a number of Apple devices like the iPod, the iPhone or the iPad. You can also play them on QuickTime or edit them using Apple’s Final Cut.
There are a number of professional MKV to MOV converters available in the market. You need to choose a converter that is compatible to your operating system. Especially if you are using one of the latest versions of the OS like the Mac OS X Lion, you need to ensure that the software is capable of running on your latest OS.
Next, you should preferably choose a converter that can also convert other files formats like AVI, WMV, FLV, MTS, MOD, TOD, VOB, and a variety of other formats to Apple’s native MOV format. Every now and then, you might come across some of the file formats that are not compatible with the Mac. Having a single converter capable of handling a wide variety of formats can save you a lot of headache.
Thirdly, look for a converter that lets you crop, trim and even rotate your videos. If it provides you the option of adding special effects, that could be an added bonus too.
Finally, choose a vendor who supports a variety of other operating systems as well. If you have several computers, each with a different operating system, you would want a copy of the converter to run on each of those operating systems as well. Especially if you are managing a media house with dozens of computers running different operating systems, this could be a really useful feature.