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How to Stream and Play MKV files via JRiver Media Center


JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to play and organize various types of media on a computer running Windows or Mac OS X. With JRiver Media Center, not only streaming and playing videos from Netflix or Hulu, YouTube clips and movies, but also local media in a wide range of file formats. Today, this article mainly talks about how to watch MKV video files through JRiver Media Center freely.

To begin with, first and foremost, we should figure out which video formats are supported by HRiver Media Center. According to JRiver's spec, we can clearly find that JRiver Media Center supports a wide range of video formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, DIVX, VOB, MOV, RV, SWF, TiVo, FLV, etc though, MKV is not included in this list. In other words, if you stick to viewing MKV video files via JRiver Media Center, you'd better convert MKV to one above preferable video format initially.

Actually, it's quite easy and can be done well with the help of a professional yet easy-to-use Brorsoft Video Converter. With its help, you can effortlessly transcode MKV to JRiver's playable video formats with fast speed while retaining its original quality. More than that, it also gives you the chance to convert MKV to various other file formats or device file formats for playing on HTPC via JRiver Media Center or streaming from JRiver Media Center to Server Clients or DLNA compatible devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players, receivers, game consoles, etc. If you are a Mac user, you can also turn to the Mac version. Below is a simple guide:

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How to Convert MKV for playing via JRiver Media Center

Step 1. Load video/movie files

Run the program and load your .mkv video files into it.


Step 2. Decide output format

Click "Format" and choose MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by JRiver Media Center easily.


Tips: In "Settings", you can adjust video/audio parameters and decide the ratio between the video size and video quality by reducing/increasing video bitrate/resolution.

Step 3. Start encoding MKV to JRiver Media Center

After finishing all the settings, go back to the main interface, press the right-bottom "Convert" button to start MKV for JRiver Media Center conversion process.

After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, JRiver Media Center will recognize, catalog, play and stream these MKV files at ease.

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