No more VLC as Windows 8.1 opens up for native MKV support

Posted on Dec 11 2014 - 12:46pm by TechliveTech
Windows 8.1 says goodbye to VLC  on welcoming native MKV support

Windows 8.1 says goodbye to VLC on welcoming native MKV support

It is well known that Microsoft is working hard in getting its most productive Windows 10 OS developed but this does not mean that its previous and existing generations are left behind forgotten. With adding native Matroska Multimedia Container (MKV) file support to its Xbox One, Microsoft is also having its operating systems support the MKV file. Windows 8.1 which is an improved version of Windows 8 that had countless flaws is to start supporting the MKV file.

From now on systems running Windows 8.1 can have MKV files played without the need to download any other third-party media player.

MKV files were so long in favor of online pirates for obtaining pirated movies and television shows and now Windows supports this natively. The lack of support so long for this native MKV files by Microsoft have led to the popularity of the standalone media players such as VLC and others which might now take a turn. So MKV files getting supported by Windows means in a way it is getting it’s much needed authenticity.

Until now, having MKVs played on Windows 8.1 and its previous generations were not something impossible but a little uncomfortable factor. To have a MKV file supported in these OS previously, a third-party media program like VLC or so had to be installed but now it is no more required.

Windows 10 also supports MKV files:

It is already known that Windows 10 which is to be released in 2015 will extend its support to certain striking file formats like MKV, HVEC and FLAC. So Windows 10 along with its Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) files support is to also support native MKV files. FLAC, a lossless audio compression format is said to give high audio quality than lossy formats such as MP3’s. Though available since 2001, it did not make it up high even with the dawn of dedicated FLAC audio players and high quality streaming sources. So all that we can expect from Windows 10 arrival is that it is definite to make a change in the way how people opt for Windows OS.

Why is now Windows getting MKV?

It might ring a bell in everyone’s mind as to why Microsoft is getting into this MKV file support now. Unless one is big on pirated movies it becomes hard to know the working of the standard MKV files. According to DivX, for high-definition videos the best file extension choice is MKV. And so now it becomes important for Microsoft to get into supporting these kinds of file formats with not wanting to give its users reasons for using free alternatives such as VLC.

MKV files on Windows:

Now coming over to Windows 8.1 supporting native MKV files, this updated video app can be got from Windows Store having Windows 8.1 installed. It is also to be noted here that it still gets limited with the codec and subtitle support of the operating system. MKV files are considered working with a wide range of codecs supporting strongly rich media features such as chapter points and subtitles.

So according to Microsoft, the MKV files should use a codec that is supported by the updated Video app for it to playback the files.

Below is the guide to know the codes supported by your system:

  1. Open Windows Media Player.
  2. Go to Help>About Windows Media Player.
  3. Now in the window opening up Click on the Technical Support Informationlink that opens up to a browser tab.
  4. Scroll down the page to see the Video codecs

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