Sunday, January 12, 2014

How to Convert MKV to AVI - A Step by Step Tutorial

I used AVS Video Converter in this tutorial.  Read my review!

Step 1: Click here to download and install the video converter. Make sure that you get the latest version.

Step 2: Open the video converter.


Step 3: Add the desired MKV file (click icon in the top left corner) or the “Browse” button into AVS VideoConverter as shown below in the diagram.  Note: In this tutorial the input file (MKV) name is called “MKVFile”.

Diagram 1 – Selecting MKV file for conversion (i.e. MKVFile)

Step 4: Select the output format by clicking the large rectangular “To AVI” thumbnail that is located along the top of the software interface.
Step 5: Select Output File Name by clicking on the “Browse” button on the right hand side of the screen. Manually type a suitable file name for the output file. This is shown in the diagram below. Note: In this tutorial I have called the output file (AVI) “NewAVI”.
Diagram 2 – Selecting Output Folder and new file name (i.e. NewAVI)









Diagram 3 – Output Profile Selection










Step 7 (Optional): You may want to configure the “Advanced” settings for your specific application.  The properties of your output AVI can be changed here e.g. video codec, audio codec and aspect ratio may be changed here.  In my example I left everything as default.  Shown in diagram 4 below is the advanced settings panel.

Diagram 4 – Advanced settings for AVI output
STEP 8: Convert your video
You are now ready to convert your video from MKV to AVI.  The length of time this takes depends on the file size and selected bit rate.  You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface.  You may need to pause your conversion during the process.
Diagram 5a – Convert your video









You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface.  You may need to pause your conversion during the process. Beside the pause button you will notice a large red arrow pointing to a drop down menu box.  In the drop-down menu you may choose what you want the software to do once the conversion has been completed.  What I found very useful was the option to have the software shut down my computer when the conversion finishes.  This is really especially when you are the end of a long day and the file conversion is going to take an hour!
Diagram 5b – Progress of conversion









Step 9: Multiple Conversions Simultaneously
You may need to run several MKV to AVI conversions simultaneously.  To achieve this just keep adding files like you added the first one.  Don’t worry about the order you add them if you want to prioritise the order at which the conversions run.  You can do this afterwards using the arrows at the right hand side of the software interface.
I hope this tutorial has helped you.  I very much recommend AVS video converter.  Read my review of this very useful piece of software.

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