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How can I play MKV files on ChromeOS?

I have a lot of videos in MKV format on my local network available over NFS/SMB? How can I get them to play, without transcoding, on a ChromeOS machine?

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Have you tried looking for MPlayer or Mplayer2, some people claim that they have VLC working in Chrome OS. –  Darius Nov 26 '12 at 21:06
    
Thanks all, doesn't look like theres any good solution yet but thanks for the ideas. –  wag2639 Dec 4 '12 at 7:14
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Some people report that renaming the files from .mkv to .mp4 is enough. Worth trying.

If this doesn't work, the only solution I can think of is converting the files to another format.

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mkv is not the same as mp4. –  Cole Johnson Nov 26 '12 at 21:02
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@ColeJohnson: mkv and mp4 are both containers for video, itself encoded using a codec. All I can say is that this trick has worked for some people, but of course may not work for the specific video files of the OP. –  harrymc Nov 26 '12 at 21:13
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You might be able to get VLC to work. See https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/chromebook-central/SjJqx5nO_Sc

Apparently, Jolicloud for Chrome might work. Not sure though. Here's the app. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jolicloud/nfakdllpdfjjbfommlcnfkedmbigkfdo/details

Unfortunately, VLC requires a lot of work to get going. Good luck!

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I don't think that it currently can be done universally without transcoding -- MKV is a container format and can house many different video/audio codecs (some of which are supported by ChromeOS and some are not). For those video formats that are supported I have had luck simply switching containers (from MKV to MP4) using ffmpeg. This preserves the original video (that is, does not transcode) but changes the container.

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