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How to Repair Corrupt MKV Video Files?

Akash Tiwari

Akash Tiwari

Updated On - June 16, 2020

Have you ever been in a situation where you have lost access to your MKV video files? Or you are currently stuck with your corrupt MKV videos and eagerly looking for solutions to fix the issue. Well, in both scenarios all you have to do is sit back and go through this entire blog, we have covered all possible solutions to retain your corrupt MKV files in their original state so that you could play it again. However, before getting to the solutions part let’s just know a bit more about MKV format and its applications.

MKV Video Format

MKV aka Matroska Multimedia Container is used to store videos, audios, subtitles, and many other multimedia files. It also serves as the best format to stream videos online. Though, the main reason behind popularity of MKV format is that it offers cross-platform video support i.e., you can save and play an MKV file on Android, Windows, Mac, and various other OS platforms.

It’s very unfortunate that MKV files are also vulnerable to corruption. External threats like Virus intrusion, damaged hard drives, abrupt power loss can easily cause video playback issues in MKV files. However, you can undo the clutches of corruption by following some common trouble shooting techniques. The techniques, however, are nothing but distinct manual approaches to deal with the situation. It must be noted that any manual approach doesn’t guarantee a permanent solution in case your videos are corrupt on a severe scale. Therefore, it is always recommended to use third-party repair software so that you can adapt a result oriented approach automated approach that can be executed quickly.

Possible Solutions for Corrupt MKV Files

Certainly, you can repair your corrupt MKV videos; all you have to do is execute the following trouble shooting techniques.

Fix 1: Update your Out-dated Video Drivers

Sometimes, MKV or any other video has playback issues because of out-dated video drivers. While the update usually gets done with system update periodically, there is a chance that you system might not be connected to the internet and you skipped a few crucial updates. You can either opt to system update or you can download the latest upgrades from reliable sources.

Fix 2: Download/Transfer the MKV files from source location

If you have backed up the data before it went to the inaccessible state, you can retrieve the healthy file from the backup location. In case you have downloaded the file from WEB, try downloading the files again.

Fix 3: Fix Codecs if required

Video files are embedded with codecs that makes them playable on different platforms/media players. If your media player is incompatible to play MKV files, it’s because the platform you are currently using lacks appropriate codecs to run the file.

You can choose to switch the media player with a compatible one, or you can download the MKV compatible codecs from the internet.

Fix 4: Try using automated third-party software to fix the corruption

If none of the above methods work, you can always look out for resources in the form of third-party tools. In this regard we have highlighted an efficient third-party software along with its working methodology to help you fix your corrupt MKV files and make them playable again.

Recoveryfix Video Repair is designed to help you fix your video corruption issues. Not only MKV, but it recovers videos belonging to all major file formats. For instance, you can repair MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG and other file formats using this reliable piece of software. There is no any limitation based on file size and format. Moreover, you can actually view your recovered files before saving them to your local directories.

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Also, the interface is highly interactive and user-friendly, you don’t need any technical assistance while operating Recoveryfix Video Repair software. Here is how it works:

  1. Launch Recoveryfix Video Repair, and click on the Add File(s) button to locate the folder containing corrupt MKV videos.
  2. click on the Add File(s)

  3. Select the required MKV videos and click Open.
  4. click Open

  5. Once the files are added to the list, click Repair Files button to initiate the repair process.
  6. click Repair Files

  7. Provide a destination path to save the repaired files and click OK.
  8. click OK

  9. Once the repair process gets completed, the resultant files are saved to the specified location. You can either click Close to exit the tool interface or before that you can download a report containing your repaired MKV files data by clicking the Save report to CSV button.
  10. The downloaded CSV file is a spreadsheet containing record of the files that are repaired using Recoveryfix video repair. Double-click to launch the CSV file. It will appear something like this on your screen.
  11. Double-click to launch the CSV file

    Wrapping Up

    We have covered every possible solution to repair your corrupt MKV video files. With the manual methods stated earlier, you can retain MKV files that are slightly damaged or corrupted. However, if you realize that these manual methods are of no help, you can opt. to the automated method that uses Recoveryfix Video Repair tool to fix the issue.

    6 thoughts on “How to Repair Corrupt MKV Video Files?”

    1. Thanks for sharing this blog, because I have recover my corrupted MKV video files easily. I will definitely share this with others.

    2. For the MKV file format, there are not much codecs available suitable for the high-definition video. How should I handle the non playing video?

    3. Hello Allison,
      You should repair the video if it is not playing in your desired video player. Majority of the times, the video will play easily.

    4. I had downloaded some subtitles from Internet for the MKV files. But, since I have added them to the videos, then are not working fine and hanging. What should I do now?

    5. Hello Emery,
      When you have downloaded the subtitles from some insecure websites, then the malware also comes with the subtitles files. You should repair the videos as soon as possible.

    6. Thank you for sharing this blog. We appreciate you unique teaching style & all your considerate and hard work.

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