4VideoSoft MKV Video Converter: An Overview

The MKV Video Converter by 4Videosoft is specialized software that deals with the conversion of Matroska (MKV) files to popular formats like AVI, MPEG4, MPEG and more, for direct usage with portable media players and/or other home DVD players. This is useful for people who download their movies and watch them on a LCD with a DVD player (without burning DVDs). The software supports all known portable media players.

The software’s primary function is to handle MKV files, but it can also be used to handle and interconvert various other file formats. The Video Converter is a software suite that enables conversion of most video formats like FLV, WMV, MOV, MPEG, MPG, MOD, TOD, MPEG2, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, RM, MKV, TS RMVB, ASF, MPV, HD and AVI. It can also be used to handle audio formats like AAC, WMA, AC3, WAV, AIFF, OGG, AMR, FLAC, AU, M4A, MP3 and MP2.


The DVD to iPod Converter has a download size of 9.2 MB. The minimum requirements for operating the application are an 800MHz AMD or Intel CPU with 512 MB of RAM. The supported operating systems are Windows NT4, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Key Functions

The MKV Video Converter is very intuitive and easy to use. Installing the software from scratch and starting your first video transcoding operation takes just a few minutes and mouse clicks.

There is also a very wide range of audio and video editing tools that are bundled into the software package. These tools can help you edit video clips and slice or split them. You can also use them to enable trimming, cropping, adding watermarks (text and image based), merging and joining multiple file sources into one, and capturing your favorite scenes as picture based snapshots. You may also edit specific parameters to make your converted videos more vivid and colorful.

The parameters that you can tune are encoder types, video frame rates, video bit rates, resolutions (Width in pixels * Height in pixels), audio bitrates, audio sampling rates and audio channels. Saving them to a user profile means that you can reuse these parameter combinations or you can also go for one of the huge number of preset parameter profiles for each device. You can also use the preview feature to see what the end results would look like before actually starting the transcoding process and tweak the video parameters accordingly.

There is also support for de-interlacing any video in any format. De-interlacing can be used to dramatically reduce the “jaggies” in a video and make them easy on the eyes.

Other Features

The MKV Video Converter allows you to choose from multiple audio tracks and subtitles from a source file and only let the selected ones pass through to the converted videos. The conversions are processed fairly quickly due to added support for CPUs with multiple cores.