Playbook OS 2.1 naturally supports various type of HD videos and that includes the MKV format I often have in my library. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all MKV medias are supported. Often times, you will get a disappointed “the media type is not supported” message popping up. The reason is simple. Only those MKV videos that don’t use AC3 to encode the audio track are supported by Playbook OS, at least at the moment. Unfortunately, since AC3 are widely used to encode audio in the high definition video format like MKV, the chance of having non-AC3 in MKV is actually quite low.
This actually eaves you no choice but to convert MKV videos to the formats that are also naturally supported by Playbook OS like MP4. The bad news about the conversion is that the process of video conversion is always a tedious and very time-consuming job. It can easily take hours just to convert one HD video. But the good news is that there is actually a very good tool that has a feature that you can use to reduce the time to convert a non-supported MKV to a supported MKV from hours to minutes. Thanks for the tip from CrackBerry forum.
Let me show you how.
First, download this video conversion tool called XviD4PSP from its website, and install it on your Windows system. It works on most of the Windows systems from XP all the way to Windows 8, both 32-bit and 64-bit are supported.
Then, launch the tool, click Open button to select all MKV videos you want to convert.
Select Video encoding to Copy, and Audio encoding as one of the AAC formats.
Click Encode button to start the conversion. The time to convert each video takes minutes or so, depending on how fast your computer is. On my Intel i3 ThinkPad laptop, it takes about 15 minutes to convert a 2 hours movie. Pretty awesome, I would say.
Now, once the conversion is done, you can upload them to your Playbook and enjoy the HD quality of videos on its 8″ screen.
It may be a good idea to check your video files first to see if the conversion is necessary. And you can do so with a simple tool called MediaInfo.