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How to Transfer MKV files to Surface RT tablet from Mac OS X


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Although you can easily add music, pictures, videos, and documents to your Surface RT tablet, chances are that you can’t open them. Due to lack of Windows Media Player, the Surface RT supports very limited formats, and MKV is one that the tab does not play. If you’d like to put 1080p videos to Microsoft Surface RT for the following travel, it is advised that you encode MKV to 720p MP4, the best format that Surface RT plays.

Here is a step by step guide for Mac users to easily stream MKV videos to Surface RT tablet from Mac OS X.

The following guide shows how to down convert 1080p MKV to 720p MP4 format for Microsoft Surface RT playback using Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. You can test the conversion with a trial of the software, but note that a trial puts watermark on converted videos.

Step 1. Load MKV to Microsoft Surface RT Video Converter.

Launch the Mac Surface RT video Converter, and click “Add Video” on the upper left to load MKV files.


Step 2. Select a Microsoft Surface RT optimized export format.

Now you need to set a format for 1080p MKV to 720p Microsoft Surface RT conversion- click “Format”, find “Windows” and select “Microsoft Surface Surface RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)” format from its secondary list. The output videos are encoded in 16:9, which fits Surface RT tablet (1366x768) just fine.

Step 3. Start converting MKV to Microsoft Surface RT supported video format.

Click “Convert” button to start converting MKV to Microsoft Surface RT optimized videos. If you would like to join several files together, just select these files and check the “Merge into one” box before clicking “Convert”. After conversion completes you can click the "Open" button to find the converted files.

Now just connect Microsoft Surface RT to computer and copy videos to Microsoft RT tab for entertainment.

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