Lightweight program to edit MKV files?

By BlackScarlet · 5 replies
Apr 24, 2012
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  1. I'm trying to edit a 12G 1080p mkv file and the program I'm using now, SolviegMM video splitter, crashes with a runtime error when I try to load it, so I am looking for another lightweight mkv editor. The thing I liked about solvieg is that it didn't re-encode the file so there was no quality loss, which is something I always struggle with because I want to produce something of 1080p quality.

    Any ideas?
  2. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    For simple editing, Free Video Dub is a good choice. It’s not powerful but it’s very easy to use and cuts out unwanted parts losslessly, without re-encoding. It supports a variety of formats, among them .mkv. And it’s freeware, size 22MB.

    Free Video Dub
  3. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,034   +55

    There is the online editor at but I haven't tried it to know if it will support your mkv file format, might be worth a look.
  4. mike ross

    mike ross TS Rookie

    I tried free video dub . Very flacky , crashes also. Its very hard to find a good mkv editor. I am willing to pay but some of the better paid verisons only allow you to cut a piece of the movie once. You cant do multiple cuts. How can you have the intelligence to make a complicated program but you dont realize people have to make multiple cuts , not just one cut.
  5. John Skeene

    John Skeene TS Rookie

    I use Wondershare Video Editor. It's about $40.00 for the license and to me it is worth it. It can edit MKV and many other types of files. This program will allow you extensive flexibility for your projects but it does encode the file to change formats or you can export still in MKV. It is easy to use but allows you a great deal options and preferences. The quality what you are looking for is definitely there. I posted a link
    to a video I made using Wondershare. The quality is definitely there after encoding, the reason for the lag was I pushed the graphics to maximum performance to test, this should give you and idea.
  6. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,034   +55

    Hi, Another editor that could be worth testing, is this one;
    It was on 'Giveawayoftheday' a few weeks ago, and it does appear to edit MKV files, although I have not tested that.
    It's not free, but there is a free trial.

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