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Top 12 Best MKV Editor for Windows/Mac/iPhone/Android/Online

Jane Zhou posted on Jun 18, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

MKV and MP4 are two kinds of the most common video formats, but MKV format is widely used for HD videos and online streaming services, as it can hold many different video, audio, picture and subtitle tracks in one single file. Young and nonprofessional ​users and some vloggers as well are searching for the best MKV editor to edit their clips. 

Nowadays it's easy to find software to modify the MKV movies. Whether your laptop is Windows or macOS based, or you are using a mobile device (Android or iOS), there are more than a dozen applications to download. To satisfy your needs, we will introduce the top 12 MKV editor in this article.

1. EaseUS Video Editor

EaseUS Video Editor is the best video editing software on the market. You can create MKV videos and make picture in picture video with over 300 visual effects. Additionally, it supports free audio and video converters, so you could work seamlessly with files formats MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, etc.  

Key features:

  • Friendly to ordinary users and professionals
  • Finished results can be exported as audio, video, or animated GIF files
  • Each format can be customized in terms of encoders, bitrate, and other
  • You can trim, crop, split, rotate, mix audio, adjust style, zoom, mosaic, remove the watermark from video, etc.

Platform: Windows 10/8/7

How to edit MKV video with EaseUS Video Editor:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Video Editor

You'll see there are 4:3 and 16:9 modes for your choice. Select the correct mode based on your original video aspect ratio or the websites that your video will be uploaded to.

select your mode

Step 2. Import Videos

You can import the media that you are going to edit, apply texts/filters/overlays/transitions to the video clips. If you install and run the program for the first time, you can learn how to use the basic editing functions step by step via the prompts.

import video files

Step 3. Add to Project

Add video clips to the timeline panel by dragging and dropping from the Media Library. You can also right-click the clips in the "Media" and choose "Add to Project" to load them to the timeline.

add to project

Step 4. Edit Videos

Right-click the video and select "Edit".

edit video-1

Then, you can split, trim, speed, rotate, add watermark or enhance video clips.

edit video-2

Step 5. Export Projects

Click "Export" in the Toolbar to export the project. There are four available ways to save the project.

export videos

2. Boilsoft Video Splitter 

The main purpose of Boilsoft Video Splitter is to split a huge MKV video file (even larger than 2GB ) to smaller video clips, without re-encoding the file. It supports several video formats, including AVI, MPEG, RM, ASF, WMV, 3GP, MKV, FLV, MP4, and more. The video player, built-in to the software, help you to split or cut the video file by time or the selection. 

MKV editor - Boilsoft Video Splitter

Pros: 

  • Precisely cut videos without re-encoding
  • Supports all popular video formats
  • It works quickly

Cons: 

  • The output file is limited to 2 minutes
  • A clumsy interface (no resize of the application window)
  • Free is only for a trial period, an expensive tool for video cutter

Platforms: Windows 7 and later, Mac OS X 10.6 -10.14

3. Free Video Cutter Joiner

This is an appropriate MKV editor to cut large video files, but also you can join several small clips into a single video. It allows you to separate files per required size, providing two operating modes - Direct or Indirect Cut. The first one is fast, as it's requires re-encoding. The Indirect Cut is very slow but supports many different file formats. By detecting configuration and using customized settings you can access all high-quality error-free files.

MKV editor - Free Video Cutter Joiner

Pros:

  • Two cutting modes – Direct Cut and Indirect
  • Settings of the video and audio quality

Cons:

  • It has no preview of the file
  • Not compatible with some AV applications
  • The fast mode supports only a few video formats
  • The Indirect is too slow

Platforms: Windows and macOS

4. GilliSoft Video Editor 

This free software also will help you to edit large MKV videos, supporting different file formats. The Advanced Cutter option supports deleting unwanted video clips from the big file. You can apply some additional effects to your video, and export the file on websites like YouTube, Facebook, and others. You can also modify time, add music, rotate video. You can also place a digital watermark or logo over an existing video, protecting your creative content. The watermark may be imposed on a specified part of your movie.

MKV editor - GilliSoft Video Editor

Pros:

  • Modifying time and music
  • Add text or subtitle to the video
  • Direct sharing on social media

Cons:

  • Need professional skills for adequate operation
  • The cutting process is too slow
  • Cutting videos is its only function

Platforms: Windows 7/8/10 (32 &64 Bits) and macOS 

5. Hitfilm Express 

Hitfilm Express is free software for MKV video editing, suitable for beginners, film students, gamers, and other users without a budget. The software provides functionality like color balance, trim clips, and some animation tools. It allows you to add unlimited video and audio tracks to your timeline. A recent update of Hitfilm adds an interesting effect - Picture in Picture (PiP), so you can position one clip inside another with different scales.

Hitfilm Express

Pros:

  • Export Queue, so the tasks can be performed when you’re away from the PC
  • Informative online tutorials
  • Picture in picture effect

Cons:

  • Extendable for a fee
  • High system requirements
  • It's marked as free, but the Starter pack is $9

Platforms: Windows, macOS

6. InShot Video Editor

The app is dedicated to nonprofessional users with iPhone/iPad. From your mobile device, you can trim MKV movies, merge different videos, even delete the middle unwanted part of your video. You can add to it music or voice, to synchronize text and emoji with video, to add video filters. The young users and vloggers will like InShot, as they can share their video clips to social apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, or directly in their vlogs. 

MKV editor - InShot Video Editor

Pros:

  • Powerful video editing app with many some built-in features 
  • Accessible menus and sub-menus
  • Share clips to social media sites and vlogs

Cons:

  • Expensive upgrade version ($34.99 purchase)
  • Limited photo editing
  • No stickers search 

Platforms: iOS

7. Lightworks 

This is a fast and flexible MKV video editing tool, as its name suggests. You can trim an MKV video to the appropriate size, combine several short clips, and then upload your personalized video to YouTube. Lightworks has preset profiles, so it can export your files automatically to your favorite social media or blog. You can use real-time effects and color correction. 

MKV editor - Lightworks

Pros:

  • Rendering and encoding processes performed in the background 
  • Customizable interface 
  • Multi-track editing

Cons: 

  • Export only in MPEG format
  • You need a Pro version for timeline rendering
  • Exports are limited to resolution 720p, no 4K or HD (for the free version) 

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

8. Mobile Video Editor (WeVideo)

This mobile MKV video editor is available both for iPhone and Android. It has a simple interface and basic tools, provided by the free version. With WeVideo app users can capture, trim video, add filters, choose music from the library in a flash. There are a lot of options to share the edited MKV videos on the go. But if you want to be more accurate, you can synchronize the project to the cloud with a WeVideo account, and later finish the video from your PC. You can publish the video in up to 4K Ultra HD resolution, but you have to upgrade to the most expensive subscription plan.

MKV editor - Mobile Video Editor

Pros:

  • Simple and clean interface 
  • Fast performed basic operations 
  • Many options for video style

Cons:

  • Lacks audio-editing features and options for transitions 
  • The free version has many constraints, so it's like a free trial

Platforms: iOS and Android

9. Movie Maker Online

This MKV editor runs directly in your browser. To modify an MKV video, you simply need to upload it to the vertical project timeline with titles and effects. It offers a catalog of royalty-free music and stock images. It works on any computer, but like other online tools, Movie Maker Online is suitable for short projects. Time and internet bandwidth consuming process of downloading and uploading heavy video files from/to the web.

MKV editor - Movie Maker Online

Pros:

  • Free to use
  • No registration required
  • No watermarks

Cons:

  • Royalty-free content
  • A lot of ads
  • Export the finished projects only in MP4 format 

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux (in browser)

10. Online Video Cutter

This web MKV video editing tool is useful for cutting a small video file. It does not require installation, and it works in the browser. You can trim, crop and rotate your MKV video, and supports a lot of video formats. The interface is user friendly, and you can reach every feature with one or two clicks. The developers promise the security of your content, as the files are automatically deleted from their servers a few hours after you are done working with them. 

MKV editor - Online Video Cutter

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • A good choice of quality and formats of the source file
  • The outcome to Dropbox, Google drive or directly download to PC

Cons: 

  • The file size is limited to 500 MB
  • It can cut MP4, AVI, MOV online, but the output file is in MP4 only

Platforms: Online

11. Shotcut 

Shotcut is an open-source MKV video cutter software for multiple platforms. So, there is no watermark in your output file and you don't need to sign up and log in. It allows you to cut, trim, and split videos in various formats. You can use it to add text, filters, and transition. This is a tool, designed for entry-level users. It is easy to learn and use.

MKV editor - Shotcut

Pros:

  • Easy to use free video editor
  • As an open-source, it has constant updates
  • Supports direct streaming

Cons: 

  • The performance depends a lot of the hardware
  • Limited amount of scene transitions
  • You can't upload external subtitle files

Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

12. YouCut Video Editor 

This free Android app supports several useful features, including merge of clips, cut, and trim MKV videos. You can speed up the action or slow down in special moments, combine videos with photos, and edit the clip with your music. Finally, you export the project in HD quality. 

MKV editor - YouCut

Pros:

  • No ads when editing videos
  • Easy share to social media like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook

Cons: 

  • No button "undo"
  • No option of muting the sound

Platforms: Android

Conclusion

In this article, we have discussed the top 12 MKV editor. Make sure to choose the software that can work best for you.

If you are someone who works with multimedia on a regular base, you may want to use a simple, but feature-rich video editor program. If you have a Windows-based PC, the best application is EaseUS Video Editor. The app works properly with different media files. You can drop videos, music, text, and endless effects and transitions on to the timeline. It also has an astonishing number of output format options, you can convert video or audio formats, like convert Facebook video to MP3, etc.. You could try it for free. 

MKV Editor FAQs

There are some other questions related to MKV editor, you can continue reading to learn more information.

1. Can you edit MKV files?

If you want to edit an MKV file, you have to choose the right program. Please, check out the supported formats before downloading them. You can use also this article as a guide to the appropriate application.

2. Can iMovie edit MKV files?

iMovie can be used on iPhone and macOS computers. It supports movies in 4K resolution, but can't edit directly MKV files. You have to convert the MKV format to one, supported by iMovie.

3. How do I edit metadata in MKV?

The metadata provides video related information like actors, directors, descriptions, comments, and other details. A simple way to edit MKV metadata is VLC media player. Open your MKV file in VLC, click Tools menu and then choose "Media Information". There you can add or change metadata.

4. Is MKV good quality?

The quality of the MKV video is excellent, as the format was designed as a new standard for HD videos, combining the video with multiple audio and subtitle tracks. That why the size of the MKV file is bigger than AVI and other popular video formats, so you will need a bigger storage space.

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