html – How to playback MKV video in web browser-ThrowExceptions

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I am trying to make a MKV video with a MPEG4 video codec and AC3 audio codec available to be played online using Mozilla or Chrome. I have tried multiple methods including native HTML5, which plays back the video but no audio and from what I’ve read AC3 is a proprietary codec so it is not included in the supported codecs. The code for that was as follows:

<video width='1024' height='768' controls autoplay> 
<source src="path_to_src" type='video/x-matroska'</video>

I then tried to use the VLC web plugin (as I know VLC can play the files correctly) but have not yet gotten it to play any file, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of consistency in the examples for using this method. Here is what I have tried so far using the VLC plugin:

<embed type="application/x-vlc-plugin" version="VideoLAN.VLCPlugin.2" 
width="1024" height="768" id="vlc" autoplay="yes" target="path_to_file"></embed>

The VLC page here says to add this:

<object classid="clsid:9BE31822-FDAD-461B-AD51-BE1D1C159921"

But the codebase doesn’t seem to exist anymore and adding that classid to the code above has no affect on the playing of the file. Both methods result in the VLC player box being made but nothing ever getting played and the developer console doesn’t show any errors.

So my question is does anyone know a workaround to get AC3 audio to play in the native HTML5 player or what the correct syntax is for the VLC web plugin? Or does anyone have a different player altogether they would recommend? Any and all help appreciated!

How to solve:

You can use this following code. work just on chrome browser.

 function failed(e) {
   // video playback failed - show a message saying why
   switch ( {
       alert('You aborted the video playback.');
       alert('A network error caused the video download to fail part-way.');
       alert('The video playback was aborted due to a corruption problem or because the video used features your browser did not support.');
       alert('The video could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.');
       alert('An unknown error occurred.');
 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en">

 <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
 <meta name="author" content="Amin Developer!" />

 <title>Untitled 1</title>

<p><video src="" type='video/x-matroska; codecs="theora, vorbis"' autoplay controls onerror="failed(event)" ></video></p>
<p><a href="YOU mkv FILE LINK GOES HERE TO DOWNLOAD">Download the video file</a>.</p>



HTML5 does not support .mkv / Matroska files but you can use this code…

    <source src="video.mkv" type="video/mp4">

But it depends on the browser as to whether it will play or not. This method is known to work with Chrome.


HTML5 and the VLC web plugin were a no go for me but I was able to get this work using the following setup:

DivX Web Player (NPAPI browsers only)

AC3 Audio Decoder

And here is the HTML:

<embed id="divxplayer" type="video/divx" width="1024" height="768" 
src ="path_to_file" autoPlay=\"true\" 

The DivX player seems to allow for a much wider array of video and audio options than the native HTML5, so far I am very impressed by it.


<video controls width=800 autoplay>
    <source src="file path here">

This will display the video (.mkv) using Google Chrome browser only.

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