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Can Roku Play HEVC/H.265 File? What to Do if Roku can't Play HEVC?

There are many available Roku streaming player models, including Roku Express, Roku Premiere, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Ultra and more. Connecting these smart devices to TV, you can stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Hulu, and so on. Apart from streaming online content, you can also stream locally stored files to Roku by using Plex, using screen mirroring, setting up a DLNA server, or using a USB drive (on Roku Ultra which is the only USB-compatible model). Nowadays, many people are wondering whether Roku can play HEVC codec encoded content. In this article, we will answer this.

Roku and HEVC
Roku and HEVC

Can Roku Play HEVC Video File?

HEVC, also known as H.265, has gained increasing popularity for its efficient compression. Many popular devices like iPhone, GoPro and DJI drone have added the support for HEVC. That's why so many people become concerned about the HEVC compatibility on Roku. Well, can Roku decode HEVC? What type of video files does Roku play? Let's check now.

According to Roku SDK documentation, Roku devices supported file formats include:
Video file types: MP4, MOV, M4V, MKV, WebM
Video codecs: H.264/AVC, HEVC/H.265, VP9
Audio file types: AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV (PCM), AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AC3, E-AC3

As we can see, HEVC is included. However, it is only supported on Roku 4K capable devices, such as Roku 4, Roku Premiere, Roku Streaming Stick + (HE), and Roku Ultra (LT). If your Roku device supports 4K, congratulations, now you can follow the guide to play local HEVC/H.265 video on Roku. If your Roku device isn't compatible with 4K, don't worry, you can fast transcode HEVC to Roku playable format.

How to Transcode HEVC to Roku Supported Video Format?

When you use a 4K-incompatible device such as Roku Express, you will find that your HEVC content will not be displayed. And sometimes, Roku Ultra still cannot play HEVC files because of new update. If Direct Play is enabled, HEVC file will play with no audio.

If you have HEVC playback issue on your Roku, no matter which model you use, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can help you out. This program can convert (4K) HEVC video to H.264 with ease. Using Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware acceleration, it can convert video at 47X real-time faster speed while maintaining good output quality. This is a good way to go when your Plex is not powerful enough to handle real-time transcoding.

Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and follow our tutorial to transcode H.265 to H.264 for playback on Roku.

Step 1. Load target HEVC file into the converter.
You're allowed to import one or multiple video files for conversion. Simply drag and drop or click + Video button to open target file(s).

Convert HEVC to Roku
Convert HEVC to H.264 for streaming to Roku

Step 2. Select a H.264 profile.
There're more than 420 output profiles. You should select a profile that uses a video codec and an audio codec that your Roku accepts. For example, you can go to General Profiles and choose MP4 Video (codec: H.264+aac, resolution: 1920x1080). Or, you can choose 4K MP4 Video (codec: H.264+aac, resolution: 3840x2160) / 2K MP4 Video (codec: H.264+aac, resolution: 2560x1440), if your source file is in 4K/2K and you want to preserve the original resolution.

Step 3. Begin converting HEVC file.
Click the RUN button, and it will start working. Soon later, you will get a new file. After that, you should be able to watch it on your Roku.

How to Play HEVC Videos

Tips: besides transcoding HEVC, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe offers many other features.
1. Convert any video: supporting 320+ video codecs and 50+ audio codecs, it can convert almost any videos to MP4, H.264, HEVC, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, etc.
2. Edit video: merge multiple files together, trim off unwanted segment, crop out redundant area, and add external subtitle.
3. Adjust parameters: codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channel.
4. Download video: free download videos and audios from 1000 sites, such as Facebook, Twitter.
5. Create photo slideshow: convert your photos to a video with your favorite background music.

Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe if you want to convert, compress, edit, and download video.


author - Kaley Torres

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Kaley Torres is a self-motivated, creative editor with eight years of marketing and SEO experience, specializing in writing on DVD, video, audio, images, new digital contents etc. With a partiality DVD collection, Kaley also enjoys digitizing DVD and is keen to share her DVD video conversion solutions as well as video sharing tips on social media.

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