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H.265 vs H.264: Comparison Between H.265 (HEVC) and H.264 (AVC)

You will learn: what's the difference between H.265 and H.264, how to convert H.264 to H.265 and H.265 to H.264.

Hot discussion about H.265 and H.264 is underway. The technical content of H.265 was settled on January 25, 2013, while the specification was formally approved as a standard on April 13, 2013. Apple applied next-generation H.265 technology to its iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus for FaceTime over cellular in 2014, and introduced HEVC and HEIF as new camera formats in iOS 11 in 2017. And some companies urgently gear up to launch H.265 converters to convert videos from/to H.265. So, what is H.265? How can it fight against H.264? If you want to figure out these things, this post focusing on H.265 vs H.264 comparison can come in handy. It tells you clearly the definitions of H.265 and H.264, and also the differences between H.265 and H.264.

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H.265 vs H.264: Definitions of H.265 and H.264

H.265 vs H.264

What is H.264?
H264 (aka MPEG-4 AVC) is currently a mainstream video compression format. It is widely used in Blu-ray discs, internet sources like videos in YouTube and iTunes Store, web software, and also HDTV broadcasts over terrestrial, cable and satellite. Learn more about H.264 at wikipedia >>

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What is H.265?
H.265 (also known as HEVC, short for High Efficiency Video Coding) is a video compression standard whose predecessor is H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. H.265 HEVC ensures to deliver video quality identical to H.264 AVC at only half the bit rate. Learn more about H.265 at wikipedia >>

H.265 vs H.264: Differences between H.265 and H.264

In general, H.265 has several big advantages over H.264, including better compression, delicate image and bandwidth saving. For more detailed differences, please read H.265 vs H.264 comparison table.

  H.265/HEVC H.264/AVC
Names MPEG-H, HEVC, Part 2 MPEG 4 Part 10, AVC
Approved date 2013 2003
Progression Successor to H.264/AVC Successor to MPEG-2 Part
Key improvement * 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with H.264 at the same visual quality
* It is likely to implement Ultra HD, 2K, 4K for Broadcast and Online (OTT)
* 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with MPEG-2 Part
* Available to deliver HD sources for Broadcast and Online
Support up to 8K Yes No. Support up to 4K.
Support up to 300 fps Yes No. support up to 59.94 fps only.

Simply put, H.265 is the codec of the future. So, do you want to convert videos files to H.265? In this way, you can downsize HD videos without damaging the quality to free up space, and also convert SD videos to H.265 for better visual effects. So, how to convert videos to H.265? All you need is a H.265 converter to convert videos to H.265.

Convert (H.264) Video Files to H.265 - A Way to Compress Videos Without Losing Quality

Convert Videos to H.265

Among all available H.265 video converters in the market, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe claims one of the top H.265 encoders. It is an all-in-one H.265 decoder, encoder, converter and player. Not only can it allow people to convert H.265 to common video files, but also convert SD/HD videos (AVCHD, M2TS, MTS, MKV, H.264, MP4, AVI, TS, MOD, TOD, WMV, MOV, MPEG, etc.) to H.265 with several mouse clicks.

Firstly, download and install it on PC and Mac to start converting videos.
(Tips: for Mac users, HD Video Converter for Mac is an ideal option to convert videos from/to H.265.)

Step 1. Click "+ Video" to load target video file.

Step 2. Choose "HEVC Video" under category "PC General Video" as your output profile. To convert H.265 to H.264 video, you should choose a profile with H.264 codec.

Step 3. Specify destination folder to save H.265 video file.

Step 4. Hit "RUN" to begin converting.

According to H.265 vs H.264 (or HEVC vs AVC) comparison, the superiority of H.265 is evident. And with the help of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, we can convert videos files to/from H.265 effortlessly, including converting H.264 to H.265 and H.265 to H.264.

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