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Free Download HEVC (H.265) Codec for 4K/8K Video Playback

What Is HEVC/H.265 Codec? How to Free Download HEVC/H.265 Codec on Windows (10) PC/Mac?

HEVC (aka H.265) earned its reputation from September, 2014 when Blu-ray Disc Association and Apple announced HEVC support for their products. Then, this video codec is widely applied to a wide range of fields, operation system (Windows 10, Android 6.0 Marshmallow), online video (YouTube 4K/8K), graphics card (Nvidia, AMD) and media software (VLC, HandBrake). In this article, we will focus on HEVC/H.265 codec, explaining what is HEVC codec and how to free download HEVC/H.265 codec for 4K/8K video playback.


Best Solution to Play 4K/8K Videos Encoded with HEVC/H.265

It is strongly suggested to compress 4K/8K videos encoded with HEVC/H.265 to 1080P HD or lower resolutions in formats MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV etc, with the powerful 4K/8K video converter – WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to get a better playback effect on computers, smart TVs with lower resolution monitors and almost all portable devices.

HEVC/H.265 vs AVC/H.264

What Is HEVC/H.265 Codec

Before making clear about HEVC (H.265) codec, we should have a brief knowledge about HEVC.

HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) [1], a video compression standard, is developed to have a higher coding efficiency and improved video quality. With double data compression ratio, HEVC only requires half bitrate to keep the same video quality compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. In other words, HEVC brings better video quality at the same bitrate. Target at next-generation HDTV display and content capture systems, it can support 4K and 8K UHD resolution.
>> How to Convert H.264 4K to HEVC 4K | Convert HEVC 4K to H.264 4K

HEVC codec is the software to compress or decompress HEVC video. It can be an encoder for compression only or decoder for decompression only. With HEVC codec, people can create a 4K/8K video or convert HEVC videos to a more compatible format for flawlessly playing on computers or devices. | HEVC Decoder, HEVC encoder, VP9 AV1 Codec

How to Free Download HEVC/H.265 Codec

Beginners may search HEVC codec on Google or software download sites for having a direct download link. But the random results are quite confused. So, we list the following reliable HEVC (H.265) codecs for your reference.

HEVC Codec Software

• x265
x265 is an open-source HEVC encoder application library enabling users to encode video/images into a HEVC bitstream. It is under GNU General Public License (GPL) 2 license and also available under a commercial license. x265 projects aims to provide the best HEVC/H.265 encoder and deliver the most efficient compression, highest encoding speed and visual quality. >> Convert x265 to MP4

• DivX 10
DivX is one of the most popular video codecs with implementation of several mainstream video and audio standards, DivX, HEVC/H.265, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 14, MKV, AAC, Dolby, DTS etc. Built-in free DivX HEVC Plug-in, this HEVC codec makes users create and watch HEVC videos up to 4K UHD on Windows (10) PC/Mac.

• K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
Supporting many popular video/audio codecs, K-Lite Codec Pack, a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs and tools, drives users to play more video/audio formats on Windows 10/8/7/XP (64 & 32 bit). Since the version 10.10, the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack added support for decoding HEVC helping us watch HEVC videos on Windows without trouble.

Also read: Best Free Windows 10 Codecs Pack Download and Install

Best HEVC/H.265 Converter – WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

• Compress 4K/8K UHD HEVC/H.265 videos to 1080P/720P HD or 360P SD in formats H.264, MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, FLV, 3GP etc, with vivid images and hi-fi audios.
• Convert 4K/8K UHD HEVC/H.265 videos to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Windows Mobile, Surface Pro/Book, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Kindle Fire and other popular devices without incompatibility problem at an extremely fast conversion speed.
• Upscale 1080P HD videos to 4K HEVC videos with smaller size and clear quality for playing on 4K TVs, iPhone X/8/8 Plus and other devices with the support of HEVC without much space occupied.

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HEVC [1] - also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2, is a video compression standard, one of several potential successors to the widely used AVC (H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10)...

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