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.
Before making clear about HEVC (H.265) codec, we should have a brief knowledge about HEVC.
HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), 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 FUHD resolution.
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 and play back 4K/8K videos on computers or devices without incompatibility problem.
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.
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.
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.
• Convert/compress 4K/8K UHD HEVC/H.265 videos to 1080P/720P/360P 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, Android, Windows Phone, Surface Pro, PS3/4, Xbox, Kindle Fire and other popular devices reaching 83x real-time conversion speed.
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