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HEVC Converter: Best H.265 Video Converter that Supports Hardware Acceleratoin for Windows 10 and Mac

Windows 8 needs HEVC converter/encoder. How about Windows 10? Microsoft announced that Windows 10 added native support for HEVC/H.265 and MKV, which means you can play HEVC 4K videos on Windows 10, provided that PCs running Windows 10 is equipped with 4K display. Moreover, a smart TV or streaming set-top box is required to have HEVC compatibility to play 4K Ultra HD videos compressed in the format.

To realize the playback of 4K UHD movies on Windows 10, you will have to unlock a series of 4K video codec puzzles – HEVC/H.265.

"My Sony 4K TV supports 4K USB playback using HEVC. I tried to watch P3Pro 4K videos from the SD card with no success…" -Mr. Clear
"Hi, I bought a GoPro Hero 6 which encodes higher frame rates in H.265. However, I open the video file, I only get audio, no video is display. Windows 10 home." -GoPro Youthman

Streaming 4K movies from Windows 10 to 4K UHD TV or directly play HEVC/H.265 video on 4K TV via USB would be fantastic, but whenever there comes a problem which requires converting H.265 to H.264, MPEG-4, etc., with a best Windows 10 H.265/HEVC video converter for codec incompatibility issues.

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

Convert (4K GoPro/DJI) HEVC video files to H.264, MPEG4, WMV, AVI, etc., or encode H.264 into H.265 on Windows 10 with the fastest HEVC video converter that supports GPU acceleration.

This tutorial explores the solutions for several interconnected H.265/HEVC issues, solving problems like what is the relationship between 4K and HEVC/H.265 and which is the best Windows 10 H.265 video converter to encode a H.265 video or convert H.265 to H.264, MPEG4, MOV, FLV, MKV, etc., on Windows 10 and for smart TVs' playback.

What is H.265/HEVC?

High Efficiency Video Coding, abbreviated in HEVC, is a video compression standard also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2. HEVC is considered as the successor to currently most commonly used video compression format H.264, which is said to double the data compression ratio compared with the previous.

The highest resolution supported by the H.265/HEVC is 8192x4320, and it can be divided into two versions. The version 1 standard defines three profiles: Main, Main 10, and Main Still Picture. The version 2 of HEVC adds 21 range extensions profiles, two scalable extensions profiles, and one multi-view profile. According to different profiles, the bit depth is crossing from 8-bits to 16-bits.

About H.265/HEVC and 4K

At present, there are three standards of 4K resolution, 4096*3112(full aperture 4K), 3656*2664(academy 4K)and 3840*2160(UHD TV). To reach 4K (2160p) resolution, videos can only be contained in two formats – H.265/MPEG-H HEVC and H.264/MEPG-4 AVC.

As for computers, there are two ways to decode and play videos, one is software decoding, which uses the CPU to do that, and another is hardware decoding, which handled by the graphics chip. The compression algorithms of HEVC are very complex, while many PCs might stutter or be very slow when playing HEVC video without hardware decoding.

Also, please make sure you always have the newest smart TV can support decoding HEVC video, actually most 4K TVs only play H.264 format, but cannot decode HEVC/H.265 leading to the failure of playback on TV, streaming HEVC 4K video to TV on Windows 10 for watching won't be possible as well. That's why you need a best HEVC video converter.

Best HEVC/H.265 Video Converter for Windows 10

Q - "How to play MKV file encoded in HEVC on TV or how to convert H.265 into some other format? The video file has HEVC video codec and AC3 audio. I want to play it on TV, which does not support MKV container or H.265 codec. Any way to convert H.265 to H.264 to better fit Windows 10 or to play on TV?"

Only new 4K UHD TVs from Sony, Samsung, LG, etc. support HEVC decoding. To figure out how to play a H.265 4K video on a Windows 10 1080p/720p display or on HDTV can be really time consuming, especially for people having little awareness of video format or codec. Well, there is a productive way to facilitate and advance the H.265/HEVC to H.264 video conversion process, by using a best Windows 10 HEVC video converter – WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, which ensures you to complete 4K/H.265 video download and conversion on Windows 10 at one go. To play HEVC MKV video on Sony TV, there is no need of video format conversion. To play HEVC/H.265 video on Apple TV or Samsung Smart TV, convert H.265 to H.264 with a best Windows 10 HEVC video converter and all is done. More about Apple/Samsung/Sony TV supported video formats >>

How to Convert H.265 to H.264 on Windows 10?

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, as one of the best H.265 video converter for Windows 10, adds support for H.265/HEVC codec right after the appearance of this very codec mainly for 4K video, enabling users to both encode videos into H.265 and convert H.265/HEVC to up to 320 video codecs for playback on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android mobile and tablets, etc.

Step 1: Click +Video button to load your H.265 video from local media library.

Step 2: Go to Output Profile -> General Profiles -> MP4 Video (codec: h264 + aac) -> OK.
Also, you can encode video into H.265 by choosing HEVC Video under PC General category.

Step 3: Click Browse button to set a destination folder and hit RUN to start converting H.265 to H.264.

Convert H.265 to H.264 with the Best HEVC Video Converter for Windows 10

Apple/Samsung/Sony TV Supported Video Formats

Take the time to check out what the video files playable on Apple, Sony or Samsung Smart TV are before you make up your mind as to which device you are going to play the H.265 video. Then use the best H.265 video converter software to convert H.265 to H.264 MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, etc.

TV Brand

Supported File Type

File Extension

Apple TV

H.264, MPEG-4, JPEG

.mp4, .avi

Sony TV

MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVCHD, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, WMV, Asf, OGG, MKV, MOV, RealMedia, FLV, 3gpp, MVC

.mpg, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, .mp4, .divx, .avi, .asf, .wmv, .ogv, .3gp, .mkv, .rm, .rmvb, .mov, .flv, .mvc

Samsung Smart TV



External Knowledge: Does HEVC Reduce Quality?

If you just go for more video compression ratio, 4K may not have better quality than 1080p, from this, "smart" compression maintains a good balance between better image quality and smaller video size is actually what we want. Reduce bandwidth requirements while dramatically improving the experience, so HEVC codec wins great support in the industry.

Although HEVC is a lossy compression, it not only has higher intra-coding efficiency, the detail area can be well handled, but the reduction of quality is also coordinated, even it is invisible to the eyes under certain parameters.


author - Estrella H.

Estrella H.

Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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