Summary: You said you shot some 4K recordings encoded by H.265/HEVC? How could you watch or edit them on other devices and players? What is H.265 and how does it differ from the former codec H.264? This article is written around these questions and what's more, we find the best ways to encode H.265/HEVC videos on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP. FFmpeg can also be the alternative one.
What does the new H.265/HEVC codec mean?
After H.264 came H.265. It also has a few other names, most commonly High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or MPEG-H. H.265 doubles the data compression ratio compared to H.264 and can support resolutions up to 8192×4320. This means that video at the same quality needs only half of the bandwidth (or file size). Alternately, it means that the quality of the video can be substantially improved at the same bit rate, something very important for very high definition (i.e. 4K and 8K) displays.
How does this "FFmpeg" work?
The good news for Linux users is that the H.265 codec is available in the popular encoding suite "ffmpeg". Although "ffmpeg" probably exists in your distro's repositories, it might be out of date or it might not have support for H.265 compiled in. Download either the 32-bit or 64-bit .tar.xz file. If you are unsure which one to download, then use the 32-bit one. In the directory where you downloaded the file, run the following command to unpack the archive file. More details here!
Another Popular H.265/HEVC Video Converter - works well on Windows Operation.
Pavtube Video Converter (Review), which also named as the H.265 Video Encoder that specially designed for the latest H.265. In this upgraded version, we will find several obvious changes there, such as three standards of H.264 output choices on the output list, etc. More upgraded information you can read this way.
Specific guide on how to encode the H.265/HEVC videos on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP:
Tips: For those guys who have already got the product, we can update it to the latest version for free. Open the main interface and click the "Help -> Update" …according to the instructions, you can finish the job well.
Launch the program and open the main interface, with "Add video" and "Add from folder" on the left corner, we can easily let our files in. Then on the output list, for Windows operation, we recommend you to choose the common MP4 as the suitable one Okay? As we mentioned above, we hope the added "Common Video -> H.264 Baseline/Main/High Profile (*.MP4)". Mostly, we can choose the last one "High profile MP4" as the best.
Finally, just tap the "Convert" on the main interface, we can get our work started. Surely, for those advanced users, if you are familiar with this program, why not take around the "Settings" or "Edit" to adjust more? You won't be disappointed with this two functional items.
From the two measures we mentioned above, I don't know which one you will like as the best. But frankly speaking, if you are not familiar with the new codec H.265/HEVC, I suggest to choose the easiest one, Pavtube H.265 Encoder to do you a big favor. Such an easy operation that we can all do well.
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