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How to Convert Video to H.265/HEVC and Vice Versa

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By Justin SabrinaUpdated on September 01, 2021

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This article introduces a reliable H.265 converter for you to convert H.265 files to more popular formats for better compatibility or convert videos to H.265/HEVC for better video experience.


H.264 vs. H.265

H.265, also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), is the successor standard to H.264/AVC. H.265/HEVC has about two times compression ratio while retain the same video quality, which means HEVC has much better video quality than H.264 at the same bit rate. It is w widely y used in 4K videos and Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV). It even supports 8K UHD (4320p, 8192x4320).

H.264/AVC is the successor to MPEG-2 Part and it is available to deliver HD sources for Broadcast and Online. Unlike H.265, H.264 is likely to implement Ultral HD, 2K, 4K for Broadcast and Online(OTT). Overall, H.265 video currently gives you the best visual experience. But H.264 video is widely accepted by HDTVs, media players, and mobile devices.

convert videos to H.265

“I have a Samsung HU8500 TV, but the 4K H.265 file is not supported here. Is there any way to convert H.265 videos to a compatible format, such as H.264?”

Although H.265 is the best format for video experiences, most players and portable devices are still not compatible with this video codec, such as iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Samsung phone and tablets, Xbox 360, iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Movie Maker, etc. This tutorial is intended to provide the best solution for those who wish to play HEVC / H.265 anywhere without any restrictions. At the same time, encoding the video to H.265 is also easy.

Best HEVC Converter - Decode and Encode HEVC/H.265 in A Fast Way

The powerful yet easy-to-handle UkeySoft Video Converter/UkeySoft Video Converter for Mac is integrated of HEVC Encoder and HEVC Decoder, which can convert HEVC/H.265 to other videos, and vice versa. The videos conversion is at a fast speed and keep well high quality. Besides, this program provides easy video editing features, including trim, crop, special effects, watermark and subtitles etc. See more the key features of UkeySoft Video Converter software:

- Converts any video to H.265 video files rapidly in high quality.
- Convert H.265 video to other audio files MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV.
- Support videos such as MPEG, MP4, MKV, H.264/MPEG-4, H.265/HEVC, MOV, H.264.
- Preserve the original quality & a high conversion speed.
- Advanced H.265/HEVC editing features.
- Convert H.265/HEVC videos to iPhone, Samsung, Nexus, Sony HTC, LG, Samsung Gear VR, Sony PSP, Chromecast ,Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360 or PS3 and more.

First of all, click on the download button to get UkeySoft Video Converter installed on your Windows PC or Mac PC.

Part 1: How to Convert Any Video to H.265/HEVC

Step 1. Import Videos

H.264 MP4 video files has added to the program - video lists

Choose H.264 files

Step 2. Choose H.265 MP4 or MKV as Output Format
From "Format" drop-down list, you can select "Common Video" > "MKV HEVC/H.265 Videos(*.mkv)" or "MP4 HEVC/H.265 Videos(*.mp4)"as the output profile format. Also, you can customize video resolution, frame rate, bitrate, as well as audio encoder, channel, sample rate, bitrate, etc.by clicking "Settings" icon.

Choose MP4 HEVC/H.265 as output format

Or, choose MKV HEVC/H.265 as output format

Choose MKV HEVC/H.265 as output format

Step 3. Convert Videos to HEVC/H.265 MP4
Once the setup is complete, simply click "Start" button and the conversion will then begin. H.265 encoding is simple here!

Convert Videos to HEVC/H.265 MP4

Many people want to convert videos to H.265 for space-saving and advanced experience, this method is worth recommending.

Part 2: How to Convert Videos from H.265/HEVC to H.264

Step 1. Add H.265/HEVC Files
Launch the software and you can see the primary menu, navigate and click the "Add Files" to import your Ultra HD H.265 file(s) to the program or simply drag and drop it onto the middle of program interface. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can add all the files at once.)

import H.265 files

Step 2. Choose the Output Format
For better compatibility with mobile devices or other players, I suggest you choose H.264 as your output format: Go to Output Format > Common Video> AVC Video (H.264). Well, you are also allowed to convert H.265/HEVC to other output video formats encoded H.264 codec, such as MP4, MOV, AVI, etc. (h264).

Choose H.264 files

Step 3. Edit Video
To make you satisfied with the output video, this tool includes video editing features. You can easily trim video clips, crop videos, adding external subtitles, etc. by clicking on "Editing" button. Also, you can click "Settings" to adjust video seize(pixel), frame rate, bitrate or audio settings.

Edit Video Files

Step 4. Convert H.265/HEVC to H.264
When all settings looks fine, simply press the big "Start" button to start converting videos from H.265/HEVC to H.264. In as fast as a couple of moments, your files will be ready for playback.

H.265 to H.264 converter

There is a small window popping up after conversion. You can easily find the output files by clicking on "Open Output".

View Converted H.264 MP4 Video

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Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina

Justin Sabrina has over 10 years of content writing experience. She specializes in product reviews, how-to guides, tips and tricks, top lists, etc. on data encryption, multi-media conversion, screen recording and iOS unlocking. At UkeySoft, she performs in-depth research SEO copywriting and collaborates with our R & D team to offer effective software solution, most of her articles on software are helpful and easy to read, helping our reader easily solve problems through using software or apps.


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