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Stream H.265/HEVC Videos to Apple TV 4K

In preparation for the forthcoming Gen 5 Apple TV, you may ask: does the 5th gen apple TV support directly playing H.265/HEVC encoded files? At the annual developer conference, WWDC, Apple announced widespread support for High Efficiency Video Coding. The company says this is coming to the next versions of iOS and macOS, but its implementation on tvOS seems to lay the foundation for an Apple TV that supports 4K video streaming — one of the major areas where Apple's current media streamer lags behind high-end. So, it is very probably that the new AppleTV 4K hardware technically has H.265 support. In this way, why not have a try?

H.265/HEVC ---What differs from H.264?

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), or H.265, is a video compression standard designed to substantially improve coding efficiency when compared to its precedent, the Advanced Video Coding (AVC), or H.264. For more detailed differences, please read H.265 vs H.264 comparison table.

Names MPEG-H, HEVC, Part 2 MPEG 4 Part 10, AVC
Approved date 2013 2003
Progression Successor to H.264/AVC Successor to MPEG-2 Part
Key improvement * 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with H.264 at the same visual quality
* It is likely to implement Ultra HD, 2K, 4K for Broadcast and Online (OTT)
* 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with MPEG-2 Part
* Available to deliver HD sources for Broadcast and Online
Support up to 8K Yes No. Support up to 4K.
Support up to 300 fps Yes No. support up to 59.94 fps only.

In a word, H.265/HEVC is the codec of the future. So, do you want to convert videos files to H.265? In this way, you can downsize HD videos without damaging the quality to free up space, and also convert SD videos to H.265 for better visual effects. So, how to convert videos to H.265 for Apple TV 4K(the 5th-gen Apple TV)?

Convert Any Video Files to H.265/HEVC for Apple TV 4K

To complete this task, all you need is an H.265 Video converter to convert videos to H.265. Among all available H.265 video converters in the market, Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/ Mac claims one of the top H.265 encoders. It is an all-in-one H.265 decoder, encoder, converter and player. Not only can it allow users to convert H.265 to common video files, but also convert SD/HD/4K videos (AVCHD, M2TS, MTS, MKV, H.264, MP4, AVI, TS, MOD, TOD, WMV, MOV, MPEG, etc.) to H.265 with several mouse clicks.

In addition, it comes with editing functions, such as video trimming, video cropping, video merging, video rotating, adding watermark and effects to output video. It also allows users to customize video and audio bitrate, adjust resolution, set frame rate and more. So, you can get perfect playback effect on Apple TV 4K.

Now just come to freely download it and follow the step-by-step guide to convert any video files to H.265 for Apple TV 4K.

Guide: Convert any videos for Apple TV 4K

Mac Version Pavtube Video Converter taken as example, Windows Version share the same steps, just keep in mind you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files cannot be installed on Mac OS - and vice versa.

STEP 1. Load your video files to the program 

Download and install the Apple TV 4K Converter, and then import the source videos to it. To do so, you can directly drag & drop the files onto the main interface, or you can click the "Add Video" button on the upper left to locate the videos from your local disk. Note that batch conversion is supported, so you can add several files to the converter at one time. 

add video

Step 2. Choose output format

From "Format" drop-down list, you can select "Common Video" >"H.265 Video(*.mp4)" as the output profile format.


Tip: If you are not satisfied with the default video/audio specs, click “Settings” to adjust video seize(pixel), frame rate, bitrate (the higher bitrate, the larger file size and better video quality), or audio settings. For example, you can adjust the output file resolution as "3840*2160" by typing the value beside the brackets of "Size(pix)" in the video section to achieve a better video enjoyment on Apple TV 4K.

Step 3. Transcode any videos to Apple TV 4K on Mac

When you finish the settings, you can press the big "Convert" button to kick off the conversion. As this application supports newest NVIDIA CUDA & AMD APP technology to accelerate video encoding/decoding by both H.264 and H.265/HEVC codec, just after a few minutes, you will be able to get the output files for Apple TV 4K via clicking on "Open" button effortlessly. Now you can stream and watch any video files on Apple TV 4K with high quality.

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