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Play H.265/HEVC Files on Windows 10

HEVC, also known as H.265 is a new video coding standard that specifies how to decode video. This codec compresses the video files to about half the size possible of the current format the MPEG-4 (also known as H.264).

Is it possible to play H.265/HEVC on Windows 10?

On Windows 10, you can natively play HEVC videos in the default Films & TV app or through Windows Media Player. Alternatively, you can use VLC or MPC-HC for playback, which support older operating systems, or popular media center apps like Kodi (version 14 onwards) and Plex Media Player. Although so may software applications on Windows 10 has offered native playback software for H.265/HEVC video, however, this won't ensure you a smooth playback experience especially for 4K H.265 video if your computer don't equipped with the the latest powerful CPU. You will be disappointed to find that your video player plays H.265 files for just few seconds with glitching and artifacting.

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How to fix Windows 10 H.265/HEVC playback issues?

To get a smooth playback experience with H.265 video on Windows 10, it would be much ideal for you to compress and decode 4K H.265 to Windows 10 media player app more favorable HD H.264 file format. Here, you can get the job easily done by downloading our best H.265 Decoder software - Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. The application has perfect importing support for both 4K H.265 files wrapped with MP4, MOV or MKV container file formats, you can easily and efficiently compress 4K to 1080p and also convert H.265 to H.264 or other Windows 10 compatible file formats with perfect quality and super-fast encoding speed.

Adjust output profile parameters

To get better output file quality, you can flexibly tweak output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.

Step by Step to Compress and Transcode 4K H.265 for Windows 10 Smooth Playback

Step 1: Load 4K H.265 files into the application.

Start the program on your computer and click"Add Video/Audio" from"File"drop-down list to add the 4K H.265 files you desire to convert to the application.

Load 4K H.265 files into the application

Step 2: Choose output file format.

From the "Format" drop-down option, you can select Windows 10 best compatible playback format "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category.

Output Windows 10 most favorable HD format

Tips: For better playback quality, you can flexibly customize the output profile paramerters such as video codec, size, bitrate, frame rates and audio codec, sample rate, bitrate and channels in the program's "Profile Settings" window.

Step 3: Convert H.265 video to Windows 10.

Hit the right-bottom"Convert"button to start H.265 video to Windows 10 conversion process.

When the conversion is done, you can then smoothly play H.265 video on Windows 10 with its default media players or other media player apps with ease.

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