Play H.265 on Xbox One
Would it be possible for Microsoft to release a software update that would give the Xbox One the capability to play HEVC video, or would I have to wait for the ninth generation of video game consoles to be able to do that? Satya Nadella wants the Xbox One to work more like Windows. He's doing a lot for Microsoft.
H.265/HEVC is a pretty new video codec and according to Xbox One supported formats list, we can see that the media player app offered by Xbox One currently doesn't have the capability to handle H.265/HEVC codec, one simple solution to enable Xbox One play H.265/HEVC video is to save it as one of Xbox One native accepted formats as below:
3GP audio, 3GP video, 3GP2, AAC, ADTS, .asf, AVI DivX, DV AVI, AVI uncompressed, AVI Xvid, H.264 AVCHD, M-JPEG, .mkv, .mov, MP3, MPEG-PS, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 HD, MPEG-2 TS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, WMA Pro, WMA Voice, WMV, WMV HD
Transcode H.265 for Xbox One playback
There are many H.265/HEVC converter such as DVDFab, FFmpeg, MediaCoder, Cinemartin Cinec, etc. Some program like Cinemartin Cinec is too complicated to operate, others like MediaCoder or FFmpeg may only support to output limited file formats. If you are looking for a simple to use application with versatile output file options and beneficial customization function, you are recomended to have a try at Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac (best Mac Video Converter), different from above listed H.265 conversion tools, the program can efficientlty encode H.265 to any Xbox One media player app playback formats. In addition, it also lets you to directly output Xbox One preset profile formats without any complicated profile settings.
Besides transcoding H.265 to Xbox One, the program also supports to decode other Xbox One incompatible file formats such as MP4, FLV, XAVC/XAVC S, MXF, etc. For playing region locked Blu-ray/DVD on Xbox One, you can download Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac.
How to Transcode and Play H.265/HEVC on Xbox One with Media Player App?
Step 1: Add H.265/HEVC video.
Run the H.265 to Xbox One conversion program on your computer, click "Add Video" or "Add folder" button to load H.265/HEVC video into the program. This program supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple files at one time.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
Click on the drop down menu of the Format, select "Zune/Xbox 360 Device"> "Xbox 360 HD Video (*.wmv): as the target format. It fits on Xbox Oneas well.
Tip:Click the "Settings" beside the format bar to adjust your parameters is allow you to enjoy a better viewing quality. Plus, before go to the conversion, you can click this "Edit" to do some personal edits on your raw videos. This saves you from the troubles which you have to reload them to editors.
Step 3. Start converting H.265/HEVC to Xbox One
Click "Convert" button to start your conversion. Once you encode H.265 videos to Xbox One compatible format, you can stream H.265 files to Xbox One easily.