Free Download HEVC (H.265) Codec for 4K Video Playback

The H.265 codec is a better and new standard codec out there that offers similar quality at even smaller file sizes. Currently, this codec is widely used in a wide range of fields, operation system (Windows 10, Android 6.0 Marchmallow, macOS High Sierra, iOS 11), online video (4K/8K), Graphic card (Nvidia, AMD) or media software (VLC, Handbrake, Kodi, Plex, MX Player, MPC-HC, etc). In this article, we will show you what is H.265/HEVC and how to free download HEVC/H.265 codec for 4K video playback.

What is HEVC/H.265 codec?

HEVC or High Efficiency Video Codec, first appeared in 2013 as a true successor to H.264. For this reason, HEVC is also known as H.265, or MPEG-H Part 2. HEVC’s main advantage over H.264 (H.265 VS H.264) is that it offers roughly double the compression ratio for the same quality. This means that a video file encoded with HEVC can occupy half the space of its H.264 equivalent with no noticeable change in quality, or the same amount of space with improved quality.

HEVC codec is the software to encode or decode HEVC video. It can be an encoder for compression only or decoder for decompression only. With HEVC codec, people can create a 4K video or convert HEVC videos to a more compatible format for conveniently viewing on computers, smartphone, tablets, game consoles, TVs, etc.

How to free download HEVC/H.265 codec?

When you search HEVC codec, you may find that there are many software download sites offering a direct download link. Have no idea which one to choose among so many options, the following article will list some reliable HEVC (H.265) codec for you reference.


x265 is a library for encoding video into the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265) video compression format that was developed and standardized by the ISO/IEC MPEG and ITU-T VCEG. x265 is offered under either version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPL) or a commercial license, similar to the x264project.

Divx 10

DivX is one of the most popular video codecs with implementation of several mainstream video and audio standards, DivX, HEVC/H.265, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 14, MKV, AAC, Dolby, DTS etc. Built-in free DivX HEVC Plug-in, this HEVC codec makes users create and watch HEVC videos up to 4K UHD on Windows (10) PC/Mac.

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack

Supporting many popular video/audio codecs, K-Lite Codec Pack, a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs and tools, drives users to play more video/audio formats on Windows 10/8/7/XP (64 & 32 bit). Since the version 10.10, the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack added support for decoding HEVC helping us watch HEVC videos on Windows without trouble.

Best H.265/HEVC Encoder Decoder – Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac

– Encode all 4K/2K/HD/SD digital video to HD/4K H.265 with the container file format of MP4/MOV with perfect quality
– 30x faster H.265 codec encoding speed by using Nvidia GPU encoding acceleration on Maxwell (GM206) or Pascal based Graphic cards that supports Nvidia NVENC technology
– Decode HD/4K H.265 to H.264, MP4, AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, 3GP, WebM, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, etc with the resolution of 4K/2K/HD/SD for conveniently viewing on computer or devices.
– Compress 4K H.265 to 1080p/720p HD file formats for smooth devices and applications playback
– Upscale 1080p/720p to 4K HEVC video with smaller file size and better quality for viewing on 4K TV or other 4K HEVC capable playback devices.

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