Play H.265 on PS4 Pro

Can PS4 Pro media player support H.265?

Four and a half months after the debut of the PlayStation 4 Pro, the 4K-capable console has finally gained support for playback of 4K video files. An updating made by Sony to the PS4’s built-in Media Player app allows users of PS4 Pro and a 4K television to play 4K resolution MP4 files (not MKV or other formats) which are saved on a USB stick or streamed from a home server.  A lot of people may wonder the possibility to play H.265 (a new compression standard for 4K video streaming with small file size and better visual quality) on PS4 Pro, however, tests from polygon shows that after installing the PS4 Media Player’s version 3.0 update, the media player can only play 4K video encoded in H.264/AVC, but fail to handle 4K video encoded with H.265 compression codec.

Why PS4 Pro not support H.265 codec?

A lot of PS4 Pro owners may don’t understand and find it quite upsetting that such an expensive machine which can do 4K cannot do HEVC? The main reason is that the media player has had zero updates for the PS4 PRO its only been updated to support functions that work on ALL versions of PS4 like the VR and FLAC update. What’s more, the H.265 codec is patented by various parties and it is associated with high licensing fees.

Convert H.265 for PS4 Pro Playing from USB

Wish that one day HEVC/H.265 support will come to PS4 Pro, but before that day, if you insist on viewing H.265 files PS4 Pro from USB drive or from home server, the best solution is transcoding H.265 to PS4 Pro media player playable 4K H.264 MP4 file formats. Here, you can get the job easily done with our best H.265 Decoder Software – Pavtube Video Converter. The program has full support for both 4K/HD H.265 files wrapped in either MP4 or MKV container file format. You can easily encode H.265 to PS4 Pro supported 4K H.264 MP4 file with fast encoding speed and perfect output file quality. For encoding HD H.265 to 4K H.264, you can upscale 1080p to 4K by changing output file resolution to 3840*2160 for better visual effect when viewing on 4K TV.

Tips: The windows version of our program supported hard-ware encoding acceleration. You can get up to 6x faster H.264 codec encoding speed as long as if you run your PC computer on Graphic cards that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology.

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To program offered advanced output profile parameters tweaking options, you can flexibly adjust output video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Pavtube Video Converter is available on Windows 10/8/8.1/7, it is also accompanied by an up-to-date Mac version – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac for macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc. The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can load multiple H.265 video into the program at one time for conversion. What’s more, the final results produced by the program are pretty high quality, you can’t tell the difference between the result video and the original source H.265 video.

How to Transcode H.265 for PS4 Pro Playing from USB Drive or Home Server?

Step 1: Load HD or 4K H.265 files into the program.

Start the program on your computer, click “File” > “Load Video/Audio” or “Load from folder” button to import HD or 4K H.265 video files into the program.

Load H.265 files

Step 2: Output PS4 Pro supported 4K file formats.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down option, choose PS4 Pro supported 4K MP4 video from “Common Video” > “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” to output.

Output PS4 Pro supported 4K file formats

Step 3: Upscale 1080p to 4K.

For viewing HD H.265 on PS4 Pro with better file quality, it is essential for you to change the output file resolution as “3840*2160” in the “Profile Settings” window “Size(pix)” drop-down list.

Upscale 1080p to 4K

Step 4: Enable GPU Encode Acceleration.

Click “Tools” > “Options”, in the opened “Options” window, click “Acceleration” menu, then check “Enable GPU Encode Acceleration” otpion so that the program will accelerate conversion speed when encoding video to H.265/HEVC codec.

Enable GPU encode acceleration

Step 5: Begin the conversion process.

Go back to the main interface, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from HD/4K H.265 video to PS4 Pro supported 4K file formats conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, click “Open Output Folder” to pop out the folder with converted files, then you can easily transfer and play converted 4K files on PS4 Pro via an external USB drive or Home Server.

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