How to Stream H.265/HEVC 4K videos to Roku 3, 2, 1 for sharing?

Roku is a widely-accepted media player, which you can use to stream videos directly on your TV with lots of channel choices. But do you know that it can also be used as a streamer to cast your local video files on mobile to HDTV that you have at home. The biggest limit, however, is that the supported format range for this feature is not wide enough. That’s why we are here to learn how to play HEVC/H.265 4K Videos on Roku 3/2/1 in the easiest way.

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Part 1: Roku supported and unsupported video formats

Supported formats:

  • Video format: MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV
  • Audio format: AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV

Unsupported formats:

  • Video format: 3GP, VOB, MTS, AVI, M4V, WMV, XviD, DV, MP4-XviD, DIVX, H.264, H.265 (HEVC), MP4-MC, OGV, ASF, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL, MPEG-1 SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL, MPEG-2 SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL, DVD-Video SECAM, FLV, F4V, SWF, 3GP, 3G2, etc.
  • Audio format: AC3, M4A, OGG, AIFF, AU, MKA, APE, M4B, M4R, etc.

Part 2: How to play Roku supported videos and audio?

Step 1: Install Roku app for iOS or Android.

Step 2: Get your phone or tablet connected to the same network as your Roku device, that is, the same route. Then you can open your Roku app with a list of Roku devices appearing. Choose one of the devices and get control of it with your phone or tablet. Before that, you may need to get login with your Roku account.

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Step 3: Now go to find the Play on Roku tab on your app and then choose a video that you want to cast to your TV. After some minutes, you will be able to watch the videos on your TV’s big screen.

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Part 3: How to play unsupported HEVC/H.265 4K videos on Roku 3, 2, 1?

“I get a lot of conflicting reports on what the Roku 3 is capable of doing. I found a thread in hear that also talked about multiple streams causing the problem. I’ve checked many files with Media Info and they all show that there is only video stream and one audio stream. So after digging deeper into technical specs of the Roku 3, I found different conflicting answers and H.265 is not included there. Choosing H.265 is because higher quality and smaller size.”

So, how to put H.265/HEVC 4K recordings for playback on Roku 3? Fortunately, there’s a workaround that can make your H.265 4K recordings playable on Roku 3/2/1. For naturally unsupported formats of Roku, you will need a third-party tool to help you out. Pavtube H.265 ideo Converter should be one of the best choices. Here is how you can use it to play your HEVC/H.265 4K videos on Roku 3/2/1.

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Step 1. Load H.265 videos

Download and install video converter for Roku on your computer. Run it and directly drag and drop the H.265 files that you want into the main interface of the program. You can also add H.265 4K recordings by clicking “Add video” button or “Add from folder” icon.

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Step 2. Choose a proper format

After the files are added, click “Common Video” or “HD Video”, choose “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output video format. The reason mp4 is the target format is that by packing the videos in mp4, the file size will be reasonable small and the video quality remains.

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Tips: Roku does play MP4 files according to the relevant info in Roku official site. However, Roku just plays the MP4 files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio. Roku fails to play MP4 files with other codec. Click the “Settings” icon to set the correct video, audio codecs.

Step 3. H.265 Video Editing

Most of you guys must have the desire of a further editing with your output videos, right? On the main interface, “Edit” is waiting for you. “Trim” to decide where to start and where to end, “Crop” to cut some unwanted clips, “Subtitles” to add some explanations to your audience.

Step 4. Convert H.265 4K videos to Roku format

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the H.265 4K recordings to Roku 3/2/1 friendly H.264 MP4 conversion. After the conversion, you can click “Open” button to quick locate the converted videos.

As long as get the output MP4 files, you can either stream them or transfer the converted videos to Roku’s SD card or to a USB stick that can be attached to Roku streaming player. Now you can enjoy H.265 4K recordings to Roku 3/2/1 with ease.

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