Problems with VLC Player When Playing H.265 Videos

The new H.265 codec offers better image quality than the H.264 videos, but requires only half about the storage space. However, this new code takes a lot of computational horsepower for many media players to smoothly play these files and some media players on the computer simply do not play the normal H.265 video files recorded with cameras such as Samsung NX1 or Samsung NX500.

Whether you are wanting to watch stunning new H.265 videos on your huge widescreen computer monitor, or on your smart phone, having a piece of software that is capable of playing this increasingly popular and widely used format of ultra high definition video smoothly will make all the difference in how much you enjoy the experience.


H.265 codec playback problems on VLC:
VLC Player is a powerful and efficient app for playing any kinds of media in multiple formats right onto your PC. On February 27, 2015, VLC Media Player version was released with robust support of HEVC playback. However, according to test from image source, VLC can’t play the H.265 files for more than a few seconds without glitching and artifacting. Therefore, you still need to transcode the H.265 HEVC files to VLC playable formats listed below:

Container formats: 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, Matroska, QuickTime File Format, MP4, Ogg, OGM, WAV, MPEG-2, AIFF, Raw audio, Raw DV, MXF, VOB, RM, DVD-Video

Video formats: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/MPEG HEVC, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, Sorenson, Theora, VC-1, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, DNxHD, Prores and some WMV.

For smooth and better video quality of H.265 files playback on VLC media player, you’d better transcode H.265/HEVC to the more compatible but less-compressed H.264 video. Pavtube Video Converter will offer you great help to convert H.265 to VLC player smooth playback codec- H.264. If the H.265 files you are going to play with VLC have a 4K resolution, you’re suggested to downscale it to 1080p. The reason is that although H.264 can handle 4K videos, however, it can’t keep file size low simultaneously. Big file size will require less computer lower and more bandwidth and therefore will also results playback errors. You can downscale your 4K H.265/HEVC files to 1080p with our “Profile Settings” function on the software.

How to convert H.265 videos for easier playback with VLC Player?

Step 1: Download and install the program. Click “Add video” on the main interface to load your H.265 files to the program. You can also drag the files to the program’s window list directly. This program can also support the batch video clips.

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “HD Video>>H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output format.


Step 3: Click “Settings” and open “Profile Settings” window, from Size(pix) drop-down list, select “1920×1080” as the resolution for output file.

Step 4: When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” button. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.

Conclusion: When the conversion is done, click “Open” button to get the generated files. Now, feel pleasure to play H.265 videos on VLC Player on your PC.

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