Convert H.265 HEVC videos

Since iOS 11, iPhone will record videos as new HEVC video format. HEVC is short for High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265. It’s the new successor to Advanced Video Coding (AVC), also known as H.264. In order to play HEVC videos, you need either hardware or software decoding support. For backward compatibility, Apple allows users to tweak camera settings to capture H.264 videos on iPhone or even convert H.265/HEVC back to H.264/AVC upon transfer to computer.

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If the HEVC video was exported in the original format, is it any way to convert it to H.264 on computer?

Converting H.265 or HEVC to H.264 or AVC

Video Converter is a desktop media converter software that supports H.265/HEVC encoding and decoding. You can convert the HEVC video to the classic H.264 easily with it. For more details, you can refer to this guide to convert iPhone videos to Samsung or Android. From this quick guide, you will learn how to convert iPhone MOV videos, HEVC videos to Samsung or Android phone compatible file format H.264 MP4 using a professional media converter tool.

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Converting H.264 or AVC to H.265 or HEVC

HEVC is the new video compression standard. It enables video to be compressed to a file that is about half the size of AVC. So if we can convert classic H.264 videos to H.265 videos, we can save 50% storage space.

Like the H.265 decoding, you can use the above video converter to transcode H.264 to H.265 or HEVC. It might sound complicated, but don’t worry, this media converter program has really made it easy. Here’s how it’s done.

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  • Step 1. Click Add Files to browse to the H264 videos and import them to the converter.
  • Step 2. Go to ‘Convert all files to’ box to choose HEVC MP4 or HEVC MKV as the target video profile.
  • Step 3. Click Convert or Convert All to convert H.265 or HEVC to H.264 or AVC. You can then find the converted video files in the Output folder of the media converter software.

You can easily convert H.265 HEVC videos to H.264 AVC or convert H.264 AVC videos to H.265 HEVC on computer. Compared with H264, H.265 encodes the same information with lower bit rates but remain the same video quality, you can convert video from H.264 to H.265 to save 50% space or even more. When compressed to the same file size or bit rate as AVC, HEVC delivers significantly better visual quality. Only when you need you to solve incompatibility issues should you downgrade H.265 HEVC to H.264 AVC videos.