H.265 to H.264 Converter: How to Convert H.265 to H.264 on Mac/Windows

Even though H.265 could be used for watching videos with high video quality and resolution, it is a must to own a computer which has high resolution alongwith higher configuration settings in CPU. It cannot be used for regular streaming of videos as it works well for watching HDTV videos only. It does not work well with average computer speed, low battery or medium CPU memory. Compared to H.264, H.265 performance is tested to be very less. On the other hand, H.264 is preferred more because of its high performance in any devices and it is also suitable for playbacks. For efficient video coding, you may need to convert H.265 to H.264 to stream videos or playback on any of your iDevice or android phones. For this purpose, iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe is the best solution in the market.

Part 1. How to Convert H.265 to H.264

iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe is a powerful all-in-one video converter for Mac and Windows. It is a complete combination of video converter, video downloader, DVD burner and video editor. Many professionals recommend it due to its excellent features such as video conversion speed, DVD files conversion to HD videos, burn videos to DVD format, download online videos, trim vdeos, improve video quality, etc.

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  • Easy Conversion: Effective conversion of H.265 to H.264 as well as other 150 video format with high resolution in an optimized format.
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Step 1: Import the H.265 file in the converter

First of all launch iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe to start the conversion of H.265 to H.265 videos. You could drag & drop the H.265 files or simply click the "Add Files" button to import H.265 files for conversion. In case of batch conversion of H.265 files, select multiple videos or drag & drop videos one by one. If you want to import from mobile devices like iPhone, Android phones or external hard drive, just click the drop down icon beside to directly load from devices.

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Step 2. Choose the output format as H.264 file format

In the output format tray, you will see several tabs. Go to the Video tab and select a desired video format, such as MP4, MOV, AVI, etc.

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On the right side of each format, there is a Setting icon, click on that and a poping up window for encode settings will show up. From there, modify the encoder as H264. You are also allowed to modify other encoder settings according to your need.

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Step 3. Convert H.265 to H.264

Before beginning the conversion of H.265 files to H.264, select the file destination folder to save it in your Windows PC or Mac by "Menu > Preference > Location". After that, select "Convert" or "Convert All" button to start the conversion process of H.265 to H.264 file format. The conversion process will start immediately. It will only take few minutes of your time, after that you could enjoy the videos in any device. Sometimes, it may take more time for batch conversion of H.265 files. You could also transfer your converted video to your mobile devices via Transfer feature with USB easily.

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Part 2. Recommend Free Way to Convert H.265 to H.264

A free way that you can convert H.265 to H.64 is by using HandBrake Open Source Transcoder. It is a free software that allows you convert video to any video codec and it can be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux. The software may look difficult to use for first time users, but we got you covered. Here is quick guide on how to convert H.265 to H.264.

Step 1. Download HandBrake software and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Launch the HandBrake software and then click on “Open Source” and then select “Open File” where you can upload H.265 file from your computer.

Step 3. The program will scan the uploaded H.265 and it will be displayed on the program. Next, click on “Browse” to define a place where you will save the file.

Step 4. You will then go back to the HandBrake window and click on “Video” followed by “Video Codec” button. Select H.264 from the drop down menu.

Step 5. After that move the cursor to the top menu and click on “Start” button. HandBrake will convert H.265 to H.264 and you will find it on the defined location.

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Part 3. Free Online way to Convert H.265 to H.264

media.io is an online Free Converter that allows you to convert H.265 file to H.264 format. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to convert H.265 to H.264.

Step 1. Visit media.io and click on “Add your files” to add the H.265 file from your computer.

Step 2. Next, click on "Convert to". For this case click on “Video” file type.

Step 3. Go to output format and select HEVC MP4, which is equivalent to H.264.

Step 4. After that, click on “Convert” and media.io will convert to H.265 to H.264. Complete by downloading the file to your computer.

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Part 4. H.265 VS H.264

Comparison H.265 H.264
Introduction H.265 is next level of H.264 which provides high resolution and video quality mainly targeting HDTV playback. H.264 is a video codec format which isa commonly used method for video file compression, distribution & recording of video.
Name MPEG-H or HEVC (High Efficiency Video coding)
Successor of H.264
MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding)
Key Application Areas • Next-Gen HDTV or Satellite TV
• High definition videos such as 4K/8K resolution and 1080p. decoder & encoder
• Used by many high-tech companies like Ericsson, Thomson, Broadcom etc., for better software or hardware solutions
• For streaming online videos from YouTube, iTunes Store, Vimeo, Facebook and so on
• HDTV live broadcasts over cable or satellite
• Other Web applications like Microsoft Silverlight or Adobe Flash player
• For Blu-ray discs
• Recording format: AVCDC by Sony or Panasonic and Canon or Nikon DSLR’s

• Video Conferencing
• Other medium: Mobile videos, video chat, media player or security systems
Adaptive encoder Upto 64x64 Selection between 4x4 and 8x8
Importance • Provides Increased video resolution
• Parallel processing
• Awesome movie experience: HD OR Ultra-HD
• Provides high coding efficiency
• Provides high coding efficiency
• Better performance than H.265 in any device
• Ability to compress videos in smaller space which will take little storage space
Intra-Prediction Has 35 Predictors More than 9 predictors
Filter • Sample Adaptive Offset
• Deblocking filter
• Deblocking Filter
Compression Mode Enhanced Hybrid Spatial Temporal Prediction model Hybrid Spatial Temporal Prediction Model
Cons Needs high CPU storage and speed Not suitable UHD content delivery as it
Published On May 2003 November 2013

Even though H.265 is superior to H.264 based on demand, quality, size or compression rate, H.264 is much suitable for normal usage. Because H.265 supports only limited devices and is restricted to 4K/8K players. iDevice users who stream videos regularly should prefer H.264. By using iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe, you will have lots of options to watch or download videos and its time saving too.

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