Tutorial - Media Players for watching H.265 (HEVC) videos


Lostmyticket65.78K Super Moderator
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30 July 2013
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Now you might ask why i am putting together a tutorial on media players for playing H265? in my MOD responsibilities, one thing i do is look at reports of torrents and we have seen a dramatic increase in H265 reported since anyone (me included) can get caught reporting the format since it does not work without proper codecs and players can act weird at times.

Before reporting a 265 HEVC torrent, please try a few players or if you do not have the resources on your computer, please do not report it without reason.


HEVC stands for High-Efficiency Video Coding and offers much better compression when comparing with x264 (Lower file size Far better quality).

if you want to play this smoothly, you need to use a device/PC with at least dual-core processor. You have to update your player to latest version. Also if you use your PC to watch it, installing LAV Filter will help you a lot if you want to use KMPlayer or PotPlayer. Many updated players have native support for the codec.

If your Device doesn't support x265 you can try updating your firmware or you can hook your Laptop or x265 compatible device to the TV with HDMI or Wireless connection and stream the video.

For PC and Apple

All players found on KAT are for PC only, but most of them have Mac capability.

K-Lite Codec Pack! It as everything in one package, includes all the codecs and Media Player Classic. Download: http://codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
KMPlayer - http://kickass.to/km-player-3-9-0-124-latest-exe-t9247510.html
Media Player Classic - http://mpc-hc.org/ and this codec package: http://www.cccp-project.net (it is clean and tested)
Pot Player - http://kickass.to/daum-pot-player-freeware-t7594273.html
Power DVD 14 Ultra http://kickass.to/power-dvd...1-fixed-danhuk-t9316943.html
VLC Player http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

For Android

MX Player :- http://kickass.to/mx-player-pro-v1-7-35-final-patched-t10019995.html

Hoid P HEVC H265 Video Player - Could not find it for free and its not currently on KAT

LAV Filters - http://github.com/Nevcairiel/LAVFilters/releases

One really odd thing i found is that you can encode x265 into an MP4 format, so if you do see a 265 video's output as a MP4, please do not report it.

http://superuser.com/questio...ith-h-265-codec-using-ffmpeg

User Captainwest8054 a major HVEC uploader recommends the following....

I use 2 Media players that I would recommend to you ..
The 1st one is Light Alloy

http://light-alloy.ru/

I am an experienced Hevc Encoder, so I obviously have tried out nearly all of the media players out there, and I find this one to be the one I use the Most

The 2nd one is a Complete Media Center Player that used to be called XBMC, but is now called "KODI".
Kodi is Multi-framework Compatible, so it works in Windows, Linux etc..etc..etc.. And once you start using it you wonder why you would bother with anything less.
It is Excellent !!!!

http://kodi.tv/

And here is the Official Link for Daum Pot player [Global PotPlayer], just in case you need it ... thumb_up

http://potplayer.daum.net/

If you have a favourite player that is not listed, please let me know and i will put it in - but make sure it does have the codecs.

Last edited by Lostmyticket, 1 week ago

Deckard.Shaw328.14K KAT Tech Crew
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28 December 2009
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Drastic increase in reports on HEVC encodes as HEVC itself expands while common knowledge of it doesn't. People should read up what the tags in the titles mean. It's like downloading a "TS" and saying "This ain't DVDRip". If you don't know how to play HEVC, don't.

Nice thread.... will be sending a few users here definitely thump_up
Penguinpirate39.06K Super User
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27 February 2012
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Linux? I have trouble getting it to play on Ubuntu 14.04 with VLC or SMplayer.
Carjacker14.2K Elite Uploader
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18 August 2012
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Lostmyticket65.78K ">One really odd thing i found is that you can encode x265 into an MP4 format, so if you do see a 265 video's output as a MP4, please do not report it.

Why is that 'really odd'?
I have also been testing the x265 codec with the new v10 Handbrake. Works pretty good,IMO. Since this will be the 'new' way of encoding, I say, better we start with figuring out how to use it and get people accustomed to it.
If more encoders use it, we can push the development and acceptance in the mainstream forward faster.
One of the negatives I get in feedback is that there are no compatible players to stream a x265 video to a TV or play on a console. So, that leaves the person to use a PC as their only viewing platform.

Last edited by Carjacker, 1 year and 5 months ago

AllikBWiN53.73K Super User
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15 March 2012
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I love x/h.265 uploads cos of their smaller files due to higher compression rates. I praise them whenever I download those encodes cos I get the best quality out of a small size.
Penguinpirate39.06K Super User
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27 February 2012
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I've been searching for players for Ubuntu or Ubuntu variebts like Zorin(My OS) and had problems finding anything to play x265 but I searched hevc 265 in the software centre and theres all the libs for gstreamer, SMplayer uses and I'd guess that KMplayer does too coz they're both Mplayers. I'm installing 5-6 now.
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These are for gstreamer which is used in Ubuntu for SMplayer and some other player, you can add the VLC x265 plug in from the softwae centre too, its all under hevc 265 and it didn't get results searching hevc x265.
Penguinpirate39.06K Super User
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27 February 2012
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Heres the commands for Ubuntu to install x265 codec
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To Enable Playback Of HEVC (H.265) just run the following commands via your systems Terminal.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:strukturag/libde265
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-libde265 gstreamer0.10-libde265 

Last edited by Penguinpirate, 1 year and 5 months ago

eastlondondon8564 Uploader
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26 March 2014
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I am going to have to download a x265 file to see what it's like I should be able to play them on a i5 750 with MSI GTX 970 and 8 GB ram and latest VLC seeing as everyone is saying it's going to be the future of encoding. But some people still like downloading xvid.avi files and don't even like mp4 or x264 filesbiggrin But I am all for trying new thingslol even though it's been about for a year and a halfpirate
Nakolsh2709 Uploader
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26 September 2013
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K-Lite Codec Pack! It as everything in one package, includes all the codecs and Media Player Classic.
Download: http://codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
Vampire24.29K Uploader
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17 February 2014
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265-hevc rocks!
IMO Media Player Classic handles it the best

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