The Best HEVC/H.265 Decoder Software for Efficient HEVC Video Decoding

Posted by Mia to Convert Video, Convert H265 | May 27, 2017

We've tested and picked out the best H.265 decoder software here. Scroll down to dig out more details on HEVC decoding and free download the fastest HEVC decoder to decode HEVC/H.265 for playback on VLC Media Player, QuickTime Player, iPhone iPad, Android Windows mobile phones and tables, TVs, editing on Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or for other uses.

HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) featuring better quality and much smaller file size has soared in popularity. However, there are times when you have to decode HEVC to MP4 H.264/MPEG4 or other popular formats since many mobile devices, video editors and media players don't support HEVC codec. Many reported errors during H.265 playback, for example, "I tried the latest version of VLC, MPC, Potplayer to no avail. My players can smoothly play 1080p videos but sadly not the 1080p HEVC files. Is there any free HEVC decoder available?" Unluckily, it's not easy to decode HEVC video files.

HEVC decoding can be very complex for some free HEVC decoders

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Compared to H.264, HEVC is much more difficult to decode due to its complexity. HEVC decoding has much higher demand on computer power and the process is a huge load on CPU. Many free HEVC/H.265 decoder programs might chock on decoding 4K UHD HEVC videos or crash quite often. The loading time can be lengthy and the output video quality can be in a mess.

Even the most popular freeware HEVC decoder Handbrake is facing problems when processing 4K HEVC/H.265 decoding - it's only about 4 frames/sec though quick sync is enabled (4K UHD HEVC video decoding speed varies between computers). Some use HEVC hardware decoder but only find that CPU usage spikes to 100%, outputs are choppy and unwatchable on VLC and HEVC decoding is very slow. What's the best HEVC/H.265 converter & decoder that can make the whole process more efficient?

Here's the fastest 4K UHD HEVC/H.265 decoder software with low CPU usage

Free HEVC decoder Handbrake isn't the best option considering its slow performance. MacX Video Converter Pro was and still is the best bet.

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How to Decode HEVC Speedily for VLC, Mobile Devices, TVs, Editors

With well-designed UI, the HEVC decoder is very easy to use. Before you get started, download the 4k HEVC video decoder for Windows or for Mac, run it, and follow steps below to decode HEVC to H.264 MP4 or other format for playing on VLC, QuickTime, iPhone, iPad, Android Windows phones and tablets, or for editing on iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or other uses.

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Step 1: Drag and drop HEVC files to load HEVC videos you'd like to decode, or click "Video" on the top-left corner of the window and select HEVC files from computer.

Step 2: Choose output format. Output Profile window will pop up after loading HEVC files, allowing you to select output format. Then click "Done" to save the output format settings.

The H.265 video converter has 370+ video and audio codecs built in and enables you to convert MKV H.265/HEVC to MP4 H.264, MPEG-4, AVC, AVI DivX and many other video codecs formats. With 350+ preset profiles, it can directly decode and convert H.265 to iPhone, iPad, Android Windows Microsoft mobile phones and tablets supported codecs.

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The 4K HEVC decoder can works as a 4K HEVC video editor, which is quite useful for advanced users. Click "Edit" icon to further editing HEVC before processing decoding, like trimming, cropping, adding watermark/subtitles. Besides, it is possible for the HEVC video decoder to merge separate HEVC footages, clips into one, or split large HEVC files to several parts.

You can click settings to adjust HEVC video audio parameters, for example, video resolution, video audio bit rate, frame rate, audio channels, and more.

Step 3: Click "RUN" to start processing HEVC decoding on your computer.

The HEVC decoder also works as a HEVC encoder, enabling users to easily encode videos of AVC, MPEG-4, VP9, VP8, h.264 to H.265.

FYI: HEVC software decoder vs HEVC hardware decoder, which's better

H.265 software decoder is flexible and supports a wide range of media formats. But decoding HEVC using software uses more CPU power. Any computer can decode H.265 using HEVC decoding software. The most popular HEVC decoder freeware includes MacX Video Converter Free Edition, Handbrake and FFmpeg.

Compared with HEVC decoder software, it's more efficient to built a HEVC hardware decoder into chips to decode 4K H.265 video. The whole decoding process becomes much smoother and lower CPU usage is a big advantage from HEVC hardware decoder. However, some graphic cards (AMD) have issues with 4K HEVC decoding, like messed images, broken outputs, etc.

Download the HEVC Decoder to Decode HEVC in the Fastest Speed

Free download the No.1 fast H265/HEVC video converter to quickly decode H265 (HEVC) to MP4 in H.264/MPEG-4/AVC on Windows and macOS. The HEVC decoder software also supports you to convert any video to MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MPEG, VP9, etc. 200+ video audio formats.

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