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Convert H.264, XviD, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, XAVC to H.265 MP4/MKV

This article covers two parts how to convert H.264, XviD, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, XAVC to H.265 MP4/MKV with H.265 encoding software.

Convert H.264, XviD, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, XAVC to H.265 MP4/MKV
Do you want to convert videos files to H.265? In this way, you can downsize HD videos without damaging the quality to free up space, and also convert SD videos to H.265 for better visual effects. Well, In this page, I will share an efficient way to convert H.264, XviD, MP4, MKV, AVI, FVL, XAVC to H.265 MP4/MKV with the best quality.

To achieve your goal smoothly, a H.265/HEVC encoder is necessary. Here we test Handbrake and Brorsoft Video Converter. Below are separate steps to encode videos to H.265 MP4.

Part I. Convert MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV to H.265 with Handbrake

Note: Make sure that you've downloaded and installed HandBrake 1.0.0 or later that was released in/after December, 2016.

Step 1: Launch HandBrake, Click on "Source" button, open a single file or a whole video folder you want to convert and wait until HandBrake completes the scanning. Add Video Source to HandBrake.
Step 2: Change Output Settings from Container "MP4" to "MKV", because it allows you to embed external subtitles and the MP4 container won't be played back in the H.265 build of VLC by libdeh265.
Step 3: Click on "Picture" tab -> Anamorphic -> Strict.
Step 4: Just leave everything "Off", or adjust them according to your specific needs.
Step 5 [Important]: Click on "Video" -> Video Codec -> H.265(x265).
Step 6: Go by tapping "Start" button on the top and the video conversion will happen until you can get the x265 video.

Editor's Note: During the Handbrake H.265 encoding process, you may encounter various complex problems like Handbrake can't convert H.264 to H.265, the converted H.265 video won't play, etc. Here is a tutorial talks about Handbrake 1.0.0 H.265 Encoding Issues & Solutions.

Part II. Encode H.264 MKV, MP4, AVI, VOB, WMV, FLV, XAVC, MPG to H.265 with Brorsoft Video Converter

Brorsoft Video Converter serving as one of the best H.265 encoding & decoding tools is also the optimal choice for you. The H.265 encoding speed can be accelerated up to 30x faster when you run your program with NVIDIA NVENC technology. With this fast H.265 Nvidia Encoder, you can do the following work:

- Convert any digital video h.264 MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, VOB, FLV, MPG, FLV, WebM, etc to H.265 MP4/MKV with good quality and small file size for viewing on computer with compatible media players, smartphones, tablets, game consoles or TVs.
- Adjust output H.265 profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, resolution, fream rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc to get better output video and audio quality.
- Edit H.265 files by trimming unwanted parts, split it into small clips by file size, count or length, crop off the black bars or unwanted area, deinterlace interlaced video into progressive form, etc.
- Decode H.265 to any other popular file formats or hot devices and programs preset profile formats.

How to Encode Videos to H.265/HEVC

Step 1: Start the program on your computer, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" to import digital file formats into the program.

Step 2: Output H.265 MP4 or MKV format

Click "Format" drop-down bar, scroll down to select "Common Video" > "H.265 Video(*.MP4)" as the output file format.

Tip: For outputting H.265 MKV format, select "HD Video" > "MKV HD Video(*.mp4)" to output, then hit "Settings" on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window, under Video settings panel, click "Codec" drop-down selection, choose "H.265" as your final output file codec.

Step 3: Start H.265/HECV codec encoding

After all settings is completed, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to begin the H.265/HEVC encoding process.

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