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Does Plex support H.265/HEVC Video?

Does Plex support H.265/HEVC Video?

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More and more people are getting to know H.265/HEVC video. The H.265 video quality is fantastic and comparing with H.264 video, 50% bit rate savings verified. But many people rely on Plex to stream video. So they worry that Plex can’t transcode H.265/HEVC video and there are indeed many H.265/HEVC video playback issues on Plex:

"When I try and play a video that is h.265 on Plex seems to be a .05 second pause every half a second or so. My computer is connected with ethernet and the cpu is more powerful than the one that is in my server that transcodes it fine. So not sure what the problem is."

"Is there any Synology NAS that supports proper h.265 playback (atleast 1080p) through Plex? I’ve seen DS216j has h.265 hardware but Plex doesn’t seem to support it(?)."

"I’m wondering how HEVC is working on plex currently, particularly is streamed through a roku 3. I’m considering making future movie backups in HEVC, but don’t want to begin until plex support is 100%."

Actually, H.265 support depends on the client you are using and not the Plex server. For example, if your TV has h.265 support, then in most cases you will be able to Direct Play H.265. It is verified that when streaming H.265/HEVC video to Roku Stick, Vizio App and a GoogleTV, Plex does transcode every time right now, however the hardware doesn’t support it, and it does make your PC work harder during the transcode. That’s why many people get video choppy when streaming HEVC video on Plex. To directly play H.265/HEVC video on Plex on Roku/TV without any hassle and fast, the best way is to transcode H.265 video to H.264 video with some third-party tool.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is the highly recommended for transcoding H.265/HEVC video source for Plex. It is one of the firsts to provide an H.265 encoder/decoder for Windows and it ranks top on the H.265 converter application list. With it, you can convert H.265 to H.264 MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MPG, FLV, M4V as Plex supported formats as with several mouse clicks as well as create H.265 video from non-H.265 videos

This video converter also can offer you these solutions: MKV to PlexBlu-ray to PlexDVD to Plex, AVI to Plex, ISO to Plex, etc.

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How to Convert H.265 to play in Plex?

Step 1. Add H.265 videos

Run H.265 Converter program, go to the menu bar, select “File” button to select the H.265 files you want to import. You can also directly drag the video files to the program for conversion. It supports batch conversion so you can import multiple files at a time.

Step 2. Choose output format for Plex

Click on “Format” bar, select any format you need from the drop-down profile list. You can choose regular video formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, etc. from Common Video. Or choose format from “HD Video” to get 1080p output. It suitable for Plex. If you would like to enjoy movies from Plex to your mobile phone and tablet like iPad, you can select a decent format like “iPad > iPad HD Video(*.mp4)” from the profile list comes with the software. Learn Plex Supported format


1. Before conversion, you can go to the “Settings” to set the parameters for your movie. To compress the file size, adjust the parameters to be smaller. Learn best settings for Plex.

2. Click Edit button and you can trim, crop or adjust the video with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of yoru original H.265 video as you want.

Step 3: Start H.265 Video conversion

When everything is done, click Convert icon to start transcoding H.265 files.

Once you’ve liberated your movie library on Plex, you’ll make it available for viewing on Roku and  HDTV freely anytime. Read >> Plex Alternatives and Similar Media Server

H.265 vs H.264: Differences between H.265 and H.264

In general, H.265 has several big advantages over H.264, including better compression, delicate image and bandwidth saving. For more detailed differences, please read H.265 vs H.264 comparison table.

  H.265/HEVC H.264/AVC
Names MPEG-H, HEVC, Part 2 MPEG 4 Part 10, AVC
Approved date 2013 2003
Progression Successor to H.264/AVC Successor to MPEG-2 Part
Key improvement * 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with H.264 at the same visual quality
* It is likely to implement Ultra HD, 2K, 4K for Broadcast and Online (OTT)
* 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with MPEG-2 Part
* Available to deliver HD sources for Broadcast and Online
Support up to 8K Yes No. Support up to 4K.
Support up to 300 fps Yes No. support up to 59.94 fps only.

Related Software:

ByteCopy for Windows <review>– It can rip Blu-ray/DVD to lossless MKV keeping multi-track subtile/audio and all chapter markers for Plex Server.

BDMagic for Windows <review>– The best Blu-ray solution to rip and backup any commercial and region-locked Blu-ray to Plex Server.

DVDAid for Windows <review>– Capacity of ripping copy-protected DVD to Plex Media Server for playback with suitable format.

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