Create HEVC Video Files
The x265 Encoder is a Windows 64 bit application that makes it easy to convert your MP4 files to HEVC. There are 2 modes, Basic Mode and Advanced Mode. We recommend Basic Mode for anyone who isn’t a video expert, as the Advanced Mode includes many powerful options, and isn’t needed to produce a great result.
To use the x265 Encoder, simply;
Select files to add to your encoding queue (drag and drop, or press the + button and select the file or files you want to encode).
Adjust your settings. Choose the directory to save your output in. Note that you can select files in the queue and adjust settings individually for each file. Either use Basic Mode, or Advanced Mode (the mode that is visible is the one that will be used for that file). As you select each file on the left, your selected mode and settings will be shown in the settings panel.
In Basic Mode, there are three main settings that you can adjust;
Rate Factor: This value sets the overall quality level of your output file. Higher quality settings will create larger files.
Encoding Efficiency: You can choose to get your results fast, or take your time and get a more efficient encode (a smaller file for a given quality setting).
CPU Usage: If you want to use your PC for other things while you encode, you can tell the x265 Encoder to use less than 100% of your CPU, so that your system doesn’t become too slow to be useful for other tasks.
Encode! Press the Start button.
Play HEVC on your PC
The x265 Upgrade includes UHDcode DirectShow, which upgrades your Windows PC to enable playback of MP4 files containing HEVC (H.265). It’s easy to get started.
Download the x265 HEVC Upgrade.
Run the installer
When prompted, enter the activation key that was emailed to you
Run Windows Media Player (64 bit)
Note: Even on a 64 bit version of Windows, a 32 bit version of Windows Media Player is the default player for most media files. The 64 bit version can usually be found here: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe. The x265 HEVC Upgrade will change your default file association for MP4 files to the 64 bit version of Windows Media Player and it will optionally install a shortcut on your desktop.
Drag a file to Windows Media Player, or open the MP4 file in Windows Media Player (64 bit) to play your HEVC video.
Download the x265 HEVC Upgrade!