H.265 to Plex- Can we play H.265 via Plex directly

Published on by Chris King

Plex can’t support H.265 directly? This tutorial will explain how you can enable Plex read H.265(HEVC) files, so that you can play H.265 files via Plex without issue.

 H.265 to Plex- Can we play H.265 via Plex directly

H.265(HEVC) is a video compression standard, a successor to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, which aims to improve video quality, double the data compression ratio. There are some lucky guys have got some H.265 movie files, but the problem is, when guys tried to play H.265 video via Plex, it seems that Plex won’t support H.265(HEVC) directly. First let’s look at some typical issues:

Q1: HEVC/H265 support on Plex

Hey! Does anyone know when this is coming? I have some of my films in HEVC/H265 but it doesn't seem that Plex supports it yet? :(

Q 2: Plex can’t play HEVC videso

I have some movies coded with HEVC. When I play one of those movies, they start normally but if I need to skip through the chapters, Plex stops and says "impossible to reproduce this element"…

Actually, direct play depends on the client being able to interpret the stream. Very few platforms can natively decode H.265 streams. Finally, the Plex des do not publish a roadmap or timeline. If you want to direct stream, you need to encode H.265 into a format like H.264 that is more readily decodable. In a word, to play H.265/HEVC files via Plex smoothly, a possible way is to convert H.265 to H.264 for Plex. long with some help from third party program like Brorsoft Video Converter (See the review), it can be done effortlessly.

This video app is professional on fast transcoding H.265 to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports H.265(HEVC) videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF, MTS, MOV, FLV, MPG, AVI, WMV, MKV to Plex. Download the program and start the conversion task.

Guide: How to enable Plx read H.265/HEVC files

Step 1. Load original H.265 files

Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your H.265/HEVC encoded files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)



Step 2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.



Step 3. Start encoding H.265 to Plex

Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert H.265 to Plex Media Server compatible video file.

After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these H.265 movie files at ease.

Editor’s Note: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

Related Guides:

Converting H.265(HEVC) to Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Transcode and Import H.265 to Final Cut Pro

Convert H.265 to iTunes/iPad/iPhone friendly video 

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