2017 Best HEVC/H.265 Converter for Mac Review

Diana Joan

May 11, 2017 08:05 am / Posted by Diana Joan

For years, H.264 has been the go-to video compression standard. No matter you download a film from the popular torrent site or import a video to some popular NLE software programs, the video is often encoded with H.264 codec. But nowadays, the H.265 format, often called HEVC (high efficiency video coding), is being adopted as the new standard, particularly at the commercial level, and video creators/editors are slowly but surely being required to use it — especially for a little thing called 4K video. H.265/HEVC offers 50-75% more compression efficiency compared to H.264 video, while retaining the same visual quality. An H.265/HEVC Converter can help you convert H.264 video to H.265/HEVC to make your video occupy half the space of its H.264 equivalent with no noticeable change in quality.

There are many H.265/HEVC Decoder and Encoder for Windows. But it is harder to get a perfect HEVC Converter for Mac. Handbrake can encode video to H.265 on Mac in its the latest update, however, it is very time-consuming cause that HEVC encoding is CPU-taking but HandBrake doesn’t support NVIDIA NVENC, and it can’t support QSV very well. Besides Handbrake, many free H.265 encoders in the market can't transcode H.264 (some MPEG-2) video to H.265/HEVC video with fast speed and satisfying picture and sound quality. If you decide to spring for x265 and want a more packaged toolkit with a friendly GUI, you should take a look at commercial HEVC/H.265 Converter for Mac.

World's NO.1 HEVC/H.265 Converter for Mac In the Market

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is designed to decode and encode H.265/HEVC like a boss. The great thing about this H.265/HEVC Transcoder is that it combines encoding, decoding, and converting into one piece of software, which may save you some valuable time based on your goals (plus it has big, easy buttons for amateurs). With it you can easily transcode video content, upconvert older HD video to the new H.265 format, or downsize larger videos without a loss of quality.

Convert Blu-ray, DVD and Any Video to H.265/HEVC

As the best H.265 Video Converter, the essential feature will be able to transcode video to H.265/HEVC. Pavtube iMedia Converter can convert normal DivX, XviD, MPEG-2, VP8, VP9, H.264 and other codecs video to H.265/HEVC codec video keeping excellent video and audio quality. It can convert MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, TS, Tivo, VRO, OBS recordings, Fraps recordings to H.265 MP4 and H.265 MKV. For now, it only can outputs MKV and MP4 video in H.265 codec. Many commercial H.265 converters for Mac only can export MP4 and MKV formats.

Besides transcoding video to H.265, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac also can rip Blu-ray and DVD to H.265/HEVC video. It can decrypt Blu-ray and DVD to remove the Blu-ray and DVD copy protection then extract the main title from the disc or Blu-ray/DVD ISO images to H/265/HEVC video files. With the internal decrypting tool, you don't need to install the kind of libdvdcss library. As an excellent Blu-ray Ripper, it even can rip 4K Blu-ray to H.265 keeping nearly original video quality.

Re-encode H.265/HEVC to H.264, MPEG-2, DivX, XviD, etc

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac also can convert H.265 video to any other codec video in various format. It can convert H.265 4K video to H.264 MP4 4K video and 1080p HD MKV, HD AVI, HD WMV, HD TS, etc. It also can convert your H.265 2D video to 3D MP4, 3D MKV, 3D WMV, 3D MOV, 3D AVI for your Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, PS VR, Daydream View, Oculus Rift CV1, Freely VR, etc. You also can extract MP3, FLAC, MKA, WMA, M4A, AAC, OGG video files from H.265/HEVC video files including your H.265 4K Blu-ray.

Click and open the " Settings" box, and you can customize the output file's video and audio settings. For example, you can resize your videos by changing the height and width, you can choose the video and audio encoder codec. In addition, from the other Settings tab, you can choose the frame rate, the bitrate value and the sample rate. If you choose to convert HEVC to 3D, you also can adjust 3D depth.

key-features-3.png (208×31) Edit H.265/HEVC Video With Built-in Video Editor

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac comes with rudimentary editing functions that authentically make a difference when it comes to cropping, trimming or applying effects and watermarks. The Crop tab sanctions users to cull an area of the H.265/HEVC video stream and expeditiously preview the incipient video as the adjustments take place.

You will withal be able to tweak the gamma, contrast, effulgence or saturation and integrate a video effect such as gray, emboss, negative or old film. Source files can be trimmed into a single, shorter segment and image/text/video watermarks can be affixed. External SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles also can be hard burn to video files.

How to Convert H.264 Video to H.265 or Convert H.265 to H.264 on Mac?

Download the best H.265/HEVC Converter for Mac

This Mac H.265/HEVC Converter is fully compatible with macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Step 1: Load video files (h.265/hevc videos included)

Drag your files into this H.265 HEVC Video Converter, with ‘Add video’ you can load them with individual clips, or with ‘Add from folder’ you can import them with a complete folder. Batch conversion is also available. If you want to convert Blu-ray and DVD to H.265, you can insert the disc to optical drive and load the discs.

load video

Step 2. encode or decode your H.265/HEVC footage

Just come to the output list, in ‘HD Video’ and ‘Common Video’, we find the added ‘H.265′ there. Firstly for encoding our H.265 videos, select the ‘HD Video’-> ‘H.265 HD Video (*mp4))’ for an usual selection. Yes, three standards of H.264 codec types you can choose well. If you want H.265 MKV format, you should choose HD MKV and then adjust video codec to H.265 in "Settings".

If you want to transcode H.265 video to H.264, you can choose HD H.264 MP4 video or any other video formats and other audio formats.


Edit H.265 HEVC video files – Optional

There are still some popular functional items we can take around on the main interface, for example, in the ‘Edit’ button, we have offered you the ‘Trim’ to decide the video length, ‘Crop’ to remove the unwanted edges, ‘Subtitles’ to add some extra explanations? More you can have a try here.

Adjust output file parameters (Optional)

You are allowed to adjust video and audio parameters if you are not satisfied with the default settings. Presets like size, bitrate, frame rate, audio channels, etc. can be customized in your own way.

Step 3: Start converting H.265/HEVC video files to H.265 MP4 or H.264/AVC MP4

Now hit on the “Convert” button on software main interface to start the conversion. Ok now you can watch the H.265 or H.264 MP4 video on your computer using media player, or transfer to portable devices for free viewing.

Here’s a quick rundown of popular media playing devices that support HEVC:

  • Roku 4
  • Amazon Fire TV (2015) and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick
  • Xbox One S
  • VLC
  • Kodi 17
  • Plex

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