"Hi is there any way or tool to help me convert H.264 videos to H.265? I just want to make a test but have no tool to do this. Please recommend me some H.264 to H.265 converter tools and detailed steps on how to convert H.264 video to H.265 file. Thanks."

Generally speaking, we do H.265 to H.264 video conversions more since currently there are more devices and players that support H.264. There are rare situations to convert H.264 to H.265. However, H.265 could help you save the bandwidth, which makes it quite convenient for streaming videos online. This guide would show you how to convert H.264 video to H.265 with professional AVC to HEVC encoder program. You could also get a wonderful HEVC video player tool here.

Part 1: Introduction to H265 and H264

Firstly, let us take a look at H.265 and H.264. H.265, aka High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), is a potential successor to currently widely used AVC (Advanced Video Coding, H.264). They are both video compression standards. The main difference between these 2 standards lies in that HEVC allows for further file size reduction, and therefore reduced required bandwidth of your live video streams, making it faster in streaming video.

Introduction to H265 and H264

To make it simple, H.265 files provide clearer image quality at the same size or occupy less storage for the same file, in comparison to the same file in H.264 encoding. If you're streaming the same video, H.265 encoding will require less bandwidth for you.

Part 2: How to Convert H264 to H265 with Leawo Video Converter

Then how to convert H.264 video to H.265? Actually, currently in the market, there are quite few video converters that could complete this task. Because few video converters could reduce the size but at the same time retain the image quality. However, Leawo Video Converter could do this for you. With advanced video encoding technology, Leawo Video Converter fulfills your purpose by encoding H.264 file with H.265 encoder, saving space and no quality loss.

As a professional video converter program, Leawo Video Converter could help you convert video files between hundreds of formats including MOV, MP4, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MPEG, etc. It supports 4K video output in 4K MKV and 4K MP4, which allow you to choose H.265 as video codec. That means it could encode H.264 file with H.265 encoder.

Download and install Leawo Video Converter on your computer beforehand. Then follow the below steps to learn how to convert H.264 video to H.265 file.

Step 1: Add source H.264 files

Kick off Leawo Video Converter and open the "Convert" tab. Click the "Add Video" button to browse and add source H.264 files to Leawo Video Converter.

add file

Step 2: Set output format

Right next to the "Add Photo" button, click the drop-down button right and then choose "Change" option to enter the "Profile" panel. Open "Format > 4K Video" group to choose either 4K MP4 Video or 4K MKV Video as output format.

Set output format

Click the "Edit" button on the drop-down panel mentioned above, then adjust video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, audio codec, etc. Under the Video Codec box, you need to choose "H.265".

Set output format

Step 3: Set output directory

After setting output format, go back to the main interface and click the big green "Convert" button. Set output directory in the "Save to" box on the popup sidebar.

Set output format

Step 4: Convert H.264 to H.265

Finally, click the bottom "Convert" button to start to convert H.264 to H.265. You could view the whole converting process on the converting panel.

Convert DV to MOV

After converting, you could then freely watch the converted H.264 (now in H.265 encoder) file on your computer, or stream online easily.

Part 3: The Best HEVC Video Player – Leawo Free Blu-ray Player

Due to its encoding technology, currently there are quite few players and devices that accept H.265. H.265 is currently mostly used for online video streaming. If you have some H.265 files on your computer and would like to play back H.265 files, do you have a proper media player to play back HEVC files? If not, you have come to the right place. We would like to recommend you a wonderful HEVC video player to help you play HEVC files.

That’s Leawo Blu-ray Player, a totally free media player that could perform as H.265 (HEVC) media player to play back all HEVC files on your computer for you. It is the world’s No.1 Blu-ray media player that enables you to play back Blu-ray discs for totally free, be the Blu-ray discs region restricted or AACS, BD+ or the latest MKB protected. In other words, it could decrypt any Blu-ray disc for unlimited playback and enjoyment.

It could act as a perfect HEVC video player to read and play back HEVC files on your computer.

Leawo Blu-ray Player

The below are the key features of Leawo Blu-ray Player:

1. Region free Blu-ray player: Decrypt and play back Blu-ray discs with AACS, BD+ and latest MKB protection. And break Blu-ray disc region restrictions for unlimited Blu-ray disc playback.

2. Free HD video player: Play back HD videos including 4K (your H.264 and H.265) /1080P videos without any quality loss.

3. Free DVD player: Play back DVD discs, folder and ISO image files, regardless of disc region restriction and CSS protection.

4. Free ISO image file player: Play back video ISO image file just like disc playback.

5. Practical bonus features like virtual remote controller upon Blu-ray disc menu, battery monitor, full operation control, stereo audio output, screenshot snapper, etc.

Leawo Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player that is free to decrypt and play back Blu-ray discs you could find in the market. Also, it's a top choice for HEVC file playback.