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Best H.265/HEVC Video Player for Mac (macOS High Sierra Included)


Q: "I'm using Handbrake to encode some videos using the H.265 MP4 format, but these H.265/HEVC videos can't be played on macOS High Sierra via QuickTime, which is supposed to have H.265/HEVC support. They work in VLC just fine. Anyone else have this problem or know why these videos won't play in the system-provided players?"

With macOS High Sierra 10.13, your Mac becomes more reliable, capable, and responsive. One of its new features is H.265/HEVC support, which can compress video up to 40 percent than H.264 and take up less space on your Mac. However, still some users feedback that Handbrake encoded H.265/HEVC MP4 videos can't be play on macOS High Sierra via the default QuickTime player. It's is because macOS High Sierra's H.265-capable apps can only deal with the AVCodecParameters codec in "hvc1" instead of "hev1", while most of the H.265/HEVC videos are the latter. To solve these issues, you just need the best H.265/HEVC video player for Mac (macOS High Sierra included).

Method 1. Play H.265/HEVC via Brorsoft Player for Mac

Brorsoft Player for Mac is one of the best H.265/HEVC video player (Review: Top 5 Best Free H.265/HEVC Video Players) with recording fuction for your Mac (macOS High Sierra included) with below features:

--Get sharper, vivid effect to play 4K H.265/HEVC videos on PC/Mac. 

--Play 4K/1080P Blu-ray, DVD discs in high definition with DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD.

--Select any period of times and make animated GIF file for sharing to have more fun.  

--Take snapshot of the shining moment of your movies.  

--Record what's happening on the screen as a straightforward video. It saves time and is quite effective.s

--Add a bookmark of the video for watching later or return to recent viewed point as you like.

--100% clean, no spyware, no ads and no user tracking.

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Method 2. Play H.265/HEVC with VLC

VLC is a free and open source multimedia player that can play various videos formats like H.264, MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, etc without the need of codec packs. But for playing an H.265/HEVC format video, it requires to download a specific x265 as a free software library and application for encoding video streams into the H.265/MPEG-H HEVC compression format. Otherwise, VLC will not support H.265 video playback flawlessly, e.g. there is not showing audio, stutters, etc.

Note: VLC media player requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It runs on any 64bit Intel-based Mac. Previous devices are supported by older releases.



Now, you can choose the desired one to play your H.265/HEVC videos on macOS High Sierra without hassle. What's worth to say, if you want the all-ine-one Video/Blu-ray/DVD player, Brorsoft Player for Mac is the best option.

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