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Four Methods to Play HEVC Files on Mac OS X

Good to see support for HEVC on macOS High Sierra. Shame they aren't back porting to older OS. So, to help all Mac users to view HEVC/H.265 files on Mac OS X, here we covers 3 methods to open and play HEVC on Mac OS X without hassle.

With the arrival of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple is supporting a new video format called HEVC, which replaces the previous standard most commonly used on Mac and iOS devices, namely H.264 / AVC. But macOS Sierra, Mavericks, etc older OS still lack support for HEVC. Now let’s at the possible solutions below.

Solution 1: Get H.265 Video Codec Pack

Download and install an H.265 video codec pack on your computer to turn your media player into an HEVC media player. You could get multiple choices online, like x265 Upgrade, DivX HEVC, etc.

Solution 2: Play H.265/HEVC on Mac using VLC

The VLC is an excellent open-source media player that is known for supporting a wide range of audio and video files. On February 27, 2015, VLC Media Player version was released with robust support of HEVC playback. Unlike other media players which have limited format-support, you will be surprised that VLC can play a video or audio file that you didn't even know existed. If your OS is Snow Leopard or higher, installing VLC is definitely a good choice especially if you only plan on watching H.265/HEVC files on your computer.

Solution 3: Play HEVC on Mac using DivX Player

DivX player is another optimal HEVC video file player for Mac. It is an award winning software that offers HEVC playback. It offers high-quality playback of movies, TV shows. It supports almost all the popular formats like AVI, DIVX, MKV, MP4 and more. By using its DivX Media Server one can stream music, video and photos to any DLNA-compatible device at home like PS3, XBOX, or Samsung Galaxy line of product. With the Stream To feature in player user can also control which device they can stream their videos to.

Solution 4: Convert HEVC to Mac compatible video

In case, you are still stuck in the issues playing HEVC videos on Mac using VLC or DivX player, an ultimate solution is to convert H.265/HEVC to the more compatible but less-compressed H.264 video with a Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac.

This package program works as the best Mac HEVC decoder/encoder. With it, you can effortlessly convert every video format to or from H.265 video files rapidly in zero quality loss. That means, you can encode any H.265 files to H.264 MOV, a Mac most friendly format effortlessly. Download and follow the step on how to do it.


Step 1. Launch the best H.265 decoder for Mac, click the "Load files" button or "Add video" button to add source HEVC files.


Step 2. Click Format bad and choose "Common Video" > "MOV- QuickTime (*.mov)" as target format.


Step 3. Start HEVC to H.264 Mac conversion by clicking the right-bottom convert button.

There are other methods to playing HEVC files on Mac, but the above 4 are the easiest ones and the most recommended methods.

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