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The Difference between H.265 and H.264


H.264 is commonly referred to as MPEG-4 AVC, was adopted around 2003, and is a mainstream video compression format. H.265 is a more current (adopted circa 2013) successor to H.264. You may wonder the difference between H.265 and H.264. In this article, you will get a comprehensive comparison between H.265 and H.264. Keep reading.

In general, H.265 has several big advantages over H.264.

Better compression

H.265 offers massively improved compression over H.264. The newer codec can achieve nearly double the compression of its predecessor. With H.265, a video of the same apparent visual quality would take up only half as much space. Alternatively, a video of the same file size and bit rate could be significantly better looking.

Parallel processing

H.265 uses tiles and slices which can be decoded independently from the rest of a frame. This means that the decoding process can be split up across multiple parallel process threads, taking advantage of more efficient decoding opportunities on now-standard multi-core processors. With video resolutions getting higher, this kind of improved efficiency is required to decode video at a watchable pace on lower-end hardware.

Higher maximum frame size

With H.265, video can be encoded at up to 8K UHD or 8192 pixelsx4320 pixels.

Source from maketecheasier.com

For more detailed differences, please read H.265 vs H.264 comparison table.

  H.265/HEVC H.264/AVC
Names MPEG-H, HEVC, Part 2 MPEG 4 Part 10, AVC
Approved date 2013 2003
Progression Successor to H.264/AVC Successor to MPEG-2 Part
Key improvement

* 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with H.264 at the same visual quality

* It is likely to implement Ultra HD, 2K, 4K for Broadcast and Online (OTT)

* 40-50% bit rate reduction compared with MPEG-2 Part

* Available to deliver HD sources for Broadcast and Online

Support up to 8K Yes No. Support up to 4K.
Support up to 300 fps Yes No. support up to 59.94 fps only.

Question: How to Play H.265&H.264 video files on computer smoothly?

H.265 is still less common than H.264, but it's rapidly gaining market share. To play both H.265 and H.264 videos, you'd better use Brorsoft 8K Video Player for Mac (Windows version) which is regarded as the best H.265&H.264 video player.

It is an all-in-one solution for 8K/5K/4K videos playback in various formats including MP4, MKV, HEVC, AVI, AVC, MOV, M2TS, MOD, FLV etc. What's more, it is also regarded as one of the best Blu-ray players on the market which widely supports Blu-ray/DVD disc released in different region. With its advanced editing features like screen recording, GIF output, users can create their own masterpiece during the playback.

Free download Brorsoft 8K Video Player:

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After downloading, you are offered three ways to play the videos movie want.

- Drag and drop the files for playing directly;
- Click Arrow button on the software main interface to choose the file you want to play;
- Right click on target file, move to "Open with" and choose "8KPlayer" to open it.


Now, enjoy the video on your computer with best Video Player freely.

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