Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Can I transfer and play H.265 video files on PS4 console?

When you got some HEVC videos, This codec has attracted so much attention on the market, as the first flow cameras that can output H.265 recordings, is that cool? you may concern how to sync H.265/HEVC to your PS4 for playback. 

“Hi, fellows, I have some video files encoded with H.265 codec. H.265 is pretty cool. It allows for much more quality vs. download size. I know computer media players like VLC has support for this codec. But it seems that PS4 currently does not read H.265 files. Does PS4 have native support for H.265 format? If it doesn’t, are there any workarounds to make H.265 files playable on PS4? Any clues? Thanks.”

You can use PS4 to enjoy videos that are saved on USB storage devices or media servers. You can play the following types of video files:
  • MKV:
    • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • AVI:
    • Visual: MPEG4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: MP3, AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • MP4:
    • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
    • Audio: AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • MPEG-2 TS:
    • Visual: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2, MPEG2 Visual
    • Audio: MP2 (MPEG2 Audio Layer 2), AAC LC, AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
      AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts)
It’s obvious that H.265 (also known as HEVC) is not in the supported category. To be able to play H.265/HEVC files via PS4, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is compatible with your game console.

One of the best Mac H.265 converter from the market so far is Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, which is upgraded to support H.265 encoding, decoding and has added the overall playback support to H.265. With it, you can convert H.265/HEVC to PS4 friendly H.264 MP4, MKV effortlessly while maintain the high qality. Plus, it is surely in the support of playing H.265 videos directly for you. (read the review)

In addition, this H.265 Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want, thus you will enjoy the H.265/HEVC to PS4 with a decent result in high quality you want. Windows version is herewhich is compatible with Windows 10. The following is my Mac HEVC conversion workflow, if you have the similar problem with me, hope my experience can help you.


How to Play H.265/HEVC video files on PS4

Step 1: Import H.265 video files

Launch the H.265 Converter and click the “Add Video” button to browse and import the H.265 video files to the program. You can load multiple files at a time for batch conversion.

Step 2: Select output format

For streaming H.265 file to TV, MP4 or MKV from “Common Video” or “HD Video” column can be a suitable choice. Or, you can choose "PSP/PS4 >> PS4 Video(*.720p) MPEG-4(*.mp4)" format for PS4, and you can also select other options. 

Step 3: Start conversion

Hit the Convert button; this video converter will start to convert H.265 to H.264 MP4/MKV for playback on PS4. 

After the conversion is over, connect the USB drive with computer and head to the destination folder where the converted files are stored, transfer/move the files to the USB drive then plug the drive in PS 4 for watching without hassle. Now, just enjoy.

Tips and advanced functions:
  • If you are using a USB storage device, you must save your files to a folder so that they will be recognized by the system.
  • Click the “Eidt” button to open the Video Edit window to achieve editing H.265/HEVC like trim, crop, image, watermark, effect, subtitles and rotate and etc in the corresponding editing pane.
  • Click the “Setting” button to open the Advanced Settings window to adjust the output video codec, resolution, bitrates, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio codec, channel, volume and etc in the advanced tab.
  • To have a smooth H.265/HEVC video playback on PS4, this professional Mac H.265/HEVC Video Converter is the best choice. Apart from transcoding H.265 to PS4, it can also decode the original H.265 videos to others to suit for other NLEs like FCP or media devices like QuickTimeVLC, etc.
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