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02-25-2017, 01:23 PM
How to enable H.265/HEVC playback on Kodi/XBMC

The easy workraound to play H.265 on Kodi without stutter and lag issue is to decode H.265 files to Kodi playable H.264 format. Here is the simple how-to.

Kodi has become one of the most popular ways to watch TV and movies. With the growth of smaller PCs, on-demand streaming and downloadable content, it has never been simpler to bring your favourite flicks into your living room, and Kodi is possibly the best way to do it. Got some new files in H.265 codec and wanna add them on your Kodi (originally known as XBMC - or 'Xbox Media Center')? However, it seems a bit complicated as Kodi won't open 4K H.265 as expected.


Isn't it possible to play 4K H.265 on Kodi? Yes, Kodi (version 14 onwards) offers decoding support for HEVC. (Refer to Kodi HEVC support here (http://kodi.wiki/view/HEVC)) However, lag, out of sync and drop frames issues still exist when playing. Worse still, if your streaming box or devices support HEVC hardware decoding, or have too low power SoCs to support smooth software playback, you will still fail to copy H.265 videos to Kodi for watching.

In this situations, to add and view H.265 files on Kodi, the easy workaround is convert H.265 to a more common video format like MP4, MKV, AVI, MPG, etc.. Actually, it is not so hard as you image. What you need is just a common video converter like Dimo Video Converter Ultimate (https://www.mediadimo.com/video-converter-ultimate) is a great H.265 tool (http://softisky.tumblr.com/post/155474661714/top-h265-tool) to help you out. It features a simple yet sleek interface and performs files conversion with fast speed enables you to complete the H.265 to Kodi supported H.264 codec task with least quality loss in just a few clicks at your fingertips.

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How to convert H.265 video to Kodi format

1. > Install and run the best H.265 converter for Kodi and transfer your ripped (http://bluraysky.over-blog.com/2016/11/rip-blu-ray-4k-tv.html), downloaded H.265 movies or video recordings like from Samsung NX1/NX500, DJI Inspire 2 to the program.


2. > Click "Select Format" bar and choose H.264 MP4 or MKV from "Format > Video" or "Format > HD Video" as the output format.

What are the file formats supported by Kodi

Container formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV/MKA (Matroska), QuickTime, MP4, M4A, AAC, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia RAM/RM/RV/RA/RMVB, 3gp

Video formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), H.265 (as from Kodi 14) HuffYUV, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, WMV

Audio formats: MIDI, AIFF, WAV/WAVE, AIFF, MP2, MP3, AAC, DTS, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, RealAudio, WMA

3D video formats: Passive 3D video formats such as SBS, TAB, anaglyph or interlaced

Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters, like audio & video bitrate, video size, channel as you need.


3. Click the "Start" icon after all settings, and the H.265 Video Converter will start transcoding H.265 to Kodi preferred format immediately. After the conversion, get the output files by clicking the Open button. After that, you can copy, stream or transfer the converted Blu-ray videos to XBMC for smooth playback at ease without any problem.

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