Thanks to today’s ultra high definition video and increasing complex demands for video editing, a new video format has risen to the throne, called H.265. This format, popularized by x265 and other encoding options, is destined to quickly become mainstream, which means all video tinkerers need to find upgrading tools to use. Here are the details on how to make the change as easily as possible, and what major options are best for you.
Concerning H.265, or HEVC
Why should you care about converting to H.265 for your video files? Several very important reasons — and the most important is that you soon won’t have much choice. The H.265 format, often called HEVC (high efficiency video coding), is being adopted as the new standard, particularly at the commercial level, and video creators/editors are slowly but surely being required to use it — especially for a little thing called 4K video.
However, moving from H.264 (or possibly MPEG-2) to HEVC comes with a lot of other advantages, too. This codec follows the same basic compression rules as its predecessors, but offers many more modes for intra prediction, support for greater prediction size, and fuller support for transforming. It also provides more customization for motion estimation blocks and a better in-look filter. You can take a look at more of the changes here, but it’s a significant overall upgrade, particularly for technical video editors.
By Tyler Lacoma
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