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What You Need Know About HEVC on macOS High Sierra


Known to all, macOS High Sierra has added HEVC support, which replaces the previous standard most commonly used on Mac, namely H.264 / AVC. Now in this article, we share something useful you should know about HEVC(H.265) on macOS High Sierra and some tips and tricks to play, edit HEVC on macOS High Sierra flawlessly.

What is HEVC?

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265, is a next-generation video compression standard developed by a group of encoding experts called the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding.

Benefits of HEVC

Apple's decision to adopt HEVC basically means two things - higher quality video and better compression rates. The HEVC standard enables a video to be compressed into a file that is about half the size (or half the bit rate) of H.264 / AVC. To put that another way, a HEVC video file offers significantly better visual quality than an AVC file of equivalent size or bit rate. While results vary depending on the type of content and the encoder settings, videos encoded in HEVC typically exhibit fewer compression artifacts and offer smoother playback than videos encoded using AVC.

HEVC on macOS High Sierra

HEVC H.265 is now compatible with the macOS High Sierra. New Macs including the late 2015 27inch 5k iMac, the 2017 21-inch iMac, and Macbooks and MacBooks Pros from 2016 and 2017, will support hardware acceleration for coding and decoding HEVC video. The Kaby Lake chips in the 2017 laptops also support HEVC decoding.

HEVC Player for macOS High Sierra

To make it more convenient for you to view wonderful H.265 on macOS High Sierra, here we've rounded up best 2 HEVC players for macOS High Sierra.

1. Brorsoft Player for Mac

Brorsoft Player for Mac is a powerful player that can afford Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO and common media files and videos smoothly. You are allowed to play any Blu-ray disc/ISO files directly with 1080p HD visual effect and play H.265/HEVC encoding 4K video files losslessly on Mac OS X including macOS High Sierra.

2. VLC Media Player

VLC is a very popular program designed to be used on various platforms, like Mac, Windows, Linux as is well known for providing you with a wide rang of useful features. This open source application works with almost any multimedia format such as H.265/HEVC, gives you access to dozens of video and audio configurations and comes with a simple interface, so any Mac users can easily handle its numerous functions.

How to Edit HEVC on macOS High Sierra

While H.265 video can be viewed in High Sierra, editing it in Apple's own Final Cut Pro X is not yet possible. Users who import H.265 videos into Final Cut Pro X, will find that the thumbnails are displayed as black.

For now, users must take steps to convert HEVC H.265 videos to the Apple ProRes format. To transcode H.265 to FCP ProRes easily and quickly, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet professional H.265 encoder and decoder is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency, seamless conversion and full compatibility of macOS High Sierra. With it, you can effortlessly convert H.265 video to ProRes on High Sierra - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP X, FCP 7. In addition, the program can also help you transcode H.265 files to Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. for smoothly editing or playback with iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc.


1. Once run the HEVC Converter for macOS High Sierra, you can click "Add Video" button to load H.265 source files.
2. Click "format" bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing H.265 footage in FCP X smoothly.
3. Click "Convert" button to start encoding H.265 to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X in macOS High Sierra.


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