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How to Play H.265/HEVC on Xbox One Efficiently


Simply put, H.265 is the codec of the future, but on the other hand, H.265 currently has not be accepted by most media device including Xbox One. In this article, we will present you a way to play H.265/HEVC on Xbox One with best quality.

So, does Xbox One support HEVC code? Actually, since last year, Microsoft has updated the XBOX One platform to add support for HEVC! Streaming video services can take advantage of XBOX One's HEVC support to deliver a massively better end-user experience at any bit rate. While, it still has limit. Xbox One only supports HEVC 10-bit codec. Based on our testing, some H.265 files like in 12bit can't play via Xbox One properly.

To get rid of the trouble, a good suggestion is to encode H.265 to Xbox One more friendly format like WMV, H.264 MP4. To achieve your goal smoothly, a H.265/HEVC converter is necessary. Among all available H.265 video converters in the market, Brorsoft Video Converter claims one of the top all-in-one H.265 decoder, encoder, converter and player. Not only can it allow people to convert H.265 to common video files, but also convert SD/HD/4K videos (AVCHD, M2TS, MTS, MKV, H.264, MP4, AVI, TS, MOD, TOD, WMV, MOV, MPEG, etc.) to H.265 with several mouse clicks.

With it, you can convert different HEVC videos to Xbox One compatible H.264 MP4, WMV effortlessly. What's more, with the built-in editor, you can trim, crop, adjust special effect to your source video, so that you get the very part and effects at your will. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (macOS High Sierra included), which has the same function as the Windows version.

Download the HEVC converter:

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How to convert H.265/HEVC to Xbox One friendly format

Step 1: Add H.265 video files

Install and run the H.265 to Xbox One Converter on your computer; click Add button to import your source videos. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.


Step 2: Select Xbox One compatible formats

Click on the drop down menu of the Format, select "Zune/Xbox 360 Device"> "Xbox 360 HD Video (*.wmv): as the target format. It fits on Xbox One as well.


Optional: Click the "Settings" beside the format bar to adjust your parameters is allow you to enjoy a better viewing quality. Before go to the conversion, you can click this "Edit" to do some personal edits on your raw videos. This saves you from the troubles which you have to reload them to editors.

Step 3: Start converting HEVC to Xbox One

Now you can back to the main UI, and click this "Convert" button to start your conversion. When the conversion is finished, hit the "Open" icon on the bottom of the main interface will pop up the folder with converted files.

How to Play Videos on Your Xbox One

Option 1. USB Drive

If you have a USB flash drive or external drive, you can use it to play videos on the Xbox One. Connect the drive to your computer and copy your video, music, or picture files onto it. Eject it from your computer and connect it to one of the USB ports on your Xbox One. There Xbox One has three USB ports you can use: Two on the back of the console, and one on the side.

Open the Media Player app and you'll see your connected drive as an option. Select the drive and you can browse all the media files on it and play them, controlling the playback with your Xbox controller.

Option 2. Stream Video Using DLNA

First set up a DLNA server. Microsoft recommends- and officially supports- Windows Media Player as a DLNA server. This feature was introduced in Windows 7, and it still works on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. If you use a Mac, you'll need to find a third-party DLNA server like Plex.

Once you have a DLNA server set up, it will appear in your Xbox One's Media Player app as an option alongside any connected USB drives, allowing you to browse and stream media files stored in your media libraries.

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