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Issues Using VLC to Convert H.265 (HEVC) to H.264- Resolved

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I have a H.265 / HEVC file, that I am trying to convert to H.264/MPEG-4. I go Media ->
Convert / Save ->
Select File ->
Convert / Save ->
I choose the Video-H.264 + MP3 (MP4) preset ->
Start ->
Then it streams for a few minutes, and once it reaches 100% VLC crashes (gives me the report a crash screen) and the output file is unreadable.

Since VLC 2.2.0, it improves support for H.265/HEVC, both for decoding and for encoding. Many guys turn to VLC for converting H.264 to H.265 or encoding H.265 to H.264. Whereas, when converting from HEVC to H.264 with VLC, crashed problems are always around users.

So, any fix to the issue? Well, the first way is to update VLC to the latest version 2.2.6. If it still can't convert H.265/HEVC to H.264 .mp4 correctly, try a VLC alternative. Overall, Brorsoft Video Converter is considered to be the best choice for you.

Overall, it is a powerful H.265 encoder, decoder and converter. It can help you convert H.265 to H.264 video with least quality loss for easier using. At the meantime, it can also help you encode non-H.265 videos(MKV, H.264, DivX, AVI, WMV, MOV, MXF, MPG, MTS...) to H.265 files if you want. It's easy to use, and performs professionally. What's more, this video converter severs as a wonderful H.265 video player for you. And with the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. For converting HEVC to H.264 on Mac(High Sierra, Sierra, El Captian), please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. Download the program and learn how to change H.265 to H.264 video seamlessly.

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Encode H.265(HEVC) to H.264 with the Best Quality

Step 1. Add H.265 videos

Run the H.265 to H.264 Video Converter program, go to the menu bar, select Add button to select the H.265 files you want to import. You can also directly drag the video files to the program for conversion. It supports batch conversion so you can import multiple files at a time.

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Step 2. Choose H.264 as output format

From the drop-down list of " Format" > "Common Video", you can select H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4), H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4) or H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4) as the target format.

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Tip: Advanced settings You can change the format parameters by click the Settings bar. The video size, video encoder, frame rate, bit rate, audio encoder, channel and more other parameters can be adjusted in this Settings option.

Step 3. Edit your H.265 source videos(Optional)

Click Edit button and you can trim, crop or adjust the H.265/HEVC videos with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of the movie you want. Besides, by clicking the Split icon in the main interface, you can cut your files according to time length and file size.

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Step 4. Start conversion

When all the settings are done, click the Convert button to start encoding H.265 files to H.264 MP4 video.

The conversion time depends on your video size, computer performance, output settings, etc. Generally, it won't take too long. After the conversion, you'll get resulted H.264 videos for better usage.

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