How to Convert H.265 to H.264 Efficiently?

There are times we need to convert H.265 to H.264 for different reasons. If you are in this need now, here are the two most efficient ways for you. Please read on to know more!

Michelle | Feb 6, 2021

Why Should I Convert H.265/HEVC/X265 to H.264/AVC/X264?

(Recommend) Method One. Convert H.265 to H.264 with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

Method Two. How to Convert H.265 to H.264 with Handbrake?

Why Should I Convert H.265/HEVC/X265 to H.264/AVC/X264?

H.264 (AVC/x264) and H.265 (HEVC/x265) are both advanced video compression technology to encode video into a high video quality at a relatively small size. But as a successor to H.264, H.265 boasts an even better compression ratio than H.264, saving almost half bandwidth compared with H.264 encoded content of similar quality. That’s why H.265 is often used in 4K and 8K productions, and many people would like to convert their videos to H.265 to save more device space (Check our previous article about How to convert H.264 to H.265).

However, it is H.264 that dominates the current encoding world. And H.265 does not have widespread compatibility as H.264. In fact, many platforms, media players, and devices today still do not support H.265, which makes the conversion from H.265 to H.264 necessary.

To convert H.265 to H.264 without losing quality, you will need a proper H.265 to H.264 converter. And among the various video converters out there on the market, we have sifted out the best two, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and Handbrake. And we will give you separate tutorials on how to use these two tools to convert H.265 to H.264 in detail. Read on!

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Method One. Convert HEVC to H.264 with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a highly-praised all-in-one video converter, downloader, video editor, and screen recorder. It can serve as a professional H.265 to H.264 converter to fast convert between them without any hassle. Follow the below instructions and start the conversion:

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    Step 1. Import the H.265 File

    Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter. Click on “+ Add Files” to import your H.265 video into this H.264 converter. You can drag and drop the file into this program as well.

    Step 2. Choose Output Format

    On the right side of the main screen, hit the format image and select “H264” under the Video section.

    Tips: This step will output your H.265 video as H.264 encoded MP4. If you want other container formats such MKV, MOV, etc., you can first click the corresponding format under the same Video section, and then you can go to “Parameter settings” and change the Encoder as “H264” in the Video Settings.

    Step 3. Start the H.265 to H.264 Conversion

    Before conversion, you can choose an output path by clicking the inverted triangle at the bottom of the main screen. When all is ready, click “Run” to start the conversion.

    Method Two. How to Convert x265 to x264 with Handbrake?

    Handbrake is an open-source transcoder for digital video files. It is best used to rip unprotected DVDs or convert videos to MP4 and MKV formats in H.264, H.265, etc. codecs. Yet Handbrake is a little complex to use than the above software. Its clutter of features on the interface would give most users, especially newbies, a head spin. The following steps will show you how to convert x265 to x264 in Handbrake.

    Step 1. Download the latest Handbrake from the official site

    Step 2. Run Handbrake and click File to load your H.265 file into the software. Or you can drop the file in the grayed out area to import it.

    Step 3. Go to the Summary tab and choose an output format from the Format drop-down options. It has only three output formats, MP4, MKV, and WebM.

    Step 4. Switch to the Video tab and select H.264 (x264) or H.264 10-bit (x264) from the Video Codec box.

    Step 5. Click the bottom Browse button to choose an output path. When you are ready, click the top green Start Encode button to start the conversion.


    If you like something challenging, you can try Method 2. But if you are not familiar with the encoding stuff, we would suggest you stick to Method 1, for it has no difficulty at all for any fresh or experienced user. Get it now by clicking the download button below!

    That’s all for how to convert H.265 to H.264 efficiently. Hope it can be helpful. Thanks for reading!

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