A Simple Guide on FFmpeg H265 to H264

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Updated on Dec 8, 2023
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Part 1: FFmpeg H265 to H264
Part 2: FFmpeg H265 to H264 Alternative (without Command Line)

“I have H.265 encoded files that are too resource intensive to play on my device. Can I convert them to H.264 in a command line batch file?”
“My laptop cannot handle 10bit H.265/HEVC videos, so I’m looking to convert them to 10bit H.264. How do I do this using FFmpeg with the least quality loss?”

Many people want to convert HEVC/H.265 to H.264 for better compatibility with their players, computers, editing software, and video-sharing sites. Therefore, this article mainly talks about how to let FFmpeg convert HEVC to H264. Read on for the details.

Tips. FFmpeg uses complicated command lines to process media files. If you’re a beginner, the simple FFmpeg alternative converter is more suitable. Learn more in #part 2.

Part 1: How to Make FFmpeg Convert H265 to H264

Step 1. Download and Install FFmpeg

Go to the official website and get the latest git master branch build on your PC. Find the downloaded FFmpeg.exe file and extract the file. Make sure it is in the same directory as your HEVC or H265 files.

Download FFmpeg
Download FFmpeg

Step 2. Open FFmpeg Command Window

Open the folder where FFmpeg and HEVC videos are. Hold down the Shift key and right-click the empty space. Then select “Open Command window”.

Step 3. FFmpeg Convert HEVC to H264

Input the command line behind the cursor in the command window to let FFmpeg convert H265 to H264.

Here is the command line for converting MP4 HEVC to MKV H264:
ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -c:v libx264 -crf 18 -vf format=yuv420p -c:a copy out.mkv

FFmpeg HEVC to H.264
FFmpeg HEVC to H.264

Command lines for some basic FFmpeg HEVC tasks:

• ffmpeg H.265 to H.264 — ffmpeg -i input.mov c:v libx264 output.mp4

• ffmpeg H.265 to AVI — ffmpeg -i input.mov output.avi

• ffmpeg H.265 to MKV — ffmpeg -i input.mov output.mkv

• ffmpeg makes HEVC videos — ffmpeg -i input name -c:v libx265 output.mp4

For the batch process of FFmpeg H265 to H264, input this command:
INPUT="$1" for i in *.mp4 ; do ffmpeg -i "$i" -bsf:v h264_mp4toannexb -sn -map 0:0 -map 0:1 -vcodec libx264 "$i.ts" mv "$i.ts" "$i.mkv" sleep 3 done
This can be changed to accommodate any other container extension of the files you want to process.

Explanation of the command switches:
-i in.mp4 refers to the input video file, -c:v libx264 means using H.264 video codec, -crf 18 is the quality level (bitrate, where 0 is lossless and 51 is the worst), -vf format=yuv420p is the pixel format, -c:a copy will copy the audio data without converting, and out.mkv refers to the resulting video file.

Part 2: Alternative to Convert H265 to H264 FFmpeg

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an easier way to convert HEVC files to H264. With it, you can easily re-encode your videos to H.264 with several mouse clicks, instead of the fallible command lines. Also, you can customize the video settings, such as bitrate, resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio, and volume in just one click. The user interface is self-explanatory. Everyone can handle it without hassles!

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Step 1. Import H.265/HEVC files

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and select "Converter". Click "Add Files" to import your H.265 files or you can directly drag and drop them into the software.

Load H265 Files
Load H265 Files

Step 2. Select the H.264 profile

Click the format image on the right side of the interface. Go to the "Video" tab and select "H.264" as the export profile. The software will wrap the H.264 encoded video in MP4 container format.

Another way to choose H264 is to specify a video codec in "Parameter settings", where you can also change the video bitrate, resolution, frame rate, audio bitrate, channel, etc.

Choose H264 Format
Choose H264 Format

Step 3. Export H.264 video files

Hit the inverted triangle button at the bottom to specify an output destination. Then, click "Run" to start the conversion. With full support of GPU acceleration, the process will be completed in seconds. Once done, you can find the converted H.264 videos and enjoy them without problems.

Finalize the Conversion
Finalize the Conversion
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Sum up

This article is a simple guide for FFmpeg H265 to H264 on Windows. Novices are recommended to use the HD Video Converter. While both video transcoders are efficient, HD Video Converter Factory Pro offers an easier way to perform the conversion. Get the software installed on your PC and start your work right now!

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