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[2024] Easy Tutorial to Resolve Kodi H265 Error

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Updated on Mar 14, 2024

Kodi is powerful enough to play virtually all common multimedia formats yet inevitably some people face with hiccups during playing files. Today we will discuss the Kodi H265 playback issues and provide effective fixes.

Since the quickest remedy to play H.265 videos in Kodi is converting H.265 to Kodi perfectly supported formats, this video converter can help you solve the problem and play videos instantly:

Can Kodi Play H.265 Video?

Q: I cannot play any H.265 (HEVC) videos in Kodi. H.265 files can play on my computer without any problem, but streaming them from a local storage or FTP to my computer through Kodi 18 does not work. Does Kodi support HEVC video playback? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A: HEVC, aka H.265, is the successor to H.264 which renders better video quality yet with smaller file size. These days most hardware and software have offered decoding support for HEVC/H.265 and Kodi is no exception. Kodi v14 offered software decoding support for H.265/HEVC and the later versions introduced HEVC hardware decoding on various platforms in succession. But why do many people meet with Kodi HEVC playback failure? The following part lists the possible causes and solutions.

Common Ways to Fix Kodi H265 Playback Issues  

1. Upgrade to the Latest Version of Kodi

Upgrading the version to the latest one can usually solve most bugs and errors you meet when using an old version. If you're using an old version of Kodi, just upgrade it from the Kodi official page:

Related reading: How to Update Kodi to the Latest Stable Version on Windows with Settings & Configurations Preserved

2. Update Firmware and Hardware Drivers to the Latest Version

Make sure that your device CPU/GPU supports decoding H.265 and the firmware on your device is the latest version. If not, it would lead to H265 Kodi playback failure. Even if Kodi can recognize the file and play it, errors like Kodi HEVC stutter or Kodi keeps crashing may arise. Generally, HEVC X265 video files will take a lot of horsepower to decode. You need a fairly powerful desktop class CPU for HEVC videos decoding. Here is the list of hardware devices supported by Kodi:

Convert HEVC/H.265 to H.264 for Smooth Playback on Kodi

Kodi H265 problems vary from the requirements for HEVC video parameter settings on different platforms and devices. If the problem still can't be solved after you have tried the methods above, the most effective way to play the video is converting H.265 to H.264. Compared with H.265, H.264 playback is more stable and smooth in numerous applications including Kodi. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an efficient HEVC converter that enables you to convert H.265 to H.264 and vice versa. It’s also able to convert unsupported video formats to be compatible with other applications and devices, such as iPhone, Android, Samsung TV, PS4, etc.

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Three Steps to Solve Kodi HEVC (H.265) Playback Issues

Select Converter and Add Files

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Step 1. Add H.265 Videos into the Video Converter

Open WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter interface, then click on Add Files and import H.265 videos into the software. Furthermore, you can directly drag and drop multiple files into the window. The software supports converting multiple videos at one time.

Choose H.265 under the Video Tab

Step 2. Choose H.264 as the Output Format

Navigate to the output format profile on the right side of the window, go to the Video tab, and choose H.264 as the output format.

Tips. The software allows users to modify video and audio parameters. You can change video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, and more in the Parameter Settings window.

Select Run to Start the Conversion

Step 3. Initiate the Conversion Process

Click on the inverted triangle icon at the bottom of the window to designate a location for saving the converted files or accept the default path. Finally, click Run to convert H.265 files for solving the Kodi H265 issue.

Also Read: HandBrake H.265 l Upload H.265 Videos to YouTube l HEVC Players l Edit HEVC Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro

In Summary

The Kodi X265 or Kodi HEVC errors frequently occur as Kodi doesn't have mature technology to support decoding H.265 by itself currently, but with its continuous developments and updates, we believe that this bug would be fixed in the near future. Anyway, if you want to play H.265 videos in Kodi, the methods in this article are useful. And HD Video Converter Factory Pro can also solve other video playback issues, including playing WAV on iPhone, Android, etc. Get it to enjoy your videos freely now!

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