Convert GoPro HEVC Videos to H.264 Easily


Wanna convert GoPro HERO6 Black HEVC to H.264 video, so it can be played on devices like Xbox, Samsung TV… that are not HEVC-compatible? In this article, we covers two methods for you.

Solution 1. Convert GoPro HEVC Videos to H.264 Using HandBrake

Open HandBrake

Under “Source Selection” on the left side bar, select “File” and choose one of your HEVC files.
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*NOTE – Any files recorded with the following video settings utilize the HEVC codec: 

Video Resolution Frame Rate (NTSC) Frame Rate (PAL)
4K 60 fps 50 fps
4K (4:3) 30, 24 fps 25, 24 fps
2.7K 120 fps 100 fps
2.7K (4:3) 60 fps 50 fps
1080p 240 fps 200 fps

Confirm that the file has been imported successfully by looking for the filename next to “Source”. This is shown between the “Open Source” button and “Title” field.
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Set the export location under the “Destination” field (in screenshot above). It may help to create a separate folder so you know which videos are HEVC and which videos aren’t.

Under “Output Settings”, select your file format under the “Container” field. You can hover over “Web Optimized” and “iPod 5G Support” to see how they would effect your conversion.
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There are two ways to go about converting your footage:

  1. Check out the Presets section on the right side panel and select from the list
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  2. Manually create your own output by going through each tab below the “Output Settings” section. Before looking through our suggestions below, make sure you select the “Normal” preset under the “Legacy” section(screenshot above).
    • IMPORTANT – (Video tab)Video Codec: H.264(x264)
    • (Video tab)Framerate: Always choose “Same as source” with a Constant Framerate
    • (Video tab)Quality: Constant Quality between 20-24(1080) and 22-28 RF(2.7k/4k) PLEASE NOTE: Lower RF numbers result in higher quality exports
    • (Video tab)Encoder Preset: Either Faster, Fast or Medium depending on your computer’s hardware. Higher endcomputers can try the Medium preset, but older hardware should lean towards the faster option
    • (Picture tab)Resolution: Use the source resolution unless you’d like to tune it down
    • (Picture tab)Cropping: Automatic

Once you’re ready, click “Start Encode” and wait for it to finish. You can track the progress of the export at the bottom of Handbrake window. You should see something similar to the image below:

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Display size and viewing distance

Imperfections tend to be more noticeable at larger display sizes and closer viewing distances. This is especially true for lower resolution videos (less than 720p), which are typically scaled or “blown up” to fill your display, magnifying even minor imperfections in quality.

You may wish to slightly increase quality for viewing on larger displays (50 inches / 125 cm diagonal or greater), or where viewing from closer than average distances. Reduced quality may be acceptable for viewing on smaller screens or where storage space is limited, e.g. mobile devices.

When converting your HEVC codec video into a H.264 file, you may no longer have any GPS data to display on Quik for desktop.


Solution 2. Convert GoPro H.265 to H.264 using a more professional HEVC decoder

As we know, when decoding/encoding HEVC files with Handbrake, users may meet some issues like slow conversion speed… In this case, a more professional H.265 converter for GoPro HEVC files is needed.

Here, we introduce Brorsoft Video Converter to you. Serving as the best alternative to Handbrake, it can solve all of Handbrake H.265 encoding & decoding problems. The H.265 encoding speed can be accelerated up to 30x faster when you run your program with NVIDIA NVENC technology. So, with it you can convert GoPro Hero6 H.265 to H.264 with ease. For Mac users, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

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.

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.

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. Start conversion

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