Got some news online that says Chromecast Ultra plays h.265. But when I try to play H.265 on Chromecast Ultra it failed. After spending a good 8 hours researching, I got a workaround to direct stream H.265/HEVC to Chromcast Ultra easily. Below is how to.
Chromecast Ultra has support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision with expanded codec support (HEVC Main and Main 10, VP9 profile 0 and 2). But does it mean we can play HEVC video directly? The answer is NO. Chromecast Ultra doesn’t support decoding H.265 codec yet. As many guys reelect, we can only play HEVC video with Chromecast Ultra using Plex. Plex will transcode HEVC/H.265 to H.264, but it consumes a lot of CPU capacities to do so. An alternative way is to get a HEVC decoder to re-encode H.265 to H.264 in advance.
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Convert HEVC/H.265 to H.264/AVC for Chromecast Ultra
1. Load H.265 files
Download the H.265 converter(See top 5 H.265 Encoder/Decoder). Click the “Add” button to locate and import H.265 files to the program. This powerful Video Converter also supports drag and drop function to import original video.
2. Choose Chromecast Ultra supported file format
Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down options, choose to output Chromecast supported file format by following “Common Video” > “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)”.
Tip: Advanced Profile settings
Click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window. AAC is the proper audio codec for Chromecast. Since Chromecast Ultra supports 4K resolution, you can tap 3840 X 2160 in Video Size box.
3. Start the conversion
Go back to the main interface, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from H.265 to H.264 for Chromcast Ultra. The conversion speed is ultra fast, thanks to its leading NVIDIA CUDA and AMD APP acceleration technology.
Once the conversion ends, open the Output folder to locate the 4K H.264 files. Then you can stream 4K video with Chromecast Ultra on your 4K TV (Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, Sharp, Philips, etc) freely.
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