Top 5 Best H.265(HEVC) Encoder/Decoder Review

A list and comparison of top 5 best H.265 encoder and decoder software.



H.265(HEVC), is a new video coding standard that can encode video with the same video quality as H.264 video but only with half size. As H.265 grows in popularity, more and more guys are trying to use the new HEVC codec to encode their video files. Whereas, on the other hand, although HEVC is more and more popular, some media players or NLEs still don’t support it. In this page, we would like to explores top 5 best H.265/HEVC encoder and decoder to help you handle this new codec well.

Top 1. Brorsoft Video Converter (Mac version)

Among all available H.265 video converters in the market, Brorsoft Video Converter claims one of the best. It is an all-in-one H.265 decoder, encoder, converter and player. Not only can it allow people to convert H.265 to common video files but also various professional encoders, Apple Intermediate Codec, ProRes and DNxHD, DVCPRO, HDV- ensuring the best results when editing with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer or Sony Vegas, respectively. What’s more, this program allows you to convert SD/HD/4K videos (AVCHD, M2TS, MTS, MKV, H.264, MP4, AVI, MXF, TiVo, TS, MOD, TOD, WMV, MOV, MPEG, XAVC, XAVC S etc.) to H.265 with several mouse clicks.

Main Features of Brorsoft Video Converter:

– Acting as the H.265 encoder, Brorsoft Video Converter supporst encoding all video files including MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG, MKV, VOB, FLV, AVCHD, MXF, MOD, TS, WTV, TiVo to H.265
– Acting as the h.265 decoder, it enables users to decode h.265 to H.264 or other video files including MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, etc.
– Acting as the H.265 Player, it can directly open and view H.265 video files in its preview window.
– Acting as the H.265 editor, it can edit H.265 files like merge H.265 files into one, crop/trim/rotate H.265 video, add subtitles/watermark to H.265, etc.

Top 2. Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate

Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate is an all-in-one video converter, DVD and Blu-ray ripper. It not only input/output AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, XviD, H.264, MOV and more other formats, but you can also rip protected/unprotected commercial Blu-rays and DVDs. The most important is that H.265/HEVC encoding and decoding are also supported well.

Main Features of Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate :

– All-in-one video, DVD and Blu-ray solution
– Easy-to-use, 6X faster conversion speed and zero quality loss
– Convert to more than 250 formats and devices
– Backup any DVD/Blu-ray with 100% original quality
– Edit videos in your way (Crop, trim, volume, subtitle, watermark and effect)
– Support H.265/HEVC Encode & Decode

Editor’s Note: Due to the specific ability of handle all videos and BD/DVDs, this all-in-one tool’s price is a a bit high.

Top 3. Cinemartin Cinec – Also available for H.265/HEVC codec

Cinemartin Cinec is a multi video encoder transcoder, a video converter for windows that leads the film and cinema encoding tools. Cinec is the only converter that allows you to export to Prores, H.264 and H.265 on a Windows PC. Itself is the only one that allows users to encode to HEVC/H.265 easily and for much less than what the few H265 existing encoders cost. In other words, it is one of the third-party video converting tools that can export the latest H.265/HEVC footage well.

Editor’s Note: Someone who have tried this H.265 encoder/decoder and reflected that it is not so stable when working the H.265 videos. On the hand, the video quality seems to be a little influenced with the output ones. Is that true?

Top 4. MediaCoder

MediaCoder 0.8.32 released with multiple-pass H.265 encoding. Also it provides all the tools needed to convert audio and video clips, but it also adds a level of complexity that audiophiles will love. Casual users, however, will be confused and should steer clear.

Top 5. FFmpeg – Another H.265/HEVC transcoder alternative
The good news for Linux users is that the H.265 codec is available in the popular encoding suite “ffmpeg.” Although ‘ffmpeg’; probably exists in your distro’s repositories, it might be out of date or it might not have support for H.265 compiled in. Download either the 32-bit or 64-bit .tar.xz file. If you are unsure which one to download, then use the 32-bit one. In the directory where you downloaded the file, run the following command to unpack the archive file. While on the other hand, though this H.265 converter can do this conversion well, sometimes we may be annoyed with the slow speed. If you are in a hurry for the output movies, it would be not your best choice!

Detailed comparison parameters for you as a reference:

Brorsoft Video Converter
Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate
Cinemartin Cinec
CINEC PRO 4.0 (299 €)
Encode Video to H.265 MP4
Encode Video to H.265 MKV
Rip Blu-ray to H.265 MP4/MKV
Rip DVD to H.265 MP4/MKV
Decode H.265 to Video Formats
Decode H.265 to Device Preset Profile Formats
Decode H.265 to Editing Program Profile Formats
Create 3D Movies from H.265
Extract Audio from H.265
Trim/Merge/Split/Crop/Watermark H.265 Video
Adjust Output Video/Audio Parameters
Avaiable for Windows
Avaiable for Mac
NVIDIA CUDA Acceleration