Using HEVC Video in macOS High Sierra

A new video compression setting available in macOS High Sierra will help you save file space while not compromising on video quality. The High Efficiency Video Coding setting, also known as H.265, can save up to 50% in file size. However, since this is a new type of video compression, those files cannot be played in older versions of macOS or iOS.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Using HEVC Video in macOS High Sierra”

    Russ Tolman
    7 years ago

    Hi, just wondering what hardware you used; and especially how long it took to do the export., Love your site by the way, a daily visitor

    7 years ago

    Russ: I can't remember. It will vary depending on the size, codec, quality, etc. I'm using a Mac Pro. Just try a few for yourself and see.

    Russ Winkler
    7 years ago

    Regarding the HEVC video you created in Sierra and moved to High Sierra. Will there be third-party apps to convert it to work in High Sierra, and/or will Apple have a convertor program? Thanks.

    7 years ago

    Russ: Not sure what you are asking. High Sierra plays older-codec video fine. It plays all sorts of video fine, just like Sierra did, plus it adds this new one. As for converting, you just use QuickTime Player for that like I am doing in the tutorial.

    Dave Schweitzer
    7 years ago

    Hi Gary.
    VLC Media Player has had the ability to play back HEVC video files for some time now. I'm using it to play files on an old iMac running Yosemite and it works swimmingly.
    So while QuickTime Player in Sierra and previous doesn't have the ability, there is a free third-party solution.


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