Nearly 13 years after the adoption of H.264/AVC on Mac (10.4) and 2 years after 4K support on iPhone (6s, Plus), Apple finally brings about support for HEVC on both of its mobiles and desktop operation systems via official announcement at WWDC 2017 in early June.
HEVC, also entitled H.265, is a new trend of video compression standard. As the successor of H.264, it can make video much lower in size while keeping high quality still. According to Apple, HEVC is able to reduce video bitrate “by up to 40% with same visual quality” compared to H.264/AVC. HEVC support urges the usage of 4K UHD video. Although new macOS High Sierra has greatly improved the efficiency of video encoding, processing and delivering, there’re still situations and requirements for converting HEVC, like:
– HEVC video stutters on elder Mac computer: In spite of macOS High Sierra can be installed on most iMac/Pro, MacBook/Pro/Air and Mac Pro/Mini machines, HEVC hardware acceleration only works on several newer iMacs and MacBooks, which means many relatively elder Macs that don’t support hardware acceleration still have trouble with HEVC playback.
– HEVC encoded video is unacceptable by many TVs, mobiles, PCs: x265 video does have improved delivering efficiency, but whether it can be played flawlessly depends totally on the hardware configuration of end player. Apart from Mac, TVs, Android-based devices, and Windows PCs are among the list. The fact is only a fraction of them can decode and present x265 movie, like Windows 10 PC, latest smart (4K) high end TVs, and Samsung Galaxy S7/edge.
– HEVC video cannot be uploaded to online sites: There are a lot of 4K content scattering on video sharing sites like YouTube and Dailymotion. Even so, no one has introduced the support for HEVC codec yet. In this way, anyone who wanna upload and share the HEVC-encoded HD video to the web must do video-shifting work in advance.
Free HEVC Video Converter for macOS High Sierra Recommendation
macOS High Sierra is now in its beta release (currently beta 7). Any Mac users with satisfied system can download it from Apple Developer Center or using Software Update in Mac App Store. After the upgrade, whenever you need to convert HEVC video, the free HEVC video converter for macOS High Sierra recommended here can help you accomplish it in its stride.
WinX Video Converter for Mac, as the Mac version of WinX Free Video Converter (Digiarty’s five star freeware for Windows), owns the same-level video converting ability with its big sister. Through constant updates, this Mac video converter keeps pace with each macOS upgrade, working perfectly on new macOS High Sierra with no compatibility or other unexpected errors at all.
With a distinct design and interface, this freebie helps convert a massive number of videos, including (recorded) HEVC MP4/MKV ones, into H.264/MPEG4 MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV, WebM, MP3 and more easily. In addition, the video converting speed is much accelerated by getting the utmost out of Multi-Core CPU and Hyper-threading technology built-in. Freeware often contains ads or virus? There’s no worry about the cleanness and safety of WinX Video Converter for Mac. Because all WinX products are always guaranteed with no third-party ads/malware/plugins or harmful virus/Trojan added, with no watermark inserted into the converted video.
Easy Guide on How to Use WinX HEVC Video Converter for macOS High Sierra
Step 1. Open WinX Video Converter for Mac, and input HEVC video into it by clicking “+ Video” icon or directly dragging.
Step 2. Choose an output format for PC, Mac, mobile, web or DVD according to actual needs.
Step 3. Press “RUN” to start the HEVC converting mission.
Note: Considerably, this Mac video converter also offers video editing feature for video trimming/cropping, parameters (e.g resolution & aspect ratio) changing etc.