How to convert and play H.265(HEVC) on Roku 3

Recently I have some movies coded with H.265(HEVC). When I play one of those H.265 files on Roku 3, I found Roku 3 is incapable of supporting it. It seems that Roku can’t detect H.265 codec natively. So, how to prepare your H.265 videos for playback on Roku 3? Luckily, there’s a workaround that can make your movies playable on Roku 3- convert H.265 to Roku 3 officially supported (H.264 ) MP4 videos.

If you want to stream H.265 to Roku for playback, a professional H.265 converter is needed. Here Brorsoft Video Converter is recommended to make H.265 playable on Roku 3. In just a few mouse clicks, you’ll be able to view the H.265 video clips on your Roku 3 smoothly. Just download the program and follow the tips below to easily make Roku 3 to play H.265 HEVC files.

Tutorial on how to convert H.265(HEVC) to Roku 3 supported file format

1. Load H.265 files to the converter

Download and install the H.265 converter for Roku on your computer. Run it and directly drag and drop the H.266 files to the main windows of this program. You can also add H.265/HEVC videos by clicking the “add” button.

2. Choose Roku friendly format

After the files are added, click Format > Common Video and set output video format as H.264 Video (*.mp4). The reason mp4 is the target format is that by packing the videos in mp4, the file size will be reasonable small and the video quality remains.

Tip: Roku does play MP4 files according to the relevant info in Roku official site. However, Roku just plays the MP4 files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio. Roku fails to play MP4 files with other codec. Click the Settings icon to set the correct video, audio codecs.

3. Start H.265 to Roku 3 conversion

Hit the Convert button to start encoding H.265 to H.264 MP4 for Roku 3 playback.
Once the conversion is finished, click Open button to get the output MP4 files. You can either stream them or transfer the converted H.265 videos to Roku’s SD card or to a USB stick that can be attached to Roku streaming player. Enjoy.

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Best H.265 Video Converter: Play/Edit Samsung NX1 H.265 Easily

Best H.265 Video Converter: Play/Edit Samsung NX1 H.265 Easily

The NX1 is Samsung’s answer to the GH4 and A7S. And its HEVC h.265 may represent a whole new reference scale for video. H.265 should use much less space and offer compression quality than H.264(Learn difference between H.265 and H.264). The only problem is that H.265 is still not supported well. Most NLEs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas Pro(on Windows) can’t ingest H.265 as a native format; most video players apps including Windows Media Player, VLC can’t read and play H.265 codec perfectly. To play/edit Samsung NX1 H.265 videos easily, a necessary tool seems to be a H.265 Converter for Samsung NX1.

Read some other users’ feedback online, Brorsoft Video Converter is the highly recommended as the best H.265 Video Converter for Samsung NX1 footage or other H.265 video source.

It is one of the firsts to provide an H.265 encoder/decoder for Windows and it ranks top on the H.265 converter application list. It is an all-in-one H.265 decoder, encoder, converter and player. With it, you can convert H.265 to H.264 MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MPG, FLV, M4V with several mouse clicks. Besides, optimal presets for NLEs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro are provided to help you have smooth H.265 video editing workflow.

Download the H.265 converter:

Tutorial: How to Convert Samsung NX1 H.265 Video to Any Format

STEP 1. Add H.265 videos

Run the best H.265/HEVC decoder 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 an output format you want

Click on “Format” bar, select any format you need from the drop-down profile list. You can choose regular video formats like AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, MOV, etc from Common Video. Or you can choose a video preset for portable devices like iiPad or video editing programs like Sony Vegas/Adobe Premiere Pro.


1. Before conversion, you can go to the “Settings” to set the parameters for your movie. To compress the file size, adjust the parameters to be smaller.

2. Click Edit button and you can trim, crop or adjust the video with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of yoru original H.265 video as you want.

STEP 3: Start H.265 video conversion

When everything is done, click Convert icon to start transcoding Samsung NX1 H.265 files. When the conversion done, click Open button to get the ripped videos for much more convenient playback, editing. Enjoy.