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As the title says, Does anyone know of any codec or video player that will accept h.265? VLC cuts off at 2.0.10 for leopard, it wasn't added until some later version. Same for kodi/xmbc. Since that has become the new standard it seems most have opted to use it over h.264, which as we know plays perfectly fine on PPCs.
 

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As the title says, Does anyone know of any codec or video player that will accept h.265? VLC cuts off at 2.0.10 for leopard, it wasn't added until some later version. Same for kodi/xmbc. Since that has become the new standard it seems most have opted to use it over h.264, which as we know plays perfectly fine on PPCs.

Mplayer 1.3.0 installed via Macports
 
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MagicBoy

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You guys actually played with H.265 on a supported platform?

I can't see it being feasible. H.265 has the Core i5 2500K in my HTPC running at 75%+ for a decent bitrate 1080p encode...
 
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Project Alice

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You guys actually played with H.265 on a supported platform?

I can't see it being feasible. H.265 has the Core i5 2500K in my HTPC running at 75%+ for a decent bitrate 1080p encode...

I have a 2009 2.0GHZ C2D mac mini running High Sierra hooked up to my TV in my living room as an HTPC. All it does is play 1080 video most of which is h.265. It doesn't even break a sweat. I don't understand why people think that they need more power than that for h.265.
 
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MagicBoy

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Must be low bitrate, I've not had the same level of success with the same model. Swapped the Mac mini out for the i5-2500K PC...
 
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Project Alice

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Must be low bitrate, I've not had the same level of success with the same model. Swapped the Mac mini out for the i5-2500K PC...

Possibly, I don't pay attention to the bitrate too much, unless I something looks like crap. But Everything plays super smooth on it using kodi. VLC does have a harder time, not stuttering but "digitizing". But it's still perfectly watchable. I know High Sierra has better support for HEVC as well so that might be part of it. I didn't have issues back on 10.12 either though. Does your i5 PC have a graphics card or are you using the HD 3000 on the chip? Because if you're using the integrated that might be part of why it seems like its working harder.
 
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Might be difference in the framerate too. Kodi has a very streamlined playback engine - even the version still available for PowerPC, XBMC, beats VLC in most cases.
 
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MagicBoy

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Possibly, I don't pay attention to the bitrate too much, unless I something looks like crap. But Everything plays super smooth on it using kodi. VLC does have a harder time, not stuttering but "digitizing". But it's still perfectly watchable. I know High Sierra has better support for HEVC as well so that might be part of it. I didn't have issues back on 10.12 either though. Does your i5 PC have a graphics card or are you using the HD 3000 on the chip? Because if you're using the integrated that might be part of why it seems like its working harder.

I was using Kodi on the Mac mini, would have been running OS X 10.10 at the time. Still using Kodi on the i5. Initially with the HD3000, now has a GT 1030 installed which has HEVC hardware decode.
 
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