QuickTime support for HEVC/H265?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by odoy, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. odoy macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2015
    Hi! Can somebody check if QT in Sierra supports HEVC please?
  2. MrNomNoms macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Doesn't support it - I'd say that if there is a support it might not be until maybe next year with a Apple TV refresh with 4K support.
  3. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan, Jul 2, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016

    SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    VLC and Creative Suite support it anyway

    Edit: I tested VLC. Support is not good at the moment and I'm pretty sure there is no GPU hardware decode/encode on the Mac at the moment.
  4. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    mpv.io plays HEVC fairly well, though Windows 10 should have better support since Intel released drivers for Iris GPU to enhance HEVC and 4k play back.
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Facetime already uses h.265 on the latest iPhones.
  6. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    I believe that the the decode/encode for these standard formats is dependent on the CPU, although it is possible for the GPU to help out. None of the current Intel CPU's in macbooks support HEVC, all newer Intel CPU support hardware decoding of HEVC though.

    A software solution is still possible though. But it hits pretty hard :p
  7. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    Clarification, the Early 2015 13" (and iMac 21") running Broadwell does support 8 bit HEVC through hybrid hardware and software decoding. Hoping Sierra will implement the new drivers Intel released to allow better 4K and HEVC playback.

    The 27" iMac running Skylake fully support HEVC hardware wise though not too sure if 10 bit is fully supported.
  8. h9826790 macrumors G3


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    MplayerX can do the job very well, and usually doing better job then VLC in H265 and 4K. I use that in 10.11 for my 4K video, haven't test it on 10.12 yet.
  9. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    In case people are going to use the mentioned app, be sure to read the agreements when they pop up as the developer has bundled with adware/malware in order to monetize (I know MacKeeper and zipcloud are a few of them). People who have installed it and are unaware might need to use malwarebytes to check.

    I would recommend to download the Mac App Store version but it seems that the developer has purposely made it purchase only to drive people to download the free version on his website which contains malicious code.
  10. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Thanks! I always forget about everything other than the Macbooks xD

    My Mac Mini with i5 Dual, struggles very hard streaming HEVC.
  11. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    Is it the 2014 model? I think it should be able to decode HEVC software wise fairly well even if the CPU may be quite high. My 2009 Macbook Pro was able to decode 1080p HEVC (Game of Thrones, should be 10 bit) though some intensive fighting scenes and the introduction did see slowdowns. CPU use was pinged between 85~99% and using mpv.io.
  12. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    The hardware can be there but the drivers and software has to be in place.

    I have a Skylake PC with GeForce GTX1070. CPU and GPU both support HEVC decode. But there's no built in playback software in Windows that supports it. No browser can handle HEVC. VLC can't handle it. DIVX Player claims to support it but I don't want to install it.

    Of course, I have been testing with a 4K 60FPS file

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