How to Play H.265/HEVC on Roku 3/4 without any hassle?
Roku is by far the most popular set top box for streaming media with the access of thousands of channels. Recently, the dispute about if Roku 3 and its successor Roku 4 support H.265 codec video since H.265/HEVC is gradually more and more used in many camera video, 4K video and other video streaming.
Actually, as far as we know, Roku 3 supported media file formats are restricted to MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264). H.265/HEVC video is not included here while the Roku 4 has h.265 decoding. So can you successfully play H.265 on Roku 4? I think it maybe depend on your lucky. Some responded that when they played H.265 with Plex on Roku 4, it failed. It’s very possible Plex needs to be updated with proper capabilities of the Roku 4. But it also unveils that it is not as easy as you imaged to stream H.265 on Roku 4.
If you have a bunch of H.265/HEVC video and want to play them on Roku 3/4 without any hassle, you’d better convert H.265 to H.264 codec video with a H.265 converter. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is integrated of HEVC H.265 encoding and decoding. No matter you are looking for converting video to HEVC/H.265 480p, 720p, 1080p, 4K UHD 4320p or decode HEVC/H.265 video to other video formats, like Roku 3/4 supported MP4/MKV, the professional HEVC Converter will fulfill your task fast and easily. (review)
If you are a Mac user, you should use the equivalent Mac H.265 Converter. It can make you convert H.265 to Roku 3/4 on Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, etc platform.
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– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
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How to Convert H.265 to Roku 3/4 compatible format?
Step 1: Add source video
To add H.265 video to the HEVC Video Converter, you can directly drag and drop them into the program window or go to “File” from menu bar and then choose “Add video/audio”. It supports batch conversion, you can add more than one file at a time.
Step 2: Select Roku 3/4 supported format
Click Format > Common Video and set output video format as 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. HD MP4 video from “HD Video” is suitable.
Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting when you need to get the the right ratio between video size and video quality.
Step 3: Start H.265 to Roku conversion
Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the H.265 Converter will start converting H.265 to MP4 for Roku 3/4.
How to Play converted H.265 Video on Roku via Plex?
Everybody loves how simple it is to combine all their favorite media streams through their Roku player, and Plex, enhances that functionality by turning your Roku player into a window for all your personal media. With Plex on Roku, you have the ability to better organize your videos, photos, music and movies and stream them to your big screen. Let’s see how to get started: (Besides that, here are streaming methods for Xbox One, PS3 and VLC)
Step 1: Download the Plex Media Server software
There are options for Windows, Apple OS X, a wide variety of Network Attached Storage, and more. We’ll be using the Windows version in this tutorial.
Step 2: Install the media server software
During installation, Plex will ask you to name your server. Because mine runs on a computer in my spare bedroom, I’ll call it “Bedroom Plex.” When the Installation is complete, Plex Media Server will now run in the background, even if you restart your computer, unless you tell it not to. Plex will ask you to create a login ID. This allows you to view your content and make system changes from any internet connected browser.
When you want to make changes to the server settings, simply login at plex.tv, or right click on the taskbar icon, and select “Media Manager.” All the configuration is done through a simple web interface.
Step 3: Add your content to libraries
Libraries are how you add and organize your content in Plex. You simply select what type of library you want (i.e. Movies, TV Shows, Music, Photos, or Home Videos), and then tell Plex which folders it should pull that content from.
Step 4: Create libraries to add and organize content
To add a library at anytime, login to Plex and click the “plus symbol” next to your server name. Movies and TV libraries will match show descriptions based on the file name, Music will use metadata tags, and Photos and Home Movies will simply display the name of the file itself.
A single library can point to multiple folders, so if you have one folder for lossy mp3s, and one for lossless audio, you can select both folders for “Music”. For more advanced users, you can create multiple libraries. For instance, you can create a library called “Kids TV” and only allow your children access to that library through their devices. You can save your “Grownup TV” library for your Game of Thrones episodes.
Step 5: Add Plex channel
Then add the Plex channel to your Roku and choose this channel on your TV screen. You should see the selected media files, which you can now browse and view as you like.
That’s all. Now, just enjoy your local H.265 video on Roku 3/4 without any hassle.