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Should't Roku 3 directly play H.265/HEVC 4K movie ?

August 25 2015 , Written by sophializhu Published on #4k h.265 on roku 3, #convert hevc to roku 3, #h.265 encoder for roku, #hevc to roku 3, #play h.265 on roku 3, #roku 3 h.265 support, #add h.265 to roku 3, #roku directly play h.265 4k

Does the Roku 3 play H.265 files ? If you also have the intention to play H.265/HEVC on Roku 3, read on to get the solution.

Roku is by far the most popular set top box for streaming media and while they say there are thousands of channels to choose from, a lot of those can be directly linked to a YouTube type channel. The most popular services are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and now HBOGO. It’s been almost 2 years since the release of Roku 3. With Roku 3, consumers basically got an upgraded CPU and a gimmicky headphones jack in the Roku remote. Most of you probably have had the pleasure of using an Roku 3 for enjoyment any movie files you want. If you got some H.265 movies, why not add H.265 to Roku 3 for playback?

As far as we know, Roku supported media file formats are restricted to MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264). H.265/HEVC 4K movie is not included here. 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 - Encode H.265/HEVC to H.264 MP4 videos for Roku 3.

Therefore, if you want to stream H.265 to Roku for playback, an H.265 to Roku converter is needed.

Brorsoft Video Converter is such a program. This video app is professional on fast transcoding H.265/HEVC to Roku 3/2 friendly MP4, MKV without quality loss. In addition to converting H.265 files to Roku formats, it can also convert among more than one hundred videos formats including AVI, VOB, MXF, MTS, MVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MKV to Roku supported video formats. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the right choice.

Download h.265 to Roku converter:

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

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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