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Fidippide
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Goodmorning, I was wondering how to open and eventually edit a H.265 video with a freeware sw (windows). I tried VLC and DaVinciResolve 15 but they don't work. Thank you!

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Divx works
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No, it can't open it. I tried a few minutes ago.
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If there are codecs installed for H.265 then any player can play the video so make sure or try installing a free codecs application.


Here one:    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/k_lite_codec_pack.htm
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Hi there. thank you for reaching out. Regarding your concern, you'll be needing the H.265 codec for your player for you to be able to play your video.
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Which version of Windows are you using?
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Microsoft provides an HEVC Video Extension for WMP in it's app store.
VLC handles h265 perfectly if you have a recent version.
Davinci 15 requires the studio version which you need to purchase.  
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theothernt Posted at 2018-10-6 12:37
Which version of Windows are you using?

Goodmorning! Windows 7. The best solution would be VLC for me.
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Eric13 Posted at 2018-10-6 12:49
Microsoft provides an HEVC Video Extension for WMP in it's app store.
VLC handles h265 perfectly if you have a recent version.
Davinci 15 requires the studio version which you need to purchase.

Hi Eric! When I try to open a H.265 video with the latest version of VLC, the video doesn't flow, it stops at the firsts frame. I have a i7 with 16 GB of ram and a NVIDIA 850 m (2 GB DDR3).
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Fidippide Posted at 2018-10-7 02:35
Hi Eric! When I try to open a H.265 video with the latest version of VLC, the video doesn't flow, it stops at the firsts frame. I have a i7 with 16 GB of ram and a NVIDIA 850 m (2 GB DDR3).

Check this. Changes in file caching can help a lot:
https://windowsreport.com/vlc-media-player-lagging-windows-10/
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Fidippide Posted at 2018-10-7 01:41
Goodmorning! Windows 7. The best solution would be VLC for me.

VLC should be able to play H.265 (v3+) on Windows 7 as it doesn't depend on any codecs in the OS.

If you're hoping to edit anything, one option might be to convert your Mavic H.265 footage to H.264 with Handbrake (it's free) and go from there.

Also, I'd advise updating to Windows 10.
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Eric13 Posted at 2018-10-7 03:47
Check this. Changes in file caching can help a lot:
https://windowsreport.com/vlc-media-player-lagging-windows-10/

Thank u Eric; I tried all the solutions showed but it didn't work.
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Ahmed Hussain Posted at 2018-10-6 08:09
If there are codecs installed for H.265 then any player can play the video so make sure or try installing a free codecs application.

Thank u Ahmed. Unfortunately VLC has its own codecs. CAn u suggest me another player? Thanks!
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Fidippide Posted at 2018-10-8 11:47
Thank u Eric; I tried all the solutions showed but it didn't work.

You have Win 7 and I can't remember if it came with it but Win 10 has a native player called "Movies & TV". That player handles h265 videos better than VLC. But it's just a player, nothing for editing.

If its possible you may want to consider a new PC set up. Win 10, 64bit. Lot's of RAM and graphic power.
The thing with Davinci is it relies more on GPU power as opposed to other professional software out there that relies on CPU.

It's a very wide field and I'm not an expert - I'm just a little further than you are ;-)
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Fidippide Posted at 2018-10-8 12:09
Thank u Ahmed. Unfortunately VLC has its own codecs. CAn u suggest me another player? Thanks!

Players usually install some codecs that mainly needed but not all codecs, therefore, you have to add full package codecs since you are an audio or video man!

Download full codecs from the link http://www.free-codecs.com/download/k_lite_codec_pack.htm.
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Eric13 Posted at 2018-10-6 12:49
Microsoft provides an HEVC Video Extension for WMP in it's app store.
VLC handles h265 perfectly if you have a recent version.
Davinci 15 requires the studio version which you need to purchase.

Hi Eric13. Davinci Resolve 15 (free version) will open H265 10-bit videos, you just can't save them back as H265, but it'll happily save them as H264.

Note: you do need to install a H265 codec. On Windows 10 the Microsoft HEVC Video Extension for WMP on the App Store works just fine.
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RobWest Posted at 2018-10-9 10:29
Hi Eric13. Davinci Resolve 15 (free version) will open H265 10-bit videos, you just can't save them back as H265, but it'll happily save them as H264.

Note: you do need to install a H265 codec. On Windows 10 the Microsoft HEVC Video Extension for WMP on the App Store works just fine.

Thanks.
I had Davinci 15 beta and wasn't able to view my h265 files.
I read I would need the studio version so I bought the final 15 studio version which has just been released two days before.
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Eric13 Posted at 2018-10-9 12:44
Thanks.
I had Davinci 15 beta and wasn't able to view my h265 files.
I read I would need the studio version so I bought the final 15 studio version which has just been released two days before.

In my case Da vinci was able to read H.265 but it just slowed the computer down to sloth speed. Honestly I give up playing with H.265 and even though I will be missing that 10 bit color, I will enjoy H.264 and the ease of working with it.
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MagicRide Posted at 2018-10-10 07:02
In my case Da vinci was able to read H.265 but it just slowed the computer down to sloth speed. Honestly I give up playing with H.265 and even though I will be missing that 10 bit color, I will enjoy H.264 and the ease of working with it.

Have you tried using the 'Optimized Media' feature in Resolve? I edit my H265 videos without any problems once I discovered it. There's a very good video describing how to do it here:

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Fidippide Posted at 2018-10-7 02:35
Hi Eric! When I try to open a H.265 video with the latest version of VLC, the video doesn't flow, it stops at the firsts frame. I have a i7 with 16 GB of ram and a NVIDIA 850 m (2 GB DDR3).

Your computer probably isnt fast enough.  Only the newer (8th gen) onwards CPUs support hardware decode of normal profile 10 bit HEVC.
I'd guess you have an older i7 (judging by the dated video card).
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RobWest Posted at 2018-10-26 07:56
Have you tried using the 'Optimized Media' feature in Resolve? I edit my H265 videos without any problems once I discovered it. There's a very good video describing how to do it here:

Faster Resolve Editing Using Optimized Media

Rob I've seen this video and tried his recommendation of using a proxy file, however it still is slow.  I may add some more ram to my computer but still my video card is only 2 gb memory.
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MagicRide Posted at 2018-10-26 12:20
Rob I've seen this video and tried his recommendation of using a proxy file, however it still is slow.  I may add some more ram to my computer but still my video card is only 2 gb memory.

As mentioned before:
Davinci relies heavily on GPU power. Not exclusively of course.

This might give you some more insight. It's about an older Davinci version but it still applies:
https://www.cinema5d.com/boost-davinci-resolve-performance/

Click on the following link to download Blackmagics configuration guide.
On page 42 they recommend 8GB or more of GPU memory!

https://www.google.de/search?tbs=qdr%3Ay&ei=bYrTW7ygIIyxkwWMxq_ICA&q=blackmagic+configuration+guide&oq=blackmagic+configuration+guide&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i7i30i19k1l2j0i19k1.2799.4062.0.4590.9.7.0.0.0.0.147.621.6j1.7.0....0...1c..64.psy-ab..4.2.156...0i8i13i30i19k1.0.9fGT-U-UJrc
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