How to Install HEVC Video Extensions for Free on Windows 10 and 11
HEVC, or High Efficiency Video Coding, is a video compression standard that allows you to reduce the file size of your videos without compromising the quality. HEVC is also known as H.265, and it is widely used for 4K UHD videos, iPhone videos, and Blu-ray discs.
However, Windows 10 and 11 do not include the HEVC codecs by default, which means you cannot play HEVC videos in some apps like Microsoft's Movies & TV or Photos. You also cannot encode HEVC videos in some video editing software that relies on Windows' system codecs.
Fortunately, there are two ways to install the HEVC codecs on your Windows PC for free. One is to use a third-party video player that supports HEVC, such as VLC. The other is to download the HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer app from the Microsoft Store.
VLC is a popular and versatile media player that can play almost any video format, including HEVC. VLC has its own built-in codecs, so you don't need to install anything else to watch HEVC videos on your PC.
To use VLC to play HEVC videos, follow these steps:
Download and install VLC from its official website: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Launch VLC and click on Media > Open File (or press Ctrl + O).
Browse to the location of your HEVC video file and select it.
Click on Open and enjoy your video.
Downloading HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer
If you want to use the native Windows apps or video editing software that require the HEVC codecs, you can download them from the Microsoft Store for free. The app is called HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer, and it is designed to take advantage of the hardware capabilities of some newer devices that support 4K and Ultra HD content.
To download the HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer app, follow these steps:
Open your preferred web browser.
Copy this into the browser's address bar: ms-windows-store://pdp/?ProductId=9n4wgh0z6vhq
Press Enter. The Microsoft Store app will open, to an application called HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer.
Click on Get and wait for the app to install.
Restart your PC if prompted.
After installing the app, you should be able to play and encode HEVC videos on your Windows PC using any app that supports them.
There is another app on the Microsoft Store called HEVC Video Extensions that costs $0.99. This app is identical to the free one, but it is intended for devices that don't have a hardware-based video encoder. You don't need to buy this app if you have already installed the free one.Benefits of HEVC Video Compression
HEVC video compression has many advantages over the older video compression standards, such as H.264 or MPEG-4. Here are some of the benefits of using HEVC:
HEVC can reduce the file size of your videos by up to 50% compared to H.264, while maintaining the same or better quality. This means you can store more videos on your device or upload them faster to the internet.
HEVC can support higher resolutions and frame rates than H.264, such as 8K, 10-bit color, and 120 fps. This means you can enjoy more immersive and realistic videos on your screen.
HEVC can improve the streaming quality and efficiency of your videos, especially for 4K and HDR content. This means you can watch smoother and clearer videos online without buffering or stuttering.
HEVC is the future of video compression, and it is already widely adopted by many platforms and devices. By installing the HEVC codecs on your Windows PC, you can enjoy the benefits of this technology and enhance your video experience. 06063cd7f5