Ubuntu Quick Tip: How To Enable HEVC (H.265) On Ubuntu And Ubuntu Distros

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To Enable Playback Of HEVC (H.265) just run the following commands via your systems Terminal.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:strukturag/libde265

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-libde265 gstreamer0.10-libde265

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  1. If you don't have a core i7 then its best to use raw ffmpeg for playing back HEVC videos.
    add this repo – ppa:mc3man/trusty-media & install the package 'ffmpeg'
    Now use this command: ffplay </path/to/file.mkv'
    On my amd PC CPU usage went down from 150% to 75% using the version of ffmpeg on that repo. I use the left/right arrow keys to go back/forward

  2. Perfect! I'm converting all my videos to H.265, it saves lots of data, keeping the same quality! I'm using 1000 kbps, and the quality is impressive for such low bitrate! Thanks mate!

  3. E: Unable to locate package gstreamer1.0-libde265
    E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'gstreamer1.0-libde265'
    E: Unable to locate package gstreamer0.10-libde265
    E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'gstreamer0.10-libde265'

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