(4K/Ultra HD, H.265 - Win10 ) HEVC Video Extensions from the Device Manufacturer - Microsoft

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Posted 7th Oct
Play High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) videos in any video app on your Windows 10 device. These extensions are designed to take advantage of hardware capabilities on some newer devices—including those with an Intel 7th Generation Core processor and newer GPU to support 4K and Ultra HD content. For devices that don’t have hardware support for HEVC videos, software support is provided, but the playback experience might vary based on the video resolution and PC performance. These extensions also let you encode HEVC content on devices that don’t have a hardware-based video encoder.

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When using Microsoft's own apps, you need this extension, such as Microsoft Media Player.
However, for those using VLC and MPC, these apps already support HEVC for a couple of years since at least 2017, works in non-Windows 10 platform too, e.g. 8.1.
To test if your VLC, MPC players etc, support HEVC videos, download these samples to test.
x265.com/hev…es/

Edit:
HEVC extension was included in 2017 WIndows 10 Autumn Creator update 1709, but Microsoft pulled it from this update, prefer to offer this extension via the Windows App Store.
Edited by: "splender" 7th Oct
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