1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

How to play H265 on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Halloween Jack, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Halloween Jack

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    26
    Posts:
    12
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016

    Jun 21, 2016
    12
    7
    26
    Male
    Hi guys,

    If I try to play H265 on my phone:

    MX Player Pro plays it for a while but then freezes video and/or audio and they stutter and go out of sync.

    VLC stutters too.

    Dice refuses to play them at all.

    I thought it was too large a file at 1.1GB for an hour show, so I grabbed one that was 600GB instead.

    But it was still H265 so I guess this is the issue.

    I looked at a guide online but it suggested that MX Player wouldn't play them at all until codec was downloaded.

    But mine does play them so it doesn't really apply.

    Does anyone know an app that will play them or if I can update MX Player or the others to work?

    Cheers
     

    Advertisement

  2. svim

    svim Android Expert
    Rank:
     #44
    Points:
    608
    Posts:
    3,437
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2013

    Dec 19, 2013
    3,437
    2,513
    608
    Illinois
    What's the resolution of those h.265 files?
    Also, there are numerous options if you go into the menu Settings >> Decoder -- all kinds of settings for different codecs, cores, HW and SW options. I've ran across syncing issues with h.265 encoded videos that were cleaned up by tweaking some of the software options. (... although my S3 predates your Note 3 so you might have better luck with hardware decoding options.)
     
  3. AMOCO

    AMOCO The Computer Guy
    Moderator
    Rank:
     #49
    Points:
    543
    Posts:
    2,920
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2012

    Mar 10, 2012
    2,920
    1,433
    543
    Male
    Computer Tech.
    Colorado Springs,CO.
  4. Halloween Jack

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    26
    Posts:
    12
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016

    Jun 21, 2016
    12
    7
    26
    Male

    They're HD.

    In MX Player I have an SW button but it only gives the option to change SW to HW and is marked as Select decoder. No other options.
    There is also a 3 dots symbol which leads to Play, Display, Subtitle, Tools, Help options. But I can't find anything to do with codec options.

    And thanks for your help on this :)
     
  5. Halloween Jack

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    26
    Posts:
    12
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016

    Jun 21, 2016
    12
    7
    26
    Male
    I have tried VLC but I can't even find an options button. Unlike my PC version which has loads. But then that plays the files fine. It's the Android version that's the problem.

    I can only find subtitle, sound and crop menus.
     
  6. mikedt

    mikedt 你好
    Rank:
     #7
    Points:
    2,238
    Posts:
    24,195
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010

    Sep 22, 2010
    24,195
    13,300
    2,238
    Teachaaa
    Jinan, China
    I've had problems trying to play 1080p H265 10-bit movies on Android, and a Windows 10 tablet chokes on them as well. In fact the only device I've got that can play them satisfactory without skipping or stuttering is a newish Intel Core i5 Macbook Air. Seems anything else I've got just doesn't have enough horse power in it.

    To make them compatible with everything, I've transcoded them down to H264 still at 1080p using Handbrake, everything plays them then. :thumbsupdroid: ...or I plug the Macbook Air straight into the TV or projector using HDMI.
     
    AMOCO likes this.
  7. svim

    svim Android Expert
    Rank:
     #44
    Points:
    608
    Posts:
    3,437
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2013

    Dec 19, 2013
    3,437
    2,513
    608
    Illinois

    Attached Files:

  8. Halloween Jack

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    26
    Posts:
    12
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016

    Jun 21, 2016
    12
    7
    26
    Male
    Yes, I'm thinking it's the hardware not capable of playing H265 now. I've played larger (as in GB) H264 files fine. And all players I've tried are struggling.

    I'll transcode the files.

    Thanks for your help
     
  9. Halloween Jack

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    26
    Posts:
    12
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016

    Jun 21, 2016
    12
    7
    26
    Male

    Ah, just seen this. I'm fairly certain it's up to date but will investigate further and get back to you.
     
  10. Halloween Jack

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    26
    Posts:
    12
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016

    Jun 21, 2016
    12
    7
    26
    Male

    Right... Silly me, I was trying to find these options while playing something. I've found them now.

    I've set it to HW+ and setting as in your images. H265 was unticked and so I've ticked it.

    Looks like it's working although it was a bit unpredictable so I'll give it a while.

    Actually it seems great in scenes it was struggling with before.

    Thanks so much for your help :)
     
  11. svim

    svim Android Expert
    Rank:
     #44
    Points:
    608
    Posts:
    3,437
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2013

    Dec 19, 2013
    3,437
    2,513
    608
    Illinois
    There are almost too many options and it takes time to find the right combination, which may not be the optimal combination of options for other files that have been encoded differently. Plus while h.265 can produce compact files with often noticeably better details, it's also a resource hog so keep a charger or spare battery handy.
    As mikedt mentioned, re-encoding with h.264 has its advantages. The image quality factor with h.265 are more apparent on bigger screens anyway, I can't really think it's much if any on a phone screen.
     

Share This Page

Loading...