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Best H.265 Editor

Best H.265 Editor

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H.265 Review

The relatively new H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) codec is currently used in a handful of cameras such as DJI Phantom 4 Pro/Inspire 2, Samsung NX1/NX500 and GoPro Hero 6, etc. This new codec does require more computing power to process and up until now had to be transcoded in most NLE’s, but does offer significant disk space savings without image loss quality compared to H.264 compression. The good news is that there are still some editing applications can satisfy your demand to complete the H.265 video editing job. The following article will list the 3 best H.265 editor for professional, prosumer and basic level editor respectively.

Review of 3 best H.265 video editor

Best professional video editor for H.265 video- Premiere Pro CC (for Windows and Mac)

For those people who wish to make multimillion-dollar projects like feature films, TV shows, commercials, music videos and anything else with a potentially massive audience from the H.265 footage with with your cameras, Premiere Pro CC is absolutely your best choice.

Over the last few years, Adobe Premiere Pro has received some major updates and really morphed into an industry leading, fully-fledged NLE for professional video productions. One the most significant new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.1 is the expanded native support for 4K Ultra HD & HDR formats to include Avid DNxHR, HEVC (H.265), Dolby Vision, and OpenEXR.

Related article: Edit H.265/HEVC in Premiere 

Premiere Pro CC enables you to import H.265 media with resolution up to 8192×4320.

Top prosumer video editing tool for H.265 video – iMovie (for Mac only)

Following the release of maOS 10.13 High Sierra on Monday, Apple has updated its consumer level video editing tool, iMovie, with support for High Efficiency Video Encoding. With this great update, users can import HEVC files like 4K content captured on iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus/X directly into iMovie for cutting.

Best basic video editing tool for H.265 video – Pavtube Video Converter (for Windows and Mac)

Sometimes, you may just do some simple editing work with the H.265 video shot with your camera or smartphones but you may be disappointed to find that there are hardly any basic editing application on the market own the capability to handle the complex H.265 codec. Fortunately, here comes Pavtube Video Converter, a cross-platform application that’s can be used on both Windows and Mac platform (get Mac version). In addition, it also has perfect compatibility with the new Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra. The program has full importing support for both HD/4K H.265 codec wrapped with the container of MP4, MOV or MKV from different device recorders. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can import multiple H.265 video into the application for conversion at one time.

The biggest merits of this application lies in its versatile and beneficial video editing functions which can assist you to easily finish some basic video editing work on the H.265 video for just few steps. You can flip the video horizontally or vertically, rotate the video clock-wise or counter-clockwise if it is shot sideways or upside down, trim video to cut out a funny part or remove the unwanted parts in the beginning or end, crop the video to remove the unwanted black bars or size area, add transparent text watermark to protect your video from begin used without permission, apply some special rendering effects such as gray, flip color, aged film, etc, add external subtitle to video or add external subtitle to video to make them more amusing.

Besides the basic editing options, this application can also do you a great favor to transcode H.265 video to professional editing software such as Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Davinc Resolve, Sony Vegas Pro native optimized editing codec such as Apple Prores, DNxHD, Apple Intermediate Codec, etc or direct produce prosumer editing software supported editing formats or codec with perfect quality and fast conversion speed.

Detailed steps to Edit H.265 Video with Best Basic Video Editor

Step 1: Load H.265 video.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import HD/4K H.265 video files into the program.

Load H.265 video

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select your desired editing format according to the professional or prosumer editing software that you plan to edit iPhone H.265 video. If you try to edit H.265 video with Avid Media Composer, you can choose the “Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)” under “Avid Media Composer” main category. You can also choose other editing formats according to your own needs.

Choose output editing format

Step 3: Trim/Crop/Watermark/Apply effect to H.265 video.

Click the “Pencil” like icon on the main interface of the program to open the “Video Editor” window, then start the fantastic video editing trips:


Switch to the “Trim” tab, drag the slider bars to set the start time or ending time to include the segments you wish to be converted or click the square brackets to set the start point or ending point when preview the video, you can also directly input specific value in “Start” and “End” box to select the converted clips.



Click “Crop” tab, simply move your mouse cursor to drag and adjust the green frame to desired position or crop video be setting specific values in the box of “Left”, “Right” and “Crop Size” under “Simple Mode” and type in specific values in the box of “Left”, “Top”, “Width” and “Height” under “Advanced Mode”.

Crop video


Go to “Text Watermark”, check Enable to add text watermark to selected video clip. You can either set parameters or drag the text on preview screen to set its location.

Switch to “Image/Video Watermark”, Check Enable to add images or videos as watermark onto selected video file. The location can also be set by dragging on the preview screen.

Transparent text Watermark

Text watermark


Under Effect tab, you can add special effects like Simple Gauss Blur, Flip Color, Invert, Aged Film to your source video. In Color Control section, you can correct color by adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation. You can also tick off “Deinterlacing” to keep good image quality.

Apply rendering effect


In this tab, click browse button to add *.srt or *.ass/*.ssa online downloaded subtitle-files to the video as hard subtitles.

Add external subtitle

Step 4: Begin the iPhone H.265 video editing process.

Clicking the Convert button on main interface to pop out a Conversion window with conversion information such as Time elapsed, Time left, Generated size, and Estimated size.

After the conversion, you can click “Open output folder” to popup output directory with the converted files. Then you can either get the exact files you want or produce a compatible file format for loading into professional or prosumer editing software.


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