Nowadays, more and more camera uses the H.265/HEVC codec to pack a lot of image data into a super small file size (about 5x smaller than that of H.264). After the shooting, the really head-scratching issue is that this new codec has poor compatibility with video editing software and even include most professional NLE editing software such as Lightworks. A lot of users in Lightworks forums the current Lightworks version lacks the ability to handle H.265/HEVC codec, they are waiting for an update with native support.
“Hello all, I just wanted to ask developers if we can see H.265 support in Lightworks in the future versions? It is becoming standard now, so.. we are waiting! ”
“We would LOVE to be able to bring the HEVC (H.265) files directly into LW Pro without having to transcode them. There’s no doubt that H.265 is going to get big fairly soon, So how about Lightworks’ native support for HEVC (H.265)?”
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Transcode H.265/HEVC for Lightworks editing
To fix the codec incompatible issue, you will definitely need to perform a codec transcoding process. Although transcoding may be not a good solution, however, as H.265 is even less friendly than H.264. 4x the picture information compressed into the same size file as HD in H.264 means 4x the processing power needed to reconstruct it on a frame by frame basis in real time. So it is very likely to require a significantly more powerful editing workstation to handle it. The higher the compression, the more juice it takes to decompress for frame accurate editing.
The good news is that you can transcode H.265/HEVC to Lightworks other workable file formats listed below:
– DVCAM / DVCPRO 25, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD
– Uncompressed SD 8 bit and 10 bit, Uncompressed HD 8 bit and 10 bit
– MPEG-2 I-Frame SD, MPEG-2 I-Frame HD, MPEG-2 Long GOP
– IMX 30, 40, 50
– AVCHD (M2T, M2TS, MPEG4, H.264)
– Avid DNxHD – all variants, including Thin Raster**
– AVC-Intra 50, AVC-Intra 100
– XDCAM EX (native MP4 support), XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD 50 422
– Apple Pro Res
– RED R3D
– DPX 8 bit, 10 bit, 16 bit
-Image Sequence (BMP, DPX, JPEG, PNG, TGA, Compressed TGA, TIFF)
– Broadcast Wave Format with drop and non-drop frame timecode options
– Cinema DNG
Here, you can easily complete the codec transcoding process by downloading our best H.265 Decoder software – Pavtube Video Converter. The program has full importing support for both HD/4K H.265 MP4/MOV/MKV format shot with various different cameras such as Samsung NX1/NX500, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire 2, GoPro Hero 6, etc or smartphone such as iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus/X . Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple H.265 video into the application at one time to save your precious time.
With this simple to use application, you can easily produce Lightworks workable editing formats such as H.264, DNxHD, Apple Prores, etc. For those people who try to encode H.265 to Lightworks workable H.264 codec, you can get up to 6x faster H.264 codec encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Graphic cards that supports Nvidia CUDA or AMD App technology.
Edit H.265 with built-in editing options
Besides transcoding H.265 codec for you, the application also works as a splendid H.265 video editor. You can complete some simple video editing tasks with the program’s built-in video editing functions. You can flip or rotate video, trim or cut video files to remove unwanted parts or segments, crop video to remove the unwanted black bars or area, add image/video/transparent text watermark to video, apply special rendering effect to video, flip or rotate video angel, remove/replace audio in video, add external srt/ass/ssa subtitles to video, split large video into small clips by file size, count or length or merge separate video into one file.
For Mac users, please download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to fix H.265/HEVC Lightworks editing issue on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite and Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.
Step by Step to Transcode H.265 for Lightworks Editing
Step 1: Load H.265 files into the program.
Install and launch the H.265 Decoder software on your computer, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from Folder” to batch load multiple H.265/HEVC files into the program.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
Click “Format”, from its drop-down option, choose one of Lightworks supported “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.
Step 3: Enable GPU Encode Acceleration.
Click “Tools” > “Options”, in the opened “Options” window, click “Acceleration” menu, then check “Enable GPU Encode Acceleration” otpion so that the program will accelerate converion speed when encoding H.265 to H.264 codec.
Step 4: Edit H..265 video.
Check an item to active the “Video Editor” function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the “Video Editor” window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.
Step 5: Begin H.265 to Lightworks conversion process.
After all settings is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from H.265 to Lightworks editable file formats conversion process.
When the conversion is completed, you can click “Open Output Folder” button to get the output files effortlessly, and now you will have no problems to import and edit H.265 files with Lightworks.