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How to transcode video into h265/hevc using FFmpeg

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Setting up

First make sure you have FFmpeg installed. Follow this guide if you haven't already:

Running the CLI

To transcode into hevc using FFmpeg, use the libx265 encoder, for example:

ffmpeg -i "C:\Transcode\input.mkv" -map 0 -c copy -c:v libx265 "C:\Transcode\output.mkv"

If you have an Nvidia GPU on your system, you can use the hevc_nvenc to transcode 5-10 times faster, although note that the quality isn't quite as good as when using CPU based transcoding:

ffmpeg -i "C:\Transcode\input.mkv" -map 0 -c copy -c:v hevc_nvenc "C:\Transcode\output.mkv"

You can automate this process on your files using the following Tdarr Plugins:

To transcode into hevc using CPU:


To transcode into hevc using GPU:



Get started using Tdarr transcode automation for free with this link: