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: