Native HEVC/H.265 decoder is now in the Git master branch

Written for FFmpeg by Timothy Gu on 2013-10-16

Just after we added a VP9 decoder [1], we incorporated OpenHEVC - which is the first free implementation of HEVC[2] - into FFmpeg. A major competitor of VP9, HEVC is a next-generation codec based on H.264, backed by Apple, Microsoft, and other companies. It is also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2. Like VP9, it doubles the coding efficiency of H.264, making transmitting videos on the Internet more efficient.

We have also added HEVC demuxing support in TS, MOV, and Matroska demuxers.

The next step will be adding optimizations and SIMD assemblies.


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