I would appreciate recommendations for a video encoder that will take all popular formats and convert them to HEVC x.265. I prefer cross-platform & open source but am absolutely willing to pay for the best program. My wish list:

  • Convert any MKV/MP4/AVI input file to HEVC x.265
  • Batch conversion for lots of files at once
  • Make use of multiple threads (possibly nVidia GPU)
  • Ability to set and remember preferred output format/bitrate
  • Clear display of the the input video's specs
  • Command-line option would be a nice bonus
  • Would love if it calculates output based on settings
  • Windows preferred, but Linux or Mac is okay

I want to test and standardize on a single configuration (HEVC, AAC, bitrate, color depth, etc) and then convert my entire library of mostly x.264.


  • Handbrake (GUI and command line) and FFMpeg (command line) are the usually the most recommended programs for video encoding.
    – StarGeek
    Oct 27, 2019 at 21:37
  • I tried FFmpeg and it gets the job done. Thanks for the suggestion.
    – jbbarnes77
    Oct 28, 2019 at 4:35


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