HEVC 4K Ultra HD Media Player VLC for Windows available

Screenshot of 4K Ultra HD (UHD) enabled media player VLC

The libde265 team released a production version of the popular VLC media player for Windows capable to play HEVC 4K Ultra HD video. Like the Mac OS X version released before VLC plays HEVC video in 4K Ultra HD resolution at a frame rate of 30 fps on a Windows PC. The minimum system requirements for viewing 4K UHD video is a PC with an Intel or AMD CPU equivalent to 

  • Intel Core i7 with 4 cores, running at 2.3GHz.

The VLC media player with libde265 HEVC video codec is available for download on GitHub:

The .zip version can be used without installation, just extract to any folder and run the "vlc.exe".

The source code changes are available on:


Some example video files (more to come soon):



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  2. Mav Mandeville
    May 18th

    Error message trying to install vlc-2.1.4-libde265-win64.exe file

    VLC media player 2.1.4 Setup
    Unable to elevate, error
    Please try to run this installer with admin privileges

    I have tried with admin privileges… still the same issue.

  3. Marco Cattaneo
    July 5th

    Same problem here.
    The 32 bit version presents the same issue.
    Somebody could help?

  4. RRRoger
    July 12th

    GH4 4k Mov files have crashed all the versions of VLC player that I have tried.
    Why does it work with the old Windows Media Player and not VLC?

    • RRRoger
      July 12th

      OK I got VLC 1.4 (64bit) to work after I uninstalled the 32 bit version that was default

      • team
        July 21st

        So the 4K files are working for you now? Do you have an example we could use to reproduce the crash in the 32bit version (which version of Windows are you running)?

  5. Mat
    July 13th

    doesn´t work !

    you need exmplayer if you want to have a working Player !

  6. molham
    July 20th

    same here with 64bit, Norton anti virus removed the 64bit EXE. I allowed it, but I get errors

    • team
      July 21st

      What message is shown by Norton and what did it find in the exe?

  7. triyanto
    July 21st

    work fine,, to decode HEVC Encoded video files with 1080p on my Netbook. thanks

  8. Ernie Mink
    January 26th

    First of all no one smart uses 32-bit ANYTHING anymore. You need the 64-bit versions of EVERYTHING, PERIOD.

  9. Ernie Mink
    January 26th

    Also 30 frames per second is what HDMI uses for 4K, but to get TRUE 4K Ultra HD at 60 frames per second, you need the graphics card that uses a DisplayPort, at least version 1.2, and a 4k Ultra HD monitor, also with a DisplayPort. That is the ONLY way to get TRUE 4K Ultra HD at 60 frames per second from a PC or even a player.

    • Ashley
      March 26th

      No, that’s wrong. HDMI 2.0 can do true 4K@60Hz 4:4:4 and most modern graphics cards (Nvidia 900, 1000 and AMD 480 and 500 series) all have HDMI 2.0 capabilities. Please do research before wrongly informing people. Nvidia 700 series and below only have HDMI 1.4 so they can do 4K@30Hz 4:4:4 or 4K@60Hz 4:2:0

  10. Zhengjun
    February 9th

    Thanks for your good work.
    I just want to make sure if hevc data in a rtsp stream is supported? I had tried .265 file, it works

  11. Wesley
    February 13th

    Does current support tile mode decoding?
    It break downs in decoding HM12.0 bit stream with tile mode enable.
    Is this normal?
    Thank you.

  12. Rodrigo Polo
    April 5th

    Is there any plan to implement this on the current release?

  13. Niki
    April 29th

    Works fine with GoPro 4k videos but in video settings you have to change automatic with DirectX(Direct Draw). Thank you!