I was about to watch a documentary this afternoon when I came across an error. It seems like the file wouldnt play no matter what media player I used. I run check on the format and it was an mkv file with a H265/HEVC format.
Never heard of that before? Yeah, me too.
According the Cnet, H265/HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) format is the new successor to Advanced Video Coding (AVC), also known as H.264, which is one of the compression schemes used by Blu-ray. The new successor to Advanced Video Coding (AVC), also known as H.264, which is one of the compression schemes used by Blu-ray.
So how do you install the codecs on Ubuntu if your system doesn’t already have it? First you open your terminal (ctrl + Alt + T) and enter the following commands
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:strukturag/libde265 sudo apt-get update
This will add the needed repositories to allow you to install the codecs
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-libde265
sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-libde265
And finally if you have VLC media player you can enter the following to add the necessary vlc plugins.
sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-libde265
Now you can enjoy your movie. 🙂