How to Convert GoPro HEVC Videos to H.264 Using HandBrake

What are you trying to do?

Successfully convert HEVC footage from your HERO6 Black so it can be played on devices that are not HEVC-compatible. This can be done by using HandBrake. Download and install it so you can begin!

Where does it apply?

  • HERO6 Black
  • Mac/Windows/Linux computers

How to do it

Open HandBrake

Under "Source Selection" on the left side bar, select "File" and choose one of your HEVC files. 
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*NOTE - Any files recorded with the following video settings utilize the HEVC codec: 
Video ResolutionFrame Rate (NTSC)Frame Rate (PAL)
4K60 fps50 fps
4K (4:3)30, 24 fps25, 24 fps
2.7K120 fps100 fps
2.7K (4:3)60 fps50 fps
1080p240 fps200 fps

Confirm that the file has been imported successfully by looking for the filename next to "Source". This is shown between the "Open Source" button and "Title" field.
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Set the export location under the "Destination" field (in screenshot above). It may help to create a separate folder so you know which videos are HEVC and which videos aren't.

Under "Output Settings", select your file format under the "Container" field. You can hover over "Web Optimized" and "iPod 5G Support" to see how they would effect your conversion.
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There are two ways to go about converting your footage:
  1. Check out the Presets section on the right side panel and select from the list​
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  2. Manually create your own output by going through each tab below the "Output Settings" section. Before looking through our suggestions below, make sure you select the "Normal" preset under the "Legacy" section(screenshot above).
    • IMPORTANT - (Video tab)Video Codec: H.264(x264)
    • (Video tab)Framerate: Always choose "Same as source" with a Constant Framerate
    • (Video tab)Quality: Constant Quality between 20-24(1080) and 22-28 RF(2.7k/4k) PLEASE NOTE: Lower RF numbers result in higher quality exports
    • (Video tab)Encoder Preset: Either Faster, Fast or Medium depending on your computer's hardware. Higher end computers can try the Medium preset, but older hardware should lean towards the faster option
    • (Picture tab)Resolution: Use the source resolution unless you'd like to tune it down
    • (Picture tab)Cropping: Automatic
Once you're ready, click "Start Encode" and wait for it to finish. You can track the progress of the export at the bottom of Handbrake window. You should see something similar to the image below:

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Display size and viewing distance

Imperfections tend to be more noticeable at larger display sizes and closer viewing distances. This is especially true for lower resolution videos (less than 720p), which are typically scaled or “blown up” to fill your display, magnifying even minor imperfections in quality.

You may wish to slightly increase quality for viewing on larger displays (50 inches / 125 cm diagonal or greater), or where viewing from closer than average distances. Reduced quality may be acceptable for viewing on smaller screens or where storage space is limited, e.g. mobile devices.

*** When converting your HEVC codec video into a H.264 file, you may no longer have any GPS data to display on Quik for desktop.***

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