10 bit x265 video stutters on Pixel XL, how to fix?

If you are experiencing stutter or choppy playback issues while viewing 10bit HEVC (x265) videos on Google Pixel XL, you may wish to read this post. It explains a way of converting x265 10bit videos for playing on Pixel XL smoothly.
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10 bit HEVC (x265) video stutters on Pixel XL, how to fix?
“I’ve got the Pixel XL, and even using MX Player 10 bit HEVC (x265) video stutters often during the playback. What can I do to solve the issue? Tried using a custom ARM v7 NEON codec, tried the core limit/speedup tricks but to no avail. Any suggestions on this? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”

The Pixel XL doesn’t have native support for HEVC 10 bit video. Fortunately, there are workarounds to solve the issue. Via converting x265 10bit video to H.264 MP4 first before you start playing, you will be able to play the converted x265 videos smoothly on your Pixel XL without stutter issues. Learn a guide on how to convert H.265 10bit video to H.264 MP4 for playing on Google Pixel XL flawlessly.

How to convert HEVC 10 bit video for Google Pixel XL playback?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (it works well as a 10 bit HEVC converter, please download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS)
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The steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as the best 10 bit HEVC converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files.
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Step 2: Select output format
This converter features a number of output formats, you can select your requrested one as target format. To convert 10 bit HEVC files to Google Pixcel XL, you can choose ‘HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)’ as target format under ‘HD Video’ column.
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Useful tips:
1. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple files to it for conversion at a time.
2. By ticking off ‘Merge into one file’ option, you can combine the selected video clips into a single file.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (Optional)
Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings if necessary.

Step 4: Start transcoding 10 bit HEVC files for Pixel XL
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated H.264 MP4 files for playing on your Pixel XL very good quality. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.

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