In VLC 2.2.1, an MKV file fails to show video, playing audio OK.

Error message:

Codec `hevc' (MPEG-H Part2/HEVC (H.265)) is not supported.

http://pastebin.com/7duQbH6S has the verbose debug log.

Hardware is a Lenovo T410, with a Core i5 CPU M 560 @ 2.67GHz and i915 Intel Graphics, running Mint Cinnamon 17.1 . I can see there's no 3D support for acceleration with the i915, but I do not see that 2D acceleration is not supported.

How may I resolve this?

How may I either resolve this, or find a video player which will play the video under Linux Cinnamon Mint 17.1 ?

  • Does the output of vlc --list show a decoder for x265? Perhaps your build of vlc/libavcodec doesn't have x265 support enabled? Not sure if libavcodec can be out of date if VLC is up to date, but it is worth checking. – bertieb Jun 29 '15 at 12:44
  • I have the same problem. My vlc --list shows an HEVC/x265 demuxer, but I'm still not getting image, and the exact above error message. – Gert Sønderby Jul 18 '15 at 19:04

Try mpv player, it's a fork of mplayer2 with updated versions of codecs. VLC is often way behind on format support, because of outdated ffmpeg. On Mint you should be able to use either Ubuntu or Debian testing builds:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install mpv

Another option would be using libde265 from their Ubuntu packages, however this might require newer version of VLC than is present on your system.

  • its sudo apt install mpv – Melroy Jan 23 at 22:33

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