Watch H.265 movies on Ubuntu 14.04

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The H.265/HEVCH.265/HEVC code, the successor of the H.264 code, is able to compress High-Definition video files with a best compression than the old H.264. However, it is not well implemented in Ubuntu 14.04.

So, here is the steps to follow to be able to read .mkv files encoded with the H.265/HEVC code:

  • First, you have to install VLC (I think for the most of you it's already done. In this case, you can go to the next step)
    sudo apt-get install vlc
  • Then, you have to add the PPA repositiory to be able to install the H.265/HEVC plug-in for VLC:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:strukturag/libde265
  • Then, update your packages list:
    sudo apt-get update
  • And to finish, install the libde265 VLC plug-in:
    sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-libde265

And voilà, it's done, you can now read your movies encoded with this new codec!