HEVC (H.265) support in Nimble Streamer

HEVC (H.265) is a high-efficiency codec, best fit for high resolution video like HD, 4K and 8K streaming. They require huge bandwidth consumption hence the need for a codec with better compression.
Nimble Streamer has wide set of HEVC transmuxing and transcoding capabilities for live and VOD media streaming.

HEVC for live streaming

Nimble Streamer covers big variety of live streaming scenarios.

Input protocols

You can use these delivery methods.

Transmuxing and transcoding

All input data may be re-packaged into any of the protocols mentioned in the "Output protocols" section below, this will need low consumption of CPU and RAM.

If you need to change the content in some specific way, Transcoder for Nimble Streamer allows transforming content before packaging it into required protocols.
It's a premium add-on for Nimble Streamer available per subscription.
Live Transcoder allows performing both decoding and encoding of HEVC.

Decoding can be done by

Encoding is currently supported via these encoders

  • Quick Sync hardware acceleration
  • NVENC hardware acceleration
    Check our review of NVENC encoding on Amazon EC2 GPU which describes types of instances which can be used for efficient GPU HEVC encoding.
  • SVT-HEVC software encoder

Live Transcoder has Web UI which provides easy-to-use drag-n-drop workflow to apply transcoding scenarios across various servers in a few clicks.
Advanced filtering with FFmpeg filters allows transforming content in various ways. Some examples are: changing the video resize, graphic overlays, picture-in-picture, key frames alignments, audio re-sampling etc.

Please refer to Transcoder documentation reference for more details.

Output protocols

You can deliver HEVC outside using the following methods.


HEVC can be recorded and played with DVR feature set via HLS protocol. Both fMP4 and MPEG2TS containers are supported.

HEVC for Video-on-Demand

Nimble Streamer allows efficiently streaming H.265-encoded video in VOD mode via both MPEG-DASH and HLS.

Nimble DRM

Nimble Streamer DRM provides protection with digital rights management.

  • Google Widevine for MPEG-DASH via BuyDRM, EZDRM, PallyCon and Widevine Cloud Service.
  • Microsoft Playready for MPEG-DASH via BuyDRM, EZDRM and PallyCon.
  • Apple FairPlay for HLS via BuyDRM, EZDRM and PallyCon.
  • All encryption works for H.265/HEVC and H.264/AVC.

Paywall capabilities for HEVC

Nimble supports a variety of features for building paywalls.

  • Hot-linking protection to avoid media links hi-jacking.
  • Pay-per-view framework for controlling playback in pay-per-view, pay-per-minute, monthly subscription and other scenarios.
  • Geo-location and IP ranges restriction.
  • User-Agent block.
  • SSL streaming support is also available.
  • Paywall feature set is applicable for all output protocols.

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Easy installation and upgrade

Nimble Streamer can be installed in a couple of small steps and upgraded to the latest version by running two or three simple commands in console.

Let us know if you need any help and search through our documentation to find more information.

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