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HEVC Minimum System Requirements

by GoPro ‎09-30-2019 09:32 PM - edited ‎01-28-2021 05:08 PM

Is my Computer Compatible with HEVC?

After importing HEVC recorded videos onto your computer using Quik for desktop you may receive the following modal:

HEVC warning modal

HEVC is an advanced codec which allows you to record much higher quality footage with an even smaller compression than today's H.264 standard.  With these videos being a much higher quality, they also require newer computer hardware to properly playback the videos. Read below to find out if your computer is compatible for HEVC video playback.


HEVC is supported on Windows 10 computers using the Intel Kaby Lake (or equivalent) processor and newer. 


HEVC is supported on macOS High Sierra computers using the A10 processor and newer

macOS High Sierra computers supporting HEVC
  • Macbook® – 2016 or newer
  • Macbook Pro – 2016 or newer
  • iMac – 2017 and newer
  • iMac Pro – 2017 or newer
  • 27-inch 5K iMac (2015-2017)  

What are the limitations with HEVC on a computer?

Playing Media on Unsupported Operating Systems
If your computer isn’t running Windows 10 / macOS High Sierra or newer, you will not be able to play HEVC files. Quik for desktop will still copy HEVC files to your computer, but they won’t appear in the Quik for desktop Media gallery. Also, third-party apps won’t be able to play HEVC files.

Playing Media on Supported Operating Systems, but Older Computers
While Windows 10 / macOS High Sierra supports HEVC, your computer must use a newer processor to play those files smoothly. Quik for desktop will still copy HEVC files to your computer, but those files may struggle to play back. In general, computers manufactured before 2016 may not handle HEVC files well. See the partial list of supported computers/processors above.