Brand new Raspberry Pi model B+ with heavy cooling system.

Trying to play a 1920x1080p h.265 video. VLC/ffplay shows 1 frame/minute, impossible to watch. CPU usage is reported 385.5% by top.

Is it possible to play h.265 videos on RPi 3B+?

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    since h.265 video is not handled by the GPU, it must be decoded by the CPU - obviously you know this ... latest 2B, 3B or 3B+ (they all use the same CPU these days) may be able to decode it well enough, but you won't know until you try with that specific video - i.e. I can watch some h.265 videos, but not all Jan 25, 2019 at 0:50
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    Please don't use images, instead paste the text output into the question.
    – Ingo
    Jan 25, 2019 at 13:37
  • What if I want to attach the image? Is it bothering you? Is it agains the rules? Please don't make useless comments.
    – Azevedo
    Jan 25, 2019 at 13:44
  • It's on you if you like to get help for free.
    – Ingo
    Jan 26, 2019 at 10:44

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Core #   Max %
  1      100
  2      100
  3      100
  4      100
Total    400

The line at the top of top is amalgamated -- i.e., it is an average of the 4 cores. But the individual process lines show percentage of one core, which will be greater than 100% if they are making use of such.

  • Good point. I wonder if there is a way to update the h.265 codecs. Full HD h264 videos play so smooth on this device!
    – Azevedo
    Jan 25, 2019 at 14:41
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    Raspberry Pi 3 does not have H.265 decoding hardware Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi . H.264 is supported by the hardware while H.265 not.
    – GramThanos
    Jan 26, 2019 at 14:12
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    dang it and I wanted to get more than 100% usage out of a CPU.... Jan 26, 2019 at 16:26
  • @GramThanos you should make that an answer instead of a comment on another answer. Jan 26, 2019 at 16:27
  • @GramThanos Seems perfectly clear to me: OP wants to know if H.265 playback is supposed to work, finds that it doesn't work to his expectations, and has troubleshot that the CPU usage is ridiculously high. But English is my native language, so that might have something to do with it. Jan 26, 2019 at 16:32

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