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[Root] [How To] Enable HEVC/H.265 Recording On OnePlus 5

Any geek worth his salt will tell you the importance of the HEVC file format and how the benefits outweigh the minor drawbacks. Unfortunately, the HEVC/ H.265 compression standard is still emerging in the tech world and has just seen a major growth in its usage. The OnePlus 5 camera has been attributed to performing various tasks but sadly HEVC recording isn’t one of them.

For those not in the known, High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265, is a video compression standard aimed at providing twice the compression efficiency of its previous standard (H.264 / AVC) with minimal impact on the video itself. To put it simply, HEVC provides twice the compression (halves the data size/ bit rate) by sacrificing few inter-frame or intra-frame pixels, which are rarely visible to the naked eye on low-resolution devices.

Thankfully, XDA member pankajsammal was able to modify the OnePlus 5 to enable HEVC/H.265 video recording at 4k, 1080p & 720p resolutions along with a fairly reduced bit rate to ensure that your video takes significantly lower storage space.

How To Enable HEVC/H.265 Recording On OnePlus 5

Prerequisites

  • Ensure that you have root capability on your OnePlus 5
  • File Manager capable of accessing root folder/partition

Downloads

  • Modified media_profiles xml file for OnePlus 5 | Download

Instructions

Note: It is recommended to backup the files before they are modified in case anything goes wrong.

  1. Go to the Root of your device storage
  2. Enter /system/etc folder
  3.  Replace the media_profiles.xml file with the one provided above
  4. Reboot device

Your OnePlus 5 should now be able to shoot videos in HEVC format.

Source: XDA