I would like to be able to play HEVC files in Ubuntu v18 but I know since version 17 the following plugin is not installable:

hutber@hutber ~ $ sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-libde265
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package vlc-plugin-libde265

Is it possible to get these files working in 18 without having to use the chrome app to play them?

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gstreamer1.0-libav supports video/x-h265 (HEVC) in Ubuntu 17.10 and later in Totem media player.

H.265 is the successor to H.264 which gstreamer1.0-libav also supports in Ubuntu 17.10 and later. To install it open the terminal and type:

sudo apt install gstreamer1.0-libav  
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  • Thanks Karel... One question, which player would I use to use this codec? – Jamie Hutber Oct 13 '18 at 20:50
  • Forgive me Karel, but I do already have VLC installed. But can't find anywhere to set the player to use gstreamer. – Jamie Hutber Oct 13 '18 at 22:10
  • I have updated the question with images of my settings – Jamie Hutber Oct 13 '18 at 22:18
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    gstreamer1.0-libav only is used by gtreamer apps like totem. Vlc & mpv support hevc thru ffmpeg libraries and will play out of the box. – doug Oct 13 '18 at 22:49
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    uninstalling the package, mpv, smplayer, vlc and kaffeine can still play HEVC samples from x265.com/hevc-video-files – user47206 Oct 14 '18 at 0:00

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