Playing or importing footage is one of the first things you learn when collecting some video recordings, but different types of footage can have their challenges. This article gives a quick guide on the proper way to play GoPro Hero 7/6 video on iPhone XS/X/8/7 as more than more guys are stuck in GoPro Hero 7/6 playback issues on iPhone:

“Does iPhone XS support HEVC? I tried to play some GoPro Hero7 videos that I shoot in 4K and 60 fps and the iPhone didn’t run.”

Well, as you know, GoPro Hero 7/6 records 4K videos in HEVC/H.265 codec. The H.265 codec has been around for a few years now but has only gradually been making its way into wide use. If you’re using Windows 10 or later or macOS Mojave, Mac OS X High Sierra, support for HEVC (H.265) is baked right into the operating system, making it available for video editing apps running on those platforms.

But there are still a lot of common devices and software that doesn’t support it yet. As mentioned above, users can’t view/edit GoPro Hero 7/6 videos on iPhone XS/X/8/7 even with latest updates. It is just horrible that the problem still persists and we get no feedback from the GoPro staff!

If you stick to open HEVC files on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 (Plus), you have an option: convert the Hero 7/6 H.265 4K file to a different format like H.264 MP4 that your iPhone can support.

To process file conversion, a third party converter software is required. Considering the ease of use and pretty good output quality, we would recommend U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

With it, users can effortlessly transcode GoPro Hero 7/6 4K 60fps H.265 files to iPhone XS/X/8/7 friendly H.264 MP4/MOV format for smooth playback. What’s more, it can generates more optimal editing formats/codecs for you to use in different NLE apps, such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMoive, Avid Media Compose, Final Cut Pro and more. For Windows users, please get U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate as the H.265 Converter Below is how. Just take a look at the brief guide below.

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Transcode GoPro Hero 7/6 H.265 video to iPhone XS/X/8/7 friendly format

Note: Before viewing GoPro Hero 7/6 videos on iPhone, you need to connect Hero 7/6 to iPhone to transfer the recordings. Many guys met issues when connecting iPhone XS/X/8/7 with Hero7/6. Here you’d better update your iPhone to iOS 11 and reset the connections in the Hero 7/6. It just works fine.

Step 1: Import GoPro HEVC video files to the program

On the H.265 converting program’s main interface menu bar, hit “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to add source GoPro Hero 7/6 H.265 files to the program.

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Step 2: Set iPhone supported format

iPhone supports M4V, MP4 and MOV format. So in this step, you can choose one of them as the output format. Or you can directly select “iPhone” > “iPhone 6 H.264 Full HD 1080P(*.mp4)”. The preset could fit on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 (Plus) perfectly. You can also simply choose MOV, MP4 as output format from Common Video profile list.

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Tip: You can click “Settings” button to adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc. Just customize the parameters to meet your need.

Step 3: Start conversion

When ready, click Convert to start GoPro Hero 7/6 4K 60fps video conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click Open button to get the exported H.264 files for playback on iPhone anytime anywhere.