Use HEVC movies with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

You can use HEVC movies captured with your iPhone or iPad in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

When using iOS 11 or later with certain iPhone and iPad models, you can capture video in the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) format—also known as H.265. HEVC movies offer better compression than JPEG and H.264, so they use less storage space on your devices and iCloud Photos, while preserving the same visual quality. 

You can add HEVC movies to your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with these Apple devices and software versions:

  • A Mac with macOS Mojave and Pages 8.2, Numbers 6.2, or Keynote 9.2 or later
  • An iPhone or iPad with iOS 13 or an iPad with iPadOS and Pages 5.2, Numbers 5.2, or Keynote 5.2 or later

Add HEVC movies to documents, spreadsheets, and presentations

To make sure an HEVC movie isn't converted to a different format when you add it to your document, turn off the setting that optimizes movies for older devices before adding it:

  • With a document open in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on iPhone or iPad, tap the More button , tap Settings, tap Adding Movies, then turn off "Optimize for Older Devices."
  • In Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on Mac, choose [app name] > Preferences from the menu bar, click General, then deselect the "Optimize movies for older devices."

When to turn on the setting that optimizes movies for older devices

Here's when you should turn on the setting that optimizes movies for older device before adding HEVC movies to your document:

  • If you plan on publishing your book directly to Apple Books from Pages.
  • You plan to share a document that has HEVC movies with others that may have older Apple devices.

Create an EPUB with HEVC videos

When you create an EPUB of your Pages document that has HEVC movies, the movie is converted or remains as an HEVC movie depending on your device and the settings you've chosen.

On iPhone or iPad, you can choose whether or not to convert the HEVC movie:

  1. With your document open in Pages, tap the More button .
  2. Tap Export, then choose EPUB.
  3. Tap Advanced.
  4. To convert any HEVC videos in your document to H.264 in the EPUB, turn on "Optimize Media for Publishing." If you leave this setting off, HEVC videos in your EPUB might not play on others' devices.

On Mac, Pages automatically converts HEVC videos to H.264 videos in the EPUB.

If you plan to export to EPUB with Pages online at, make sure to select "Optimize for Older Devices" before adding HEVC videos to your document.

Publish a book with HEVC videos

On Mac, you can publish your document with HEVC videos directly to Apple Books from Pages. Use these steps to prepare your document before publishing:

  1. With a document open in Pages, choose File > Reduce File Size.
  2. Select "Most compatible (H.264)."
  3. Set other file size options in the window.
  4. To create a copy of the document with a reduced file size, click "Reduce a Copy." Or click Reduce This File to overwrite the existing document.

On iPhone or iPad, you can't convert HEVC videos after adding them to your document. Open the document in Pages for Mac, reduce the file size, then publish from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

If you're publishing your book with Pages online at, Pages automatically replaces HEVC videos with the first frame image of the video in the published book. If the video has audio, the audio track is also included.

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