Thursday, May 10, 2018

Copy and Backup DVD Collections to Plex Media Server

Q: "I can not figure out how to add a DVD movie to my Plex libray. I'm about to go insane. Watched every youtube video and cant seem to figure out how to do this to a nas device. Every video I watch is way out dated i guess. If anyone has a current link to a video that would be great. Any help would be appreciated."

Plex is a piece of very powerful media streaming software for the home. Based on a fork of the XBMC framework (now known as Kodi), the software turns your personal computer or NAS into a media server that enables access to all your films, photos and music, from a multitude of devices via a beautiful and slick user interface. For those who have problems to copy and rip DVD collections onto Plex media server, you have come to the right place. Read this post to get some useful clues.

In fact, Plex will automatically transcode and convert the incompatible video/audio formats into it's preferred H.264 MP4 during the streaming process, but it will cost lots of your CPU and need powerful network speed. In addition, most of commercial DVD discs are encrypted with heavy copy protections, and Plex will failed to convert and read DVD videos from your PC/Mac. To solve this problems, we suggest you transcode and rip DVD to Plex supported video formats in advance.

To finish the task, a professional DVD to Plex converter is neede. Here, Brorsoft DVD Ripper is the bee's knees, which can help you finish DVD conversion bypassing DVD copy protection. With it, you can convert DVD to Plex supported video formats and other popular formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, etc without losing quality. Best of all, it allows you to copy your DVD to hard drive with original structure or main movie only. If you're using a Mac, please turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac, which enables you to convert DVD to Plex Media Server on Mac OS X (High Sierra).

Free download DVD to Plex Converter:
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Step 1. Import DVD movies
Insert your DVD disc to the drive, then launch the DVD ripping software and click the "Load Disc" button to have the DVD content imported. You can also add VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO files are the source files for converting.
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Step 2. Set output format
Click Format bar and choose H.264 MP4 from Common Video, which can be recognized by Plex well. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it.
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Tips: Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

Step 3. Start ripping DVD to Plex
With above settings, tap the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert DVD/VIDEO_TS/ISO to Plex Media Server compatible video files.
Once the conversion is finished, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, copy and backup the ripped files to Plex media server for streaming smoothly.

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