June 2015-Plex Movie Streaming

List of File Formats Working on Plex Media Server

In order to playback and save your favorite movies for watching on TVs at anywhere anytime, Plex Media Server could be the best solution. It allows you to store all your movies on a central server and watch them on your TV, iPad, computer or phones both home and away. To play any videos on media devices via Plex, let’s here know more about the Plex supported video and audio formats.

Part 1. What is Plex Media Server?

Plex is a centralized home media playback system with a powerful central server – the Plex Media Server–that streams its media to many Plex player Apps. The Server is available on many platforms like Windows, OS X, and many flavors of Linux, as well as many NAS devices like ReadyNAS or Synology. You use an App to view your media library and watch shows. Apps are available for PCs, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and many Smart TVs.Part 2. Best Supported Video/Audio Files for Streaming to Plex Media Server
Direct Play, Direct Stream, and Transcoding are designed to provide the perfect media to your device, regardless of what it is. So in this case, we should know better about the suitable videos and audios for Plex Media Server.

A: Supported videos to play and stream with Plex:

If an App tells the Server that it is capable of handling the video and audio streams in the source file, but it can’t handle the file container such like MKV, AVI, etc. So for some common videos like H.264 codec MP4, MOV, etc, we can stream them well into Plex. The Server will copy the streams into a new compatible container and send that to the App so there’s a little more work required by the Server but not a lot.

B: Supported any audio files with Plex:

A Plex App understands the device it’s working on. It knows the ideal media resolution, whether it can handle a particular audio format (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc.). In other words, it can support the AAC, AC3 common audio formats well.Part 3. How to sync those incompatible video and audio formats for Plex?

If an App tells the Server it can’t handle the video or audio in the stream at all, the Server will convert the incompatible tracks to a compatible one and send that to the App. How to deal the incompatible videos and audios with Plex Media Server? Here Pavtube Plex Video Converter Ultimate for Windows or Mac could help you a lot, with the fast conversion speed and easy operation, it can convert any videos (include H.265/HEVC) to suitable ones also with a high original quality preserved. With this professional Plex converter, we can enjoying watching any movies from iTunes to Apple devices or some HDTVs. Is that cool?


Launch this professional Plex Video Converter Ultimate and open the main interface after installing nicely on your computer, then with the “Add video”, we can easily load our original files in. It supports batch conversion, you can import and transcode multiple movies files at one time. 


On the output list especially for Plex, we suggest you to choose the “HD Video ->  select "H.264 High Profile(*.mp4)” as the best one. You can take the following screen shot as reference. 

Notes: For advanced users, you can go to the “Settings” and “Edit” interface to adjust your output videos files for more with your video and audio parameters if you like. Finally, go back to the main interface and hit the ‘Convert’ button, no needs for waiting for a long time, we can get the suitable video formats for watching HDTV or other media devices via Plex Media Server. More details on How to Store and Stream Movies with Plex for Beginners?

Further Reading:
Source: http://i-freepedia.com/plex-supported-file-formats/

Stream Blu-ray movies to Roku box using Plex channel

The Roku players are tiny devices without any hard drives, designed specifically to play back video over the network on your TV set. Till now, Roku box is still a special existence form with peculiar format acceptance. Let's focus on ripping and streaming Blu-ray movies to Roku via Plex with the fast Blu-ray to Roku ripper in the following text.

How to Rip and Stream Blu-ray movies to Roku box using Plex channel?

- I'd like to convert my Blu-ray into a target format for use on a Plex server to my Roku box using the Plex channel. What can I do before I can drag the file to the Roku box and play the movie?

Keep in mind that the Roku/Plex only supports H.264 MPEG-4 certain common video formats. The Blu-ray disc or video files should be compatible with Roku box both in formats and specifications. In order to stream Blu-ray from computer to Roku via Plex channel, the first thing you should do is to rip/convert Blu-ray to Roku with some professional Blu-ray ripping program, such as Pavtube BDMagic for Mac (or ByteCopy for Mac).

Overall, these two Blu-ray to Roku/Plex rippers can can help you finish Blu-ray conversion bypassing copy protection without any hassle. With them, you can convert Blu-ray to almost all regular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, etc. and even extract MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc. audio from Blu-ray  movies. What’s more, it allows you to copy your Blu-ray to hard drive with original structure or main movie only. (Here is a review for you)Rip and stream Blu-ray for use on Plex server to Roku box via Plex channel

Step 1. Insert Blu-ray disc into the BD drive, on best Blu-ray to Roku Converter, click “load Blu-ray” button. It doesn’t necessarily to be a Blu-ray optical media, it can also be an Blu-ray folder or ISO files to be converted to playable digital file format.

Step 2. Click Format bar, here I suggest you choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4). Of course you can choose other output formats like MKV from the output format list as long as they are compatible with the Roku media player/Plex. Also you can rip Blu-ray, DVD to Plasma TV and Amazon Fire TV via Plex. 


a. If you like to tweak a little, in the settings, you are allowed to change the frame rate, resolution, bitrate and other specifications of the videos, if the tech terms look taunting to you, proceed to the next step. After that, you can click on "Save as" to rename the profile, such as "Roku or Plex (*.mp4)". Next time, you can easily find it in "Custom" category.

b. Before conversion, you may want to trim the unnecessary parts from the movie.

Step 3. Click Convert to rip Blu-ray movie to MP4/MKV for Roku. After the conversion, drag a converted movie to log in Plex server and add them to the library of Plex. Then set up Plex channel run on Roku media player, you can freely watch Blu-ray with Roku player! 
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Transfer Blu-ray/DVD to MP4 on Plex Media Server for watching

Any suggestions on the best setting to maintain the Blu ray while possibly cutting down on the time it takes to rip? Actually, I would show you an easy way to ripping your DVD and Blu-Ray collections into .mp4 format and you can view them using Plex, hope can enjoy it and use it with high quality of the output files. 

First, I would like to introduce Plex Media Server – a solution for your local and online media, which seamlessly connects your Plex clients. Well you can watch movies with the client – Plex Media Center on Windows & Mac, and more importantly, on iPad, iPhone and Android devices with the paid app.

After that, I would show you a step-by-step guide to playback Blu-rays/DVDs via Plex Media Server. 

Learn>> Plex Supported Video Formats | How to set up Plex Media Server | Plex Problems and Solutions...
What you need:

This Blu-ray Ripper is developed by Pavtube studio; more info can be found in: http://www.multipelife.com/ Hot News! Pavtube Studio has launched a user-requested upgrade for full line of Pavtube products to version  Existing bugs, improvements and new elements for M3U8 encoding are added and has the capability of encoding or decoding H.265/HEVC files well.. 

First, this program has two version: Pavtube BDMagic and Pavtube BDMagic for Mac. Before you purchase, you are able to download a free trial version to have a try. Now get it installed anyway and let’s move on. Read the review


Step 1. Run Pavtube BDMagic; load Blu-rays.

It dose not only support loading both Blu-ray and DVD disc, but also support Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO, DVD folder and DVD IFO/ISO files. It seems during the importing, the disc would be decrypted already. 

Step 2. Choose H.264 MP4 format.

Click the "Format" drop-down list and choose HD Video>H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for plex streaming. Or we can enter "H.264 MP4″ in the small search box to quick locate matched presets. We can also choose presets like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android and Windows 8 RT/Pro phones/tablets, etc. for particularly using.

Step 3. Adjust target video specs (Optional)

Click "Settings" as bellow to check the source/target video size, bitrate, frame rate and other settings in one go; you will be able to know the target video size with different bitrate settings immediately.

Step 4. Start converting Blu-ray to H.264 MP4 for Plex.

Now hit the big red "Convert" to start the conversion. Wait for moments, we can hit "Open" or "Open output folder" to quick locate the converted video. And then transfer them to your Plex Media Server for watching on iPad, iPhone and Android devices.


Our customer told us: "I used MakeMKV but was not happy with the results - the file size was too big to stream reliably. Pavtube gets it down to a manageable size while maintaining high quality, I'm very pleased with the software and will certainly recommend it to friends and family!"

In a word, Pavtube is a good free software,While Blu-ray Ripper works beautifully with easy-to-use interface and all-in-one workflow. it’ should be a great choice and well worth the payment.  

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Source: http://bd-dvd-copying-ripping.blogspot.com/2014/03/transfer-blu-rays-dvds-to-mp4-on-plex-media-server-for-watching.html

Plex Media Server – Third Party App, For the First Time

We at Synology are dedicated to developing new features and delivering added value to our products, however, we also want to encourage 3rd-party software developers to explore more of the potential of DiskStation. If this is your case, you can find our developer guide of 3rd-party apps running on DiskStation.

Today, I would like to introduce Plex Media Server – a solution for your local and online media, which seamlessly connects your Plex clients. Thanks to Plex's great work, Plex Media Server is available on x86-based DiskStation. You can get it in the Package Center in DSM directly.

Plex Media Server is not only a good application for home theatres; it is also the first package for Synology DiskStation developed by 3rd-party developers. This means a lot to us – DiskStation is becoming a platform for all software developers, and we hope that in the future more of them will join this "eco-system" and deliver more versatile applications on to our platform: DSM on Synology DiskStation. 

How does Plex Media Server work?

In my previous blog post, we talked about hosting your own personal multimedia cloud on DiskStation, enabling you for example to watch your favorite movie collections, anytime, anywhere. So what's new with Plex Media Server on your DiskStation? Well you can watch movies with the client – Plex Media Center on Windows & Mac, and more importantly, on iPad, iPhone and Android devices with the paid app. A version for Windows Phone is also on its way. I've tried Plex for a couple of weeks, and I would like to share my impressions and favorite features on Plex Media Server.

Collecting Movie Information Online Automatically

How many times have you downloaded lots of movie files, created a lot of folders to sort these videos, then had a difficult time to browse and find the movie you want, the ones you've already watched and those you haven't? Well, now that's just a bad memory: Plex automatically searches an online database, and with just the filename of the movie, retrieves the introduction, rating, genre and director, as well as recording what you've watched and what you haven't. 

Watching Videos on iPad (as well as iPhone & Android devices)

I often like to just lie back in bed and watch movies on my (new) iPad. With Plex, I can do just that! Watching all of my movies on my iPad becomes easy, no matter which video format: AVI, MKV or MP4, Plex Media Server handles the transcoding for me. It makes things much simpler, doesn't it? Now I can really lie back, relax and enjoy the movie.

Learn>> Plex Supported Video Formats | How to set up Plex Media Server | Plex Problems and Solutions...

Last but not least, when I have to stop watching a movie before the end, Plex is able to keep track of where I stopped and will prompt me to continue watching it from there when I resume watching.

After spending the whole weekend watching movies on my iPad and Plex Media Center on my computer, Plex really left me with a great feeling. There are, however, some issues and limitations: for example, I've found that some movies with AAC 5.1 audio codec sometimes may not sync with videos during playback; With Plex Media Server running on DiskStation (like DS1512+), video transcoding by enabling subtitles puts too much CPU load on the device – another limitation found so far. However, I personally like the whole idea of Plex Media Server and hopefully in the future all of us will have a great "personal movie cloud" experience!

Guides About Plex Tips:

Source: http://blog.synology.com/?p=1012

News! Pavtube BDMagic (Win/Mac) updated to support m3u8 output

Good News! Pavtube has upgraded BDMagic for Win/Mac to V4.8.6.2 by adding full support for 2D/3D Blu-ray, DVD, ISO and IFO to m3u8 encoding on Windows and Mac. 

Download Pavtube BDMagic:

Windows version http://www.multipelife.com/download/bdmagic/bdmagic_setup.exe
Mac Version http://www.multipelife.com/download/bdmagic-mac/bdmagic_setup.dmg

What's New:

1.support encoding to .m3u8 
2.support new Blu-ray/DVD movies 
3.fix some bugs

With this updated Blu-ray Ripper, you are able to rip 2D/3D Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, standard DVD and ISO files, IFO to m3u8 which can be dragged fast because of no extra datas and be played with Apple's built-in player like Quicktime and Safari. What's more, this program is a powerful all-in-one utility integrated by DVD Ripper, DVD Copy, Blu-ray Ripper, Blu-ray Copy, Blu-ray/DVD Editor, etc.to copy Blu-ray, DVD with original structure, and convert 2D/3D Blu-rays and standard DVDs to other video/audio format for mobile devices, editors and online websites.

Pricing and Availability

BDMagic for Win/Mac is offering with $39.2 (20% off instead of the original $49 price) with a lifetime free upgrade. 

Other upgraded products are listed below:

Pavtube DVDAid/DVDAid for Mac

Pavtube ByteCopy/ByteCopy for Mac

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

Pavtube Video Converter/Video Converter for Mac

Pavtube HD Video Converter/HD Video Converter for Mac

Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter/MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

Pavtube MXF Converter/MXF Converterfor Mac

Pavtube MXF MultiMixer/iMixMXF

Note:The output m3u8 files should be named without space and file path should be in plain English or pure digital, otherwise you couldn't play them successfully. After conversion, you just need to set up a server to enjoy M3U8. 

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Source: http://multimedia-hive.com/2015/06/12/bdmagic-support-m3u8-output/

Samsung TV can't read MKV movie with subtitles via Plex

Q: “ My question is that: My Samsung TV won't play certain mkv files it's maybe 1/20 mkv files. I've tried using mkvmerge GUI and set all the tracks' compression to none but it still won't play, I just want to play 1080p mkv movie with subtitles on Samsung TV via Plex... “

Some guys suggested: “Some video formats will use different settings and encodings for audio, it seems that your TV will only take a specific type of mkv, your best bet is to format the other videos into the exact same way.” 

Samsung TV can't read MKV movie with subtitles via Plex

Why we still encounter the issue "Samsung TV won't play MKV"? That's because MKV is just a container format, holding video, audio, image or subtitle files in it. The video and audio files in different MKV files can be encoded with different codecs.  So, you'll need to convert the MKV files to a fully compatible format with Samsung TV. Learn other TVs. Check out the solution here. 

Here, We recommended you A professional MKV to Samsung TV converter lets you convert any MKV files to best fit the TV - Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. With it, you don't need to know what is the audio codec in the MKV format that'll be best for your Samsung TV. You just need to choose the among the optimized presets for Samsung TV and this program will do the rest for you. Here is review.

Besides MKV, this powerful MKV to Samsung TV Converter also supports converting many other video container like FLV, 3GP, WMV, AVI, MP4, MKV, DivX, Xvid, etc to Samsung TV recognized formats with subtitles. For Mac users,iMedia Converter for Mac is a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.

Now, Just download, install and launch this great Samsung TV Video converter and then follow the tutorial to play the 1080P MKV files with subtitles on Samsung TV via Plex smoothly. 

Step Guide: How to Converter 1080p MKV files with subtitles Samsung TV via Plex

Step 1. Launch the Samsung TV Video Converter and import 1080P MKV files.

Drag & drop 1080p MKV files to the program directly. Or go to the “File” menu, choose “Add Video” to locate the 1080p MKV files you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.

Tip: Freely select the subtitles for you 1080p MKV movies from the “Subtitles” option. Thus, you can watch 1080p MKV on Samsung TV via Plex with Subtitle.
Step 2: Set Output video format for Samsung TVs. 

Click the drop-down button on the right side of the “Format” to select “MP4” from “Format > HD H.264 Vdieo (mp4)” Category, Which is suitable for Samsung TV and also for Plex. Learn >> Plex Supported Formats.  


A: If you want to get 3D movies for your 3DTV, choose "3D -> MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)".  

B: Click “Settings” button, then you are able to adjust all the settings in the following window to customize the output file quality, including codec, size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel. 

Step 3: Start converting 1080p MKV video to Samsung TV. 

After the above steps are done, you can click "Convert" button to convert your MKV Video to Samsung TV MP4 format. Easy operation and faster conversion speed, these two are the most outstanding points of this Samsung TV video converter. 


Now, the following Samsung TV Video Playback issues will never trouble you after the conversion:

A: My Samsung TV won't play some certain MKV files. I'm not sure the reason. Maybe it caused by the audio or video codec. Does anyone here have any suggestions?

B: I got a MKV file from my friend and I want to play it on my Samsung TV. However, there is no audio. Why?

C: I just bought a new LED TV (32EX550) and play a 1080p MKV file on it. So disappointed, the screen goes black. How to make it play well?

D: I have a Samsung TV connected to my home network that is able to stream the files that I have stored in my Cloudbox through Allshare. However, if these files are in .mkv format, I get an error saying the file can't be played. 


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Convert DVD ISO Files over Plex Media Server for Watching

Plex Media Server allows you to store all your movies on a central server and watch them anywhere you want. You can watch them on your TV, iPad, computer or phones both home and away. Besides, you may have some DVD movies with ISO/IFO extension. So, the problem is that Plex doesn't support the use of ISO, IMG, Video_TS, or other "disk image" formats. If you have no idea about this, here is simple tutorial for you, guaranteed to to stream and play ISO files via Plex without problems. 
Convert DVD ISO Files over Plex Media Server for Watching

Actually, it's not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is a just a common ISO converter like Pavtube DVDAid – which is highly recommended to help your convert ISO image file to Plex supported format. Besides, it can also convert ISO/DVD/IFO/Video_TS to almost all regular video formats, including AVI, MOV, M4V, WMV, MPG, 3GP, FLV, F4V, etc. Read the review

What’s more, this program comes with a built-in video editor that allows you to edit your movie files by trimming, cropping, adjusting video effects, etc. If you are using a Mac, you can go to Mac DVD ripper for Plex. Now download this tool and follow the instructions to convert ISO image files via Plex to Media Players. 

How to convert DVD ISO to Plex compatible video files

1. Add ISO image files

Run the ISO to Plex Converter program and click DVD disc button to add the ISO files. As you can see, you can also load DVD Folders and IFO files to rip. 

2. Choose output format

To convert DVD ISO to MP4, MKV for Plex, just click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then choose MKV, H.264 MP4 from Common Video or HD Video profile list. Learn >> What's the Plex supported format?

Tip- Advanced settings: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset. 

3. Start converting ISO files

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the DVD ISO to Plex friendly MP4, MKV conversion. After the conversion, you can hit “Open” button to quick locate the converted videos; now you can stream converted video files to Plex media server as easy as you can image. 


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