Q: “Can plex stream DVD to Roku 3? My wife has quite a few DVDs I don't really want using space on my server so would prefer to keep them on DVD. Is there a way to stick a DVD into my window 7 based plex media server, then view it on one of my Roku 3s without the need to use something like handbrake prior? I realise DVD players are very cheap, but that's not what I am wanting to achieve as its another remote and another box to have in front of the telly. Would be ideal if the roku could also be a DVD player also. If plex can't do this can anything else anyone knows of?”
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Well, you may as the above user look to stream DVD to Roku 3 via Plex. Is that at all possible? Roku can allows users both to stream video content from the Internet and play movies locally through a USB drive, but the problem is that the supported media file formats are limited. It can't handle DVD discs. So, you need a professional DVD Ripping software which available to help you convert DVD videos if you want to play them on Roku 3 via Plex.
The best program I can recommend here is called Pavtube DVDAid, which is available for Windows and Mac users. It is easy to use for conversion and editing and makes great quality copies of your DVDs. It handle both DVDs and DVD ISO files without being bothered by the restriction of annoying copy protection and then convert them to Roku/Plex supported format MP4, MKV for streaming. Here is a review. If you want to play Blu-ray on Roku, this is a tutorial for you.
Step-by-step: How to Rip DVD sitcom to Roku 3 for Playing via Plex
Free Download top DVD Ripper:
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/dvd_ripper/
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-DVDAid/3000-7970_4-76158510.html
Step 1: Load DVD movies
Install and launch DVD to Roku 3 Converter, click the "Load DVD" button on the menu bar to load your DVD files. By importing DVD files, you can select DVD subtitle, audio and angle, preview DVD videos, snap screenshots, etc.
Step 2: Select an output format
To convert DVD to MP4, MKV for Roku 3/Plex, just click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then choose MKV, H.264 MP4 from Common Video or HD Video profile list.
Tip: If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.
Step 3. Rip DVD sitcom to Roku 3
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the DVD ripper will start the conversion from DVD movies to MKV/MP4 for Roku 3.
After the conversion, you can hit "Open" to quick locate the converted video. Then, set up Plex and Plex channel will recognize, catalog, play and stream these DVD sitcom to Roku 3 at ease.
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