This tutorial will explain how you can enable Plex read WTV files, so that you can play Windows Media Center recorded WTV videos via Plex without issue.
Windows media center might be the most underrated software bundled with windows vista and windows 7, offering a slick, succinct interface for watching and recording TV shows, listening to music and enjoying photo slideshows, and more. But there’s a catch, TV shows recorded with windows media center are encoded in WTV (DVR-MS on windows vista) proprietary file format, it is incompatible with Plex media sever, therefore, if you want to play the recorded WTV videos via Plex, you’ll need to convert WTV to Plex compatible video files. Here are the steps to take for the .WTV files to show up on the list of Plex Media Sever.
Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What’s need is a just a common video converter like EaseFab Video Converter, which has the easy operation and multiple choices. It supports encoding WTV to Plex highly compatible MP4 videos with best quality. In addition, it also handles various common video formats, like VOB, AVI, MOV, TiVo recordings, MPG, WMV .etc. The process the straightforward. After launching, drag and drop your video files to the program, choose H.264 Video (MP4) as output and then start the conversion. Below is step-by-step guide to follow.
How to play WTV files on Plex
Step 1. Add WTV files
Launch the WTV file converter, then head to the folder where the windows media center recording are stored, by default, the destination is user/public/recorded TV. Add the files to the program.
Step 2. Select output format
After the files are added, click Profile and choose MP4 video 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.
Tip: There are also some optional tinkering you can take to make the videos look better on a HDTV screen, such as changing the aspect ratio or specifying the video resolution. Just click the Settings icon to do it.
Step 3. Start converting WTV files to Plex
Finally, hit the Convert button to begin the conversion from WTV to MP4 which is ready to be streamed over Plex to Roku, iPad and any other devices.
If your movie is not in the supported list of Plex or it’s still on a DVD or Blu-ray or it’s an ISO or Video_TS file, you’ll need to encode/re-encode it first for further streaming. To get all the work done, you can get the all-in-one solution – EaseFab Video Converter Ultimate to make it.