This is an instructional article on showing how to stream and play DVD movies with Plex by ripping DVD to a Plex-friendly format.
Plex Media Server allows us to store all your movies on a central server and watch them anywhere you want. We can watch them on our TV, iPad, computer or phones both home and away. If you like me have 800-900 DVDs and want to put them into some format so you can share them into Plex, just read on this article. Here is a simple guide on how to backup and stream your own DVD collection on Plex Media Server easily by ripping DVD to Plex.
Note: If you have the ripped DVDs that maintain the original DVD file structure(VIDEO_TS), you still need a DVD ripper to reformat these DVD files. It because that Plex states VIDEO_TS and other image file formats (ISO, etc.) are currently incompatible with the streaming system. It has to be repackaged or encoded into a file that can be streamed by the media server.
To get all your DVDs into Plex server, you’ll need a third-party DVD ripping software. Most of you are likely familiar with the excellent Handbrake for ripping standard Def DVDs, but it still cannot yet protected DVD discs. The way it can with regular DVDs, so you’ll need to add an intermediate step. EaseFab DVD Ripper (Windows 10 compatible) is the bee’s knees, which can help you finish DVD conversion bypassing DVD copy protection. With it, you can convert DVD to almost all regular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, etc. and even extract MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc. audio from DVD movies. 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 DVD Ripper for Mac, which enables you to convert DVD to Plex Media Server on Mac OS X (El Capitan included).
How to Rip DVD to Plex Media Server for Streaming
Step 1: Insert your DVD disc into DVD ROM, Launch the program and click the “Disc” button to import the DVD movies. DVD folder and ISO/IFO files are also supported. You can select subtitles as you want.
Step 2: 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: 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, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
Step 3: Hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the DVD to Plex Media Server conversion. Once the conversion is done, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream them just fine.