This is a simple guide on how you can watch and stream your own DVD collection on Emby Media Server fast, easy and hassle free by ripping DVD to Emby Media Server.
If you have a number of DVDs, wouldn’t it be nice to have all these movies backed up and saved to watch anytime you want without having to pull out the disc? Emby Media Server is a wise choice to help you to manage the movies and access your content on a multitude of different devices for sharing. Whereas, Emby does not currently support direct playing DVD. This simple guide focuses on how you can watch and stream DVD on Emby Media Server easily. Just read on.
Actually, if the audio and video streams in the file are otherwise compatible with Emby Media Server, it will be streamed and played well. That means if you want to enable Emby to read DVD files easily, you’ll need to rip DVDs to Emby Media Server friendly format like H.264 .mp4 that could fix the problem.
To rip and backup DVD discs, what you need is a DVD ripping tool. EaseFab 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 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 Emby Media Server on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra).
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 Emby 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. EaseFab’s DVD to Emby Media Server Converter can also be your wise choice for it fully supports converting DVD VIDEO_TS folder and ISO image files.
Steps: Convert DVD to Emby Media Server compatible format
Step 1: 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.
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.
Hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the DVD to Emby Media Server conversion.
Step 3: Once the conversion is done, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, it would be easy for you to play DVDs through Emby. Enjoy.
Additional Tips: Emby client apps include: Kodi, Windows Media Center / XBOX 360 (MCE Extender), Android TV, Roku / Now TV boxes, Amazon Fire TV, some Samsung Smart TVs and Emby Theatre which is their stand alone Windows client application. Also you can use the Emby’s web browser GUI to cast content to your Chrome Cast device. Emby also supports DLNA to meet your needs.