Rip DVD to H.265 MP4/H.264 MP4 for Playback on Plex Media Player
Today, we're just going to show you the simplest steps to convert DVD to H.265 MP4/H.264 MP4 for playback on Plex media server.
More and more people are getting to know H.265/HEVC video. The H.265 video quality is fantastic and comparing with H.264 video, 50% bit rate savings verified. If you have got a box of DVD discs and want to rip them to videos stored on a hard drive, converting DVD to H.265 MP4 is a wise choice. But, Can we play H.265/HEVC files via Plex directly?
As for software that can playback HEVC-encoded files, there are many options out there. On Windows 10, you can natively play HEVC videos in the default Films & TV app or through Windows Media Player. Alternatively, you can use VLC or MPC-HC for playback, which support older operating systems, or popular media center apps like Kodi (version 14 onwards) and Plex Media Player.
So, Plex media server can help you to support H.265 MP4 playback. But the Plex does not prefer the type. If your devices are not 4k playback supported, the app always transcodes 4k HEVC videos to H.264 on the fly, which will slow down your computer and even transcoding takes forever. So, if your computer is very old, choose to rip DVD to H.264 MP4 format playback for Plex. Now, let's talk about how to rip DVD to H.265 MP4/H.264 MP4 for more efficient coding.
Brorsoft DVD Ripper is one of the most frequently used DVD ripping tool to convert DVD movies to H.265/H.264 MP4 as well as H.264 MOV, H.264 MKV, etc videos in an amazing way. Easy-to-use interface, fast ripping speed, high output video quality all make it outstanding among all the DVD rippers.
What's more, it can also convert DVD to all other regular video formats like AVI, WMV, FLV, MPEG-2, MKV, MOV, etc for freely playback on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos, iRiver, Blackberry, Xbox 360 and more. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac (macOS Sierra included), which has the same function as the Windows version. Now get the right version and go after the steps to convert DVD movies to H.265 MP4/H.264 MP4 for Plex in a few mouse clicks.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Step 1. load source media
After installing this DVD to H.265/H.264 Converter software successfully, just run it. Then load in the source DVD you want to convert by inserting the DVD disc into the optical drive, dragging & dropping the ISO file or movie folder into the main region of the main interface.
Step 2. Select H.265 as output format
Hit the "Format" box and select H.265 Video(*.mp4) from Common Video profile. It enables you to rip DVD to H.265 .mp4 with the best quality.
Click Format bar and just select H.264 as output format. Here 3 H.264 presets "H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" are supported.
Tip: Before conversion, this DVD ripping software allows you to click "Settings" button right besides "Format" and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3. Start ripping DVD to Plex
Hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert DVD/VIDEO_TS/ISO to Plex Media Server compatible video files.
Once the conversion is finished, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream them just fine.
Plex 4K (UHD) Direct Play Video Support
Some 4K (ultra high definition) devices are recognized by the Plex app. We’re working to bring 4K playback support to other devices, too. 4K/UHD content matching the following will Direct Play on supported devices:
*Resolution: 3840×2160 or smaller
*Video Encoding: HEVC (H.265)
*Video Frame Rate: 30fps
*Video Bit Depth: 8
4K content not matching the above properties will be transcoded to 1080p. Transcoding 4K content is a very intensive process and will require a powerful computer running Plex Media Server.A good suggestion is to encode H.265 into H.264, for this purpose, the all-in-one Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate program will be a nice choice for you. If you are running a Mac OS X computer, iMedia Converter Mac is the alternative.
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