Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Install Plex Media Server Raspberry Pi 3 + Image

raspberry_pi_plexInstall Plex Media Server on Raspberry Pi 3. Thanks to the work of uglymagoo on the Plex forum it is very easy to install Plex using the Synology armv7 package (now it uses the ReadyNAS package).  The previous Raspberry Pi 2 guide became quite long and cluttered, this one aims to be cleaner.

There is a Plex Media Server Raspberry Pi 3 image based on the minimal Raspbian distro Minibian at the bottom of this post with the required modification to force Plex transcoding if you just want to test if Plex on the Raspberry Pi 3 will suit your needs. This tutorial assumes you are running Raspbian Jessie. This how-to also has a section on fixing Plex permissions so if your Plex can’t see your folders then you will be able to solve that problem here.

Install Plex Media Server on Raspberry Pi 3

Installation Checklist

For the best performance for Plex Media Server on the Raspberry Pi 2 refer to this checklist

  • Verify you have the en_US locale
  • Make sure you have libexpat1 installed
  • Do not use WiFi if you want the best result
  • Monitor Plex Media Server and restart it automatically with this guide.
  • Do not use Plex.tv instead use Dynamic DNS and a reverse proxy with this guide to avoid transcoding problems.
  • If you are having transcoding issues try using an older transcoder with this guide.

Pre-Install Requirements

Generate Locales

First we need to verify the en_US locale is enabled

This command lists current locales

locale -a

My output looks like this

C C.UTF-8 en_US.utf8 POSIX

If you don’t have en_US.utf8 you can generate it

To generate the locale edit the locale generator configuration file first to enable the locale

sudo nano /etc/locale.gen

Uncomment this line by deleting the #

# en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save

Now generate the locales

sudo locale-gen

If you get the locale-gen cannot be found error this should solve it

echo "export PATH=$PATH:/usr/sbin" >> ~/.profile

Now generate the locales again if locale-gen wasn’t found

sudo locale-gen

Reconfigure locales for good measure (source)

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

Now run locale to list them


If you see these errors (on Jessie Lite) follow the next step

locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory

Open your environment file

sudo nano /etc/environment

Add these lines


Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to Save

Install Plex Media Server on Raspberry Pi 3 using Repository

Enable https transport or you will get this error: E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/https could not be found.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https binutils -y --force-yes

Grab uglymaoo’s gpg key for his repository

wget -O - https://dev2day.de/pms/dev2day-pms.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

Add uglymagoo’s repository

echo "deb https://dev2day.de/pms/ jessie main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pms.list

Update your package lists

sudo apt-get update

Install Plex Media Server

sudo apt-get install plexmediaserver -y

Upgrading Plex is as easy as running this command

Note: The repository contains the latest non-Plex Pass version. If you want the Plex Pass version you will have to build it yourself using the manual method 3 outlined here.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Check out additional hard drives for your media

Transcoding Tools

Plex Media Server requires a new libc6 module that you can pull from the jessie repo (thanks again to uglymagoo). This part may not necessary if you used the precompiled deb package at the top. Sometimes, if your end devices are low, your Plex can't pass-through some videos to play, you can transcode the video in advance with some video transcoders and put the converted video in sharing folder of Plex in advance.

Install libexpat1 for help playing in the Android app

sudo apt-get install libexpat1 -y

Fix Plex Permission Issues

If Plex isn’t reading your drives or folders you can do one of two things, change the permissions of your external storage or change the user Plex is running as (which could mean you need to rescan for metadata).

First try adding your plex user to your regular user’s group that owns the mount point for your hard drive

sudo usermod -aG pi plex

Then add your regular user to the plex group if the plex group exists

sudo usermod -aG plex pi

Then set the permissions for the folder containing your media to 775 so the plex in the user’s group can read them

sudo chmod -R 775 /folder/with/media

If that still fails you can change the permissions where /mnt/usbstorage is your mount path for your hard drive so everybody can read, write and execute

sudo chmod -R 777 /mnt/usbstorage

Alternatively you can change the user Plex runs as to your pi user

To change which user Plex runs as, open this file

sudo nano /etc/default/plexmediaserver

Change this line, replace plex with your username you use to log on or the owner of the mounted drive, most likely pi


Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save

Change the owner of your Plex folders to the user you are changing

sudo chown -R pi:pi /var/lib/plexmediaserver

Then restart your Plex server

sudo service plexmediaserver restart

If Plex still isn’t working see the manual installation guide.

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For the Plex Media Server image, login with root, password htpcguides and use raspi-config to expand the file system, you can install WiFi drivers if they are not included in the kernel
apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree -y

Enjoy Plex Media Server on your Raspberry Pi 3


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Watch DVD on Apple TV 4 or Coming Apple TV 5

The easy ways will aid you to fluently watch DVD on Apple TV 5/4 or the coming fifth-gen Apple TV 5/4 , how the new Apple TV  5/4 works in the DVD disc?

TV is a major part of people’s daily lives. People gather together around the big screens to watch big shows and big events. But traditional television cannot meet people’s growing demand. The pace of life is getting quicker and quicker, and people require some innovative ways to connect the big screens. Integrating apps with television is a popular trend right now.

Note: The Apple TV 5/4 content story, like every set top box content story, remains a U.S.-centric one. So, for a complete picture of how the new Apple TV works in the DVD disc. 

Apple TV is a digital media player and a micro console developed by Apple Inc. and it is a small network appliance and entertainment device that can receive digital data from a number of sources and stream it to a capable TV for playing on the TV screen.

To play a DVD on an Apple TV 
5/4 you need to load the DVD into another computer then‘stream’it to the Apple TV 5/4 . You can do this with movies you have hired or purchased from the Apple store, but when you try to view a DVD, it comes out grey. If you want to set up your Apple TV 5/4  that when played a DVD from your Mac book. It came out all grey on the Apple TV 5/4 . DVD on Apple TV 5/4 due to copyright. Here are two ways to get around Apple’s DVD viewing protection. 

The way to watch a DVD on Apple TV: 

1. Instead of using the Apple DVD player to watch the movie, use VLC. (VLC is free.) VLC does not have the greyed out problem. You can do this live.

2.If you to purchased or rented DVD. Rip the DVD to your computer using a converter. In Pavtube BDMagic for Mac  
 (Windowsselect‘Apple TV’as the preset. You can then drop the DVD movie and access it from your Apple TV 5/4. You need to do this before you watch the movie and it can take up to an hour or two. Alternatively you can copy the ripped DVD to a thumb drive and stick the thumb drive into the Apple TV USB port. Reviews.

Free download and install:


Other Download:
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-ripper-mac/
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-BDMagic/3000-7970_4-76177782.html

The Ways to Rip DVD to Apple TV Using DVD Ripper 

Step 1: Load Source DVD File

Click “Load DVD” or “File” > “Load DVD folder” to choose your DVD-ROM in the pop-up window and click the button to import the files. As you can see, you can either convert the whole DVD or just choose the chapters you want to convert. 


Step 2: Select Subtitles, Audio Tracks and Output Format

Normally, DVD movies have several subtitles like English, Chinese, French, Japanese, and so on. You can click “Subtitle” to choose the one you need or select “No Subtitle”. For the audio tracks, simply click “Audio Track” and select the one you want. After that, click “Profile” and choose”Apple TV” as the output file format from the drop-download format list for your Apple TV 
5/4 . 


Step 3: Start converting

Finally, click the “Converter” button to rip DVD to Apple TV 
5/4 . In a few minutes, you will get the converted movies. And then, just use iTunes to stream the files to Apple TV 5/4 and enjoy them! 

Tips: Streaming DVD to 
Apple TV 5/4

To play DVD on Apple TV, you need a Mac computer with an external USB DVD drive or a third-party DVD player because Apple DVD player doesn't support playing most of DVDs due to copyright. Hence, you are suggested to use VLC for instead.

Now, you can begin to stream DVD from Mac to Apple TV: 

1. Go to "File > Open Disc…" in VLC to play your DVD.
2. Enable AirPlay Mirroring on Mac: Open "Settings" on Apple TV to turn on AirPlay > Check "AirPlay Display" settings in system preference on Mac to make sure it is enabled > Click AirPlay button and select Apple TV > Tap the AirPlay button again and choose "Mirror Built-in Display".

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Merge and Play MTS/M2TS Files on VLC Media Player

MTS and M2TS are both file extensions for the high definition digital video camera recorder format, AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition). Many popular HD camcorders, like Canon VIXIA HF200, Canon FS200, Canon VIXIA HFS100, Canon VIXIA HG21, Panasonic HDC-HS300, Panasonic HDC-HS20, Sony HDR-CX100, Sony DCR-SR47, JVC GZ-HD40, JVC GZ-HD10 etc. record videos in MTS/M2TS format. But this format is not well compatible with Windows and Mac. That means you barely play MTS/M2TS files on VLC directly. If you have encountered problems when playing and converting MTS files with VLC, this page will provide an alternative way on how to convert MTS/M2TS to AVI with VLC program. Just have a look to learn more.

After Googled that Why cannot playback MTS/M2TS Files on VLC

You may find there two reasons as below:

Most common reason: Have older version of VLC- Update version.

Another common issue. "Possibly your computer is to slow to playback HD streams without GPU hardware support?"

Hot Search: VLC to MP4 | AVCHD Files to VLC Player | Youtube Videos to VLC | VLC No Sound Problem |

Maybe you can play some M2TS/MTS video files on MPlayer, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player, ALL Player and some other players, which rests with compression formats in a M2TS/MTS video file. For some players, they may need to install a proper codec, component or plug-in unit. Thus, if you want to play MTS/M2TS videos on different platforms, the once and for all method is converting MTS for Win/Mac. By doing so, you can effortlessly play your cam video on QuickTime, manage in iTunes, edit in iMovie and more. To play MTS/M2TS on VLC Media Player without any limitation, here we offer you two methods.

Part I: How to Play MTS Videos with VLC Media Player

Playing video with VLC is very simple; follow these easy to follow steps to be able to play any videos including MTS files with VLC whenever you want.

Step 1: Download the Software

You can download the software absolutely free! However, this is only available for PC users, other OS like Mac can't be supported by this software.

Step 2: Launch the Software and Open File

When the downloading and installation is done, simply launch the software and click Media button at the upper left side of the window, a menu option will appear from there choose Open File…

Step 3: Select the MTS File You Want To Play

A file folder will then appear. Find the location of the MTS file you want to play on the VLC media player. Take note that you can only play one video in a window at a time.

Step 4: Enjoy the Movie

Simple as that! You can now enjoy the movie you want to watch whenever you want!

Alternative Method: You can also play easily play you MTS file by finding directly the file you want to play, right-clicking it and choose Open with > VLC media player.

Tip: You can also add subtitles on it if you please by going to Subtitle > Add Subtitle File…

Part II: Get the Best Alternative: Convert MTS/M2TS to VLC Media Player

In order to add MTS/M2TS files to VLC Media Player for playback, the most effective and easy way is to convert MTS/M2TS to VLC playable format. Along with some help from third-party software. With Pavtube Video Converter/Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, a great MTS/M2TS Converter for VLC, you can easily achieve your goal smoothly. Read the Review.

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Step Guide: Help Converting MTS/M2TS (Windows screenshots) to AVI for VLC

Step 1: Download, install and run the trial version of Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter, click "Add videos" or "Add From Folder" icon to import your source AVCHD files to the software.

Step 2. Set output format

Click on "Format" bar to select output format. Here you can choose to encode multiple .mts files to .avi, .mov, .mp4 for playing with VLC.

Tip: By clicking "Settings" icon, you can enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 4. Start converting MTS/M2TS to VLC format

In the end, you just need to click the "Convert" button start the conversion. After the conversion done, you can get the output videos played in VLC easily with HD quality.


Pavtube Video Converter obviously offers more functionality than VLC by filling its application with a lot of other extra features that significantly improve its efficiency that VLC media player doesn't have. So that you can enjoy any videos on VLC for playback.

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