Monday, February 2, 2015

How to Copy and Rip DVD to Plex Media Server for Streaming

This article mainly shows you an easy way to rip and store DVD on Plex Media Sever for free streaming, playing and sharing with your TV and mobile devices freely.

Plex is designed to organize all of your personal media so you can enjoy your movies freely on  TV, iPad, computer or phones both home and away. Have have a diverse library of DVD movies? What if we want to store DVD on Plex Media Server? No worry, the article will focus on how to rip DVD to Plex Media Sever for playing and streaming. 

store DVD on Plex Media Server
To get your DVD collection to Plexwhat you need to do is to convert your DVD movie library to Plex Media Server friendly format at first. There’s all kinds of different DVD ripping software out there (some free, some not) with a variety of different options. It seems a bit overwhelming. Well, more than one guys recommend Pavtube DVDAid, which can help us finish DVD conversion bypassing DVD copy protection.

With it, we can convert DVD to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex Media Server) without quality loss. Plus, it also allows users to copy DVD to hard drive with original structure or main movie only. Best of all, with its built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. For Mac users, DVDAid for Mac will be a helpful app.

How to Backup and Rip DVD to Plex Media Sever

1. Add DVD movies

Install and launch DVD Ripper program, and then click the disc icon to import your source movies to this program. Set your wanted subtitles and audio track from the drop-down box of “Subtitles” and “Audio” tab.

DVD to Plex Ripper

2. Select an output format

Click the “Format” option, and choose HD Video > MKV HD Video(*.mkv) as output format. You can also select H.264 HD Video (*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.

Or backup DVD with Main Title only and original structure for storage.

Plex Media Server video format

Tip: If you like, you can click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.

Plex Media Server video settings

3. Start ripping DVD for Plex Media Sever

Click the "Convert" button under the preview window, and the DVD ripper will start the conversion from DVD movies to MKV or MP4 for Plex Media Sever. After conversion, you can stream DVD movies through Plex Media Server to HDTV or iPad, Galaxy Tab, or other DLNA-compliant devices.

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