How to Connect with Plex to Play Blu-ray movies? Can Plex Media Server support Blu-ray movie playback? If not, how can i convert Blu-rays for playable with Plex?
First, a quick note: we know that there is still a lot of legal ambiguity around ripping content that you have legally purchased. At Audioholics, we believe that you should be able to watch purchased media on your system regardless of whether it’s coming from a standalone Blu-ray player or a media center frontend. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. To get Blu-rays on Plex, you’ll need a Blu-ray drive installed in your computer and a third-party Blu-ray ripping software.
Most of you are likely familiar with the excellent Handbrake for ripping standard Def DVDs, but while the latest version of the software has added SOME support for reading Blu-Ray folder structures, it cannot yet decrypt the Blu-Ray discs the way it can with regular DVDs, so you’ll need to add a Handbrake alternative for ripping encrypted Blu-ray discs. The best program I can recommend for ripping Blu-ray for Plex is called Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper.
The program is an all-in-one Blu-ray & DVD backuping/coping/ripping application to help you out. Acted as the best Blu-ray to Plex converting tool, it’s a breeze to get around the protection on Blu-ray and make digital backups of all of the movie contents on your hard drive to free up the disc, or just convert to video files of your choosing, including popular formats such as MP4, AVI and MKV, so that you can then access and watch the video of Blu-ray on the Plex with ease.
The equivalent Mac version is Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac, which can rip and convert Blu-ray movies to Plex Media Sever on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included).
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
How to Convert Blu-ray to H.264 MKV for Playing on Plex Media Server
Step 1. Import Blu-ray movies
Run the Blu-ray Ripper and import Blu-ray disc. Soon after loading, you will find all titles and chapters for the Blu-ray disc. You can only choose the main movie for conversion.
Step 2. Choose output format
Click Format bar and select output format. To convert Blu-ray to H.264 in MKV quality, you can select “Common Video”. Plus, if you wanna play the output videos on certain devices, a better choice is selecting the preset for device as the output format in the output box.
Note: Plex just plays the MP4/MKV files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio, you need to click the Settings icon to set the correct video, audio codecs.
Step 3. Start the Blu-ray to MKV for Plex Conversion
Click the Convert button under the preview window to start ripping Blu-ray to H.264 MKV or any your desired format. The time spent on conversion depending on the output format/settings you choose. And if you want to have a rest, please choose shut down computer after conversion.
Once the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to find the final output video effortlessly and enjoy your files on Plex Media Server at ease.