Updated on Sept. 19, 2017
This tutorial offers a simple way to enable the best Home Media Server Plex read Blu-ray and DVD movies, so that you can play Blu-ray and DVD through Plex added to your home media library without any problem.
Many have grown dissatisfied with the limited streaming options of services like Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo. And while there isn’t one perfect home media solution for everyone, physical media enthusiasts and file sharers alike will find a happy medium in a dedicated media server.These servers work like HTTP servers, but offer a dedicated user interface plus many other features, depending on which option you decide to go with. And though some incorporate streaming services, these options are best left to those who already have a strong media collection and are seeking a way to enjoy it in a curated manner.
Possibly the most popular media server software out there, Plex offers an easy setup and a highly flexible system for managing your media. Plex can be setup on any hard drive, ideally a NAS (network-attached storage device). If you want to play DVD or Blu-ray via Plex Media Server to set up your home media library, what would be the best way to go about it?
In order to stream Blu-ray, DVD files via Plex Media Server without problems, the easy option is to convert BD/DVD to Plex most compatible video files(MP4 seems to be the best one). Along with some help from Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper, it can be done effortlessly.
With it, you can easily convert the commercial Blu-ray movies to Plex compatible video files with high quality and fast speed. It aims to solve this problem by giving us the ability to store our purchased physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to local computer, hard drive then stream over a home network for Plex Media Server and ipod touch, Samsung Galaxy s2, HTC one X+ playback. It’s professional in ripping and converting Blu-ray/DVD discs, Blu-ray/DVD ISO image, Blu-ray/DVD copies and more.
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). Just get the right version according to your computer’s operating system and follow the steps below to copy Blu-ray movies to PLex Media Sever for streaming with ease.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
How to convert/backup Blu-rays to Plex Media Server
Step 1: Insert your Blu-ray disc into your BD drive, run the Blu-ray Ripper and click “BD/DVD disc” icon to load movies. You can also import movies files from Blu-ray folder, ISO.
Step 2: Click “Format” bar and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. If your source video is in 1080p and you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.
Step 3: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos 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.
Step 4: Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface. This Blu-ray to Plex Converter will start encoding BD/DVD to Plex friendly MP4 video automatically.
After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies.
Setting Up Libraries and Adding Media
When the setup wizard asks you to set up libraries, it means you are organizing your media collections for Plex. There are five types of libraries you can set up for your media (movies, TV shows, music, photos, and home videos) and Plex uses your file and folder data to match content and then gather awesome metadata for it. For files you have ripped or purchased (without digital rights management)—like movies, TV shows, or music—the metadata, filenames, and folders are usually organized well enough for Plex to enhance correctly, without any issues or need to correct. There are also ways to correct any issues, and they are outlined in the media preparation guide.
We suggest, at this point, that you prepare a test folder for each media type, add libraries, and see how it looks in Plex. Try some movies, TV shows, home videos, music, and photos. You can always go back and update the library, delete it, recreate libraries, or start over with a new library.
Note: Video content purchased from online stores such as iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon will typically be protected by DRM (digital rights management) and cannot legally be played in other systems such as Plex.
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