How to Play Blu-ray on Kodi with Plex?


Lots of folks have asked about how I’m using Kodi and Plex to watch Blu-Ray movies I store on my NAS devices,

In this article, I show how I convert Blu-Ray movies from discs to files using Blu-ray Ripper. I also demonstrate how to play back the movies over your local network using SPMC (a fork of Kodi).

If you are a KODI users, Plex is an excellent app for you, it allows you to advanced customization of your personal videos, (Blu-ray and DVD) movies, TV shows, photos and enjoy them on any device, anywhere, anytime.

Both Kodi and Plex provides easy playback of your music collection, home movies, and pictures, as well as other compatible contents. If you some Blu-ray movies and want to put them into some format so you can share them into Plex and watching via your Kodi, you have come to the right place.

As we all know that KODI is designed for network playback, Use your media as-is: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive. Unfortunately, Blu-ray discs aren’t supported by default in our favorite media center application, XBMC. Now that, with the Plex for Kodi add-on, you get the Kodi experience for your big screen, powered by Plex Media Server. Then, how to make Blu-ray disc access to it?

Note: Currently, the Plex for Kodi add-on is a Plex Pass only preview, and you can find it in the new Plex for Kodi forums here. Learn more about Plex for Kodi here.

To watch Blu-ray on Kodi with Plex, Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper is highly recommended to help you finish the task. 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 Serve.

I share some of my experience in these following pages:

Copying Blu-ray Movies to NAS Device for Streaming

to QNAP to Asustor to RedayNAS to Synology to Seagate to Western Digital

How to Get Blu-ray movies into Plex for Streaming with Ease

Set Up Plex DVD to Plex Blu-ray to Plex ISO to Plex VOB to Plex Video_TS/ISO to Plex

How to Enable Blu-ray Movies Playback on XBMC (Kodi)

The equivalent Mac version is Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac, which can rip and convert Blu-ray movies on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included) for watching on Kodi via Plex Media Sever. 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.

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How to convert/rip Blu-ray for watching on KODI with Plex Media Server

Here we take Windows Blu-ray Ripper screenshot, the Mac version Blu-ray Ripper share the same steps besides the tiny difference in interface.

STEP 1. Import Blu-ray movies

Insert your Blu-ray disc into your BD drive, run the Blu-ray Ripper and click “BD/DVD disc” icon to load movies.

After the Blu-ray are loaded, you can preview them on the right viewing window and take snapshots of your favorite movie scene.

Blu-ray or DVD folder, ISO and IFO files are also supported.


Note: Before loading Blu-ray content, a BD drive is needed and pls keep networked.

STEP 2. Decide output format

Click the “Format” option, and choose MPEG4, MOV from Common Video profile list. If you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.


Note: The output format is preferably in a common format, like MP3 for audio, MPEG-4 for video. The more common format you use, the more devices you can stream to.

Tip – Advanced Settings:

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.

Step 3: Start convert/rip Blu-rays

Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Blu-ray ripper will start the conversion from Blu-ray movies for watching on KODI with Plex Media Server.

As Plex say: once you’re up and running Plex for Kodi add-on, you’ll never know it’s not Plex! So, once the Blu-ray and DVD ripping processing finished, get the ripped Blu-ray / DVD files and transfer to Plex Media Server: Kodi add-on easily, just like stream your others videos, music, photos to Plex Media Server.

Plus a few settings to tweak to your heart’s content. Check it all out here!

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