Ripping DVDs to Plex Server for Sharing & Playing
This is an instructional article on showing how to stream and share DVD movies via Plex Media Server by ripping DVD to Plex-friendly format easily and quickly.
Plex Media Server is one of the most famous home media sharing/managing solutions which helps you connect your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. If you like me have 400-500 DVDs and want to put them into format format so you can share them into Plex, just read on this article. Here is a simple guide on how to backup and stream your own DVD collection on Plex Media Server easily by ripping DVD to 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 DVD player or a media center frontend. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. To get DVDs into Plex Sever, you’ll need a third-party DVD ripping software.
Most of you are likely familiar with the replica breitling excellent Handbrake for ripping standard Def DVDs, but it still cannot yet protected DVD discs while the output format is limited. So you’ll need to get another application for ripping DVD to Plex. Luckily, there are many programs out there that allows you to achieve your goal smoothly. Brorsoft DVD Ripper is the bee’s knees, which can help you fast rip DVD discs to a format playble by Plex while keeping the original quality. (Read the review).
With it, ripping DVDs for Plex is simple as ABC. After downloding, follow the wizard to install and run the program. Then follow the steps below to convert DVD to Plex compatible formats in a few clicks! Note: If you’re using a Mac, please turn to the Mac version, which has the same function as the Windows version.
How to rip DVD to Plex sever for streaming with ease
1. Insert your DVD disc to the drive, then launch the DVD ripping software and click the “Load Disc” button to have the DVD content imported. You can also add VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO files are the source files for converting.
2. Click Format bar and choose MP4 from Common Video, which can be recognized by Plex well. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it.
Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD 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.
3. Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert DVD/ISO to Plex Media Server compatible video files.
Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these DVD files at ease.