This article tells you the best format for ripping DVD for Plex and the steps for ripping DVD to that format for playing on Plex.


Plex is a free media organization tool and server platform that makes it dead simple to share your DVD as well as movies, TV shows, music, and photo collections across devices.

From the Plex Supported & Unsupported Media Formats we know that the best format for Plex is H.264 MP4, which is also a common format that compatible with nearly all devices and media players.

For ripping DVD to H.264 for playing on Plex, you just need a DVD ripping tool, there’s all kinds of different software out there (some free, some not) with a variety of different options. Among them, Brorsoft DVD Ripper can be taken as a powerful DVD to Plex converter software to rip copy-protected DVD to Plex-compatible H.264 MP4 format with high quality and fast speed, giving you the ability to store purchased physical DVD discs to local computer, hard drive then stream over Plex Media Server.

Steps: Convert DVD to Plex Media Server compatible format

The trail-before-purchase version availabel for you, the watermark is the only limitation between the trial version and full version. Here in this article, Windows version screenshots were taken as example, the Mac version shares the same steps, just keep in mind you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files cannot be installed on macOS – and vice versa.

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STEP 1. Import DVD movies

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.


STEP 2. Decide output format

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.


STEP 3. Advanced Settings

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.

STEP 4. Start ripping DVD to Plex

Hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion.

It will automatically convert DVD/VIDEO_TS/ISO to Plex Media Server compatible video files.

Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies.

Then, transfer the converted movies to Plex media server, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream them just fine for playing on your devices and media players.

I share some of my experience in these following pages:

Best Format for Ripping DVD to Plex