Have trouble on playing Blu-ray and DVD movies on Apple TV 4 via Plex? This article will teach you how to Convert Blu-ray/DVD to H.264 MKV/MP4 for Plex on ATV 4 without any issue.
“I purchased a ATV4 and installed PLEX. And i wanna to make my Blu-ray or DVD collections fit for storage on my NAS and to be shown via PLEX on my Apple TV 4. These are movies, but also TV-series with multiple episodes on one disk. But, I can’t play DVD or Blu-ray files on the ATV4. Is there any way to get this to play both containers ?”
Actually, the answer is easy. Both Blu-rays and DVDs cannot work with your Plex channel on Apple TV 4. This means you will have to convert your Blu-ray/DVD videos to an Apple TV 4 /Plex supported file format . To do the Blu-ray via Plex task, we need to get some help from third-party software. For this purpose, you will have to find a good Blu-ray ripper for Apple TV 4/Plex.
MKV/MP4 container with H.264 video encoding files can supported by Apple TV 4 and Plex very well, so, in this article, i will introduce you how to convert Blu-ray/DVD collection to H.264 MKV/MP4 for Plex on Apple TV 4 with Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Windows | for Mac.
With it , i can convert my dvds and Blu-ray to MKV HD format x264 and I have no issues playing any movie thru my Apple tv4. Subtitles being transcoded does not negatively impact playback unless your network bandwidth is small. Brorsoft has a lot of presets to choose from depending on clients you plan on streaming. I usually just use the Apple TV setting and the hardest part is the wait. I was never really a fan of handbrake thought it took too long. Brorsoft has quick conversion on most files. Whatever server you decide to build and go with just make sure you give it some processor power and you won’t have to worry so much about transcoding issues.
Step 1. Load Blu-ray or DVD movies
Click “BD/DVD disc” icon to load your Blu-ray or DVD movies. You can also import movies files from Blu-ray or DVD folder, ISO.
Step 2. Choose output format
Click Format bar and select output format. To convert Blu-ray/DVD 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.
Of course, the program has a number of presets for Apple TV, Apple TV 2, and Apple TV 3rd Generation. Here “Apple TV 3 1080p Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)” preset is recommended for Apple TV 4.
Note: By choosing this format, you will get two sound tracks in the result M4V video, one is stereo, and the other is AC3 encoded Dolby Digital 5.1 pass-through. When your Apple TV is connected to audio receiver, the 5.1 surround sound will work. When ATV is connected to your HDTV only, the stereo track will work.
Step 3: Start to convert
Switch back to the main interface, click the big button “Convert” on bottom-right corner to start conversion. When the process is over, you can find the converted files by clicking the “Open output folder” on the main interface of the program.
Get the output h.264 MKV video files or M4V files for transferring to Apple TV 4 via Plex from Mac. In this way, you can play Blu-ray and DVD files with Plex on Apple TV 4 without problems.
Foramts that Apple TV 4 Compatible with
After digging deeper into technical specs of the ATV, I got some clues. It is essential to know the best codec for playing on Apple TV at first.
|Apple TV 4 Compatible Video and Audio Codec|
|– H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
– MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
– Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
|– HE-AAC (V1)
– AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
– Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
– MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps)
– MP3 VBR
– Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
– Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
– Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
According to their web page, Plex supports the following audio and video formats:
|Plex Media Server Supported Media Formats|
|Container||Video Codec||Audio Codec||Notes|
|mp4, mov||h264, mpeg4||aac, ac3,
eac3, mp3, mp2
|asf||vc1, wmv3, wmv2||wmav2, wmapro,
|other audio||transcoded to MP3|