This article gives you some hints on how to rip Blu-ray/DVD ISO to Plex Media Server for widely streaming to Roku, Xbox 360, PS3, Android/iOS devices for playback anywhere. Now learn the ISO to Plex Media Server brief workflow.
An ISO file is a complete copy of a CD or DVD. You can create ISO images yourself or download them from the Internet. For example, Linux distributions offer freely downloadable ISO files that you can burn to disc.
You can use an ISO image in a variety of ways. The ISO file itself is a backup of a disc, so you can use the ISO file if you ever lose or damage the original disc. You can also “mount” the ISO, which makes it accessible as if it were a physical disc – you can install software from the disc and access its files as if it were inserted in your disc drive. ISO files can be used to install software from discs on computers that lack physical disk drives.
Got some DVD and Blu-ray ISO image files and want to play them using Plex? The point here, Plex doesn’t support ISO format streaming. Plex also makes it clear in its supported sources list – “Plex does not support the use of ISO, IMG, Video_TS, or other “disk image” formats.” Fortunately, there is a quick workaround to fix the issue.
The easy option is to convert ISO to Plex compatible video files. Along with some help from a professional video converter tool like Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate (See Best Tool to Rip Blu-ray/DVD/HD Videos in 2017), it can be done effortlessly.
This video app is professional on fast transcoding ISO to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports ISO videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MKV, MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, Video_TS .etc, even Blu-ray and DVD Discs. For Mac users, Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.
Cons: Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate is not freeware.
While, if you do not mind to pay $55.95, you can follow the guidance for you to transfer ISO to Plex for streaming, sharing.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
How to convert DVD ISO for Plex streaming
Step 1. Load ISO files
Run Brorsoft ISO Converter and click “Load DVD” to select and load the ISO image files to the program.
Step 2: 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. For example, if you use FLAC instead of MP3 for your music, you can’t stream to your Xbox 360. Just keep in mind that not all devices support all formats of media.
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: Click the convert button under the preview window, and the ISO Converter will start the conversion from ISO movies to Plex Media Server.
Once the conversion finished, get the ripped ISO files onto Plex Media Server easily. Now you can stream ISO movies through Plex to Google TV, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, PS3, or other connected devices for great enjoyement.
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