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3 Steps to Free Rip DVD to Plex Media Server for Streaming Playing on All Your Devices

How to fast rip DVD to Plex Media Server in 3 simple steps to enjoy DVD content anywhere on any device.


Q 1: I have been using Plex Media Server for years. I have a large DVD collection more than 300 discs and I have been using MakeMKV to convert them to MKV files. But, I don't think MKV is the best format to rip DVD to Plex, since MKV is too large (about 5GB), and they almost make my 2TB drives full. So what is the best format for ripping DVDs for Plex? Which DVD ripper program can convert DVD to Plex at a fast speed? I tried Handbrake but it took such a time. I want a good quality with a much smaller file size…

Q 2: Want to rip my own DVDs to my Plex Media Server, so I can take my DVDs to storage and free up some space in my living room. Wonder what the best method/software/settings are. I have a Windows 10 PC...

Plex Media Server is an open-source streaming media server capable of storing users' movies, videos, TV shows, songs, photos, etc. on a central server. It allows users to access media content on all devices they love to watch them anytime and anywhere they want. For DVDs, you can use 2019 best DVD ripper software to rip DVD to Plex supported digital formats and then add DVD movies to Plex Media Server for easily streaming and playback across all your devices without discs. Check below what is the best format to rip DVD to Plex and how to fast convert DVD to Plex with best quality in a smaller file size.

Best Free DVD to Plex Ripper for Windows (10) and Mac – WinX DVD Ripper [100% clean freeware]

>> Rip DVD to MP4 (supported by Plex), WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV, MP3, iPhone (XS), iPad, Apple TV, Android, etc. with original quality at ultrafast speed with Hyper-threading tech and High Quality Engine.
>> Support copy-protected DVDs, incl. CSS, UOP, RCE, region code and Sony ARccOS DVDs. Auto check the right DVD movie main title.

Which is the Best Format to Rip DVD to Plex Media Server?

Let's first make clear which formats Plex Media Server can accept before get into the guide of ripping DVD to Plex. Plex's media compatibility and video quality limitations vary by device. The typically native supported video of Plex is MP4 (H.264+AAC). Videos meeting the standards of following can usually be directly played by Plex:

Container: MP4 | Resolution: 1920×1080 or smaller | Video Encoding: H.264 (level 4.0 or lower) | Video Framerate: 30fps | Video Bit Depth: 8 | Audio Encoding: AAC

4K UHD videos matching the requirements below can be directly played on some 4K devices recognized by Plex app:
Container: MP4 | Resolution: 3840×2160 or smaller | Video Encoding: HEVC (H.265) | Video Frame Rate: 30fps | Video Bit Depth: 8

4K/1080p videos or other videos not conforming to the above parameters will usually need to be either direct streamed or transcoded. Many devices have additional Direct Play video, music, 4K supports like MKV (H.264, HEVC/H.265), MP4 (H.265), AVI, ASF, M2TS/TS (H.264, HEVC/H.265), MOV, WMV, 4K H.264, 4K HEVC (H.265), VP9, 3GP, FLV, OGG, WAV, AAC, AC3, etc. (Related: https://support.plex.tv/articles/203810286-what-media-formats-are-supported/)

As for ripping DVD for Plex, MakeMKV just extracts the video and audio from DVD, that explains why it is fast and why the output file is very large. Handbrake also outputs a large file about 6GB when ripping a feature-length DVD movie to MP4 based on the test, worse still, it is very slow and often crashes in the middle. Both of them cannot deal with commercial DVDs.

Best Free DVD to Plex Ripper

Free Convert DVD to Plex on Windows (10) or Mac with WinX DVD Ripper

WinX DVD Ripper is a 100% clean and secure free DVD ripper for Windows 10/8/7 which can rip DVD to Plex Media Server compatible MP4 format at ultrafast speed with crisp quality and small file size.

It can also convert DVD to MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV, MP3, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, etc. and flawlessly supports various types of DVDs, homemade & commercial DVDs. You can freely adjust output video/audio parameters, inc. change resolution, codec, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc. to fit for different devices.

How to Rip DVD to Plex Media Server with WinX DVD Ripper in 3 Simple Steps?

Free download and install free WinX DVD Ripper on Windows 10/8/7, etc. and follow the easy operation below to fast convert DVD to Plex compatible format on PC or Mac.

Convert DVD to Plex for Free

Step 1. Load source DVD
Input the DVD disc to DVD-ROM. Run WinX DVD Ripper and click DVD Disc button to import the original DVD movie.

Step 2. Choose MP4 as output file
Select to MP4 option. Optionally choose preferred audio track, subtitle, output folder, and adjust video audio settings according to your needs.

Step 3. Start converting DVD to MP4 for Plex
Hit Start button to rip DVD for Plex Media Server at lightning speed with best quality on Windows 10/8/7 or Mac.

Then you can download, install and sign up Plex Media Server. Run Plex and click "Add Selection" and "Movies" to add the ripped DVD digital MP4 video to Plex. Install Plex app on any of your devices to stream and watch the DVD movie video anytime and anywhere you want.

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Related External Source from Wiki:
1. Plex: The Plex Media Server desktop application runs on Windows, macOS and Linux-compatibles including some types of NAS devices. The 'server' desktop application organizes video, audio and photos from your collections and from online services, enabling the players to access and stream the contents...
2. DVD-Video: DVD-Video is a consumer video format used to store digital video on DVD discs. Discs using the DVD-Video specification require a DVD drive and an MPEG-2 decoder (e. g., a DVD player, or a computer DVD drive with a software DVD player)...


Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

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