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How to Rip and Stream DVDs to Plex in 3 Simple Steps

How to fast rip DVD for Plex server in 3 simple steps? WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the correct way to go.

Table of contents:
1. What Is the Best Format for Ripping DVDs to Plex Media Server
2. What Is the Best DVD Ripper for Plex - Free Download Best Program to Rip DVD for Plex?
3. How to Rip DVD to Plex with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum in 3 Simple Steps?

There were some comments about how to rip DVD for Plex we collected on a forum:

Q1: 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…

Q2: Want to rip my own DVDs to my Plex Media Server while remaining indoors due to COVID-19, 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 for desktop

Plex is a nifty 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 anytime and anywhere. For DVDs, you can use 2020 best DVD ripper software to rip DVD for Plex that supports digital files and then add your DVD collections to Plex Media Server for easily streaming and playback across all your devices without discs. Check below what is the optimum format for ripping DVDs for Plex and how to fast copy and get DVD to Plex with best quality in a smaller file size.

What Is the Best Format for Ripping DVDs to Plex Media Server

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

Why MakeMKV and HandBrake are not the best software for ripping DVD to Plex?

As for ripping DVDs 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. Plus, it cannot deal with commercial DVDs.

What Tool Is the Best Program to Rip DVD for Plex?

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a 100% clean and secure DVD ripper for Windows 10/8/7 and Mac which can rip DVDs (including copy-protected DVDs) to Plex Media Server compatible MP4 format at ultrafast speed thanks to the support for Intel/NVIDIA hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU, and Hyper-threading tech. Plex doesn't support ISO image and VIDEO_TS folder. You can also use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum to convert ISO and VIDEO_TS to Plex compatible format.

It can also convert DVD to ISO, VIDEO_TS, MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV, MP3, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, etc. and supports various types of DVDs, homemade & commercial DVDs. You can freely adjust output video/audio parameters, including change resolution, codec, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc. to fit in different devices. The following is a simple tutorial about how to rip DVD for Plex.

Note: Please DO Not use WinX DVD Ripper to rip rental DVDs. The following downloads are for Windows and Mac only. If you are a mobile user, please click here.

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

Free download and install WinX DVD Ripper Platinum on your desktop, then follow the step-by-step instruction below:

Step 1. Load source DVD
Input the DVD disc to DVD-ROM. Launch WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and put the click on the DVD Disc button to import the original DVD you want to put into Plex.

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

Step 3. Get ripping started
Hit the RUN button to rip DVD for Plex at lightning speed with best quality.

Convert DVD to Plex playable format

How to Upload DVD Movies to Plex

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.

Related External Source from Wiki:
1. Plex: The Plex Media Server desktop application is available for Windows, macOS, Linux operating system, and some types of NAS devices either. 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). Ripping DVDs to Plex allows you to access media files remotely via internet without the limitation of disc and hardware.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software strongly discourages ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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