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Registered: ‎07-06-2016

How to stream DVD to Plex server for storing?

Personally, I like to stream DVD movies stored on Plex to Apple TV 4 for watching. The point here is, if Plex can support DVD files, shall we need to rip DVDs for Plex Media Server? Well, in this article, I will share the easiest and quickest way to backup all DVDs ripped into Plex media server for streaming and sharing.

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Registered: ‎07-06-2016

Re: How to stream DVD to Plex server for storing?

To stream DVD to Plex for storing, make sure to rip DVD to Plex native supported file formats and profile parameters listed as below:

  • Container: MP4
  • Resolution: 1920x1080 or smaller
  • Video Encoding: H.264 (level 4.0 or lower)
  • Video Framerate: 30fps
  • Video Bit Depth: 8
  • Audio Encoding: AAC

If you have no idea how to get the best video settings for playing in Plex, have a reference at the information below:

Normal Settings
Format: MP4
Video Codec: x264
Framerate: Same as source
Constant quality: 50-70% depending on how much loss you are willing to take for size. 62% is my sweet spot.
Anamorphic: Strict (Loose is also ok, maybe better for space concerns)
Keep aspect ratio: Off
Crop: Auto

Audio Settings
Track 1: AC3 passthrough (This setting maintains compatibility with other devices like AppleTV/PS3.)
Track 2: AAC with Stereo mixdown 96 bitrate (again compatibility for when the file is played in not Plex- not needed if file is only for Plex!)

Advanced Settings
Reference Frames: 5
Mixed References: On
B-Frames: 5 if live action, 15 if animation
Direct Prediction: Spatial
Weighted B Frames: On Pyramidal B Frames: On (if things don't work turn this off first)
Motion Estimation Method: Uneven Multi-Hexagon
Motion Estimation Range: 16-32 (more towards 16 when its live action drama, more towards 32 on actiony animation)
Subpixel Motion Estimation: 2-9 (more towards 2 when its live action drama, more towards 9 on actiony animation)
Analysis: All
8x8 DCT: On
Deblocking: Do that in main settings if needed
Trellis: 2 (might be most important settings I have found for quality)
No DCT Decimate: Off
CABAC Entropy: On