Plex is designed to organize all of your personal media so you can enjoy it no matter where you are. If you own a plex media sever, it is easy to get your movies free into Plex Media Sever to play on your TV, iPad, computer or phones both home and away. What if we want to share the DVD content via Plex? Actually, it can done effortlessly. Once you convert your DVD movie library to digital files, you can store those files on a server like Plex Media Server and stream them anytime, from anywhere. The article will focus on how to rip and copy DVDs to Plex with best quality in a smaller file size.

Rip/Stream DVDs to Plex with Best Quality

What Is the Best Format for Ripping DVD to Plex?

Plex's media compatibility and video quality limitations vary by device. The typically native supported codec of Emby is MP4 (H.264+AAC). Videos satisfying the standards of the following can usually be directly played with Plex:

Video Encoding
Video Framerate
Video Bit Depth
Audio Encoding
1920×1080 or smaller
H.264 (level 4.0 or lower)

Digital videos not conforming to the above parameters will usually need to be either directly streamed or transcoded. However, Physical DVD dics and disk image formats including ISO, IMG, VIDEO_TS Folder, and BDMV can't be transcoded by Plex on the fly. That's why you need a third-party program to digitize and rip DVDs for Plex in advance.

Get An Easy-to-use Tool to Rip DVDs for Plex

There are numbers of paid or free programs that claim to convert DVD to Plex supported media formats. We can call out several big names like HandBrake and MakeMKV. However, based on the test, Handbrake outputs a large file about 6GB when ripping a feature-length DVD movie to MP4. Worse still, it runs sluggish and often crashes in the middle of process. Plus, the commercial DVDs aren't in their domain which they can handle with. MakeMKV just extracts the video and audio from DVD, that explains why it is fast and why the output file is also very large.

It's kinda a paradox to get the fast speed, optimal quality, and small size for the DVD to Plex MP4 conversion. However, a battle-tested DVD converter like EaseFab DVD Ripper can get the best possible results in a balanced way. It is available for for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, etc. And it has a Mac version compatible with macOS Big Sur and lower. Its features include but are not limited to:

◉ Convert DVD to Plex Supported MP4 as well as other formats such as MKV, HEVC, AVI, WMV, MOV, M4V, MPG, FLV, etc;
◉ Rip DVD to MP4 for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and other devices with optimized presets;
◉ Support coping with various types of DVD discs: homemade discs, burned DVDs, and bought DVDs with almost all DVD encryptions;
◉ Finish conversion at fast speed, owing to the support for the world advanced Intel, Nvidia and AMD, etc. GPU hardware acceleration;
◉ From 7.5GB DVD to ~1GB MP4: Aadjust resolution, bit rate, codec, etc to produce optimal file size. Specifically, the converted MP4 file is 1.0~1.2GB instead of 6~8GBs for a full-length DVD movie, a 80% space saving.

How to Rip DVD to Plex MP4 with 3 Simple Steps

To begin with, you need to download and install EaseFab DVD Ripper Windows or Mac version on your computer. The guide below takes the Windows version for an example. The conversion process on Mac is the same.

Step 1. Load the source DVD

First of all the process starts at the DVD drive, insert your DVD in the drive, then launch the DVD ripper software. Click Load DVD button to import the original DVD you want to put into Plex. The DVD ripper supports advanced encryptions like navigation algorithm used in multiple titles. It will easily detect the correct title hiden in DVDs from Disney, Sony, Paramount, etc.

Load DVD files

2. Choose MP4 as output file

Go to "Profile" bar and choose MP4 (h264+aac) from Common Video category. Optionally choose preferred audio track, subtitle, output folder according your needs.

Click the "Settings" icon, you can adjust video audio parameters. But if you don't know parameters very well, just keep the default settings which are the best settings for your Plex.

Select MP4 for Encoding ISO to Plex

3. Start ripping DVD to Plex

Hit the Convert button at the bottom of the main interface to start the DVD to Plex Media Server conversion. Once the conversion is done, click Open to quickly find the converted movies.

Now you can 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.