Stream DVD to Plex Media Server for viewing on TV

With the Plex Media Server, you can aggregate all your personal media to conveniently viewing wherever you like whether whether in your living room, the car, or on a boat in the South Pacific! For DVD movie collectors, wish to stream and view your favorite DVD movies on your large screen TV via Plex Media Server’s easy to navigate interface? The following article will show you how to make that achieved.

Plex supported Smart TV models

To stream movies to TV via Plex Media Server, the prerequisite is that you TV should be included in Plex supported Smart TV models. The good news is by the Plex for Smart TVs app is available on a wide range of television models by multiple manufacturers including LG, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio Television, etc. If your TV is not included in the list, then you choose to play DVD on TV with its connected DVD player.

Rip DVD for Plex Streaming to TV

To streaming DVD to Plex Media Server for TV viewing, you will first need to perform a DVD to digital format conversion process since you can’t directly add the DVD disc into Plex media library. Here, you can get the job easily completed with a powerful yet simple to use application called Pavtube ByteCopy, which can powerful bypass the DVD copy protection, you can then make a digital copy from DVD disc/Video_TS folder/IFO/ISO image file without any limitation.

As for the output file formats, you should choose a file format that’s accepted by your TV, you can check your TV user manual to see what the specific playback specification such as the format, codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, etc for the TV. If you try to output a file format that’s not compatible with your TV, Plex Media Server will try to transcode the file, but the transcoding process very be CPU intensive and therefore causing the playback process very choppy. Therefore, it would be much ideal for you to use our program to directly rip DVD to your TV best compatible format and settings. You can then flexibly adjust output video video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc to let them adapt with your TV.

For those people who have no ideal how to tweak those settings on your own, you can use our program to directly produce preset profile formats that has been optimized for Sony/Samsung/LG/Panasonic TV with the optimal playback settings.

Change output video aspect ratio

If the output video uses an aspect ratio that doesn’t match with your TV, there will be black bars when your view the videos on your TV. The good news is that you can use the program’s built-in “Crop” function to change the output video aspect ratio to let it adapt with your TV’s display screen aspect ratio.

How to Rip DVD to Plex Media Server Streaming to TV?

Step 1: Import DVD Movies.

Insert your DVD disc into your DVD-ROM, run the DVD Ripper and click “BD/DVD disc” icon to load movies. You can also import movies files from DVD folder, ISO/IFO.

Import DVD Movies

Step 2: Define the output format.

Click the “Format” option, from its drop-down list, select one of your TV supported file formats such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output TV supported file formats

Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality for TV.

Get best playback settings for TV

You can also directly output TV preset profile formats if your happen to own the Sony/Panasonic/LG/Samsung TV model.

Output TV preset profile formats

Step 3: Adjust output aspect ratio.

Open the “video editor” window, click the “Crop” tab. In the “Crop” window, switch to the “Advanced Mode”. To keep the cropped aspect ratio, there are several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1. Once you select your TV’s compatible “Display aspect ratio”, the “green crop frame” will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video “Size (pix)” in “Settings” section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio.

Adjust output aspect ratio

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin to rip DVD into TV compatible file formats or preset profile formats.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then add converted files to Plex and install the Plex app on your TV to stream and view the movies with Plex’s beautiful interface on your large screen TV.