How to Smoothly Play MKV via Plex on Apple TV
I don't believe Apple TV supports MKV, but that shouldn't be a reason to stop users from buying them. In this article, we will quickly walk you through how to play MKV via Plex on Apple TV.
If the streams aren't being transcoded, then the conversion from MKV to MP4 or MPEG-TS uses almost no resources, so the impact to your sever is the same as a direct stream, for all intents and purposes.
Well, if you don't have enough free CPU for Plex server transcoding in the background, you can turn to another workaround- convert MKV to Plex more friendly format in advance.
At first blush, there are a number of different video conversion software options including some freeware like VLC, Handbrake. But if open source isn't really your thing and you want a more packaged toolkit with a friendly GUI, then take a look at Brorsoft Video Converter (or Mac), which is designed to handle the MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MXF, H.265 formats/codec like a boss. The great thing about this tool is that it combines converting, playing and editing into one piece of software, which may save you some valuable time based on your goals (plus it has big, easy buttons for amateurs). With it you can easily transcode MKV video content to Plex format without a loss of quality.
Download MKV to Plex on Apple TV Converter:
Step 1: Run the smart MKV converter and click Add button to import your MKV video files.
Step 2: Click the "Format" option, and choose H.264 MP4 from Common Video profile list for Plex on Apple TV.
Tip - Advanced Settings: If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice verse.
Step 3: Click the convert button under the preview window, and the video converter will start the conversion from MKV to Plex Media Server.
Once the conversion finished, get the converter MKV files onto Plex Media Server easily. Now you can stream MKV through Plex to Apple TV for great enjoyment.