How to prepare AVI files for playback via Plex
Let's go to the point: if you want to play AVI via Plex Media Server(a sophisticated media management program), what would be the best way to go about it? Just read on this article. We will share the tips and tricks for copying and streaming AVI to Plex in the simplest way.
Searching Plex forum, we found many guys are facing the similar troubles "AVI files not seen in Plex", "Plex won't play AVI files"... In fact, there is an easy way to fix the issue. In order to stream AVI files via Plex Media Server without problems, the easy option is to convert AVI to Plex most compatible video files(MP4 seems to be the best one). Along with some help from Brorsoft Video Converter, it can be done effortlessly.
Overall, this video app is professional on fast transcoding AVI to Plex Media Server with MP4 format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports AVI videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MKV, MXF, MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks included) for further usage.
Download AVI to Plex Converter:
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
How to convert AVI to Plex for playback
STEP 1. Import AVI videos
Launch the program, and click "Add" button on the main interface to load your AVI files for converting. (Drag&Drop function is included.) Check the "Merge into one file" box and you can join AVI clips into one.
STEP 2. Select output format
Click "Format" bar and choose MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. If your source video is in 1080p and you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.
STEP 3. Further Settings
With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
STEP 4. Start AVI to Plex Conversion
Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface. This AVI to Plex Converter will start encoding AVI to Plex friendly MP4 video automatically.
After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Now you can stream AVI files through Plex Media Server to HDTV, PS3, Xbox360 or other devices. Enjoy.