Quickly Stream MKV files to Plex Media Server
Plex is a media server application that will help you share music, movies, and your other media collection like your other computer, TV, PS3, Xbox360, Android, iOS, and other DLNA-certified devices locally via home network connection, or remotely, as long as you have a Internet connection. Plex announced that it supports wide range of media formats. If your device supports it, Plex will stream it directly. If it doesn't, Plex will transcode it to an acceptable format for your device. However, many users still can not add MKV files to Plex Media Server for smoothly playback. And people may encounter problems 'Plex not detecting MKV files' like this:
"I have a diverse library of video files, many of them in mkv format. All other files play without problems but while transfer mkv files to Plex Media Server, it stops and go with buffering and reloading messages."
In fact, there is an easy way to fix the issue. In ordet to stream MKV files via Plex Media Server without problems, the easy option is to convert MKV to Plex compatible video files. Along with some help from third party program, it can be done effortlessly. Here I will take Brorsoft Video Converter for instance to show you how to get MKV and Plex to play nicely.
For Mac users, you can turn to the equivalent Mac version Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which can convert MKV files to Plex Media Sever on Mac OS X (Mavericks included) without issue. Just get the right version and follow the steps below to convert MKV for adding to Plex Media Sever.
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How to play MKV files via Plex
Step 1: Load original MKV files
Click "Add" button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)
Step 2: Select output format
Click "Format" and choose MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.
Adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the "Settings" button on the main interface for getting the best quality.
Step 3: Start MKV to Plex Conversion
Tap the Conversion button on the main interface to start transcoding MKV to Plex Media Server.
The process will be finished soon. After the conversion, you can easily find the encoded MKV video clips in the destination folder by clicking "Open"button for playing and sharing to your other devices via Plex Media Server.
About Brorsoft Video Converter: With the new optimized acceleration technology, the super speed video conversion now is 6X faster than before and surpasses most regular video converters. What's more, this video file converter ensures zero quality loss. The lossless conversion supports most formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, and more. With its built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks.
If you also have some DVD and Blu-ray movies and want to get these movies off of your discs and onto Plex for streaming, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate (An all-in-one toolkit to convert videos and rip Blu-ray/DVD) or iMedia Converter for Mac to fulfill your task.
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