Problem with WMV Files and Plex- Resolved
Plex is solution for your local and online media, which seamlessly connects your Plex clients. If you have some personal video files like WMV and want to get these WMV files onto Plex for playing and streaming with ease, you've come to the right place. This article gives you some hints on how to get Plex play WMV files smoothly without any trouble.
Generally Plex will play and detect any video file including .WMV. But based on our testing and Plex uers' feedback, there are many issues on WMV and Plex:
"I have a bunch of home movies I ripped. They were originally MP4, which played fine. I edited them with Windows Movie Maker and created smaller videos in .wmv, however Plex says unsupported video codec."
"I have some .mkv files that I converted to .wmv. Is there any way to get plex to play these WMV with sound. The video is fine just no audio? The audio is 5.1 in all the .wmv."
As we mentioned above, Plex can handle almost all types of video files, but the point here is if you have transcoded streams in the background, you'll have intermittent periods of 100% CPU utilization no matter how powerful your CPU. And there are some video or audio codec issues from to time. Acutally, H.264 MP4 is the most compatible format for Plex, which will run more smoothly. So to play WMV in Plex, a good suggestion is to convert WMV to Plex more friendly MP4 format.
Along with help from Brorsoft Video Converter you fill the compatibility gap between WMV and Plex easily. With it, you can fast convert different WMV videos to H.264 MP4 for Plex seamlessly. What's more, this video converter supports converting H.265, MKV, VOB, MP4, WTV, MPG, TiVo, AVI, MOV, etc to Plex supported file format. And with the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. For Mac guys, try Video Converter for Mac. Download the program and learn how to change WMV to Plex compatible video.
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How to Transcode WMV to Plex Support Format
Step 1. Load original WMV files
Launch the best WMV to Plex converter. Click "Add" button on the main interface to load your WMV files to the program. "Check the merge into on file" box, you can jion several WMV files togethere if you want.
Step 2. Select output format
Click "Format" and choose MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. Here 3 H.264 presets "H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" are supported.
Tips: 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 3. Start WMV to Plex Conversion
Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert WMV to Plex compatible video files. After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the output videos. Then, it would be easy for Plex to read and play the WMV video clips.
Editor's Note: There are many programs out there like Handbrake that allow us to transcode WMV files to Plex friendly formats. If you are seeking for the best video output quality, fastest video conversion speed, and the largest formats supported, Brorsoft Video Converter will be your best choice.