How to Play MOV Files in Plex Smoothly
iMovie makes .mov-files when importing clips from my video camera. But I can't play those MOV clips in Plex? I hear the sound, but no picture i shown. How come? The movie format is in the .mov container. What can I do to make this work? Digging around the net, I found some clues.Now I’d like to share something to help all of you to play MOV files in Plex without hassle.
Well, iMovie and Quicktime make .mov files that really can be played back in QuickTime perfectly. But the MOV is beyond support by Plex. The best solution (even though it kinda sucks) is to just re-encode it into standard H.264 .mp4 files using a third-party tool like Brorsoft Video Converter.
With it, you can fast convert MOV video to H.264 MP4 for Plex seamlessly. What's more, this video converter supports converting H.265, MKV, VOB, WTV, MPG, WMV, TiVo, AVI, 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 MOV to Plex compatible H.264 video on Windows(Windows 10 included).
Guide: How to Convert MOV to Plex Supported Video Formats
Step 1. Add MOV videos
Launch the MOV to Plex converter. Drag the MOV files to the software. Or you can also click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
Step 2. Select output format
Click "Format" and choose H.264 MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.
Tip: Click the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files.
Step 3. Start MOV to Plex Conversion
Click the "Convert" icon under the preview window to start converting MOV to H.264 MP4 for Plex streaming.
After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the output videos. Then, it would be easy for Plex to read and play the MOV video clips.