With the increasing requirements of managing video, music and photo collections in this era of amusing to death, Plex is the best choice to store all your movies and music on a central server and enjoy all of your personal media on TV, PS4, Xbox One, iPad, computer, iOS and other DLNA-certified devices locally via home network connection, or remotely, as long as you have a Internet connection. And you could use Plex to stream your TV series to share with your friends and family. However, if you've ever tried to rip a TV show DVD such as Game of Thrones Season 6 to Plex server or Plex Cloud, you know how hard it is to get it split into individual episodes for leisure time. In that case, this article will show you how to root out the breakdown issue easily to rip DVDs to Plex.
To make your TV series DVD successfully backup to Plex server, the first step is to get a DVD ripping software. Then Handbrake you might have a try when googling from the abundent sites because everyone like me love the undeniable free lunch, however, most of time it didn't taste good to rip DVD series to episodes for Plex since any commercial DVD will be copy protected. Handbrake is open-source program doesn't have enough fund and labor to support it update to be compatible with each computer operating system upgrade, and it doesn't have the native ability to remove copy protection.
So the well-known fast DVD Ripper Dimo Video Converter Ultimate, 10X times DVD ripping speed by H.265 codec which can make you rip more DVD TV series to Plex than Handbrake in the same time period, which can help you finish DVD conversion bypassing DVD copy protection such as Region code, Sony ARccOS protection, APS(Analog Protection System), DVD CSS, UOP (User Operation Prohibition), Disney DRM X-project, and convert Christmas movies to various formats for different players. With it, you can convert DVD to almost all regular video formats like Multi-track MP4, MOV, lossless MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, etc. but keeping the DVD's multiple foreign language and even extract audio to MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc. from DVD TV series. After converting, it allows you to copy your DVD to hard drive with original structure or main episodes only.
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Note: If wanna maintain the original DVD file structure(VIDEO_TS), you can also use a DVD ripper to reformat these DVD TV series files, because Plex states that VIDEO_TS and other image file formats (ISO, etc.) are currently incompatible with the streaming system. It has to be repackaged or encoded into a file that can stream by the media server. So the versatile Dimo's DVD to Plex Converter can also be your wise choice for it fully supports to convert DVD VIDEO_TS folder.
Well, today we'll take a look step by step at how to backup and convert an entire TV series DVD set to Plex by this DVD ripper program.
Install and launch the ripping program for TV shows DVD. Then click "Add DVD" to import the DVD files you want to convert after you insert the DVD to your DVD driver. This program will automatically choose the main title of the DVD TV Series disc. If you want to rip DVD to different episodes, you can tick each chapter instead of the whole DVD main title.
Click "Select Format" and choose "MP4" video from Common Video, which can be recognized by Plex well. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it. If your DVD TV series include sound multi-track, we recommend you to choose "Multi-track" > "Multi-track MP4"; While if you like to keep all the sound-tracks and foreignal languages, then "Multi-track" > "lossless MKV" is your best choice.
Tip: To quickly share a video clip with Plex, you should compress the video first – especially if it's HD, then you can press the "Setting" button to shrink the movies and music size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to make it quicker to upload, download, and stream from the cloud. But the principle is that, lower resolution, frame rate and bitrate will reduce the file size, and also lower the output quality. So choose carefully.
Press the "Start" button to start ripping TV Show DVD or episodic DVD to your Plex. Dimo Video Converter Ultimate will keep the quality of the original DVD. Just in 20-60 minutes, you can watch the TV series DVD via Plex to TV or other media server or mobile devices.
Tips: The video and audio file formats Plex supports are as below picture:
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