How to Play ISO Files on Plex

I saved a bunch of baby videos into .iso files, and was wondering if there is a way to stream these .iso files to my tv via Plex.

From Plex support center, we know that Plex doesn’t support the use of ISO, IMG, Video_TS, or other “disk image” formats. If you wish to use those with Plex, you should convert them to a compatible format. For those who wanan get ISO to Plex, you’re just in the right place to find out the best solution.

What media formats are supported by Plex for Direct Play?

Container formatVideo encodingAudio encoding
ASFvc1, wmv2wmav2
AVImpeg4, msmpeg4, msmpeg4v2, msmpeg4v3, vc1, wmv3aac, ac3, mp3
MP4H.264, hevc (H.265), mpeg4, vc1, wmv3aac, ac3, eac3, mp3
MPEGTS, TSH.264, mpeg2videoaac, ac3, mp2
MKVH.264, hevc (H.265), mpeg4, msmpeg4v2, msmpeg4v3, vc1, vp9, wmv3aac, ac3, alac, e-ac3,flac, mp3
WMVwmv2, vc1wmav2

How Can You Make Plex Play ISO File?

According to the suggestion from Plex, we can convert ISO file to a Plex compatible format. DumboFab DVD Ripper is a great choice that can convert ISO file to Plex supported formats like MP4 while maintaining original quality. Supporting hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU, and hyper-threading tech, it can finish this in a few minutes.

Convert DVD ISO to Plex Media Server compatible format

Step 1. Import ISO movies

Launch the DVD ripping software and click the “Load DVD” button to have the DVD ISO media imported. VIDEO_TS folder, DVD discs are the source files for converting.

Step 2. Decide output format

Click Format bar and choose MP4 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.

Step 3. Advanced Settings

With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD 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 encoding ISO to Plex

Hit on the “Convert” button at the bottom of the sidebar to initiate the ripping process. The time it will take is based on the file size. When the conversion is over, you can play back the ISO videos with Plex media player freely.

Author: Chris Gu

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