How to Rip And Add DVDs to Plex?


I have around 110 DVD movies that I’m thinking of backing-up and storing on my computer, to then play with Plex. Which program should I use if I want to rip my DVD for Plex in 100% quality? MakeMKV and Handbrake both seem to be aimed at people who don’t want 1:1 quality when ripping, so I’m a bit concerned about this.

Plex is one of the most popular home media sharing and managing solutions. You may wanna use Plex and sync the DVD files to Xbox, Play Station, Roku, iPhone or Android device directly. The article shares 2 easy methods to rip DVD for streaming via Plex.

Part 1: The Best Method to Rip DVD for Plex with the Original Quality

 I highly recommend you DumboFab DVD Ripper, which can rip DVDs to Plex Media Server compatible MP4 format at ultra fast speed and least quality loss. The program accepts various types of DVDs, non-commercial, region-coded, 99-title, etc.

What makes DumboFab DVD Ripper the best option to rip DVD to Plex supported file format:

  • A 100% clean and secure DVD ripper for Windows 10/8/7 and Mac
  • Rip DVDs (including encrypted, region-locked or unplayable DVDs) to Plex Media Server compatible MP4 format at ultrafast speed
  • Also convert DVD ISO and Video_TS folder to Plex compatible format
  • Offer a number of handy preset profiles for smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, smart TVs and more.
  • Freely adjust output video/audio parameters, including change resolution, codec, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc. to fit different requirements.
  • Simple edit: cut, crop, merge, rotate, flip videos; add effect, text/image watermark to videos, etc.

Steps to Rip DVDs for Plex in 3 Simple Steps

Step 1. Input the DVD disc to DVD-ROM. Launch DumboFab DVD Ripper and click the Load DVD button to import the original DVDs you want to put into Plex.

Step 2. From Fomrat drop-down list, you’re recommended to choose H.264 encoded MP4 from Common Video category as the output format because MP4 is is the most popular video format for almost all devices and media players.

To get the best possible output quality and smallest file size, choose H.265 Video(*.mp4) profile. It has 50% smaller size at the same quality. Please note that Plex’s HEVC playback depends on the device you are playing on.

Recommended video size settings for ripping DVDs to Plex:

◈ You’re not suggested to adjust the frame rate and aspect ratio, if not necessary.
◈ Lower the bitrate to a lower level. For example, adjusting the original medium quality to bitrates of around 1500-2000 is acceptable without noticeable pixellation.
◈ Lower the resolution. Typical DVD videos are 720×480 (NTSC) and 720×540 (PAL). Adjust the resolution to 640×480 won’t make any quality difference.

Step 3. Hit the Convert button to rip DVD for Plex at lightning speed with best quality.

Part 2. How to Rip Homemade DVD for Plex for Free via VLC

VLC Media Player is another method to rip DVD for Plex for free. It is not only an open-source media player, but also a free DVD ripper. But VLC is not able to produce high quality output.

Step 1: Insert the DVD disc into your DVD drive and open VLC Media Player on your computer. VLC is not available to all DVD discs. It cannot handle optical discs encrypted by advanced technology.

Step 2: Click the View menu and choose Advanced Controls option on the top ribbon and you can get more buttons at the bottom. But you cannot decide the output format or other custom options.

Copy Bluray with VLC

Step 3: Go to the Media menu, select the Add File option, and choose the title you want to rip from the DVD disc. Then start ripping DVD for Plex.

Part 3. How do I add the video file to Plex?

IMPORTANT – YOU MUST FOLLOW PLEX’s NAMING Conventions. Videos go in the Movies folder, then a folder with the name of the movie.

Upload the video via SFTP and these credientials (must be SFTP – SSH)

Author: Chris Gu

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