“Hi, please help me. I have some 4K HEVC Blu-ray discs of some of my favorite movies. I purchased them recently. I want to watch these 4K Blu-ray movies on 4K HDR TV through Plex media player streaming since my 4K HDR TV has no direct support for 4K Blu-ray disc playback. How can I do this? What should I do to play 4K HEVC Blu-ray discs over Plex media player onto 4K HDR TV? What kind of 4K Blu-ray converter tools should I use?”

If you have a new (and probably quite expensive) 4K HDR TV, then 4K video is amazing — it is incredible to watch 4K movies on 4K HDR TV. But to watch a 4K Blu-ray on 4K HDR TV, you need a 4K Blu-ray player, which can set you back quite a few hundred dollars more than regular Blu-ray disc playback. And aside the huge amount of dollars, you might also get into trouble since every Blu-ray disc player is bounded to a certain Blu-ray region. You are able to adjust the Blu-ray region code for 5 times upon Blu-ray disc player. Therefore, you have to make sure that all the 4K Blu-ray discs you have are in accordance with the Blu-ray disc player in region code.

So, is there any other effective solution to play 4K HEVC Blu-ray disc over Plex media player without purchasing Blu-ray disc player? Of course yes. You could try to rip and convert 4K Blu-ray disc to Plex media player compatible 4K videos for streaming onto your 4K HDR TV. That’s exactly what we are going to talk about in this guide. You will learn 2 different 4K Blu-ray disc ripper tools with GPU acceleration for faster 4K HEVC Blu-ray disc to Plex video conversions.

Part 1: Best 4k HEVC Blu-ray to Plex Converter with GPU Acceleration - Leawo Blu-ray Ripper

To convert 4K HEVC Blu-ray disc to 4K video for Plex media player streaming, you need a professional 4K Blu-ray disc ripper software tool. It’s better to get a 4K HEVC Blu-ray ripper with GPU acceleration support, since GPU acceleration techs will greatly increase the 4K Blu-ray to 4K video converting. The first 4K Blu-ray ripper we would like to recommend to you is Leawo 4K Blu-ray Ripper.

Why is Leawo 4K Blu-ray Ripper the first recommended tool?

Excellent disc decrypting performance

With advanced disc decrypting technologies, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could decrypt, rip and convert Blu-ray discs of AACS, BD+, the latest MKB protection, and DVD discs with CSS protection. Meanwhile, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper gets rid of disc region restrictions by removing region codes from Blu-ray ranged from region A to C and DVD discs ranged from region 1 to 6. It’s an all-region Blu-ray disc converter tool you can get in the market right now.

Wide support of input/output files

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD disc, folder and ISO image files to videos and audios in more than 200 file formats such as MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc. You could convert Blu-ray/DVD movies for various devices and players so as to watch Blu-ray/DVD movies on iPad, iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets, Microsoft devices, etc. You could even convert Blu-ray/DVD movies to 4K videos and lossless multi-track videos.

Different content loading modes

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper offers 3 different loading modes to let you load desired titles/movies from source Blu-ray/DVD content: Full Movie, Main Movie, and Custom Mode. Full Movie enables you to import all titles, and Main Movie only imports the longest title by default while you can freely choose titles for importing and converting under Custom Mode.

Edit Blu-ray/DVD movies

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper enables you to edit Blu-ray/DVD movies before converting. You could trim Blu-ray/DVD movie length, crop video size to remove black margin, adjust video effect, add image or text watermark, rotate video, and apply 3D movie effect to convert 2D Blu-ray/DVD to 3D video.

GPU acceleration technologies

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper enables 3 different GPU acceleration technologies to let you rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD movies in 6X higher speed. It supports NVIDIA CUDA, AMD APP, and Intel Quick Sync GPU accelerations. Once your computer has any one of these, you get faster Blu-ray/DVD to video conversion with it.

Practical extra bonus features

Besides the above main features, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper has other wonderful bonus features such as: select subtitles and audio tracks, preview changes instantly, screenshot snapper, merge Blu-ray/DVD files into one, etc.  

Part 2: Rip 4k HEVC Blu-ray to Plex with GPU Acceleration via Leawo Blu-ray Ripper

The below guide would show you how to use Leawo Blu-ray Ripper to rip and convert 4K Blu-ray disc to 4K HEVC file in detail. But beforehand, you need to firstly download and install Leawo Blu-ray Ripper on your computer, and insert 4K Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray disc recorder drive.


Note: Leawo Blu-ray Ripper has been built into Leawo Prof. Media as a module.

Step 1: Add source 4K Blu-ray

Launch Leawo Prof. Media and then open the “Convert” module to enter the “Convert” module. Then, click “Add Blu-ray/DVD” button. On the drop-down panel, you could see 3 different options: Add from CD-ROM, Add from folder and Add iso file. Choose “Add from CD-ROM” option to add 4K Blu-ray disc, or “Add from folder” to add 4K Blu-ray folder.

Note: Leawo Blu-ray Ripper offers 3 different 4K Blu-ray movie loading modes. Under Full Movie mode, you could load all content in source Blu-ray for converting, while Main Movie mode by default chooses the longest title (generally the main movie) but enables you to select any one title for loading and converting. In Custom Mode, you will be able to select multiple titles for loading and converting. Just choose the mode and then determine which titles to load here.

Step 2: Choose 4K MP4 or 4K MKV as output format

Click the drop-down box right before the big green “Convert” button on the sub-menu bar, and choose “Change” to choose 4K MP4 Video or 4K MKV Video as output format from the “Format > 4K Video” group.

Step 3: Adjust parameters

After setting output format, open the drop-down button right before the big green “Convert” again and then choose “Edit” option to enter the “Profile Settings” panel, which lets you adjust video and audio parameters of output format, including: video codec(make sure it’s H.265), quality, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, channel, audio codec, resolution, etc.

Step 4: GPU settings

Click the wheel icon at the top right corner and then go to the “Performance” tab to choose GPU acceleration types in the “GPU” frame.

Step 5: Set output directory

Afterwards, you are back to the main interface. Click the big green “Convert” button on the sub-menu bar and then set output directory in the “Save to” box on the popup sidebar.

Step 6: Convert 4K Blu-ray to 4K H.265 video

After that, click the bottom “Convert” button on the pop-up sidebar to start ripping and converting 4K Blu-ray movie to 4K H.265 video immediately.

After converting, you will then be able to stream the converted 4K Blu-ray movies over Plex media player to 4K HDR TV.

Part 3: Rip 4k HEVC Blu-ray to Plex with GPU Acceleration using HandBrake

As we know that HandBrake could encode H.265/HEVC Blu-ray movies, let’s firstly go through the detailed steps on how to encode H.265/HEVC Blu-ray with HandBrake.

Follow the below steps to learn how to encode Blu-ray movies with H.265/HEVC codec with the help of HandBrake:

  1. Download and install HandBrake on your computer. Get source Blu-ray movies ready. Kick off HandBrake on your computer.
  2. Input the Blu-ray file you want to be transcoded by clicking the large "Source" button and then "File" (clicking Folder allows you to easily set up batch encodes).
  3. Then set a destination by browsing to whatever folder you desire under the "Destination" tab.
  4. Next to the "Format" box, choose either MP4 or MKV as output format.
  5. Under the "Video" tab below, you’ll want to select some specific settings. Make sure framerate is set to "same as source" and that the "Use advanced video tab instead" box is unchecked. Then, select an x265 preset of Medium by adjusting the slider down from the default Ultrafast setting. And make other settings according to your needs.
  6. On the Audio tab you will want to change the codec to HE-AAC (FDK), and make other settings correspondingly.
  7. Under the "Subtitles" tab, embed any subtitles you want. You could then save all these settings as custom for future use.
  8. Under the “Advanced” tab, choose GPU option your computer gets.
  9. Finally, click the "Start" button to start encoding HEVC/H.265 within HandBrake.

You then only need to wait for the encoding to complete. Generally speaking, HandBrake won’t take long to complete the encoding process, highly depending on your computer performance, source Blu-ray file size, and the video/audio parameters you’ve chosen before encoding.

Part 4: Comparison and Conclusion

The below comparison table will show you the differences between Leawo 4K Blu-ray Ripper and HandBrake.



Leawo Blu-ray Ripper

Convert Blu-ray/DVD to 4K H.265/H.264 video



Supported output video formats


MKV, MP4, WMV, MOV, and other 200+

Convert Blu-ray/DVD to audio



Convert encrypted Blu-ray/DVD



Edit Blu-ray/DVD movies



Select subtitles and audio tracks



2D to 3D conversion



Image quality



Audio quality


Support “Audio Copy” audio output support, to retain 5.1/7.1 audio channel output.

GPU acceleration


NVIDIA CUDA, Intel Quick Sync, AMD APP

Encoding speed


6X faster than HandBrake


Windows and Mac

Windows and Mac

Obviously, HandBrake is a straightforward tool that could help you encode Blu-ray/DVD movies to MP4/MKV files, while Leawo Blu-ray Ripper enables you to not only rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD movies to 4K/1080P/720P videos in various formats, but also do more things other than converting.