Plex Media Server (abbreviated as Plex) is a handy media server, able to play media files from various sources. For example, you can add folders and files already on your computer, or you can stream programing through various channels that come with the service, including Apple Movie Trailers, The Colbert Report, Live Music Archive, PBS, Pitchfork TV, Plex Podcast, SoundCloud, and more. With Plex Media Server, you can even easily play Blu-ray movies without any quality data losses. Here, let’s see how to rip Blu-ray to Plex for backup or playback.
User Guide: How to Play Blu-ray on Plex
To play Blu-ray files on Plex media server, you have more than one way to go. Here, you can directly use Plex Media Server and another Plex Client playback software. Or you have another easier way like using a professional Blu-ray ripper, so as to freely play the converter Blu-ray files on Plex or just back it up. Now, let’s see these two different ways one by one.
Solution 1. Use Plex Media Server and associated Plex client
Step 1. Download Plex Media Server from its official website. Then install and open it on the computer in one click.
Step 2. Then sign up your Plex account, click on the “+” icon on left side to open “Add library” window, select “Movies” type, then press “Next”, you can then choose a language if need be, then click “Next” to open another window, press “add folder” to find the folder where your local movies are located, click “Add library” to continue. Once the process is done, the Plex setup process is finished.
Now, to play Blu-ray files on Plex Media Server, you will then need to install a third-party Plex client like PS4, Roku and etc. Here, let’s might as well take PS4 as an example.
Step 3. Open the web browser on your PS4 and and then go to the address bar at the top to type in www.plex.tv/web.
Step 4. Now sign in with the same user name and password you used when setting up Plex Media Server on your computer.
Step 5. Then all the files that you have loaded to Plex Media Server will show up and you can then enjoy your Blu-ray movie as wanted.
As mentioned in the above, not all Blu-ray files can be played on Plex Media Server, such as encrypted Blu-ray files. Moreover, by using the way introduced in the above, you can only play Blu-ray movies on Plex but not back them up. So why not try another easier way to play Blu-ray file on Plex and back it up at the same time?
Solution 2. Rip Blu-ray for Plex
Here, you can rely on this almighty Leawo Blu-ray Ripper, which allows you to easily rip Blu-ray and convert it to any other digital file formats that can be supported by Plex. Various file formats can be supported including MKV, MP4, MPEG, AVI, FLV, RMVB and etc. Moreover, the editing features within this software allows you to easily customize the output file by adjusting the detailed settings of output file such ass resolution, frame rate and many more. And the converted files can be played on various different platforms including Plex Media Server, computers, Apple devices, Android devices and other mobile devices. Best of all, this professional software has a simple user interface, enabling even computer novices to rip Blu-ray files within a few simple clicks.
Steps to go:
Step 1. Open the software & Load source file
First of all, open the installed software on the computer and then click on the Convert option on the top panel to reach the main interface of Leawo Blu-ray Ripper. Then hit the Add Blu-ray/DVD option to load the wanted source file.
Step 2. Set the output file format
Now, click on the the HD MKV Video option, enter the Change section and then go to Format tab to continue. Under the Format tab, select the wanted output file format as wished and liked.
Step 3. Customize settings of output file
Hit the pencil-shaped icon on the top right corner of the selected box. You will then see the below interface and then just set the codec, channel and more settings as liked. After that, remember to hit the OK option to save these settings.
Step 4.Start ripping Blu-ray for Plex
Now, hit the green icon of Convert to go on, specify the output file location and then click on the Convert icon at the bottom to start the process.
The only thing you need to do now is wait patiently for the process to get completed within a little while. After that, you are free to play Blu-ray on Plex that has been converted. By the way, the converted Blu-ray files will be saved on the computer by default, so you can actually save such quality lossless files on the computer as a backup! So if this is what you are looking for, just stop hesitating. Have a try of this powerful Leawo Blu-ray Ripper and it surely won’t let you down!
BTW, except Plex, you may also want to know how to convert Blu ray to Xbox 360 for seamless playback, right? Please just click the tutorial link hyperlinked to know more details.