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Posted by Chris Ellison - July 17, 2023 | Contact Author

How to Rip DVDs for Streaming over Plex with Best Results

"I have a number of physical dvd's that I've purchased over the yrs - is it possible to burn them onto my hard drive, save them in Plex, then access to watch from a Plex whenever I want to view them?" -- A read demand for ripping DVD collection & store in Plex from Reddit

Many DVD owners want to add DVDs to Plex Media Server so that they can use the Plex app to watch the DVD movies or TV shows on a smart TV, game console, streaming device, or mobile device, and so on. However, powerful as Plex, it doesn't add support for playing DVDs directly. To achieve this goal smoothly, you may have to convert DVD to digital files that Plex supports. After that, park the ripped DVD movies on single computer with the Plex server software installed, and then you install Plex on on all your other devices and watch them with no hassle.

Then, how to rip DVDs for Plex? What's the best format for ripping DVD to Plex with best quality in a smaller size? If you're confused about these, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll share the best DVD ripper for Plex and show you how to rip DVDs to Plex for streaming with best results.

Best Way to Rip DVDs for Plex

Part 1. What's the Best Format for Ripping DVD to Plex

Before the task, we need to make sure what formats Plex can accept. The fact is that Plex's media compatibility and video quality limitations vary by devices. The typically native supported codec of Plex and multimedia device is MP4 with the H.264 and AAC codec. You can play videos or movies directly with Plex if they reach the following specifications. If the 4K or 1080p video content doesn't conform to the following parameters, then the video will usually need to be either directly streamed or transcoded.

Video Encoding
Video Framerate
Video Bit Depth
Audio Encoding
1920×1080 or smaller
H.264 (level 4.0 or lower)

4K UHD videos matching the requirements below can be directly played on some 4K devices recognized by Plex app:

Video Encoding
Video Framerate
Video Bit Depth
Audio Encoding
3840×2160 or smaller
HEVC (H.265)

Part 2. What's the Best Program to Rip DVDs for Plex

To store the DVDs into Plex server, a DVD ripping software is required. There are many programs out there that allow you to get the job done. You may have heard about the free software tools - MakeMKV and Handbrake. In fact, they are not the best program for ripping DVD to Plex. MakeMKV just extracts the video and audio from DVD, that explains why it is fast and why the output file is very large. Handbrake also outputs a large file about 6GB when ripping a feature-length DVD movie to MP4 based on the test. Worse still, it runs sluggish and often crashes in the middle of process. Plus, the commercial DVDs aren't in their domain which they can handle with.

If you're interested in ripping DVD collection to Plex and don't want to be held back by slow processing, decryption problem and poor quality, DumboFab DVD Ripper will be your best choice. It can help you rip DVD to Plex compatible MP4 file format with best quality in a smaller size. And it can conquer all types of DVDs, from new discs, 99-title, damaged, Japanese, regional, workout to non-standard DVDs. Below are the specific features that add a ton of value.

What makes DumboFab DVD Ripper the best DVD ripper for Plex:

  • ● Convert DVD to MP4 H.264 for Plex for direct playback with best quality-size balance.
  • ● It can rip all encrypted DVDs to Plex, incl. DVDs with region codes, RCE, CSS, bad sectors, 99 titles, ARccOS, UOPs, APS, etc. without using 3rd-party software.
  • ● It can finish DVD to Plex MP4 conversion at ultra-fast encoding speed with support for Intel/NVIDIA hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU, and Hyper-threading tech.
  • ● It offers a number of optimized preset profiles for AVI, WMV, MOV, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
  • ● You're allowed to freely adjust resolution, bitrate, codec, etc to produce optimal file size.
  • ● Simple edit: cut, crop, merge, rotate, flip videos; add effect, text/image watermark to videos, etc.

Part 3. How to Rip DVD to Plex in 3 Simple Steps with DumboFab DVD Ripper

First of all, you need to free download and install the best DVD ripper for Plex on your Windows or macOS computer. After that, you can follow the step-by-step guide below to rip DVDs to Plex.

Step 1. Load source DVD

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. It also supports DVD Folder and ISO Image. The DVD ripper supports advanced encryptions like navigation algorithm used in multiple titles. It will easily detect the correct title hiden in DVDs from Disney, Sony, Paramount, etc.

Load source DVD

Step 2. Choose MP4 as output file

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 Plex, other mobile deivces 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. For the most part the server will stream whatever the client is requesting. Of the devices I use, the Xbox One, Plex Media Player, and Plex for Samsung all can play HEVC content and the resolution will depend on the device.

Select MP4 for ripping DVD to Plex

Tips: Flexible options are offered to further reduce the size of the ripped MP4 video. Click the Settings button beside the profile bar and enter into the Profile Settings window. A slew of other variables such the video/audio codecs, pixel dimensions, frame rate, bit rate, audio sampel rate, etc. will help convert a DVD at 7.5GB to a smaller MP4 file.

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.

Best Format Settings for Ripping DVD to Plex

Step 3. Get ripping started

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

How to Upload DVD Rips to Plex

Then you can download, install and sign up Plex Media Server. Run Plex and click "Add Selection" and "Movies" to add the ripped DVD (digital MP4 video) to Plex. Install Plex app on any of your devices to stream and watch the DVD movie video anytime and anywhere you want.

Part 4. How to Add Ripped DVD Movies to Plex Server

  • 1. Download and open the Plex app on your desktop.
  • 2. Go to the home page of Plex and Click '+'.
  • 3. On the pop-up Add Library window, choose 'Movies'.
  • 4. Type the folder name and choose the language you want.
  • 5. Browse your media folders and choose the folder you want to add.
  • 6. Click 'ADD LIBRARY' to load the movies. Then you can open Plex to play and stream the ripped DVD movies with ease.
Add DVD Movies to Plex

Final Words:

DVD-Video is a consumer video format used to store digital video on DVD discs. Discs using the DVD-Video specification require a DVD drive and an MPEG-2 decoder (e. g., a DVD player, or a computer DVD drive with a software DVD player). Ripping DVDs to Plex allows you to access media files remotely via internet without the limitation of disc and hardware.

If you use your computer as Plex Media Server, the computer must be turned on while you watch a DVD movie on other devices. Because of this, some people will install Plex Media Server on NAS. NAS was designed to run 7*24 hours uninterruptedly.

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Chris Ellison

Chris Ellison, an English Copywriter of DumboFab Studio, has 6 years of writing and marketing experience. Love writing and always provide thoughtful how-to guides and tips related to video processing, physical discs ripping and backup, recent hot topics, new digital devices, hit movies, music, etc. She is a life-enthusiast who is independent, persistent, enthusiastic, energetic, and interested in music, exercise, travel, dance, painting.

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