Plex is a media server application that will help you share music, movies, and your other media collection like your other computer, TV, PS3, Xbox360, Android, iOS, and other DLNA-certified devices locally via home network connection, or remotely, as long as you have a Internet connection. Plex announced that it supports wide range of media formats. If your device supports it, Plex will stream it directly. If it doesn’t, Plex will transcode it to an acceptable format for your device. However, many users still can not add MKV files to Plex for smoothly playback. And people may encounter problems ‘Plex not detecting MKV files’ like this:
“I have a diverse library of video files, many of them in mkv format. All other files play without problems but while transfer mkv files to Plex Media Server, it stops and go with buffering and reloading messages.”
Actually, there are some possible solutions to fix the MKV to Plex issue. Here we list them below:
Solution 1: Make sure the whole file names were being recognized by Plex. For example, if all of my mkv videos are all Sports videos so the names, there were kind of random. To solve it, you can set ‘Scanner’ as ‘Personal Video Files Scanner’ and ‘Agent’ as ‘Personal Media’. Plex picks up pretty much any file with that setting.
Cons: I found it’s stuttering on large MKV files Plex.
Solution 2: Download Handbrake and use the default setting in it to convert MKV files to MP4 for streaming to Plex.
Cons: Some guys reflect Handbrake is spamware. Just downloaded it and had to do two malware cleans to get rid of all the shit it put on the computer.
Solution 3: In ordet to stream MKV files via Plex without problems, the easy option is to convert MKV to Plex compatible video files. Along with some help from third party program, it can be done effortlessly. Here we take UFUWare Video Converter for instance to show you how to get MKV and Plex to play nicely.
This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Plex with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, UFUWare Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.
Cons: Not found yet.
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Guide: How to play MKV files via Plex
Step 1. Load original MKV files
Install the launch UFUWare Video Converter as the best MKV to Plex Converter. Click “Add File” button to import MKV files into the converter. You can add several videos for converting at one time as this video converter supports batch conversion.
Step 2. Select output format
Click “Profile” and choose “HD Video -> HD MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4)” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.
Tips: Adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the “Settings” button on the main interface for getting the best quality.
Step 3. Start MKV to Plex conversion
Click the “Convert” button on the main interface to transcode MKV video to MP4 for playback with Plex Media Server with best original quality.
After the MKV to MP4 conversion completed, you can click “Open Folder” button to get the encoded MKV video clips playing and sharing to your other devices via Plex Media Server.
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