Beyond movies and TV, Plex also provides easy playback of your entire music collection, home movies, and pictures, as well as other internet content. If you some Blu-ray movies and want to put them into some format so you can share them into Plex, just read on this article. I will share the tips and tricks for copying and streaming Blu-rays to Plex Media Server.
First, a quick note: we know that there is still a lot of legal ambiguity around ripping content that you have legally purchased. At Audioholics, we believe that you should be able to watch purchased media on your system regardless of whether it's coming from a standalone Blu-ray player or a media center frontend. Actually, it's not as difficult as you imagine. To get Blu-rays on Plex, you'll need a Blu-ray drive installed in your computer and a third-party Blu-ray ripping software.
Most of you are likely familiar with the excellent Handbrake for ripping standard Def DVDs, but while the latest version of the software has added SOME support for reading Blu-Ray folder structures, it cannot yet decrypt the Blu-Ray discs (See How to rip Blu-ray using Handbrake) the way it can with regular DVDs, so you'll need to add an intermediate step. EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper is the bee's knees, which can help you fast rip Blu-ray discs to a format playble by Plex while keeping the original quality.
Ripping Blu-ray for Plex with EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper is simple as ABC. After downloding, follow the wizard to install and run the program. Then follow the steps below to convert Blu-ray to Plex comaptible formats in a few clicks! The below guide takes Blu-ray Ripper for Windows (Windows 8) screenshots for example.
Step 1: Insert your Blu-ray disc into Blu-ray drive, Launch the program and click the "Disc" button to import the Blu-ray movies. DVD, ISO/IFO files are also supported. You can select subtitles as you want.
Step 2: Click Profile and choose MP4 video from Common Video, which can be recognized by Plex well. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it. And then click the Browse button to specify an output folder to save the converted files.
Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original Blu-ray while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
Step 3: Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert Blu-ray to Plex Media Server compatible video files.
Once the conversion is finished, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these Blu-ray rips at ease.