The ISO file format is an excellent file type for data storage and backup, especially suited to backup media like DVD's. Got some DVD ISO image files and want to play them using Plex? The point here, Plex doesn't support ISO format streaming. Plex also makes it clear in its supported sources list - "Plex does not support the use of ISO, IMG, Video_TS, or other "disk image" formats." Fortunately, there is a quick workaround to fix the issue. If you wish to use ISO files with Plex, it's recommended that you convert them to a compatible format with Plex. If you have no idea about this, here is simple tutorial for you, guaranteed to to stream and play ISO files via Plex without problems.
Actually, it's not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is a just a common ISO converter like EaseFab DVD Ripper. The program can help you rip ISO to Plex supported video format fast while keeping the original video quality. Besides, it can also convert ISO/DVD/IFO/Video_TS to almost all regular video formats, including AVI, MOV, M4V, WMV, MPG, 3GP, FLV, F4V, etc. Get the ISO converter and follow the tips to finish your conversion.
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How to convert ISO to Plex compatible video files
1. Import ISO image file
Run the program and you will see its interface is as below: quite simple. Then click IFO/ISO button to import the source ISO files to the program. Alternatively, you can click the arrow on the right of the "Load DVD" button, and then select "Load DVD ISO Files" to load ISO files. As you can see, DVD folder and IFO are also well supported.
2. Choose MP4 as the export format
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.
Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD 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.
3. Start converting ISO to Plex
Now you've come to the last step: click the Convert button to let the program start the ISO to Plex MP4 conversion. It may take a while for the whole conversion process. When it completes, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these converted DVD ISO files at ease.