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Best Handbrake Settings to Convert DVD for Plex


Q: "Now that I'm set up Plex Media Server, I want to start ripping my personal collection of DVD. I am planning on using Handbrake, but I don't know the best Handbrake Settings to Convert DVD for Plex? Any advice?"

With Plex Media Server, you're able to store and stream all your local videos, audio files, photos from computer to Smart TV, media players and portable devices smoothly. Some DVD fans also would like backup and convert DVD movies to Plex with the freeware Handbrake, but have no idea about what's the best video/audio settings that Plex compatible with. Luckily, in this post you'll get some hints and please keep on reading.

For Plex official website, we have know it's supported and unsupported media formats. To rip DVD with Handbrake for plex, you can use below video/audio formats.

Normal Settings

Format: MP4

Video Codec: x264

Framerate: Same as source

Constant quality: 50-70% depending on how much loss you are willing to take for size. 62% is my sweet spot.

Anamorphic: Strict (Loose is also ok, maybe better for space concerns)

Keep aspect ratio: Off

Crop: Auto

Audio Settings

Track 1: AC3 passthrough (This setting maintains compatibility with other devices like AppleTV/PS3.)

Track 2: AAC with Stereo mixdown 96 bitrate (again compatibility for when the file is played in not Plex- not needed if file is only for Plex!)

And take this tutorial to Rip DVD with Handbrake for Free on Windows and Mac easily and quickly.

Editor Note: Handbrake can not decrypt commercial DVDs, and the conversion will keep 1-2 two hours for one movie. If you want to rip and backup lots of commercial DVDs, you can turn to below alternative solution.

Alternative Way: Batch Convert (Protected) DVDs to Plex via Brorsoft DVD Ripper

Brorsoft DVD Ripper is an all-in-one DVD ripper and copier that can bypass all commercial DVDs' copy protection, and rip and convert them to 250+ popular formats including MP4, MKV, FLV, MOV, WMV, AVI, 3GP, AAC, MP3, AC3, etc in ultra fast speed and excellent quality.

Besides, you can also backup entire DVD to DVD Folder in original structure, or directly copy DVD main title movies. For Mac users, please turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac specially designed for Mac.

Free download DVD to Plex Converter:

dvd-ripper-for-windows-trail dvd-ripper-for-mac-trail

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Step 1. Load DVD Movies

Install and run the best DVD to Plex Converter and click the "Load dics" button to load the DVD movies to the program.

Here, DVD Video_TS Folder, ISO image files are supported as well.


Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click Format drop-down menu, and pick up H.264 MP4, MKV formats from Common Video or HD Video category for Plex.

Or you can choose other persets according to your devices.


Step 3. Start Converting DVD

When everything is ok, tap the Convert icon to rip and convert DVD to H.264 MP4 for Plex. DVD copy protection will be removed automatically.

After the conversion, find the converted files in the output folder by click Open button, then import them to Plex Media Server.

Now, you're able to stream and play the converted DVD movies on Plex without hassle.

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