I'm thinking about setting up a Plex server and beginning the massive undertaking of putting my very large Blu Ray collection on it, so I can stream my movies across my devices on the go. I'm fairly familiar with the software that's out there for this, but I'm wondering what the best method/program is for ripping the discs and getting them into a format that can be streamed via Plex, in a relatively lossless way. It's very important to me that it is as lossless as possible. I can buy what ever disk size is required, unless there's a more efficient way to do it without losing much noticeable quality.
I'm pretty sure something like AnyDVD would work, but then I'd have an ISO of the disk. I think I need an MKV, but I'm not sure how "streamable" that is, if at all.
How would you do it?
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MakeMKV will do what you want (with no loss in quality) with the following limitations:
- You'll lose your menus, which requires an .iso (Someone correct me if there's a way to play the menu directly from a the Blu-Ray file folders.)
- The main movie will be one file (the largest) and extras will each be a separate file.
- It may be months before ripping discs with new release copy protection schemes is possible (see below)
- Since MakeMKV is free (while still in Beta, which it has been for years), the current version expires after a few months and you have to download and install the latest version.
That article is for the Smart TV app.
I haven't used Plex in years, but here's some info from Plex:
Setup is for Nvidia Shield here:
And supported media is here:
"What Media and Devices Work?
Plex supports these media file types
Plex Media Server supports all common media files:
Movies, TV Shows, and Home Video: MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, DIVX, and more
Music: MP3, M4A, FLAC, WMA, and more
Photos: JPG, PNG, RAW, TBN, and more"
As for .mkv to .mp4, MakeMKV only outputs in .mkv. Others will be able to give suggestions on programs to remux an .mkv to .mp4
Note that it's the receiving app/hardware that triggers Plex to transcode if necessary. The link october262 gave shows parameters that are likely to allow Plex to direct stream (no transcoding) to typical smart TV media players (typically the weakest media players). Note that this DOES require reencoding (and quality loss) if your Blu-Ray is MPEG-2 or VC-1.
Resolution: 1920◊1080 or smaller
Video Encoding: H.264 (level 4.0 or lower)
Video Framerate: 30fps
Video Bit Depth: 8
Audio Encoding: AAC