Best Method to Get Plex Play MP4 Files Smoothly

Plex can’t detect and play MP4 videos? Read this article you can know and reasons and solutions for MP4 to Plex issues.

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Q: I’m new to Plex. When open some MP4 files in Plex, it failed. I need a quick solution.”

MP4 is widely supported by most media players, media servers, portable devices. But as the above user complained, Plex can’t open and detect MP4. Now, in this page, we talk about how to play MP4 on Plex easily.

So the point here is, does Plex support MP4 format. Well, it depends. The fact is that Plex has strict requirements of MP4 files. In order to successfully play MP4 on Plex, your MP4 files must meet the following specifications:

Container: MP4
Resolution: 1920×1080 or smaller
Video Encoding: H.264 (level 4.0 or lower) or MPEG-4
Video Framerate: 30fps
Video Bit Depth: 8
Audio Encoding: AAC

If your MP4 files cannot meet the above requirement, Plex will not detect the file or play the files.

Possible Methods to Enable Plex Read MP4 files:

Method 1: If your MP4 files are not accepted by Plex, it’s probably because of the video codec incompatibility. In this situation, the easy option is to convert incompatible MP4 to Plex supported MP4 for successfully playback. As a free MP4 decoder and encoder, Handbrake will help you to re-encode video or audio track to make it more compatible with Plex using optimized settings.

Note: Although you have converted MP4 source by Handbrake, sometimes you still cannot play and watch them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad through Plex server. What’s worse, the output videos are usually not in good quality as you expect.

Method 2: Along with help from Brorsoft Video Converter you fill the compatibility gap between MP4 and Plex easily.

With it, you can fast convert different MP4 videos to H.264 MP4 for Plex seamlessly. What’s more, this video converter supports converting H.265, MKV, VOB, WTV, MPG, WMV, TiVo, AVI, MOV, etc to Plex supported file format. And with the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. For Mac guys, try Video Converter for Mac. Download the program and learn how to change MP4 to Plex compatible H.264 video on Windows(Windows 10 included).

How to Transcode MP4 Files to Plex Compatible Format

Step 1. Load original MP4 files

Launch the best MP4 to Plex converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MP4 files to the program.

Step 2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. Here 3 H.264 presets “H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4)”, “H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4)”, “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” are supported.

Tips: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos 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. Start MP4 to Plex Conversion

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert MP4 to Plex Media Server compatible video files. After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the output videos. Then, it would be easy for Plex to read and play the MP4 video clips.

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No Sound When Playing MKV on PS VR- Fixed

A simple tutorial to help you solve the PlayStation VR 3D MKV Playback issues quickly.

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I just got Sony PlayStaion VR, a virtual reality headset that can be used in our home for 3D movie. Something frustrating is that when I play MKV videos on PS VR, no sound. Searching further and widely, I got some clues. If you don’t have idea how to get it done, or play MKV on PS VR with no sound issue, just read on.

In fact, you can watch 3D Side-by-side (SBS) videos like MKV, MP4 on your PS VR. But the point here is, only 3D MKV which are encoded in AAC or MP3 for stereo can work on PS VR. AC3 and DTS were removed because of high licensing costs. I’ve re-encode my 3D MKV files to PS VR more compatible format to get them to play nice. I’m using Brorsoft Video Converter as 3D MKV converter app here.

Overall, it is a yet professional video converter, which comparatively has better output quality, in particular HD videos and intuitive interface. With it, you can fast convert MKV to PS VR supported file type like MP4, MKV in .mp3, .aac audio. Best of all, this software allows you to convert MKV to 3D videos such as MKV Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Side-by-Side 3D video, which can be played on Gear VR perfectly. If you are Mac users, please turn to Video Converter for Mac. Now, we will give a detailed guide on the whole process from converting MKV to PS VR supported video.

Convert MKV for PS VR playback without Quality Loss

Step 1. Load video files

Run the MKV converting program and load your source video files into it.

Step 2. Decide output format

Tap on “Format” bar and find “3D Video”, there are a lot of format options for you. “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)” is recommended for PS VR. Of course, “MKV Side-by-Side 3D video” is supported as well.

Step 3. Specify video/audio parameters

Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters like video resolution, bitrate, audio codec, audio channel. According to my experience, anything over 720p does nothing but turn battery energy into heat, due to the screen resolution.

Step 4. Start encoding MKV to PS VR

Click Convert button to start converting MKV to PlayStation VR friendly video. After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button. Afterwards, you can watch the converted 3D MKV movies on Sony PlayStation VR with wonderful experience.

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A Way to Solve Gear VR MKV Playback Issues

The following article will provide a solution to Gear VR MKV playback issue as well as how to successfully watch or play MKV on Gear VR with the best quality.

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I just bought a Gear VR and was excited to put it to use. Does Gear VR play MKV files?

It can be gotten from its official website that MKV files in 2D or 3D SBS(Side-by-Side) work on Gear VR, but the audio has to be encoded in AAC or MP3 for stereo. AC3 audio and DTS Dolby don’t seem to work. Since I some MKV videos with AC3/DTS audio(checking by mediainfo), I need to re-encode my MKV files to Gear VR more compatible format to get them play without any issue. Continue reading A Way to Solve Gear VR MKV Playback Issues

Can I Play H.265 on Galaxy S7 via Plex

Read this article you can know how to playback H.265 files on Galaxy S7 through Plex.

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I’ve been using Plex for a while now, but I’ve hit a bit of a snag. Recently I got some H.265 (HEVC) files, the problem is that Plex apps, such as on my Galaxy S7, Galaxy Tab A, and even my gaming PC, refuse to play in H.265. All of these devices are well capable of playing H.265, and even play them flawlessly when I physically put the copy on to the device and play it through an H.265 capable media player. Is it possible to play H.265 on Galaxy S7 via Plex?

Actually, Plex can’t support H.265 codec direct playback. If you want to direct stream, you need to encode H.265 into a format like H.264 that is more readily decodable. In a word, to play H.265(HEVC) files on Galaxy S7 via Plex smoothly, a possible way is to convert H.265 to H.264 for Plex. Along with some help from third party program like Brorsoft Video Converter, it can be done effortlessly.

This video app is professional on fast transcoding H.265 to H.264 MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex and Samsung gadgets) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports H.265(HEVC) videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF, MTS, MOV, FLV, MPG, VOB, AVI, WMV, MKV to Plex. Download the program and start the conversion task.

Guide: How to enable stream H.265 to Galaxy S7 via Plex

Step 1. Load original H.265 files

Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your H.265/HEVC encoded files to the program. If you can add several files at the same time as it supports batch conversion.

Step 2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex as well as Galaxy S7 easily.

Step 3. Start encoding H.265 to H.264 MP4

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert H.265 to Plex most compatible video file.

After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, you can transfer H.265 to Samsung Galaxy S7 via Plex with ease.

Editor’s Note: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos 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.

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How to Get LG TV to Playback MP4 Videos

From this article, you can learn how to convert MP4 to LG TV friendly format for playback correctly.

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Have a LG TV set and some 4K videos in USB flash drive. I want to watch films – in .mp4 format ln the LG TV. It shows me the films on the menu screen on the TV, but when I try to play it says unsupported file. So, is there any tricks to get LG TV to play MP4 videos properly.

After searching high and low, I know that MP4 is supported by LG TV, but there still exist issues when watching MOV films on LG TV via USB port. That’s because Video codec, bitrate, resolution all decide the compatibility of the video on LG TV. When your LG TV refuses to play an MP4 video, that’s probably because of the unsupported audio or video codec in the MP4 file. To quickly fix the issue, you need to convert the incompatible MP4 files to LG TV preferred format first. Continue reading How to Get LG TV to Playback MP4 Videos