How to play MKV files via Plex without issues

MKV files are usually high quality videos compressed within a Mastroska container format. Typically you’ll encounter these with Bluray rips or video exported from an HD stream, however, MKV files are not welcome by Plex Media Server. That’s why so many people encounter problems when playing MKV files via Plex. Below are frequently asked questions quoted from forums:

Q1: Plex can’t read my MKV files
I have a diverse library of video files, many of them in mkv format. All other files play without problems but while transfer mkv files to Plex Media Server, it stops and go with buffering and reloading messages.

Q2: How to play mkv file via Plex
With the recent introduction of Chromecast for Plex to the general public, I want to play a show I downloaded online which is in .mkv format. The thing is, the mkv file does not show up on my dashboard/tablet app. The mp4 files I currently have show up with no problem. What are the steps I need to take for the mkv files to show up on the list?

Actually, in Plex official site, it said that Plex for PlayStation app does not currently support Direct Playing of MKV container videos. But what if you really want to play MKV files via Plex? Searching from Google and got some recommended solutions.

Read More: How to rip DVDs/Blu-rays for Plex streaming

Solution 1:

Make sure the whole file names were being recognized by Plex. For example, if all of my mkv videos are all Sports videos so the names, there were kind of random. To solve it, you can set ‘Scanner’ as ‘Personal Video Files Scanner’ and ‘Agent’ as ‘Personal Media’. Plex picks up pretty much any file with that setting.

Cons: I found it’s stuttering on large MKV files Plex.

Solution 2:

Download Handbrake and use the default setting in it to convert MKV files to MP4 for streaming to Plex.
Cons: Some guys reflect Handbrake is spamware. Just downloaded it and had to do two malware cleans to get rid of all the shit it put on the computer.

Cons: Some guys reflect Handbrake is spamware. Just downloaded it and had to do two malware cleans to get rid of all the shit it put on the computer.

Solution 3:

In order to stream MKV files via Plex Media Server without problems, the easy option is to convert MKV to Plex compatible video files. 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 MKV to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is the right choice.

Cons: Brorsoft Video Converter is not freeware.

Tutorial: How to convert MKV to Plex-friendly format in a few clicks

Step 1: Load original MKV files – Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

Step 2: Select output format – Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.

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 MKV to Plex Conversion – Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert MKV to Plex Media Server compatible video files.

After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these MKV files at ease.

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