Plex app is the reason I bought the new Apple TV 4. It is hands down the best server-client combination I’ve used. Now what I’m considering is how to rip my DVD library for streaming via Plex app on Apple TV 4. I have researched the web and tried to follow these instructions and finally get the job done.
PLEX could not play all of our media on the Apple TV in its native file format. Files that are not supported need to be transcoded. To get DVD movies to Plex on Apple TV 4, you have rip DVD to Apple TV 4 and Plex supported digital version format because Apple TV and Plex support very few formats, like the wide compatible H.264 and MPEG-4 videos which means DVD cannot work with your Plex channel on Apple TV 4. After multiple testing, I found the best and easiest way to play DVD via Apple TV 4’s Plex app along with the help from Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac.
This all-in-one app allows you to rip any copy protected DVD to MP4, MOV on Mac which can be supported by Apple TV 4 and Plex, so that you can achieve the DVD playback on Apple TV 4 via Plex easily. Besides, this DVD ripping tool can help you preserve 5.1 audio if your source video contains the sound for Apple TV 4. For Windows users, please turn to Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate.
Tutorial: Rip DVD for Stream Thru Apple TV 4’s Plex App
Step 1: Load DVD movies
Insert your DVD disc into your DVD drive, run the DVD Ripper for Plex and click “DVD disc” icon to load movies. You can also add VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO files are the source files for converting.
Step 2: Choose output format
In order to play DVD movies on Apple TV 4 via Plex, you need choose a compatible format both for Apple TV 4 and Plex. Here I recommend you click the format bar and choose “Common Video> H.264 Video(*.mp4)”. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.
Step 3: Advanced profile settings
Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
Step 4: Start conversion
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the DVD ripper will start the conversion from DVD movies to MP4 for playing on Apple TV via Plex.
After conversion, click Open button to locate the output files. And then you can stream the converted DVD video to Apple TV through Plex freely. Note: The Plex application on the Apple TV4 requires a Plex server on a computer. Enjoy.