With a Roku, you can deliver everything you want to the RV(Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Pandora). The point here is, it can’t stream your personal video library to Roku without the third-party software. Well, with the help of Plex, things can be different. Plex is one of the most effortless ways to enjoy your media on the Roku.
Solution: Stream video from PC to Roku using Plex
Step 1. Set up the Plex Media Server
After a few seconds, a new tab in your browser will pop up. Here click “+” and you’ll see five options for adding media to your library. Choose a type and click “Next”.
Then hit “Add Folder” and navigate to the folder containing the media you want to add. Click “Add Folder” again if you want to include additional folders.
When you’ve finished making your selections, click “Add Library”. It may take a minute or two for your media to appear in the browser tab.
Step 2. Add Plex channel
Then add the Plex channel to your Roku and choose this channel on your TV screen. You should see the selected media files, which you can now browse and view as you like.
Editor’s Note: Plex’ Direct Play, which simply passes on your video to the Roku, requires your video to respond to Roku’s supported files.
Roku supported video/audio format:
- Video format: MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV
- Audio format: AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV
If your media server computer is strong enough, you can skip the converting and simply transcode your media. Transcoding is essentially the same as converting, except that it happens on the fly. You don’t need any preparations, as Plex will automatically convert the video while it’s playing. You do however need a sufficiently powerful computer. If your computer is not powerful enough to support on-the-fly transcoding, you can turn to help from a third-party video converter app which enables you to convert Roku unsupported videos like AVI, MKV DTS/5.1, FLV, VOB, MTS, H.265 MP4 to Roku friendly format in advance.
Brorsoft Video Converter is a great application to help you fast transcoding AVI, VOB, MTS, FLV, MOV, MPG, MKV DTS to Roku 4/3/2 supported video format with least quality loss. What’s more, with the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos in clicks. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the right choice.
Tutorial: How to convert videos to Roku
1. Add video files
Run the Roku vidoe converter program and click add button to import .mkv,.avi, .h.265, .vob, .mpg, .flv… files. As you can see, you can also drag and drop the media to the program’s main interface.
2. Choose output format
Click Format bar and choose H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4), H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4), or H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4) from “Common Video”, which can be recognized by Roku 4, Roku 3, Roku 2 perfectly.
Tip- Advanced settings: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original video while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
3. Start converting vidoe to Roku
Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start Roku vidoe conversion. After the conversion, you can hit “Open” button to quick locate the converted videos; now you can stream any videos to Roku via Plex as easy as you can image.