How to Convert Video_TS to MKV Play on Plex Media Server
Plex is designed to organize all of your personal media so you can enjoy it no matter where you are. If you own a plex media sever, it is easy to get your movies free into Plex Media Sever to play on your TV, iPad, computer or phones both home and away. What if we want to share the DVD Video_TScontent via Plex? Actually, it can done effortlessly. Once you convert your Video-TS folder to digital files such as MKV files with H.264 video codec, you can store those files on a server like Plex Media Server and stream them anytime, from anywhere.
For converting DVD Video_TS files, I've been experimenting with various software products - both freeware and licensed software.
DVD Ripper Software - Freeware Options
1. Handbrake: Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck using Handbrake. I have an HP laptop running Windows 7. Every time I rip a DVD Video_TS, the application causes my computer to shut down abruptly, similar to a power surge. For some reason, it seems to cause the computer to run really hot and the fan is not cooling it fast enough. I read that other users had the same issue, which is unfortunate since alot of people like Handbrake since it's freeware.
2. Freemake: This solution did not bode well for me. I gave up after waiting for almost 45 minutes for it to just analyze one DVD. I do not have that kind of time or patience.
I decided it was time to invest a little in order to get what I needed.
DVD Ripper & Converter Software - For Fee Options:
Brorsoft DVD Ripper: This product works pretty well. It accomplishes what I need it to do.It reads and analyzes DVDs quickly. It also has many pre-configured profiles to support most devices. I also like that it allows me to select or remove individual titles and merge titles into a single output file. I haven't checked to see if I can add metadata, chapter points, or menus.
Now download the program and follow the step-by-step guide to use Video_TS files with Plex freely.If you are running on Mac, please turn to its equivalent Mac version Video_TS Converter for Mac.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Guide: How to Convert Video_TS to MKV Play on PLEX
Step 1. Launch the VIDEO_TS converter and click Load DVD button to navigate and import the VIDEO_TS file to the program for ripping. You can also simply drag and drop the Video_TS folder to the source pane.
Step 2. Select "MKV(Matroska) Video (*.mkv)" as output format from "Common Video" category under the drop-down list of "Format". If you want to get better HD video quality, just select "MKV HD Video (*.mkv)" from "HD Video" category.
Note: Plex just plays the MP4/MKV files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio, you need to click the Settings icon to set the correct video, audio codecs.
Step 3.(Optional) Click Edit button to crop, modify and watermark video clip to satisfy your requirements. Customize movies as your need.
Step 4. This is actually the final stage. Tap Convert icon to start converting Video_TS folder to .mkv with H.264 video codec for Plex Media Server. A few minutes later you'll get the converted video. That's it.
If you not only wanna convert DVD Video_TS videos, but also intend to convert Blu-ray or HD Videos such as 4K XAVC/XAVC-S, MXF, MTS, MKV, WMV, MOV, M4V, AVI movies to PLEX, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice.