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Plex Supported & Unsupported Media Formats

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With Plex, you can enjoy your movie, TV show, music, and photo collections at your fingertips. Anywhere you go, on the devices you love. In this page, we won't highlight the Plex outstanding features, but the media format supported by Plex. If you want to play any video files on your Plex smoothly, check this Plex Supported/Unsupported Formats list.

Plex for PlayStation General Media Support

Video Support

Container: MP4

Resolution: 1920x1080 or smaller ( PS3 has a max of 1280x720

Video Encoding: H.264 (level 4.0 or lower)

Audio Encoding: AAC

Bitrate: 20Mbps or lower

Note: Other content will need to be either Direct Streamed or transcoded.

Music Support

M4A

Note: Other server supported audio formats (e.g. MP3, ALAC, FLAC, OGG, etc.) will be automatically transcoded for compatibility.

Plex for Smart TVs & TiVo General Media Support

Direct Play Video Support

Container: MP4

Resolution: 1920x1080 or smaller

Video Encoding: H.264 (level 4.0 or lower)

Video Frame Rate: 30fps

Audio Encoding: AAC

Note: Other content will usually need to be either Direct Streamed or transcoded. Enabling subtitles of any type will require them to be transcoded (burned) into the video stream.

4K (UHD) Direct Play Video Support

Container: MP4

Resolution: 3840x2160 or smaller

Video Encoding: HEVC (H.265)

Video Frame Rate: 30fps

Note: 4K content not matching the above properties will be transcoded to 1080p. Transcoding 4K content is a very intensive process and will require a powerful computer running Plex Media Server.

Direct Play Music Support

MP3

M4A

Note: Other audio formats such as FLAC or ALAC will be transcoded by your Plex Media Server to be compatible.

Plex for Xbox One General Media Support

Video Support

MP4 container

Video Encoding: H.264, H.265 (HEVC), mpeg4, VC-1

Audio Encoding: AAC, AC3, EAC3, MP3

MKV container

Video Encoding: H.264, H.265 (HEVC), mpeg4, VC-1

Audio Encoding: AAC, AC3, ALAC, FLAC, MP3

Note: Other content will need to be either Direct Streamed or transcoded. We're working with Microsoft to bring support for more native formats.

Music Support

AAC

FLAC

MP3

M4A

WAV

ALAC

Notes: 1. Other supported audio formats will be automatically transcoded for compatibility.
2. At present, there is no support for 3rd-party applications to play DTS audio. Content with DTS audio will have the audio automatically transcoded by the Plex Media Server in order to preserve the surround sound audio channels.

Plex for Xbox 360 General Media Support

 Direct Streamed:

Video Encoding: H.264

Video Bit Depth: 8-bit

Audio Encoding: AAC 2.0

Notes: 1. The Plex for Xbox 360 app does not currently Direct Play media.
2. Other content will need to be transcoded.

Is 5.1 audio supported?

The Plex for Xbox 360 app is not currently able to output 5.1 surround sound audio and is limited to 2.0 stereo output. Content with more audio channels will automatically have the audio transcoded to be compatible.

Does the app support DTS audio?

At present, it is not possible to natively play DTS audio. Content with DTS audio will have the audio automatically transcoded to be compatible by the Plex Media Server.

As you see, media compatibility and video quality limitations vary by device. Plex media sever actually can support for all file types directly or with transcoding on the fly. However, there are some things that happen during transcoding that deserve your consideration.

Processor Usage: Transcoding a media file on the fly can be CPU intensive. Generally, the more powerful the Plex Media Server's CPU the better, as transcoding is a CPU intensive process. If you have a choice between adding more RAM (assuming there's enough RAM for the operating system to run well) or a faster/better CPU, choose CPU for better Plex transcoding performance.

Disk Usage: The transcoding process uses temporary disk storage for the converted media. If you're using Mobile Sync, or your Plex Media Server is transcoding for several users, it can use gigabytes of temporary storage. By default, the temporary files are stored on the OS boot disk. This can cause problems if your boot drive is very small (e.g., a small SSD). You can change the location for the temporary files in the Plex Media Server settings.

To avoid these issues, a good suggestion is to convert unsupported videos, audios especially in MKV, MTS, FLV, VOB, AVI, MOV, DTS, AC3 to Plex most compatible format with a desktop app before your streaming. Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate / iMedia Converter for Mac is an all-in-one BD/DVD/Video solution which can convert all video, audio files and even rip Blu-ray, DVD contents to a format fully compatible with Plex.

Besides, this total media converter suite also features other practical features, like: freely select source subtitles and audio tracks, reset output file parameters, edit videos for customization, create 3D movies, etc. It would be the best solution to enhance your video enjoyment on Plex.

Related Guides:

Play MKV files on Plex
Play AVI files on Plex
Play TiVo files via Plex
Play VOB files via Plex
Copy Blu-ray movies into Plex
Copy DVD movies into Plex

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