Plex is a media server application that will help you share music, movies, and your other media collection like your other computer, TV, PS3, Xbox360, Android, iOS, and other DLNA-certified devices locally via home network connection, or remotely, as long as you have a Internet connection. Plex announced that it supports wide range of media formats. If your device supports it, Plex will stream it directly. If it doesn’t, Plex will transcode it to an acceptable format for your device. However, many users still can not transfer MKV files to Plex Media Server for smoothly playback. And people may encounter problems “Plex not detecting MKV files” like this:
“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.”
In fact, there is an easy way to fix the issue. In ordet 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, it can be done effortlessly. Here I will take aPubsoft Video Converter for instance to show you how to get MKV and Plex to play nicely.
For Mac users, you can turn to the equivalent Mac version aPubsoft Video Converter for Mac, which can convert MKV files to Plex Media Sever on Mac OS(Sierra, El Capitan, etc) without issue. Just get the top Video Converter and follow the steps below to convert MKV for adding to Plex Media Sever.
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How to play MKV video files via Plex Medoa Server?
Step 1. Load original MKV video files
Download and install the best MKV to Plex Converter on your Windows PC or Mac computer. Click “Add File” button to load your MKV files to the converter, or directly Drag&Drop the MKV files to the program.
Step 2. Select HD MP4 as output format
Click “Profile” bar, and choose “HD Video > HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video(*.mp4)” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.
Tip: Adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the “Settings” button on the main interface for getting the best quality.
Step 3. Start the MKV to MP4 Conversion
Click on the “Convert” button to convert MKV to HD MP4 for Plex Media Server on Windows/Mac with top video and audio quality.
After the conversion, you can click “Open Folder” button to get the generated .mp4 files for playing and sharing to your other devices via Plex Media Server.
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