How to stream DVDs to Roku 3 through Plex for playing on Smart TV
Regular DVD playback on television with heavy DVD player are a thing of the past. These days, many people try to rip DVD collection to external hard drive then stream DVDs on smart TV via USB port. But a more advanced way today is to rip DVD to Plex for Roku 3 to play DVD on smart TV.
Roku 3 is a ‘smart’ set-up boxes just like Apple TV. It is really a great combination of on-demand media and easy access to your own extensive media library that made Roku’s case. When you used the Roku 3 as a top-up box for your Plex media center, you can stream DVD movies with Plex via Roku 3 on Smart TV without using physical DVD discs any more. Thus, you can put away your large amount of discs on the attic to make your bookshelf clear and also prevent the discs from destroying by your naughty kids.
However, there is a trouble in using Plex stream DVD via Roku 3 on Smart TV. That is, officially, the Roku 3 only supports H.264 MKV and MP4/M4V video, meaning that’s the only media recognized over USB and Plex‘ Direct Play. Luckily, this is not as dramatic as it sounds. You can use a DVD Ripper to rip DVD to Roku 3 for playback with Plex on Smart TV. Learn >> DVD Ripper Software vs. DVD Copier Software
Best DVD Ripper to rip DVD to Plex for Roku 3 to play DVD on Smart TV
There’s plenty of different DVD ripping software with a variety of different functions out there that can create a digital copy of DVD and shift DVD to a format recognized by Roku 3/Plex. Today, the DVD Ripper we prefer to use to backup DVD to Plex/Roku 3 for Smart TV is Pavtube ByteCopy. Just like any other powerful DVD ripping too, it can remove copy protection from DVD discs and convert DVD to Plex/Roku 3/TV supported format with original video quality and high DVD ripping speed. With an intuitive interface, it is easy to use that you can know the next step easily.
But the highlights making me recommend it are some other features: 1. Including ripping DVD to H.264 MP4/MKV/M4V for Roku 3, it also can convert DVD to H.265 MP4 for 4K TV; 2. Offering TV optimized preset which is also supported by Plex/Roku 3, then you can stream DVD with Plex via Roku 3 on Smart TV perfectly; 3. Based on Windows, you can get 6x times DVD ripping speed by H.264 codec, it is meaningful for large DVD collection; 4. Allowing users to adjust video/audio resolution, codec, bitrate, frame rate and aspect ratio. Of course, there are many other functions, you can learn it in its review.
If you are planning to rip DVD to Plex for Roku 3 to play DVD on Smart TV on Mac (including 10.11 El Capitan), try Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac to convert DVD format to use over Roku 3.
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Rip DVDs to Roku 3 through Plex for playing on Smart TV
The guide below will teach you how to convert DVD to Roku 3 supported H.264 MP4 formats so you can stream your DVD movies over Plex to Roku 3 on Smar TV with excellent video quality.
Step 1: Load DVD movies
Insert your DVD disc to your computer’s drive, then launch the DVD to Plex/Roku 3 ripping software and click the “Load from Disc” button to load DVD content. You can also add VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO files as the source files for converting. This app can automatically detect the main title of the DVD movies to convert to Roku 3 and Plex.
Note: At the bottom of the chapter list, you can choose desired subtitle and audio track. You even can choose forced subtitle to show the subtitle only the actors saying a foreign language.
Step 2: Choose format for Roku 3/Plex
As you know, both Plex and Roku 3 supports H.264 MP4 video files perfectly. To stream DVD over Plex to Roku 3 on Smart TV, simply click “Format” bar and choose “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” from “HD Video” category. You also can choose the preset from “TVS” profile according to your TV brand.
Tip: In order to make a better conversion from DVD to Roku 3/Plex for Smart TV playback, A/V parameters such as framerate, resolution, bitrate can be adjusted on your own. However, I recommend you leave the default selections since most of the work is done for you.
Step 3. Start converting DVD to Plex
When all these settings are done, you can click the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to start the conversion from DVD to Plex/Roku 3. It will automatically convert DVD to both Roku 3 and Plex Media Server compatible H.264 MP4 video for further streaming on Smart TV.
When the conversion ends, click “Open output Folder” to quickly find the converted MP4 movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these DVD files via Roku 3 on Smart TV at ease.
If you just get the new Roku 3 and don’t know how to connect the new Roku 3 to Smart TV and get the Plex channel on Roku 3 to stream your DVD rips, please refer to the following steps.
Part 1:Install and Set Up Roku 3 on HDMI-capable Smart TVs
1.Get an HDMI cable. The HDMI cable does not come with the Roku 3 package, so you will have to purchase one. You can buy HDMI cables either at the nearest electronics store in your area or from online stores.
2. Use the HDMI cable to connect the Roku 3 to your TV. Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the Roku 3, and plug the other end of the cable into the HDMI port at the back of your TV.
3. Connect the Roku 3 to a power source. Grab the power cable included in the box, and plug the small jack into the corresponding power slot in the Roku 3. Plug the adapter end into a vacant wall outlet.
4. Connect the Ethernet cable. If you prefer to use wired connection to your Internet, you can connect the Roku 3 to your router using an Ethernet cable (not included in the Roku 3 package).
To connect, plug the cable into the Ethernet port behind the Roku 3, and plug the other end into the router that is connected to the Internet.
5. Set your TV to its HDMI display. Turn on your TV, and search for the HDMI display by using your TV’s remote control and pressing the “Source” button. Once at the right channel, the Roku welcome screen will appear.
6.Select the language you want the text to display. Do this by using the Roku remote to navigate the screen then press “OK” on the desired language.
Don’t forget to insert the batteries into the Roku remote control, both of which are included in the Roku 3 package.
7. Press “OK” when prompted to continue to set up your network. If you are using a wired connection, simply select “Wired Connection” in the next screen; otherwise, select “Wi-Fi connection.”If you selected “Wired Connection,” skip the next step.
8. Select a wireless network. If you selected “Wi-Fi connection,” the next screen will display the wireless networks the Roku 3 has detected. Select the desired wireless connection and press “OK.”
9. Enter the network password, if applicable. In the next screen, you can enter the network password if the network is secured. Once you’ve entered the password, the Roku 3 will connect to the network.
Part 2: Connect the Roku Channel to Your Plex Account
1. When you first launch the Plex channel for Roku players, you’ll be prompted to “sign in” by linking with your Plex account. Doing so is simple:
2. In your browser, go to https://plex.tv/pin and ensure that you’re signed into the appropriate account
After the code is submitted, your Plex channel will refresh itself a few seconds later and be linked with your account
Part 3: Add DVD rips to Plex on Computer
1. Download and install Plex on computer and launch it.
2. Create a Plex account. Once you’re done, Plex will transport you to the primary configuration screen. Agree to the EULA. You can create one just by entering a username, email address, and other information.
3. Click the “Already have an account” link to supply your credentials, or create one now.
4. Name thyself. All you have to do in the next screen is giving your desktop computer a name. By default, it’ll use whatever name you’ve already assigned your desktop PC via Windows. If you’re good with that, click Next.
5. Create your media library by clicking on the Add Section button. Plex will ask you what you’re trying to add – movies, TV shows, music, photos or home movies. It’s ok if you have multiple types of media in a given folder, but it’s pretty easy to use Windows’ standard conventions for storing things (the prebuilt Videos, Pictures, and Music folders that likely already exist on PC).
Once you’ve selected what you want to add, give the section a name (like “Movies”) and click the Add Folder button to do just that. While Plex scans your media, you can add more folders if you so desire. Once you’re all done, click the big orange Next button to go on.
6. Add Channels, or other third-party sites that you can tap into using a Plex-friendly app, by selecting them on the next screen. Click Install on the pop-up window for each channel to slap it into your Plex server. On the final screen, click Done to jump into the full Plex display.
7. Stream your stuff by tuning into Plex using your favorite DLNA-friendly device. Or, if you prefer, you can also grab the Plex apps for iOS or Android to watch your DVD backups from your tablets or smart phones.
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