How to play M2TS with Plex media server?

Diana Joan

Sep 02, 2016 07:54 am / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: Blu-ray, Server

M2TS is a filename extension used for the Blu-ray Disc Audio-Video (BDAV) MPEG-2 Transport Stream (M2TS) container file format. It is used for multiplexing audio, video and other streams. It is based on the MPEG-2 transport stream container. However, M2TS can’t be played on Plex fine. Sometimes, you may encounter Plex M2TS capability issue:

"I have several m2ts files in my movie/video folder, but they are not recognized by Plex. Is it required to convert these to an mkv or other supported format before Plex will pick them up and add them to my library? "

"I have a lot of Blu-ray rips in s .m2ts and other .ts files. They are/were transcoding and streaming fine on version I upgraded to and they won’t transcoding/streaming. I would just get a constant waiting circle, and eventually unable to play file error."

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At First, you may want to know: Why Plex media server cannot play m2ts?

Again this is a question that has several answers and for the same reasons it is difficult to answer all of these by part. The answers will therefore be answered in points and parts to get a clearer view:

  • The Plex Media support has a very limited outside codec support.
  • In some cases the user needs to make sure that the m2ts files are transcoded and the Plex media player will play them.
  • It is also advised to make sure that the relevant format which the Plex media server is supporting is used and the file is converted to this format to make sure that the playback is not interrupted ever in this regard.
  • The Plex TV support is also effective to make sure that the m2ts files are converted to the appropriate formats which are usually using the .FLV extension in this regard.

Searching Plex forum, we found many guys are facing the similar troubles “MTS files not seen in Plex”, “Plex won’t play MTS files”… In fact, there is an easy way to fix the issue. In order to stream MTS files via Plex Media Server without problems, the easy option is to convert MTS to Plex most compatible video files(MP4 seems to be the best one) with some video transcoders

Best M2TS to Plex Video Converter Recemmended

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate can convert M2TS, MTS, BDMV Folder, Blu-ray/DVD ISO, AVCHD, XAVC, MXF and other video to Plex more compatible format. This M2TS to Plex converter is very easy to use. What you only do is to add M2TS files, choose Plex video format and then start to re-encode M2TS to Plex. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate allows you to adjust A/V parameters to get the best video settings for Plex. Its batch conversion feature can make you batch convert M2TS to Plex so that you don’t need to wait in front of the computer.

How to Convert M2TS to Plex Easily?

Step 1. Load original M2TS files. Click “Add Video” button on the main interface to load your M2TS files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

Import DVD movie

Step 2. Specify output format for Plex. Click Format bar and choose a compatible format for Plex Media Server. MP4, MKV from Common Video are the proper choice. 

Tip: 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, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset. You can refer to this guide to set the A/V parameters for Plex.

Step 3: Start M2TS to Plex Conversion 

Once you’re sure all the settings are OK, click the Convert button to start converting M2TS format to Plex. It will take several minutes to finish the conversion. 

After the conversion, you can easily find the converted M2TS video clips in the destination folder by clicking “Open” button.

Now it’s easy for you. You just need to add your movie library to Plex server then you can play and share your movie on different media devices via Plex Media Server. 

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