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"Can Plex stream DVD to Roku 3? My wife has quite a few DVDs I don't really want using space on my server so would prefer to keep them on DVD. Is there a way to stick a DVD into my window 7 based plex media server, then view it on one of my Roku 3s without the need to use something like handbrake prior? I realise DVD players are very cheap, but that's not what I am wanting to achieve as its another remote and another box to have in front of the telly. Would be ideal if the roku could also be a DVD player also. If plex can't do this can anything else anyone knows of?"
There is one more thing you need to know: Roku 3 features a USB Media Player Channel to let you stream local video collection to HDTV. How about DVD movies? What video formats supported by Roku streaming box are only some common ones of H.264 MPEG-4, such as .mp4. Obviously, all DVD movies do not conform it. In other word, change DVD movies to video in .mp4 format should be a priority for streaming it to Roku 3 with Plex. Hivimoore DVD Ripper will handle both DVDs and DVD ISO files without being bothered by the restriction of annoying copy protection, rip any DVD movies to conventional videos to let you stream for Roku 3 USB channel with fast encoding speed and high quality.
Insert the DVD disc into your computer's DVD drive and launch DVD Ripper. Then click "Load DVD" to select and import the DVD files you want to rip to this program. Loaded files can be previewed in the right viewing window and you can take snapshots of your favorite movie scenes.
Tips: You can click on the dropdown list of "Subtitles" to select your needed subtitles so that you can view DVD movies with proper subtitles.
Step 2. Choose MKV, MP4 as output format
Click the "Profile" -> "Common Video" or "HD Video" option, and choose MP4, MKV formats recognized by Plex/Roku as output format.
Tip – Advanced Settings: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
Step 3. Start converting DVD
When all these settings are ready, you can click the "Start" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert DVD to Plex Media Server compatible video files for further streaming to play on Roku 3.
Once the conversion is finished, click "Find Target" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these DVD files to Roku 3 at ease.
That's it. You now have everything you need to get Plex up and running at little to no cost. In addition to watching your DVD content at home, you can explore Plex mobile apps to access it on the road, and share your content with friends. Let us know how you like Plex, whether you're using it on Roku, a HTPC, or another device.