Sunday, November 8, 2015

Rip DVD to Netgear ReadyNAS for Viewing on Amazon Fire TV via Plex

More and more people choose to make a digital copy for their DVD collection so that they can watch their favorite DVD movies on Amazon File TV via Plex conveniently. Owning to the enormous demand of storage , DVD users, who are planning to rip DVD for Amazon Fire TV, need a central storage device, like a Netgear ReadyNAS. However, from the feedback of, it seems that ripping DVD to Netgear ReadyNAS for watching on Amazon Fire TV via Plex is not easy as we imaged.

To some degree, when many people try to rip DVD to Netgear ReadyNAS for Amazon Fire TV for watching via Plex, they will be stuck in the common ground between what the player supports and what plex supports. Based on the specification of Amazon Fire TV, TS would be the best format for the player. It carries all the common surround sound audio (DTS, etc). But Plex doesn't support TS. It might possibly support m2ts (which is related) - the information I see on the plex forum is a bit inconclusive on whether that needs transcoding or not.

ReadyDLNA does support TS, so you could try that. I’m suggesting converting just one file, and give the TS output a different name just for testing. Then add it to a Plex library and see if it works. 

You can use some free programs to rip DVD to TS for testing but I don’t know which one can output TS file. But in some top DVD rippers review, I saw some good paid DVD rippers like Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. This software performs well in DVD to Netgear ReadyNAS for Amazon Fire TV via Plex conversion. It can decrypt any copy-protected and region-locked DVD to TS for Amazon Fire TV. For those who have ripped DVD to MKV with MakeMKV, you can try remuxing it to TS using Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. 

If you tested TS file and found that it can’t be played on Amazon Fire TV via Plex through Netgear ReadyNAS, you only can adopt MP4 format. MP4 will be also played on Amazon Fire TV (and works with plex), however, you will lose DTS audio for sure. Not sure if dolby digital (AC3) will play or not - you might be limited to stereo audio. This software can allow you to adjust the video and audio parameter, like channel, size, codec. etc so that you can reset the parameters to be more compatible with Amazon Fire TV.

In addition, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is designed for Windows users, if you are a Mac user, please turn to the equivalent product iMedia Converter for Mac, which has updated to support Mac OS X El Capitan. Now, get the right version on your computer and follow the simple steps to rip DVD to TS or MP4 for Amazon Fire TV. 

Free download and install

Other Download:
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How to rip DVD to Netgear ReadyNAS for viewing on Amazon Fire TV via Plex?

Step 1: Add DVD video to app

Simply click on “File” to load DVD movies to the software. It allows you to select the subtitle and audio track you want below the chapter list. 

Step 2: Select the output format

Click “Format” and you will see many profiles here. You can search “TS”, “MP4” format in the right bottom search box directly. 

Tip: From the specification of Amazon Fire TV, the video in H.264/AVC codec can be up to 1080p and 30 fps. So you can hit on “Settings” to open settings window where you can adjust the video size to 1080p and frame rate to 30 fps. Since AC3 is not sure playable or not, you can choose AAC and 5.1 channel for audio. If 5.1 sound is not supported, it will be limited to stereo audio. 

Step 3: Start to rip DVD to Amazon Fire TV

After all settings, just press “Convert” icon below the preview window. Once the process ends, you can locate the generated file in output folder.

Now, put the ripped DVD to Netgear NAS and install a Plex on it. Then install a Plex on Amazon Fire TV, too. Try again to play DVD videos on Amazon Fire TV via Plex through Netgear ReadyNAS. 

If it doesn’t work, maybe you should try other option that is to get a player that supports more formats. WDTV Live and PCH are popular choices. Many can access your media directly using SMB/CIFS and NFS - so there is no need for plex or ReadyDLNA at all.

Related Software:
BDMagic for Windwos/Mac - The best Blu-ray solution to rip and backup any commercial and region-locked Blu-ray to H.265, M3U8, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, etc.  
DVDAid for Windows/Mac - Capacity of ripping copy-protected and homemade DVD to iPhone 6S, iPad, Surface Pro, Synology NAS, Seagate Wireless Plus, etc with suitable format.
ByteCopy for Windows/Mac - It can rip Blu-ray/DVD to lossless MKV keeping multi-track subtile/audio and all chapter markers.

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