DVD to Plex – How to Rip and Copy DVD for Plex Media Server

Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Lucas Silva

Plex is a famous media player software that helps you manage video, audio, and photos from local collections and online services easily. Amazingly, you can stream all kinds of media anywhere on nearly all your devices. In fact, it’s a client-server media player system so if you install it on your NAS to build your private cloud, your families will enjoy high-quality movies smoothly anytime.

Plex supports many video formats like MKV, AVI, MP4, and MOV, but it cannot play DVD directly. To enjoy films on DVD, you need to rip DVD for the Plex media server. Below are two popular ways to rip DVD movies to format that Plex accepted.

Best DVD Ripper for Plex: Leawo DVD Ripper

There are many DVD ripping software tools you can choose. The table below reviews features of four popular DVD rippers, now let’s have a look.

Output formatSupported platformRead protected discsBonus featuresPrice
HandbrakeMP4, M4V, and MKVWindows, Mac, LinuxNoLimitedfree
MakeMKVMKVWindows, Mac, LinuxYesFew$55.09
Leawo DVD Ripper180+ common formatsWindows, MacYesAffluent$29.95
WinX DVD Ripper PlatinumMP4Windows, MacYesAffluent$59.95

* Please DO NOT use these tools to rip rental DVDs or back up DVDs for commercial use.

It can be seen that the Leawo DVD ripper supports more output formats than the other three tools. Apart from this, its price is the lowest and the features are relatively richer among all paid software. It seems Leawo DVD Ripper is the choice for higher cost performance.

How to Rip DVD for Plex with Leawo DVD Ripper

Now let’s see how to rip DVD with Leawo DVD Ripper in detail. Firstly, you need to download and install it on your PC or Mac, of course.

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Here we will show you how to rip DVD into mp4 format with Leawo DVD Ripper in steps.

Step 1. Choose the local DVD file as the source by clicking ‘Convert’ and ‘Add Blu-ray/DVD’. Alternatively, you can simply drag the DVD file to the interface of the Leawo DVD Ripper.

Step 2. Choose the mode to rip DVD files. When DVD is loaded, a pop-up will appear to let you pick one way to convert DVD movies. There are three choices: full movie, main mode, and custom mode. If you would like to load all content on the disc, you should choose ‘full movie’ mode. What if you only want to convert the main movie but not highlights or trailers, then ‘main mode’ can be a better choice.

Step 3. Here we choose ‘main movie’ and all contents in the disc can be previewed with a built-in player of Leawo DVD Ripper. Then you can select subtitles, audio tracks or edit these files by clicking the drop-down box shown in the picture below.

Step 4. Choose the output file format by clicking the ‘MP4 Video’ tag. You will see the interface like below, where you can change output file format, bit rate as well as resolution. If you would like to convert DVDs in HD video, you can click the ‘HD video’ tab to choose among other suitable formats. Before conversion, please visit the official website of Plex to check its support formats and codec in case of duplication of work.

Step 5. Change video and audio parameters in detail. You can choose one video format in the interface and you can see a panel appear. By clicking the ‘edit’ tab you can set items like frame rate, aspect ratio, channel, sample rate, etc. After setting, Leawo DVD Ripper allows you to save your personal settings by simply clicking ‘Save to Custom’ button so you can use the same profile to covert different movies.

Step 6. To start conversion, you only need to back to the ‘Convert’ interface and click the ‘Convert’ button on the upper right corner of the interface. Then a pop-up will ask you to set the output file path. If you have set the output file directory, just click the ‘convert’ button to start ripping DVD. When conversion completed, you can find the output file in the path you set.

As for bonus features, Leawo DVD Ripper not only provides DVD conversion service, it also allows you to merge multiple DVD titles into one file, trim video length, add video watermark, crop video size, adjust video effect, and even add 3D video effect. With Leawo DVD Ripper, you can try making your own movies!

Play “Like a DVD” with Plex Server

After ripping into the correct format, movies can be easily imported into Plex. However, the DVD always contains more information about one movie like extras and trailers. What if you want to keep these contents after conversion? Here we provide a tip to watch movies with Plex like DVD. The following are detailed steps before importing ripped files into Plex.

Step1. Create a folder named ‘movie’ on your PC and create a folder named with ‘movie name + release year’ inside it.

Step2. Among ripped files, find the main movie and name it with the same name as the second folder you created in Step1.

Step3. Add a suffix of other extra videos’ names. Common suffix names can be seen below:







By creating folders with clear classification and normalizing the style of file names, Plex will scan the information and show the content intelligently. If you want to know more about file organization rules, you can visit the official websites of Plex, where you will find a large number of support articles.