Solution to Plex Not Reading AVI Files

Learn a tutorial to convert and play AVI on Plex with ease. 

“So I have Plex installed on my MyCloud Mirror and it refuses to play .avi video files. What can I do to fix this? I have over 700 movies/TV shows in those formats that I really don’t want to spend over the next month converting to .avi or .mp4.”

Quoted issues from Reddit Plex forum. I found Plex not reading AVI or other files. I just wound up converting the files. Took a lot of time, but it was worth it.

The application I’m using is Brorsoft Video Converter. This video app is professional on fast transcoding AVI to Plex Media Server with MP4 format without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports AVI videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MKV, MXF, MTS, VOB, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is the right choice.

Guide: Converting AVI to Plex for playback

1. Import AVI videos > Launch the program, and click “Add” button on the main interface to load your AVI files for converting. (Drag&Drop function is included.) Check the “Merge into one file” box and you can join AVI clips into one.

2. Select output format > Click “Format” bar and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. If your source video is in 1080p and you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.

Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos 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.

3. Start AVI to Plex Conversion > Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface. This AVI to Plex Converter will start encoding AVI to Plex friendly MP4 video automatically.

After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Now you can stream AVI files through Plex Media Server to HDTV, PS3, Xbox360 or other devices.

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