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Backup DVD collection to FreeNAS via Plex

Everyone have there own collections of Movies, Songs, Pictures, etc. Many of them wonder how we can stream their DVD collections to all of our home devices. Here is a solution that we can add DVD collection to FreeNAS and then broadcast the video via Plex. Just keep reading to get more details.

As one of the best Home Server System, FreeNAS is a totally free and open-source Network Attached Storage (NAS) system that helps to create a centralized and accessible home for your data through responsive web interface. Plus, we all know that Plex allows you to aggregate all your personal media and access it anywhere you go. So, absolutely you can make all your DVD movies store in FreeNAS and play with PC, laptop, or portable devices via Plex Media Server.

How-To: Rip DVD to FreeNAS for Streaming via Plex Media Server

But how to circumvent the copy protection of DVD discs and shift DVD format to a suitable digital file so that we can stream DVD disc movies via FreeNAS with Plex? This must be the work of DVD ripping software.

After searching on the Internet, you may find Pavtube DVDAid for Windows/ Mac is highly recommended on many site reviews. The program is armed with the functionality to handle copy-protected DVD movies. The biggest merit is that it allows you to make a full disc copy of DVD with all the subtitle languages, audio tracks, menus and chapter information well reserved. When the conversion is completed, you will get a DVD Video_TS folder with all the data for the DVD-Video. You can also convert DVD to all other popular video formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, WMV, FLV, MPG, etc. for playing and sharing via Plex media server.

To get a better DVD enjoyment, there are some beneficial subtitle functions for users. You can select your desired subtitle languages from original DVD movies, enable forced subtitles when the actors are speaking a different language. You can also choose to download and add external subtitles to DVD when there are not your desired subtitles in original DVD movie. Moreover, you are allowed to edit the DVD movies by trimming, cropping, adjusting video effects, etc. to get the very wanted part and effects as you like. Just get it now and follow the steps below to copy DVD movies to FreeNAS.

How to Backup DVD to FreeNAS Friendly Video for Streaming on Plex?

Windows Version Pavtube DVDAid is taken as example, Mac Version share the same steps, just keep in mind you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files cannot be installed on Mac OS – and vice versa.

Step 1: Import DVD movies

Run DVD to FreeNAS/Plex converter on computer. When the interface pops up, click “File”>"Load from disc" to load your DVD movie to this program. It will automatically choose the main content to convert. If there are several language subtitles in your DVD movies, you can select the subtitle language you want to show in your movie under “Subtitles” drop-down list.

Step 2: Specify output format

In "Format" drop-down list, you are suggested to choose “Common Video” > “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” as output format which has the wide compatibility with both FreeNAS and Plex.

Step 3: Customize output profile parameters

To get satisfying video playback effect with Plex Media Server, you can adjust the output profile parameters such as video codec, size, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels.

Step 4: Start DVD to FreeNAS/Plex conversion

Now go back to the main interface, click"Convert" button and start DVD to FreeNAS/Plex conversion. When you are waiting for the result, you also can watch the DVD movie at the preview window. When the conversion is completed, click "Open Output Folder" on the main interface and you will find the ripped movies in the pop out window.

After you get the converted DVD movie, you can add the converted DVD movies to your FreeNAS, install Plex plug-in on FreeNAS, you will then be able to stream DVD movies on FreeNAS to TV, smartphone or other devices via Plex Media Server.

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