I finally sorted out all my media on the weekend and I'm running Plex to be able to watch my stuff on my Samsung TV using smart hub. I really have no idea in terms of the tech side of running media servers, and can only assume I have something wrong in the settings. MP4 and MKV files work perfectly, but avi will not play.
I have no idea if it's at the media server end or at the TV where the issue is occuring however. I can play the file within Plex on my PC without trouble, but when you look at those files on the TV they are showing as 0MB and will not play. I installed PS3 media server and all works fine from there on the TV with all formats working, but I don't like the UI for it, so would prefer to get it working with Plex.
Do you have the same trouble in playing AVI files via Plex as the user above asking?
Though there are some technical experts offer some workarounds about this issue. What's the best and easiest way? Just read on this article. We will share the tips and tricks for copying and streaming AVI to Plex in the simplest way.
In order to stream AVI files via Plex Media Server without problems, the simplest way is to choose a powerful third-party software to convert AVI to Plex's most compatible video formats, for example, MP4 is the best one.
Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate will help you to solve the problem with one-click only. With which, you can convert almost all kinds of video files not only to Plex supported format but also to iPad, Android devices, PS3, Roku, Xbox, etc for streaming without quality loss. iMedia Converter is for Mac users.
How to convert AVI to Plex for easy playback?
Step 1. Import AVI videos
Launch the program, click ";Load file(s)" or ";Add video" to load the AVI video file you want to convert in your PC into the program.
Step 2. Select to output plex supported file 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.
Step 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 and will just take you for a while.
Step 4. Stream video to Samsung TV via Plex
To stream video from Plex to TV, you can use our program to directly output Samsung/LG/Panasonic/Sony TV optimized file format from "Format" drop-down list.
After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the converted movies. Now you can get AVI files working with Plex Media Server onto your Samsung TV (PS3, Xbox360 or other devices) by turning into Plex Media Server using DLNA (just make sure the same local network between Plex and TV at your home).