How to Backup Blu-ray on FreeNAS for Streaming to TV via Plex?

Diana Joan

Jan 18, 2016 08:19 am / Posted by Diana Joan

As one of the best Home Server Software, FreeNAS is a totally free open-source Network Attached Storage software that helps to create a centralized and accessible home for your data through responsive web interface. For those people who have growing collection of Blu-ray disc, Plex is incredible a great way to stream your Blu-ray movies stored on FreeNAS to your large screen TV.

Plex on FreeNAS

Backup Blu-ray to FreeNAS for Streaming to TV via Plex

However, it is impossible to directly store Blu-ray disc (especially commercial ones with copy & region protection) on FreeNAS, not to mention to stream them to TV via Plex Media Server. Therefore, You will first need to make a digital format conversion of your Blu-ray disc. Here, you should backup Blu-ray to a digital format that's compatible with both Plex Media Server and your TV.

To get the job easily completed, you can download Pavtube BDMagic for Windows(best Blu-ray Rippers Review)/Mac to facilitate you to rip and backup commercial Blu-ray disc to both TV and Plex Media Server supported H.264 MP4 format. Besides that, the program also gives you the chance to output Blu-ray to TV preset profile format so that you can directly watch Blu-ray movies on TV without any video and audio profile settings.

How to Backup Blu-ray to FreeNAS for Streaming to TV via Plex Media Server?

Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc movie.

Launch the program on your computer, insert Blu-ray into disc drive and click "File" > "Load from disc" button to add Blu-ray disc into this app. Or you could choose to import Blu-ray folder and Blu-ray ISO image file.

Load Blu-ray disc

Step 2: Specify output file format.

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down option, select both TV and Plex acceptable format from "HD Video" > "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" to output.

Choose plex and TV compatible file format

You can also directly select TV optimized file format under "TVS" main menu, the suitable TV format according to your TV brand.

Output TV preset profile format

Step 3: Start the conversion.

Hit on the "Convert" button and start Blu-ray to H.264 HD MP4 or TV preset profile format conversion.

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 adding converted Blu-ray movies to your FreeNAS, install Plex plug-in on FreeNAS, you will then be able to stream Blu-ray movies on FreeNAS to TV via Plex Media Server.


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