My Ideal ISO Streamer: Roku 3 + Plex - Does This Exist?

Diana Joan

Mar 16, 2015 01:13 am / Posted by Diana Joan

I recently purchased a Roku 3 and using the Plex Client is great. The only issues that I have is that I can not stream my 500+ ISO's of movies that I have made from my DVD collection. Is there a way to make this happen? I have looked into making MP4 and MKV files, but I have only had success with lost quality, which is what I don't want. Everything in my network is 1gb Ethernet so bandwidth isn't an issue. Does anyone know how to make loss-less conversions? Storage space is not an issue, so I don't really care about compression. I have used hand brake in the past for conversions to my ipad and ipod, but I can not find a way to make a loss-less conversion.

Thanks for the help!


ISO to Roku 3 with Plex

Well, as the above user, you may look into a way of streaming ISO file to Roku via Plex. Is that at all possible? According to our multiple test, we found that Roku doesn't know how to play DVDs or Blu-rays whether in ISO or any other format. It is a streaming device and these disc formats are not playable in it. To get ISO files to Roku 3/Roku 2, what you need to do is to rip ISO to a format the Roku can play. After that, install and set up PLEX Media Server on your computer and set up a library that includes the converted ISO videos you wish to stream and then run the Plex channel on your Roku.

So a tool that can convert DVD ISO to Roku friendly MKV, MP4 videos is necessary. Pavtube DVDAid for Windows/Mac (top best DVD Ripper for Windows Mac) - the best HandBrake alternative, is highly recommended to help you convert DVD ISO to Roku 3/Roku 2 with zero quality loss.

Though HandBrake is free video, DVD and Blu-ray converter, you'll find that not every DVD movie can be ripped successfully with it. HandBrake only handles DVD and Blu-ray sources without any kind of copy protection. While this best Handbrake alternative DVD ripper can rip DVD discs even with copy protection and there is free trail for you.

Besides ripping DVD ISO files to Roku compatible format, it can also convert ISO/DVD/IFO to almost all common video formats, including AVI, MOV, M4V, WMV, MPG, 3GP, FLV, F4V, etc. Here a step-by-step guide about how to convert ISO image files to Roku 3 for streaming over Plex.

Roku 3 + Plex: Guide of how to stream DVD ISO movie to Roku 3 with Plex

Step 1. Load a DVD ISO movie

Download,install and launch the best alternative to HandBrake ISO to Roku 3 Ripper. Load a DVD ISO file.


Step 2. Choose output format

As we mentioned above, Roku 3 supports MP4 and MKV. You can click the "Format" bar and choose "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" easily.

Choose format for Roku 3

Tips: You can choose the subtitles/forced subtitles and audio track type if you like.

Step 3. Start to convert DVD ISO to Roku 3

Just click the "Convert" down and it will start to compress the whole DVD ISO movie. After the conversion, go to set up Plex and Roku 3.


  • For some users like the questioner in the beginning who don't care about the storage space, you can choose "copy the entire disc" way to backup your movie with original structure.
  • If you don't want to wait for a long ripping time and hope the big original movie will become a smaller size, you can choose "directly copy" way which, unfortunately, can only copy the main movie of the DVD with the chapters information missing.
  • You can also set the "Size(pix)" and "Bitrat(kbps)" in "Settings". Choosing a smaller bitrate will output a smaller movie.

When the conversion is done, add converted files to Plex Media Server for streaming to watching on Roku.

Ok, now start to discover this ideal ISO streamer: Roku 3 + Plex, then you will say: yes, it's a perfect combination!

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