I am a new user (installed Plex for the first time over the weekend) but already I ran into a big problem that doesn't seem to have a solution. It happened as follows:
I used Plex on Saturday to add video files to my Movies library using the Plex web interface. That process worked perfectly and I then purchased the app for my iPad. At this time, my added MOV and MP4 video files continue to play and work perfectly using Plex. The next day (Sunday), I tried to add a Yify MKV file to a Plex library--and the file does not appear when I go to Edit Library.
So I have a question: Would someone please confirm that Plex has the ability to add .MKV files to a library and then make them streamable using a Plex client? In fact, can you please point me to a page or list that shows all compatible video-format extensions that work with Plex?
Well, according to the user's question above, let's solve the questions one by one.
Question 1. Is MKV in the list of formats that Plex supports?
Click Plex Media Server supported formats you will find that MKV is not in the file list.
So what to do? The best workaround to get the problem done is to convert Yify MKV video to MP4 format that Plex Media Server can easily support. Here we recommend the best tool (read reviews)- Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to all of you which is powerful on reformatting videos like M4V, MKV, MOV to the format you want to play on portable devices, media players or edit in some software. Here we will focus on transferring MKV to MP4 for Plex Media Server. Another version is for Mac users. Let's go now!
Question 2. How to convert Yify MKV video to Plex Media Server?
Step 1. After the successful installation, click "Load file(s)" or "Add video"to load Yify video into the program.
Step 2. Choose MP4 as the output format by tapping on "Format" bar. And the video/audio parameters can be reset to achieve a satisfying playback in Plex.
Step 3. Click the "Convert" button to start transferring Yify MKV to MP4 which is playable in Plex. And you can locate the converted MP4 video for Plex easily in your PC by clicking "Open". And continue...
Question 3. How to stream Yify video to Plex？
Quick-Learn: MKV vs MP4
MKV, the file format for Matroska Multimedia Container, is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks inside a single file. It is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. MKV can hold all of the same digital elements of MP4. MKV can also compress high quality videos into smaller files.
MP4, short for MPEG-4 and succeeds the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats. Like MKV, it's a container format because it includes video, audio, images, playlists, chapter markers and subtitles defined by MPEG. This container format allows to combine different multimedia streams into one file. This file format is created to contain timed media information in a flexible, extensible format in order to interchange, manage and edit multimedia.