Plex file structure

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Plex file structure

Postby sonypoolplr » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:49 am

I am trying to setup the Plex server to help play my movies on remote TVs with the Tivo and now Apple TV, but the Plex server isn't locating any of the movies that I am achiving with the AVAgent. Is there something that I need to do special to get the Plex server to recognize them? I am able to play them using DVDLobby and the VLC player on my remote computer.

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby sonypoolplr » Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:39 am

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby CinemarDave » Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:29 am

Have you told the Plex server to monitor the same folder where the Agent is storing them? I would guess that there is a missing configuration item in Plex.

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby sonypoolplr » Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:36 pm

I just made sure that the Plex server is looking at my DVDLobby movie storage location. The Plex server found the ones that are .mp4 files but not the ones that the AV agent created that are in the Video_ts folder of the movie and are .vob files.

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby CinemarDave » Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:38 pm

What device is running the Plex server? The Video_TS files will need to be transcoded on the fly into a compatible format for the client trying to play.

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby sonypoolplr » Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:14 pm

Do you mean where do I have the Plex server loaded? If so it is on the same computer that is running the MLServer. Should it be on a different machine on my network?

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby CinemarDave » Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:05 am

No that is fine. Just wanted to make sure the Plex server was running on a device that is capable of doing the transcoding on the fly. Since this is an issue with the Plex server setup and I no longer have Plex installed here I've run out of ideas. Can someone else running Plex chime in?

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby Synergy_Tech » Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:05 pm

Just a guess since I don't use Plex but what if you converted the ripped DVD to something like an .mkv file?

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby rondepping » Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:23 pm

I don't believe Plex supports .vob files. you need to covert to mp4 or mkv. https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/203810286-What-media-formats-are-supported-

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby sonypoolplr » Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:32 pm

Thank you all for your help.

Dave, if I convert the movies to mp4 or mkv files, will it mess up playing them back through DVDLobby using the VLC Media player?

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby CinemarDave » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:56 pm

All my movies are in .mkv format. So no issues with VLC.

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby sonypoolplr » Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:45 pm

Thanks Dave. Are you using the AV agent to create the mkv files? If not, what are you using to make the mkv files after using the Agent to archive the movies?

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Re: Plex file structure

Postby CinemarDave » Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:00 pm

You'll have to use an additional tool to convert the files into .mkv or .mp4 formats. Handbreak is a useful tool for doing this as it lets you queue the conversions and then run them in batch mode. MakeMKV is another tool you could look at.

If you are using DVDFab then you could create a profile for doing the transcoding and then you can do the rip and conversion in one pass. The DVDFab route is more expensive as Handbreak and MakeMKV are free.


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