If you find PLEX Media server doesn't seem to recognize the WTV files, what to do? Just read this article, which will give you a simple way to play WTV files via Plex without hassle.
Loving Plex works brilliantly, but I’m facing a little issue while playing WTV files via Plex. I like the Windows Media Center for recording TV - the quality is a lot better than the TotalMedia 3.5 that came with the TV card. However, the WTV files are very hit and miss if they play or not via Plex. What I’m eagerly want to know is the best way to make Plex to play WTV perfectly.
The files work fine in media center (as you'd expect) and they show up in Plex complete with artwork. However, when you come to play them on the Roku box you get the loading bar sit there for some minutes before it announces the server is not working or the file is unavailable. I have tried some conversion utilities to convert WTV to mp4 format, but they take forever to convert even a half hour show and tie up the server PC in the process. I’m wondering is there a video app that can convert WTV files to Plex compatible format for sharing on Roku or anywhere like Apple, Android, Amazon, Chromecast, Samsung… without hassle.
I’m doing multiple searches of the Wiki and Forums here, and finally find a definitive answer on how to scan and play WTV files with Plex. The workable solution is to encode WTV to Plex Media Server with a video app called Brorsoft Video Converter.
Overall, the program can be used as a utility to convert WTV to Plex friendly MP4 videos and more regular file format like mkv, avi, mpg, mov, .wmv, flv, etc with high quality and fast encoding speed. Besides Windows Media Center files, it can also help you encode/re-encode almost all 1080p/720p HD videos including AVI, MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV, TiVo, MTS etc. for playback on PC, Android/Windows 8/iOS based tablet/phone to meet your different needs. Download it below and follow the tips below to convert WTV to Plex Media Server easily.
How to play WTV files via Plex Media Server
Step 1. Load WTV files
Launch the ideal WTV Converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your WTV files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)
Step 2. Select output format
Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, the most compatible video format for Plex.
Step 3. Video/Audio settings
Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction. With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality.
Step 4. Start converting WTV to Plex
Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert WTV files to Plex Media Server compatible video files with the best quality.
After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex Media Server will recognize, play and stream these WTV files beautifully.