Play Any Videos on Apple Devices via Plex Media Server

Recently, Plex has seemed to be a more and more popular media server for us to play our movies on Apple devices, right? By the way, Android is also available. Then some issues have followed this topic as soon as they have been questioned on forums like ‘How could I play any videos on Plex? Any plug-ins to make them available?’

Plex is designed to let many Apps play media from a central Server. You can playback media on your local network, stream it over the internet, or physically sync media to a mobile device. This flexibility isn’t hassle-free, though. Can a device handle this format? Is it powerful enough to playback this high-resolution file? This is the key point we are going to talk today. (Read List of File Formats Working on Plex Media Server)


How to play or stream your video files via Plex media server?

Direct Play:

Media can be Direct Played on a device if the source media is compatible with the client’s playback capabilities, meaning that the source media:

  • Is stored in a compatible file container
  • Is encoded in a compatible bitrate
  • Is encoded with compatible codecs
  • Is a compatible resolution

Basically, the file is 100% compatible with your device. To find these requirements for your device, you should consult your device’s documentation. When a media item is Direct Played on an App, the file is sent directly to the device without being changed.

Direct Stream:

You may have some media that is compatible with your device regarding resolution and media type (H.264, AC3, etc.), but is in an incompatible file container (.mkv, .avi, .wmv, etc.). In this case, the file can be Direct Streamed to your device.

  • The video and audio tracks are extracted from the original file;
  • The streams are saved back into a compatible file container; and
  • The Plex Media Server repackages the content on-the-fly before streaming it.
  • Direct Streaming a file uses very little processing power without any loss in video quality.

How can Plex work with those incompatible videos?

Frankly speaking, with more and more high definition 4K camcorders coming out, it is becoming hotter and hotter for us to enjoy the 4k videos on TV via Plex media server such like the XAVC codec recordings. In other words, we need the best video formats for editing, playing and uploading. If you are confused when importing videos to Plex, here we strongly recommend you the Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac, which can transcode all videos to be suitable for Plex server. Is that cool?

Simple steps on transcoding videos for playing on Apple devices via Plex:

Step 1. Launch the program and get into the main interface, here we can easily import the videos with ‘Add video’ or ‘Add from the folder’. They will be listed there well after loaded in.


Step 2. Choose the suitable ones for Plex. Come to the output list, so many output items are listed here if you wanna select one as your favorite. Today here we would like to introduce you the ‘HD Video’>>’H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)’ as the most compatible one for any Apple devices.


Step 3. For more functional adjustments? Why not go to the ‘Settings’ or ‘Edit’ to have a look? There you can find more functional designs for video and audio parameters. Or finally on the main interface, we can hit the ‘Convert’ item to get the job started.


No matter for smart phones, TV, pads or PC, with Plex, we can wasily enjoy our movies. On the other hand, with this Pavtube plex video converter, we can make it easier to work with Plex media server.


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