How to prepare MPG Videos for Plex streaming

Summary: Plex can't read MPG files? This tutorial will explain how you can play MPG files via Plex without issues.

As a media server application, Plex enables us to share music, movies on TV, PS3, Xbox360, Android, iOS, and other DLNA-certified devices locally via home network connection, or remotely, as long as you have a Internet connection. The point here, you will find it a painful experience playing MPG on Plex. You may encounter problems like 'Plex not detecting MPG files':

"I am assuming this is a very old format.. Is there a way to make these MPG files work with Plex? I put them in my TV shows folder with my other TV series but they will not show up."

Actually, Plex does not currently support direct playing of MPG videos. I would suggest using a video converter to convert the mpg video files to mp4 that is directly supported in Plex. Then make sure you name them correctly according to the Plex naming standard and then place them in the correct type media library.

To transcode MPG files for Plex, what you need is a MPG video converter tool. Brorsoft Video Converter is just the best choice. This video app is professional on fast transcoding MPG to Plex Media Server MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MPG videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MKV, MXF, MTS, MOV, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, youc an get help from Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which can help you encode kinds of video files under Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite included).

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Steps: Convert MPG to Plex Media Server

1. Import MPG movie files > Launch the MPG video converter and click the Add button to have the MPG files imported. It supports batch conversion.

2. Decide output format > Click Format bar and choose MP4 from Common Video, which can be recognized by Plex well.

Tip: Advanced Settings

With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original video quality while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

3. Start converting MPG to Plex > Hit the "Convert" button to start the conversion. It will automatically convert MPG files to Plex Media Server compatible video files.

Once the conversion is finished, click "Open" to quickly locate the output files. Then it would be easy to play and stream your MPG video via Plex. Enjoy.

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