I have about 600 videos in .webm and .avi. I found Plex won’t transcode .avi and .webm movies without a warning that the server is not powerful enough to convert- So I really need a video converter that can convert AVI or WebM to Plex native supported format to solve the problem. Searching from Google and got some recommended solutions.
Note: To play AVI in Plex, click here to get a full guide.
Two solutions to enable Plex read WebM files:
Solution 1: Download Handbrake and use the default setting in it to convert WebM files to MP4 for streaming to Plex. (Learn Handbrake best settings for Plex here.)
Cons: Some guys reflect Handbrake is spamware. Just downloaded it and had to do two malware cleans to get rid of all the shit it put on the computer.
Solution 2: Convert WebM to Plex compatible video files with a professional app like Brorsoft Video Converter. This video app is professional on fast transcoding WebM to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports WebM videos, but also handles various common video formats, like AVI, MXF, VOB, MKV, MTS, MOV, MP4, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.
Cons: Brorsoft Video Converter is not freeware. However, if you are seeking for the best video output quality, fastest video conversion speed, and the most formats supported, it will be a great choice.
Simple steps to play WebM files via Plex
1. Load original WebM files
After downloading, install and run this video converter for Plex, and then drag and drop your WebM files to the program. You can add multiple files to convert at a time.
2. Select output format
Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.
Tips: 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. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
3. Start WebM to Plex Conversion
Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert WebM to Plex. After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these WebM files without hassle.