How to Play Webm Media Files on Plex
Got several files in WebM format and one of the optimal choice to make full use of them is to stream and play these WebM files via Plex. This article just talks about how to get Plex to read and play WebM media files easily.
WebM is currently not supported as a Direct Play for Plex. More specifically it's a container that's a subset of MKV, with fewer features, and only uses the VP8 codec for video tracks and the Vorbis codec for audio tracks. To play WebM on Plex, we've worked out 2 solutions for you.
Method 1. Rename WebM to MKV for Plex
As mentioned above, Webm is really a MKV. So when in doubt, try to rename it. It works usually.
Method 2. Convert WebM to Plex more compatible format
As MKV, WebM is not directly supported by Plex. To get Plex run WebM videos easily and quickly, a workaround is to convert WebM to Plex more compatible format H.264 .mp4.
There are many programs out there that allow us to transcode WebM files to Plex friendly formats. If you are seeking for the best video output quality, fastest video conversion speed, and the largest formats supported, Brorsoft Video Converter will be your best choice.
It's a professional yet easy-to-use app which can help you convert WebM media files to Plex with H.264 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, camcorder/camera recorded videos and downloaded video from website, like H.265 MP4, MKV, XAVC, XAVC S, MXF, MTS, M2TS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. And for Mac users, please get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.
How to convert WebM to Plex supported format
Step 1. Import WebM videos
Launch the program, click "Add" to load the WebM videos you want to convert into the program. You also can drag the WebM files to the left window directly.
Step 2. Select output format
Click "Format" and choose MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. Here 3 H.264 presets "H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 Main Profile Video(*.mp4)", "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" are supported.
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.
Step 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 Media Server compatible video files.
After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. You can now handle the converted WebM videos with Plex easily at your will.