How to Play M2TS Files with a Plex Media Server
Plex is easy to install and easy to use. It is based on XBMC whose strength is its ability to order you media in various ways. For example it has a special "folder" where it keeps movies or TV shows that you haven't finished. It also keeps new media in a special folder. So its pretty easy to find movies and other media that you are most interested in. However, we found many guys are still facing the troubles such as "M2TS files not seen in Plex", "Plex won't play M2TS files"...
Q1: "For some reason, Plex (0.9.5.2) is unable to play HD .m2ts files. The sound works, but the video is just a bunch of corrupted moving color with no discernable detail.The same files play fine on XBMC, Boxee and VLC."
Q2: "Hi all,
I was interested in adding the M2TS file formats to the video discovered and played via real time on-the-fly transcoding by Plex. I managed to modify the video scanner py file adding the ".m2ts" extension to discover the files, but then files are not added into the Plex video library. Do You know if it is possible?"
In case, Plex Media Server cannot play M2TS Files, one app "Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter" can be the best Plex Assistant for the same. The Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter is one powerful and wonderful app, which serve as the best conversion platform for MTS, M2TS video extensions. The files having extension M2TS can be easily converted using this software and then can be easily used for the purpose of playing on any player like Plex Media Server or VLC Player.
The equivalent Mac version is Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, which can transcode and join AVCHD clips together on Mac OS X (El Capitan included).
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How to Convert M2TS to MP4 for Playback on Plex Media Server
Step 1. Load source files to the M2TS to MP4 Converter
Launch Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter. Click the "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button on to load your MTS files. If you would like to join MTS files together, just select these files and check the "Merge into one" box.
STEP 2. Select output format
Click "Format" bar and choose MP4 from "Common Video" as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. If your source video is in 1080p and you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.
STEP 3. Further Settings
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 4. Start M2TS to Plex Conversion
Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface. This M25S to Plex Converter will start encoding M2TS to Plex friendly MP4 video automatically.
If you also wanna convert some video files like XAVC- S/L/I, AVCHD, MXF, FLV, WMV, MOD, MOV, TiVo, etc on Windows 10 or other media devices, you can apply this professional all-in-one tool Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate. For Mac users can download Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac.