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How to Properly Conduct Video Transcoding for Plex 4K Video Streaming

Author by Oswald

September 12, 2019

The way I see it is, usually, the users’ device is not to blame in most Plex 4K playback issues. Plex has a strict video coding spec for 4K video playback, and it’s still not perfect in its automatically video transcoding, which means you’d better transcode the video & audio stream of your videos yourself, to meet the standard. Now, I’d like to show you how I did it to solve the issue with the recommended video converter program, I’m currently using:

Is your device capable of playing 4K contents with Plex Media Server? A few references: Make sure

1. Your PC has powerful enough CPU & GPU to process & decode 4K resolution videos.

2. The media server you are using (PC or storage devices like NAS) is able to send data fast enough in order to accommodate a 4K high bitrate stream.

3. Everything is well connected. And you are in a good network condition.

Does Plex Support 4K?

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Yes, on certain devices, and please note that Plex streams 4K video in strict rules (You can check out Plex 4K Video Support on the right side). 4K videos not matching the coding spec will be automatically downscaled to 1080p, which, of course, is the last thing we want to see. Now, I’ll show you how to adopt a decent video converter tool: WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, to convert 4K videos. It functions really well, I’d say. These are what I like about it: Compress 4K videos without quality loss; download 4k videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc; and it can even enhance video quality.

But I guess I’ll leave these features for you to try on your own, so I’ll just stick to the video transcoding for now. Now I’ll show you how I operate the program, it’s actually quite easy-to-master.

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How to Convert 4K to Plex Standard with HD Video Converter Factory Pro

Load 4K videos for conversion

Before start, please free downloadfree download the software.

Step 1. Load 4K Videos You Intend to Play into the Program

Install and launch the program, click “Converter” module to enter the converter section. Click “Add Files” button or drag and drop to load 4K videos into the program. Then define the destination path at “Output Folder” box below. By clicking the “i” icon from video information bar, you can check your 4K video information, especially video resolution, in case it exceeds the Plex standard.

Convert 4K video to Plex MP4

Step 2. Customize 4K Videos Output File Format

Click on the output format section on the right side of the main workplace. Locate “MP4” icon from the “Video” category, click on it to select MP4 as output format.

As you might notice, numerous device profiles are provided as well, so if you are having other devices like HD TV that you want to play 4K videos on, this program can also help. Play 4K MP4 on Samsung TV, for instance.

Plex 4K transcoding

Step 3. Detailed Parameter Settings for Plex 4k Transcoding

At this step, we convert 4K videos according to the Plex video spec as you can see above. Click the small “Parameter Settings” button from the main workplace, a new window will pop up for you to customize detailed parameters. Set “Encoder” as H.265, “Resolution” as “3840*2160”, “Bit rate” as “256kbps”, “Frame rate” as 30fps. Click “OK” to save the changes and hit “Run” to start Plex 4K transcoding.

Please Note: For some videos with multiple audio tracks, Plex might fail to play the assigned one. In that case, using the program to remove redundant audio tracks is a solid plan.

At last...

There, 4K Plex conversion is complete, your videos shall be played perfectly on Plex. Enjoy your Plex 4K streaming!

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