Updated on Sep 27, 2022
Looking for a straightforward yet efficient way to solve the Plex 4K playback issue? Plex has a strict spec for 4K video playback, and it’s still not perfect in its automatic video transcoding, which means you’d better transcode the video & audio stream of 4K videos by yourself to meet the standard. So this post is here to introduce an easy-to-handle Plex 4K video converter and a simple tutorial about how to transcode 4K videos with it.
Download this Plex 4K transcoding program here and get ready:
Yes, on certain devices, and please note that Plex streams 4K video with strict rules (you can check out Plex 4K Video Support on the left 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 a decent video converter tool: WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, and how to adopt it to convert 4K videos to Plex-supported videos. It functions really well, I’d say. Besides fixing the Plex 4K playback issue, you can also use it to compress 4K videos without quality loss, download 4k videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc., enhance video quality, edit 4K videos, and so forth.
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.
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.
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” in the main interface 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.
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.
Once the 4K Plex conversion is complete, your videos will be played perfectly on Plex. Enjoy your Plex 4K streaming! If other video playback issues occur, this converter can also do you a favor. Download this functional application and explore more practical features.
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