Plex AV1 Support - How to Play AV1 on Plex?

The new video coding format AV1 has gained growing popularity among streaming services, and electronic devices are also adopting AV1 hardware decoding to playback AV1 videos. However, if you are a Plex user who wants to stream AV1 videos to your TV, you’d often encounter an error message saying AV1 decoder not found. This article is going to discuss whether Plex support AV1 and the way to fix the Plex AV1 error. Please read on.

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Michelle | Updated on Jan 16, 2023

Does Plex Support AV1?

What’s clear currently is that Plex hasn’t added support for AV1 codec, nor does it allow AV1 direct play on AV1-supported devices. The Plex support team does not say why the AV1 codec is not included and whether will Plex support AV1 in the future is still unknown. To play back AV1 content through Plex, the only way is to transcode AV1 to a codec format that Plex supports, such as HEVC and AVC. But by doing so, you will lose some video quality, even though it may not be noticeable to the eyes. If you can accept some quality loss, you can follow the next part to learn the steps to convert AV1 to a Plex-friendly format to stream the content without error.

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How to Fix the Plex AV1 Playback Error?

As said earlier, you need to convert AV1 to a format supported by Plex to stream the content smoothly. And an AV1 converter is required to help you with the conversion.

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a reliable AV1 video converter that can decode AV1 files and encode them with another codec, including HEVC/H265, AVC/H264, MPEG-4, Xvid, and other pop formats supported by Plex. It provides fast conversion speed and supports batch conversion. The output quality is also good compared with other similar software. In the following, let me show you how to convert AV1 to MP4 H264 so as to stream the content through Plex properly.

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Step 1. Add the AV1 Videos

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro on your desktop and open the “Converter” program. Next, click “Add Files” or the center “+” button to import your AV1 files into the converter. Drag-and-drop is also supported.

Step 2. Choose H264 Profile

On the right side of the converter, click the format image to open the output format page. Then, head to the “Video” category and pick “H264” as the output profile.

Tips. If you want to edit the output settings, like bitrate, frame rate, etc., you can open the “Parameter settings” and configure the parameters as you see fit.

Step 3. Convert AV1 to H264

Finally, choose an output folder at the bottom of the converter interface and click the “Run” button to start the conversion at once. If you have hardware acceleration enabled, the conversion speed should be even faster.

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Now, you should have no problem streaming the converted file to your target device.

Wrapping-up

AV1 as a high-efficiency and royalty-free coding format will certainly become dominant in the future. At that time, maybe Plex will finally add support for the AV1 codec. But until then, to play back the AV1 content through Plex, transcoding AV1 to a Plex-supported format seems to be the only solution. I hope the method provided in this article could be of some help to you. That’s all. Thanks for reading. Have a nice day!

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