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How to Convert and Play XVID Files on Plex?


Q: "Some of my movies are unable to be played on Plex saying that they require an xvid Codec? How would I install this on my windows server so I can watch them without having to do so on my clients."

When searching on Plex forum, there're a lot Plex and Xvid codec playback issues like "Xvid Codec not allowing playback" or "Plex doesn't transcode Xvid codec correctly" etc. So, we'll talk about the simple way to convert and play Xvid files on Plex media server smoothly. Just read on please.

Form Plex official website, we have known that it native support files formats limited to MP4 container, H.264 video encoding, and AAC audio.

  • Container: MP4
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 or smaller
  • Video Encoding: H.264 (level 4.0 or lower)
  • Video Framerate: 30fps
  • Video Bit Depth: 8
  • Audio Encoding: AAC

Though in some cases, videos formats that can be played by DLNA or from a USB drive on a device may not be available for direct playback by Plex. That's why Plex refuse to play video codec in Xvid.

In order to smoothly play Xvid code files on Plex Media Server via DLNA, we advise you convert Xvid to Plex supported H.264 MP4 formats in advance. To finish the task, Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate a top-ranked video converter is good at converting Xvid.avi files to Plex compatible video formats without losing quality.

In addition, batch conversion from Blu-ray, DVD, TiVo, AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, VOB, MKV, AVI, MP4, MOV, etc. to Plex media server are also supported here. With the built-in editor, you can trim, crop, add personal watermark, rotate video effect and more in one place. For Mac users, please turn to Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac.

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Steps to Transcode/Convert Xvid Codec Files for Plex Playback

Windows Version Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate taken as example, Mac Version share the same steps. Just keep in mind you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files cannot be installed on macOS – and vice versa.

Step 1. Install and launch the best video converter for Plex, simply click "Load File" to load your Xvid.avi files to the program. Here, Blu-ray, DVD disc, other common videos are supported as well.


Step 2. Click the "Format" option, and choose H.264 MP4 from Common Video profile list. If you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.


Tip: If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.

Step 3. With above settings, tap the big "Convert" button to transcode and convert Xvid.avi files to H.264. mp4 for Plex Media Server. A few minutes later you'll get the converted video via clicking "open" button, then you have no hassle to stream and play the converted Xvid codec files on Plex Media Server.

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