“I purchased a ATV4 and installed PLEX. I have a PLEX server running on my NAS TS-419P II and the ATV picks it up ok. I can play MP4 but I can’t play MKV on the ATV4. Is there any way to get this to play both containers?”
If you have a Plex for Apple TV, you would try to organize, play your media like MKV files on it. However, some guys meet issues when view MKV on Apple TV via Plex. In this article, we will show you a detailed guide how to play MKV files on Apple TV with Plex easily.
Plex for Apple TV supported format/codec
Well, when you get the Plex for Apple TV, you may wonder which formats, codecs are supported by Plex for Apple TV. Get teach support from Plex, we know that the Plex for Apple TV app supports direct play of video in the MP4 or MOV container with the H.264 or mpeg4 video codec, and either the AAC, MP3, or AC3 audio track. It can also direct play audio in MP3, and AAC (in the MP4 container). If you have some other unsupported files like MKV, you’d better convert MKV to Plex for Apple TV compatible format first.
Note: Apple TV can’t play MKV files directly, the Plex media server will (in most cases) direct stream the file to the Apple TV by way of copying compatible streams or transcoding. But the problem is that it’s CPU intensive. If you don’t have a powerful enough PC, the transcoding will take forever. That’s reason why we suggest you converting MKV to Apple TV before Plex streaming.
To convert MKV to Plex and stream to Apple TV, Brorsoft Video Converter is highly recommended. This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to MP4, MOV format for playing on Apple TV via Plex without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is also a helpful tool to transcode MKV to Apple TV on Mac OS X(macOS High Sierra included).
How to play MKV files on Apple TV via Plex
1. Launch the MKV video converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program.
2. Click Format bar and choose H.264 MP4 as the output format from Common Video profile.
Tip- Advanced settings: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original video while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
3. After all necessary settings, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the MKV to Apple TV conversion. After the conversion, you can hit “Open” button to quick locate the converted videos; now you can stream MKV to Apple TV via Plex as easy as you can image.
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