Recognize and Play Ripped DVD via Emby Server

Summary: Copying DVD to Emby Server gives you the chance to play DVD movies on HTPC devices freely without the limitation of DVD discs. The article below just show you the easiest way to play DVD via Emby Server. 

People play DVD with DVD Player. But if you want to safekeep physical DVD discs or stream DVD movies on HD TV without DVD player, you can choose to rip DVD to Emby Server. Copying DVD to Emby Server makes you play DVD movies freely on HTPC devices without using DVD discs again and. Let’s some questions about playing DVD movies via Emby Server and how to convert DVD to Emby Server. 


Question 1:”Emby - > recognize and play ripped DVD? 

I have my DVD libray on a server, which I played with my HTPC for quite some time. I am now wanting to play them through my ROKU. Emby sounded like a good method. 

But, I have installed Emby on a Windows 10 server, and pointed the library to my Movies folder, which contains folders named with the movie name, and inside the contents of the rip, Audio_ts and Video_ts and other files. Was all setup and working with My Movies. 

Emby seems to not be recognizing any of it at all. I pointed the moves to the Movies folder, and nothing shows up. 

NOw, it may just be that it needs time to build the library, but I'd think somethign would be shoing up fairly soon. 

Will Emby not work with these types of files or structure? If so, what about Plex? - from

Answer:Emby will only playback Video_TS on a PC (Emby for WMC). Plex will not play them at all. The same goes for .iso rips of DVDs or DVDs. 

Time to convert them all to MKV. 

Question 2:”I just installed this app last night (server, mce plugin and smart hub app). 
I added a movie into the library and metadata was retrieved (cover, details, etc) just as one would expect. 
When I tried to play the movie however, nothing happened. Play is highlighted, enter is pressed, but nothing happens. Even tried pressing the play button on the smart remote (sideways triange), and nothing happened. The movie is in the standard VOB format that DVD Fab rips DVD to. 
In MCE the movie does start, but when it gets to the movie menu, I am unable to select play their either. 
When attempting to view from chrome through the "Browse Library" option on the server (same box mce is on), the movie skips the movies menu and does start playing, but it pauses like every 20 secs for like 5 secs. 
” - from

Answer: playback of folder rip structures and iso's is only fully supported by clients that natively support dvd or bluray. so that generally means the htpc clients. for all other clients, the server's ability to stream and transcode folder rip structures and iso is considered expiremental, meaning it will work with some titles, and others not at all. Also, if your DVD rip has a menu in it, you will need to select the "Disable for DVD Rips" option under the Custom Player Interface in MBC (that's why you couldn't select anything on the menu). 

Emby Media Server has many client apps including: Kodi, Windows Media Center / XBOX 360 (MCE Extender), Android TV, Roku  / Now TV boxes, Amazon Fire TV, some Samsung Smart TVs. This means that when you backed up DVD collection to Emby Media Server, you can stream DVD movies via Emby Media Server with Kodi, Nvidia Shield Android TV, Xbox 360, HD TV, etc without using the expensive DVD discs any longer. With so plenty benefits of backing up DVD Emby Media Server, how to reach it? You can use a DVD Ripper to help you rip commercial DVD discs to Emby Media Server. 

Here I recommend you Pavtube ByteCopy <review>. I found this best DVD ripper to be most impressive, yet easy-to-use and covers all my needs regarding a program to rip bluray and DVD discs. It can easily rip any copy & region protected DVD to Emby Media Server in digital version. It outputs MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, 3GP, H.265, M3U8, etc with original video quality so that you can stream DVD via Emby Media Server on iPad, Samsung Galaxy S6, Roku, Xbox 360, PS4 enjoying. 

Free download and install: 

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How to Re-encode DVD Collection to Emby Media Server in MP4/MKV/MOV? 

Step 1. Insert your DVD disc into your BD drive, run the best DVD Converter for Emby Media Server and click “Files” icon to load movie from DVD source(Disc, folder, ISO). Set your wanted subtitles and audio track from the drop-down box of “Subtitles” and “Audio” tab. The mac version isPavtube ByteCopy for Mac


Step 2. Click the “Format” option, and choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) or MKV HD Video(*.mkv) as output format. MOV, MKV, AVI, etc can also be found in “HD Video” and “Common Video” 



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. 


Note: If you want MKV files, you can choose lossless MKV from “Multi-track Video” to preserve the original video quality. 


Step 3: Click the convert button under the preview window, and the DVD ripper will start the conversion from DVD movies to MKV/MP4 for Emby Media Server After conversion, you can stream the converted DVD movies through Emby Media Server to iPad Pro, Samsung UHD TV, Roku, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 or other DLNA-compliant devices for watching. 

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