Can’t Play Xvid Codec Files on Plex- The Solution

We found there are lots of Xvid and Plex playback issues like Xvid Codec not allowing playback” or “Plex doesn’t transcode Xvid codec correctly”  in Plex forum. Therefore, let’s talk about the best and easy solution to play Xvid codec files on Plex in the following article.

In fact, Plex native supports video in MP4 container using in H.264/AVC codec best, otherwise Plex will transcode and convert the incompatibility video formats before streaming and playback. The conversion will cost too much of your CPU and need powerful hardward. If not, probably you’ll fail to open and play Xvid Codec files on Plex. The best solution to solve the problem is to transcode and convert Xvid videos to Plex supported video/audio formats via a third party video converter.

To finish the task, Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended to convert Xvid codec files to Plex compatible video formats without losing quality. Besides, batch conversion from Blu-rayDVD, 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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Guide: 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. At last, 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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