Plex AVI Issues- Fixing Plex Error While Opening File AVI

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“ I have a bunch of home movies that I ripped off my Panasonic mini DV camcorder. They are all AVI files and play fine in the Plex player on my desktop. However, I get an error when I try to play them on my cell phone and the video is scrambled (audio works fine), when I try to send it to Chrome cast. I converted some of the movies to MPEG4 and they work perfectly. Every other video file (including other AVI) work fine with my Plex and Chrome cast. I read that it may be the codec that is causing the issue. Is there way to fix this video to work with Chrome cast other than reformatting each video? Thanks in advance.”


It is really frustrating when AVI file is prone to such errors; no matter what you do, it does play at all. Don’t get tensed! The best workaround here to bypass this problem and make AVI compatible with Plex Media Server is to convert AVI to MP4 format that Plex Media Server can easily support. There are many tools on the market for users to transcode videos. Here we recommend a best tool – Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, it can be done effortlessly. Read the Review.

In addition, it not only supports AVI videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MKV, MXF, MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. Plus, thanks to the built-in video editor, you can personalize and retouch your videos files as you want. For Mac users,iMedia Converter for Mac is a helpful app to encode videos for further usage. Here our task is to encode AVI to MP4 for Plex Media Server. The process is much simple. Follow below guide to start AVI to Plex Media Server conversion.

Best way to Transfer AVI files to MP4 for streaming on Plex Media Server

Step 1: Run this great AVI Converter for Plex, Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

Step 2: Click “Format” bar and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily. If your source video is in 1080p and you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for Plex Media Server.

Tip: Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset. You’d better keep a balance with your video quality and video size. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality.

Step 3: Tap the Conversion button on the main interface to start transcoding AVI to Plex Media Server. The process will be finished soon. After the conversion, you can easily find the encoded AVI video clips in the destination folder by clicking “Open” button for playing and sharing to your other devices via Plex Media Server.

Now you can stream AVI files through Plex Media Server to HDTV, PS4, Xbox360 or other devices. Enjoy.

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