Roku is another popular streaming player, besides Apple TV and Chromecast. Compared with Apple TV and Chromecast, Roku has many advantages. It supports 1800+ streaming channels including YouTube, Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu plus, PBS, Pandora, etc. and 200,000+ movies and TV episodes. And it is accessible to search around top channels to find your specified content and check if there’s free content available. Did you know you can also play DVD on Roku? We created this article to help people with DVD ripping for the Roku streaming player via the USB port .
Q: “ I find it astonishing that it’s this difficult. I have DVDs. I have a whole host of programs, including DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, Nero 2014 Platinum, AutoGK, HandBrake, etc etc etc., and yet I have been unable to successfully stream from my server to my Roku.”
As you know, Roku only plays a limited number of video formats out of the box. DVD video format is not supported by Roku. Video formats supported by Roku only cover MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV (VC-1, firmware 3.1 only). That means you may have to convert DVD to Roku playable format before playing it via USB drive or over your local network.
Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. You may opt for some free DVD rippers like HandBrake to rip DVD to Roku compatible formats. But such kind of DVD rippers isn’t suit for copy protected DVD movies, like Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers 4. If you want to effortlessly rip any regular and badly encrypted DVDs to Roku, Pavtube DVDAid <review> is a good option. After downloading and installing, you can rip and stream DVD to Roku in several simple steps. (For Mac users, Pavtube DVDAid for Mac is the way to go.)
In addition, the program is easy to use for conversion and editing and makes great quality copies of my DVDs. It handle both DVDs and DVD ISO files without being bothered by the restriction of annoying copy protection and then convert them to Roku supported format MP4, MKV for streaming. Here is a review. You just need to select the device as the output format and you can rip DVD to fit your device without further settings. If you want to play Blu-ray on Roku, this is a tutorial for you.
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Step 1: Load DVD movies
Install and launch DVD to Roku Converter, click the “Load DVD” button on the menu bar to load your DVD files. By importing DVD files, you can select DVD subtitle, audio and angle, preview DVD videos, snap screenshots, etc.
Step 2: Select an output format
To convert DVD to MP4, MKV for Roku, just click on the dropdown menu of “Format”, and then choose MKV, H.264 MP4 from Common Video or HD Video profile list. You can also store your DVD onto NAS server for playback later.
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. Rip DVD sitcom to Roku
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the DVD ripper will start the conversion from DVD movies to MKV/MP4 for Roku.
After the conversion, you can hit “Open” to quick locate the converted video. Then, you can play DVD to Roku through Plex, learn how to set up Plex and Plex channel will recognize, catalog, play and stream these DVD sitcom to Roku at ease.