Plex The Server Is Not Powerful Enough To Convert Video

I had that same message come up while trying to stream news video via Plex. I adjusted my server side transcoder setting to automatic, removed the remote stream quality limitation, and made sure the app I was using had the quality setting set to convert automatically.

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I’d been doing fine with my WD EX II Ultra on OS3, ignoring the daily emails from it that there was an upgrade available… and I figured yesterday that probably enough time had passed to get a smooth upgrade to OS5 and the latest Plex version.


Feb 28, 2019 Generally, the more powerful the Plex Media Server’s CPU the better, as transcoding is a CPU intensive process. If you have a choice between adding more RAM (assuming there’s enough RAM for the operating system to run well) or a faster/better CPU, choose CPU for better Plex transcoding performance. AS a work around you can install PLEX on your computer and then point the PLEX libraries to the EX2 Ultra as the storage location for your content. This will basically use your computer as the PLEX server which will have enough power to trascode the videos. Mike27oct October 9, 2018, 4:28am #4. Streaming Plex videos on your Chromecast. Whether or not you decide to set up Plex for Chromecast and generate optimized videos, you’ll start and stop casting in the same way. Starting playback. To start playback, open a copy of the video you want to cast on your computer or mobile device.

Immediately, the series that I was in the middle of no longer works. Almost every video in my library gives a message about the server not being powerful enough to convert video, including the episodes I watched earlier this week. That’s on my iPad app, on the web, my Amazon fire stick… they don’t work on anything.

I’ve tweaked every setting I can find to try to prevent it from trying to transcode video, and toggled half of them trying to find a sweet spot, but nothing seems to work:


  • Internet streaming
    – Video quality maximum
    Play smaller videos at original quality
  • Home Streaming
    Use recommended settings


  • Audio & Subtitles
    Normalise Multi-channel Audio
    Burn Subtitles Only image formats

Disable video stream transcoding

Here’s something that won’t play, which has been transcoded using the same programme as just about everything in my library:



  • Duration 1:51:34
  • Bitrate 6377 kbps
  • Width 720
  • Height 576
  • Aspect Ratio 1.78
  • Video Resolution 576p
  • Container MKV
  • Video Frame Rate PAL
  • Video Profile main


  • Duration 1:51:34

  • File Sweeney Todd (2007).mkv

  • Size 4.97 GB

  • Container MKV

  • Video Profile main

  • Codec MPEG2VIDEO

  • Bitrate 5801 kbps

  • Language English

  • Anamorphic true

  • Bit Depth 8

  • Chroma Location left

  • Chroma Subsampling 4:2:0

  • Coded Height 576

  • Coded Width 720

  • Color Range tv

  • Frame Rate 25 fps

  • Height 576

  • Level 8

  • Pixel Aspect Ratio 64:45

  • Profile main

  • Ref Frames 1

  • Scan Type progressive

  • Width 720

  • Display Title 480p (MPEG2VIDEO)

  • Extended Display Title 480p (MPEG2VIDEO)

Plex The Server Is Not Powerful Enough To Convert Video

I have about 600 videos in .webm and .avi. I found Plex won’t transcode .avi and .webm movies without a warning that the server is not powerful enough to convert- So I really need a video converter that can convert AVI or WebM to Plex native supported format to solve the problem. Searching from Google and got some recommended solutions.

Note: To play AVI in Plex, click here to get a full guide.

Two solutions to enable Plex read WebM files:

Plex The Server Is Not Powerful Enough To Convert Video Plex

Solution 1: Download Handbrake and use the default setting in it to convert WebM files to MP4 for streaming to Plex. (Learn Handbrake best settings for Plex here.)

Plex The Server Is Not Powerful Enough To Convert Video

Cons: Some guys reflect Handbrake is spamware. Just downloaded it and had to do two malware cleans to get rid of all the shit it put on the computer.

Plex The Server Is Not Powerful Enough To Convert Video

Solution 2: Convert WebM to Plex compatible video files with a professional app like Brorsoft Video Converter. This video app is professional on fast transcoding WebM to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports WebM videos, but also handles various common video formats, like AVI, MXF, VOB, MKV, MTS, MOV, MP4, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.

Cons: Brorsoft Video Converter is not freeware. However, if you are seeking for the best video output quality, fastest video conversion speed, and the most formats supported, it will be a great choice.

Simple steps to play WebM files via Plex

1. Load original WebM files


After downloading, install and run this video converter for Plex, and then drag and drop your WebM files to the program. You can add multiple files to convert at a time.

2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.

Tips: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

3. Start WebM to Plex Conversion

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert WebM to Plex. After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these WebM files without hassle.

Plex The Server Is Not Powerful Enough To Convert Video Converter

Related Guides:
How to Convert Webm to Quicktime MOV on Mac
Best Way to Use Webm File in iMovie