Plex on the new Fire TV is awesome! After you got the Fire TV 2, you may would like to sharing them with your family and friends via Amazon Fire TV 2. How about play MKV on Amazon Fire TV 2 via Plex? If so, you’re in the right place.
Have you ever encounter Amazon Fire TV2 MKV playback issues like these:
“I have 2 FTVs. The downstairs one plays my MKV files through Plex just fine, but probably because it is transcoding a bit to 720p. The upstairs one is not playing the audio. I assume its because I have some settings wrong. It plays the MKV files through XMBC however. Any suggestions?” – from Reddit.
A little searching turns up the solution. Actually, Plex on the Amazon Fire TV 2 does indeed deliver DD 5.1 sound with MP4 files. The problem continues to be with MKVs. New Amazon Fire TV can’t support MKV files especially encoded with DTS. A practical way is to convert MKV files to MP4 with H.264 video and AAC audio for Amazon Fire TV 2 streaming via Plex Media Server. Therefore, if you want to stream MKV to Amazon Fire TV 2 for playback, a 3rd party video converting app is needed.
Preparation: In order to fix Amazon Fire TV MKV playback problems, you’ll need to convert MKV to a fully comaptible format with Amazon Fire TV 2. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What’s need is just a common video converter like Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. With it, you can convert movies from virtually any formats to your Amazon Fire TV 2 seamlessly without any hassle. Meanwhile the output quality of the original videos will be kept. I’ll guide you through it step-by-step.
Reviews: This video app can help you encode MKV into a different format H.264 MP4 with least quality loss. You should then be able to stream the new file to Fire TV 2 via Plex or other media server with smooth playback without any trouble. Plus, it also supports converting Blu-ray/DVD,AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, VOB, TiVo to Amazon Fire TV 2/Amazon Fire TV for enjoyment. Some helpful edition functions are also available including trim and crop, merge and split, add special effects, subtitle edition, etc.
Note: In addition, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is designed for Windows 10 users, if you are a Mac user, please turn to the equivalent product iMedia Converter for Mac, which has updated to support Mac OS X El Capitan. Now, get the right version on your computer and follow the simple steps to Convert MKV to MP4 for new Amazon Fire TV use Plex.
Free Download MKV to Fire TV 2 Converter:
– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Ultimate/3000-2194_4-75938564.html
How to Convert MKV files for Amazon Fire TV 2 Via Plex for Playback Smoothly
Step 1: Run MKV to Fire TV 2 Converter and you can import MKV clips to the program through “Add Video” button. You can directly drag and drop the videos to the converter. If you like, check the “Merge into one” box to join MKV files together.
Step 2. Select output format
Click Profile column you will see rich output formats. Just select the best format you need. To play movies through Amazon Fire TV 2, you are recommended to choose MP4 video from “Common Video” category.
- Fire TV 2 Supported Video/Audio: H.263/H.264/MPEG4-SP/VC1 & AAC/AC-3/E-AC-3/HE-A/PCM/MP3
- And read Plex Supported Video and Audio Format here.
Step 3. Set advanced settings (Optional but important)
By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.
Tip: From the specification of Amazon Fire TV 2, the video in H.264/AVC codec can be up to 1080p and 30 fps. So you can hit on “Settings” to open settings window where you can adjust the video size to 1080p and frame rate to 30 fps. Since AC3 is not sure playable or not, you can choose AAC and 5.1 channel for audio. If 5.1 sound is not supported, it will be limited to stereo audio.
Step 4. Start MKV to Amazon Fire TV 2 conversion
The last step: just hit the big “Convert” button of the program to finish MKV to Amazon Fire TV 2 conversion. After conversion is done, simply click “Open Folder” button to find generated .mp4 videos. Afterwards, you can transfer the converted MKV clips into Amazon Fire TV 2 via Plex for playback on a big screen with ease. Learn>> (how to add movie to Plex).
Important: Upload movie to Amazon Cloud Drive
Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be automatically uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive, so they appear on your Fire TV within seconds.
1. Go to Amazon Cloud Drive (https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive).
2. Click on the Photos & Videos tab in the page header.
3. Click Add Photos & Videos.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to upload the photo or video.
Open Amazon Fire TV, select the uploaded videos then watch them freely.
Annoying Problems will Never Happen
*Dear Plex-community, I installed the Plex-Server on my Sinology DS212j-NAS and a amazon Fire TV 2 in order to watch my media on TV. Thing is, it will *only* play .mp4-files. When trying to play another format (i.e. .mkv) I get the following error-message: “It is not possible to play this video as no connection to the required Server could be found.” I am far from being an IT-expert, but to me this error-message doesn’t make sense as the connection to the server is definetly established. So I guess there is another problem with respect to the file-format.
* Fire TV 2 has no sound when playing MKV files.
* Amazon Fire TV 2 MKV rendering Issues-So I recently got the Amazon Fire TV 2 and love it with the Plex Server. Little disappointed that its not a Home Theatre version.. But for the power efficiency it will have to do. I made a sample video and tested to see if I get the same error with the sample and I do. The screen capture was taken with the Sample.mkv. Its clearly a codec issue.
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