How can I stream movies from My Cloud to a Roku

I have read through a bunch of threads and I can’t get my moves to stream.

First, which format do I need to save the ripped DVDs to? Mp4, wmv, DivX?

Which app is easiest to navigate?

Lastly, I have three “smart tv’s” and I would like to stream to them as well.

Please help this old man

Your movies should be in MP4 format for streaming to both smart tvs and Roku. You need no app to stream them to the smart tv, but Roku needs the Roku media player app/channel installed. to conver to MP4 you need to use a free program installed on you Windows or Mac computer called Handbrake. Google info about all this and check your smart tv user manual. Now, go do your homework.

If you have an android phone , try a program called mediamonkey , you can cast the video files directly to your smart tv /Roko through your phone from your MyCloud.

I would convert them all to MP4 , it’s the most compatible format for most players.

I stream almost exclusively from the My Cloud to several Roku’s. To stream media you need to have that media in a format that is supported by BOTH the My Cloud and the Roku. Generally for video MP4 will work. There are a number of free video conversion programs, like Handbrake (https://handbrake.fr/) that will encode video to the proper format for playback on a Roku.

To rip a DVD perform an internet search as there are a number of methods to rip DVD’s for local streaming. There is even a way to rip certain DVD’s (unencrypted and certain encrypted DVD’s) using Handbrake. See the Handbrake documentation for more information. Also see this link (http://grandiloquentmusings.blogspot.com/2014/12/ripping-encrypted-dvds-with-handbrake.html) and others that detail how to add a DLL file to Handbrake to allow ripping of certain commercial encrypted DVD’s.

On the Roku you will need to have a channel called Roku Media Player (https://channelstore.roku.com/details/2213/roku-media-player) which should allow you to access any DLNA server, like the My Cloud, on your local network.

Lastly you can input metadata information (cover art, program name, program information) into the MP4 media file that will be displayed onscreen in certain media players like the Roku Media Player channel. One can use MP3Tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) or Media Monkey (http://www.mediamonkey.com/) for example to add or edit that metadata. Again perform an internet search to learn more about metadata in media files.

Thank you for all of the replies. My next question is, is there a specific file folder they should be stored into?

On my smart tv’s the file names show up, but nothing happens when I click on them. I have been using Macx Ripper and using its mp4 setting which doesn’t save anything except the actual movie.

No the media can be stored in any Share or subfolder within a Share provided the Share has Media Serving enabled through the My Cloud Dashboard.

If one has trouble with playing a media file (like MP4) they should try reencoding the file. The MP4 format is a container file, if one uses certain encoders to encode the video/audio its possible that the DLNA client within the TV or Roku may not be able to play the file even though its in MP4 format. For example if I download a video from YouTube, often my Roku will not play the audio from that media file, I have to reencode the video with a different audio encoder.

good god, glad I saw this thread - I am watching deadpool2 mkv x264 file and all my other ones like 265 work… it appears under ALL on the roku media player - streams fine - don’t need plex
thanks for this thread!

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Just copy your media into a Share on the My Cloud and enable Media Serving on that Share within the My Cloud Dashboard. Once Media Serving is enabled the Roku Media Player should be able to access the My Cloud and stream videos media from it.