Today, there’s a ton of media available on the Internet, and can be acquired at high quality and very high speeds. TV shows can be downloaded on the same night that they are aired, DVD versions of movies can be found right after they have been submitted into a film festival, and affordable equipment has allowed independent creators to take their own productions to the next level.
Note: Guiding Tech does not recommend meddling in piracy, and what you do with your own computer is your responsibility.
Let’s assume you already have a lot of media on your computer and external hard drives, ranging from high-quality .mkv files to more typical .avi files. You’re a bit envious when you see Windows Media Center on your buddy’s TV at home, and you wish that as a Mac user you had something more substantial than Front Row to handle your media.
Well, you don’t need to worry anymore because we’ve got Plex, which, as they say, is the complete media solution for OS X and iOS users.
Lets check out how to get started with this tool and use it to make your Mac computer a media center powerhouse.
Step 2. When setting Plex up, it will ask for the location for your media files. It’s not too late to organize them all into one umbrella folder, typically the Movies folder. I would recommend putting all your movies in a subfolder of that, because using the normal OS X Movies folder as your Plex folder means that your iMovie videos will come up in Plex.
Some weird cache files also came up into Plex, and I found them to be aesthetically displeasing at best, inconvenient at worse. It won’t kill you, but it might drive you crazy. ????
If you don’t have a set folder yet, you can create it now, or just access the Media Manager later and skip this step right now.
Do the same for your TV shows at the next prompt.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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