How Do I Increase Video Quality on Plex?

Are you tired of watching low-quality videos on Plex? Do you want to enhance your viewing experience?

Well, you’re in luck because there are a few easy ways to improve the video quality on Plex. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how.

1. Use High-Quality Video Sources

The first step to improving the video quality on Plex is to use high-quality video sources. If your video files are low resolution, then no matter what settings you use in Plex, the quality will be poor. Therefore, always try to use high-resolution videos.

2. Adjust Transcoding Settings

If you’re streaming videos from a remote server or over the internet, then Plex may transcode the video to optimize it for streaming. However, this can sometimes lead to a decrease in quality.

To adjust these settings, go to “Settings” > “Transcoder” and select either “Automatic” or “Preferred Maximum”. The automatic setting will choose the best option based on your device’s capabilities and network speed while the preferred maximum setting allows you to set a specific limit for transcoding.

3. Adjust Video Playback Settings

Plex has several playback settings that can affect video quality. To access these settings, click on the gear icon while playing a video and select “Quality”.

Here, you can adjust settings like resolution and bitrate. Higher resolutions and bitrates will result in better quality but may also require more bandwidth and processing power.

4. Use Direct Play/Direct Stream

Direct Play/Direct Stream is a feature in Plex that allows playback of videos without transcoding them. This can significantly improve video quality as there is no loss of quality due to transcoding.

To enable Direct Play/Direct Stream, go to “Settings” > “Quality” and select either “Prefer Direct Play” or “Prefer Direct Stream”.

5. Use a Wired Connection

If you’re streaming videos over Wi-Fi, then you may experience buffering and reduced video quality due to network congestion. To avoid this, try using a wired connection instead.


By following these tips, you can significantly improve the video quality on Plex and enhance your viewing experience. Use high-quality video sources, adjust transcoding and playback settings, enable Direct Play/Direct Stream, and use a wired connection for best results.