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post #991 of 1145 Old 01-25-2015, 01:09 PM
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Unfortunately I have only recently bought my Sony TV, not sure about returning it as its a decent display.

I have decided to order Rasberry Pi B+ with Flirc (have a Harmony Touch coming) and put Rasplex on that, seems to be a cheaper way to get it on there and I think it can pass through everything too.
Last time I checked ( a year ago), the Raspberry Pi would not pass or decode HD audio.

According to the website mentioned above, the Chromebox mod will pass HD audio.

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Hi all,

I thought PHT (running on a PC) would allow for airplay of local content of an iOS device (e.g., videos/photos shot on my iPhone) to Plex, but it doesn't. I installed iTunes and restarted so Bonjour should be installed. Isn't Airplay (in this sense, and not streaming from the Plex iOS app to an apple TV, etc) supposed to work?

thanks....confused!

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Hi all,

I thought d PHT (running on a PC) would allow for airplay of local content (e.g., videos/photos shot on my iPhone) to Plex, but it doesn't. I installed iTunes and restarted so Bonjour should be installed. Isn't Airplay (in this sense, and not streaming from the Plex iOS app to an apple TV, etc) supposed to work?

thanks....confused!
PHT is Plex Home Theater which is just a Plex Playing / Viewing app, where is the Plex Server? You need to have a Plex Server Running somewhere that is pointing to all of you media (movies, music and photos) and once it is set up properly you will be able to view all of them on your devices inside and outside of your house (if you choose).

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Hi,

Thanks for the response. I've had Plex up and running like a charm for years. I've experimented with PMS on NAS and dedicated computers. Right now, I have PHT and PMS on the same Windows 7 machine. My problem isn't with local media on my server..that works just perfectly...rather, my problem is that it can't act as an Airplay receiver? For displaying Airplay content, I wouldn't think PMS is involved (but I could be wrong).

So, my basic question is:
Can you take a photo on your phone and display it (the photo on your phone) on a TV running Plex via Airplay (without having to move it to your photos folder in PMS)?...ie, do i need to buy an apple TV to do this one act?

Thanks!
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Hi,

Thanks for the response. I've had Plex up and running like a charm for years. I've experimented with PMS on NAS and dedicated computers. Right now, I have PHT and PMS on the same Windows 7 machine. My problem isn't with local media on my server..that works just perfectly...rather, my problem is that it can't act as an Airplay receiver? For displaying Airplay content, I wouldn't think PMS is involved (but I could be wrong).

So, my basic question is:
Can you take a photo on your phone and display it (the photo on your phone) on a TV running Plex via Airplay (without having to move it to your photos folder in PMS)?...ie, do i need to buy an apple TV to do this one act?

Thanks!
Ok I missed that part of the equation - From what I see online this should work but there are a lot of posts on the Plex forum saying that it isn't working / hasn't been working since a version update sometime in December.

I don't use Airplay at all so maybe someone else that has more knowledge can assist.

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Has anyone had any luck with the TiVo channel for Plex? I am stuck on the Settings screen.

https://github.com/tivoguy/TiVoToGo.bundle

I haven't had any issues, but it seems like quite a few that have. First thing I would do is grab the forked version of this that was tweaked by a Plex Dev (sanders I believe).
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Ok I missed that part of the equation - From what I see online this should work but there are a lot of posts on the Plex forum saying that it isn't working / hasn't been working since a version update sometime in December.

I don't use Airplay at all so maybe someone else that has more knowledge can assist.

Definitely hasn't stopped working when using a Mac and I have a couple friends that AirPlay from iOS-ATV using their iPhone and iPad and that's been working. Can't speak to a PC though.
I would definitely check the Plex forums as there's going to be lots of info there.
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I'm sure diehard Plex fans already know this, but the Raspberry Pi 2 was just released and by the looks of things should fix all the last nagging problems of using a Pi as a front end for Plex (except for DTS & Dolby HD of course). I have two on order and am looking forward to running Rasplex on it.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/
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Okay, I have a couple of questions I hope maybe some of you have encountered and/or fixed:

I have PMS running on my NAS and I use PHT running on a windows 7 computer.

Can you get video airplay to work with Plex/Plex HT? I always get some error in red saying that this isnt possible? I'm trying to airplay a video podcast from my iphone to plex.


Have any of you gotten 3D to be successfully recognized and played back in Plex? I have the 3D blu-ray of gravity, which I used makemkv to extract. According to the Plex FAQ, all I have to do is name the file correctly, which I did: Gravity.2013.half-sbs.mkv

PMS recognizes the movie right away and gets all the metadata for it. In PHT, when I press play, all I get is a 2D video stream. There's no indication that it is a 3D file. Now, my tv has some screwy feature that will make any 2D video into 3D, and if I enable that, I can get 3D, but that's not what I should have to do right? I shouldn't have to go 3D->2D->3D. do I? If I enable my tv to auto-detect 3D, it recognizes nothing when I play the movie in PHT. So something isnt right, either its MakeMKV or Plex itself.

If I load the iso in powerdvd, that plays the 3D file just fine, so its not the TV, HDMI cable, AVR or the computer, its something to do with the Plex or MakeMKV. What am I not doing right?
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About Time!

New Roku app! Plex Pass only for now, must install new Roku Channel: https://owner.roku.com/add/PlexPass

https://blog.plex.tv/2015/02/24/bran...atform-people/










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Hi all. Anyone using Plex with their P Series Vizio? I'm having trouble getting it all to connect.

I'm able to authenticate the TV successfully (after signing up for a Plex Plus pass), but then the app tries to load and goes into an infinite loop stating there is something wrong with my network connection. Any ideas?
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New Roku app!
That's great. I just updated my Roku 2XS and the new interface is a huge improvement.

I hope they add some labels to the transport control buttons. My dad is 73 years old and unlabeled buttons confuse him.
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That's great. I just updated my Roku 2XS and the new interface is a huge improvement.

I hope they add some labels to the transport control buttons. My dad is 73 years old and unlabeled buttons confuse him.

Does this new app allow direct play from blu-ray rips (mkv)?

I know the older version you had to transcode everything which why i switched to PHT on chromebox.
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Does this new app allow direct play from blu-ray rips (mkv)?

I know the older version you had to transcode everything which why i switched to PHT on chromebox.
Yes, it looks like it does. I'm direct playing Tammy right now.

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Wow, that is big news. I was already considering sending back my AFTV and getting a Roku 3, now it's a sure thing.

I don't know why anyone would want to watch Tammy though. :P
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Playing my Blu Ray Iso files via PLEX....

I realize this probably is not news to most people, but I have not seen it stated anywhere so I thought I would write it so it can help someone. My movie only blu ray Iso files play on PLEX using a somewhat unorthodox method. As we all know, Iso files are really not directly supported via PLEX, but if you mount the image using one of the widely available clone drive applications ( I use virtual clone drive) it plays fine. What I do is add the clone drive as a folder (in my case it is the (L) drive) in my PLEX library. PLEX does not allow you to choose the drive from the add library list, so you have to manually type it into the path. After mounting the image on my computer or via my phone/tablet remote computer access app (I use teamviewer but splashtop etc will work as well) , they play back perfectly on PLEX. I mostly use this with my mobile devices, so it requires the extra step of remote accessing my computer to mount the image, but at least it works!! Needless to say, this does not allow direct use of the movie info/thumbnail pictures because PLEX does not even recognize my Iso files until they are mounted. As a band aid fix to this, I have put a bunch of short (10 seconds) identical video files of a ticker countdown (you know, the ones that count down from 10 to 1 before old movies) into a second library and named them according to the movies I have stored on Iso files. They are basically "dummy" videos used to get PLEX to recognize them. At least this way I have the movie info, even if the only thing that plays when I click play is the short video clip. Needless to say, this will only work on "movie only" Iso's as PLEX won't work with Java menus etc.


Is there an easier way to do this? Am I missing something? Is there any way to have PLEX mount my Iso's? Maybe using someone's expertise in adding a script to it etc.?


Also, if it really only needs to be mounted, is there any reason why PLEX can't do this natively? At least for movie only Iso files?


Btw, I am well aware that PLEX plays MKV's, but I have way to many Iso's and converting them all is just not gonna happen.
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Is there an easier way to do this? Am I missing something? Is there any way to have PLEX mount my Iso's? Maybe using someone's expertise in adding a script to it etc.?
Using Plex? Not that I know of. XBMC and MediaBrowser both handle ISOs just fine although I'm not sure if they offer real-time transcoding like Plex.

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Also, if it really only needs to be mounted, is there any reason why PLEX can't do this natively? At least for movie only Iso files?
The developers have chosen not to support it.
https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/art...Not-Supported-

Their reasoning is primarily due to menus or multi-episode disk images. However, I reckon they didn't bother including support for movie only ISOs because then they'd have complaints about some ISOs working and others not.

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Btw, I am well aware that PLEX plays MKV's, but I have way to many Iso's and converting them all is just not gonna happen.
The most time consuming part is ripping from BD-ROM. Unless you have like 5,000 ISOs or something, converting from ISO to MKV isn't actually all that bad particularly if you can make a script for MakeMKV command line.
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Wow, that is big news. I was already considering sending back my AFTV and getting a Roku 3, now it's a sure thing.
Might want to hold off for a while. My Roku 2XS has been crashing frequently while using the new Plex channel. My Roku got a system update (software version 6.1 build 5605) at the same time I installed the new Plex channel so I'm not sure which one is causing the crashes.
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I installed pms on my home pc and the android app on my phone. I have not signed up for PlexPass yet. I first connected to my wifi network and watched part of a movie. I then turned off wifi on my phone and chose another movie, so now I am using 4g.

I don't get how this works without PlexPass? How does the app on my phone know the external ip address to my home pc to be able to connect?
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How does the app on my phone know the external ip address to my home pc to be able to connect?
Your server is connected to the plex.tv website and tells it what the IP address is. The phone app gets the server IP address from the plex.tv website.
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I want to try the "Generate Media index files during scans" option on PMS. The problem is that I run PMS on my synology DS1512+ NAS which is not powerful enough to generate the index files very quickly, nor do I want to stress out that CPU in it.

What I'm wondering is can I somehow generate these media index files using another, faster computer, then import the files into the PMS database running on my NAS? Has anyone done that?
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I got a notification that there is an update for PMS, does anyone know what changes have been made? I can't seem to find any kind of a change log or release notes for it.

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I got a notification that there is an update for PMS, does anyone know what changes have been made? I can't seem to find any kind of a change log or release notes for it.
https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/top...rver/?p=893418
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I want to try the "Generate Media index files during scans" option on PMS. The problem is that I run PMS on my synology DS1512+ NAS which is not powerful enough to generate the index files very quickly, nor do I want to stress out that CPU in it.

What I'm wondering is can I somehow generate these media index files using another, faster computer, then import the files into the PMS database running on my NAS? Has anyone done that?
You could try installing the PMS database on a regular PC and move/copy the contents to your NAS every now and then. Granted, not sure if the Linux instruction from this article applies.
https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/art...Another-System

Another alternative is not to generate media index files during library scan but have it setup as a scheduled task so it can run while the server is idle.

Server >> Settings >> Scheduled Tasks >> Generate missing media index files during maintenance

On my server, I have maintenance tasks scheduled to run from 2 am to Noon. On weekends, pretty much everyone wakes around lunchtime and during weekdays, everyone's busy at work anyway so practically no one needs the Plex server until nighttime.
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You could try installing the PMS database on a regular PC and move/copy the contents to your NAS every now and then. Granted, not sure if the Linux instruction from this article applies.
https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/art...Another-System

Another alternative is not to generate media index files during library scan but have it setup as a scheduled task so it can run while the server is idle.

Server >> Settings >> Scheduled Tasks >> Generate missing media index files during maintenance

On my server, I have maintenance tasks scheduled to run from 2 am to Noon. On weekends, pretty much everyone wakes around lunchtime and during weekdays, everyone's busy at work anyway so practically no one needs the Plex server until nighttime.
I dont want to have a computer in the chain, unless I'm able to run it on demand. Do you run the Scheduled task on your DS? How resource intensive is it? does it max out the CPU?

I also posted the same question on the Plex forum and they said that someone took up coding an extension to do this, but then gave up.
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I dont want to have a computer in the chain, unless I'm able to run it on demand. Do you run the Scheduled task on your DS? How resource intensive is it? does it max out the CPU?

I also posted the same question on the Plex forum and they said that someone took up coding an extension to do this, but then gave up.
I don't have a commercial NAS. I have unRAID with quad-core Xeon. No idea if it maxes out the Xeon because I'm asleep or at work while it's doing its thing. That said, it's probably going to max out the Atom on your Synology. Why is maxing out the CPU such a big deal though? Personally, as long as generating index files is not done while I need something streamed/transcoded from the server, I have no issue.

As for running on computer and then migrating the database, you can kinda do it on demand. Just change the time for the scheduled tasks to run. If it were me, I'd install PMS on the PC, set scheduled tasks to run 24 hours a day until all index files have been generated and then migrate Plex metadata to the NAS. Afterwards, just uninstall PMS from the PC.
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I don't have a commercial NAS. I have unRAID with quad-core Xeon. No idea if it maxes out the Xeon because I'm asleep or at work while it's doing its thing. That said, it's probably going to max out the Atom on your Synology. Why is maxing out the CPU such a big deal though? Personally, as long as generating index files is not done while I need something streamed/transcoded from the server, I have no issue.

As for running on computer and then migrating the database, you can kinda do it on demand. Just change the time for the scheduled tasks to run. If it were me, I'd install PMS on the PC, set scheduled tasks to run 24 hours a day until all index files have been generated and then migrate Plex metadata to the NAS. Afterwards, just uninstall PMS from the PC.
I'm scared to max out the CPU for days on end on the NAS, its too valuable for me to stress test it like that. I have a bunch of PCs around the house just sitting idle which would be perfect for the task. Do you know where plex stores the metadata? is it in the same folder as the where the movie files are, or in some other obscure directory in the install directory?
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I'm scared to max out the CPU for days on end on the NAS, its too valuable for me to stress test it like that. I have a bunch of PCs around the house just sitting idle which would be perfect for the task. Do you know where plex stores the metadata? is it in the same folder as the where the movie files are, or in some other obscure directory in the install directory?
I think you're being a bit paranoid but hey, it's your stuff.

No idea if the locations are the same on a NAS but you can use the help article from Plex linked in my earlier post.
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That seems overly complicated. Maybe you're right, maybe i'll just use the DS to make my own media indexes
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That seems overly complicated. Maybe you're right, maybe i'll just use the DS to make my own media indexes
If you're super concerned, maybe just limit the time for scheduled tasks (ergo, index generation) to 2-3 hours. I believe by default, scheduled maintenance is from 2am-5am.
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