Originally Posted by leebo
First, a few questions:
1. Are you streaming within your home network, or out over the Internet?
2. What are you using to play the files? MB Theater? Roku? The Android or IOS app?
3. What is the bitrate of the files you are playing?
Also, to clarify, my understanding is that transcoding is the act of taking the original file and altering the bitrate, then playing it out to a player. Remuxing is the act of taking two or more files, and combining them into one. Say you have a video file and an audio file. You mux them together into a single file with video and audio.
I believe MB and Plex typically transcode, but only if either the bitrate of the original file is too high for the player, or it's in a format the player can not play (in which case it's converted into a different format).
Thanks for your response:
I am doing both... streaming within home network and out of home network. MB server is on my HTPC/server. The HTPC/server has WMC and I believe there is no transcoding being done because the server is on the same OS as the WMC... anyhow, I also stream via my home network to two other computers that both have the Windows 8.1 metro app (MB3). One of those computers is a laptop that I often take to work and just recently have been trying to watch a movie or two on. I have a galaxy s5 that I have watched a few movies on (have to reduce the stream to 850kbps).
I've noticed that there are more options when using the web browser to stream at work. I have tried the 1080p/5mbps quality setting and it is only a little choppy. If I pause it for about five minutes, walk away, then come back I get a few solid minutes of smooth playback. This must have something to do with the buffer. I am ultimately thinking that the limiting factor must be my upload speed from my ISP. I did a speed test the other night and I was getting 6mbps upload speed, however, I getting choppy playback with anything over 4mbps.
A few files that I have encoded with handbrake have a bitrate of 4mbps. Other files that are full BD rips are up there in the 20-30mbps bitrate. This is one of the reasons I was thinking that an encoded video might be easier to transcode.
On a side note, my full BD rips are saying that they are being transcoded whilst my encoded BD rips are saying they are being remuxed (this is during playback remotely, via MB3 in the web browser).
Thanks for your help and info, this is all very new to me.