Originally Posted by Foxbat121
I have yet to see any real life transcoding solution that utilizes GPU. I know both nVidia and Intel demonstrated this capability early on when Win7 was first released but all my search came up empty as to how to get this enabled. Plex server is probably the most popular transcoding solution out there but it requires Plex client to use it.
I personally avoid transcoding like plague.
I know in general that transcoding is a less than ideal situation, but when tied to the WMC extender model, I see the choices as:
1) Transcode Bluray rips to something that Extenders can play.
2) Re-encode Bluray rips and keep a lower quality version for extenders and a higher quality version for HTPC
3) Re-encode Bluray rips. Keep lower quality version for everything.
4) Buy additional devices to watch Bluray rips throughout the house
5) Don't watch Bluray rips throughout the house.
If there was a way to make #1 reliable it has the fewest drawbacks by far. I don't like re-encoding my movies. (I've re-encoded a lot to play on the XBoxes, but the quality isn't what I'd really like for viewing on my main screen) Keeping two versions wastes a lot of space. I'm not opposed to buying additional devices in theory, but WMC has made me lazy and I hate switching inputs and switching UIs and additional network drops, power adapters... ugh. I'd rather avoid that if I could. And lets face it, since I'm here, not watching blurays everywhere isn't really an option.
I'm making due right now with a combination of #2 and #3. I've thought about trying to add Transcode360, but it looks somewhat complicated, there appears to be a lot of fiddly things to install, if I'm not mistaken it hasn't been updated in quite some time, and since I have a pretty stable HTPC, I don't want to rock the boat too much.
Anyway, just rambling a bit there about my dilemma. Thansk for the response, and I'll keep my eyes open to see if anything along that front becomes available.