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What is the best serving software to use on my central server to disperse my videos and movies. The os is win 7 pro and the receiving components are xbox one, xbox 360 slim, xbox 360 (older white one), iphone 5, Samsung galaxy 4 and two laptops.

When I'm saying best, I mean bought products and freeware.

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I'm using Plex for laptops and Apple products and plan to use it for Roku. I haven't tried it with the XBox yet.
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The xbox file preference is typically .wmv from my experience. Will plex serve that file type?
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What is the best serving software to use on my central server to disperse my videos and movies. The os is win 7 pro and the receiving components are . . .
If you want a DLNA server, Mezzmo is one of the best. It is only $40 and is well supported with a large number of device profiles. As long as your PC server has the horsepower, it will transcode any source into a native format for the target player. This means you can store the full-resolution source for playback on your main system and Mezzmo will transcode it to work on any lower resolution devices.

I've been using it for a year on my Win-7 Pro Media-PC/server and like it a lot.

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I just built it as a all around pc. It has an AMD Fx 8350 4 ghz, ASUS sabertooth 990fx 2.0 m.b. Corsair H100i CPU cooler, 16 gigs of ram, ASUS 760 2 gig vid card, nzxt 850watt, Nzxt h630 case, 128ssd for os, and 3tb hd (adding on the fly).
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Plex, hands down. It will basicly stream to whatever client you can think off, as long as it has an Plex app or supports DLNA streaming.
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I checked out plex last night. I like how it does 90% of the work for you. I only see one issue and that is having the app on the components you stream to. I didn't check the xboxes to see I that is available which would be my only deterrent. Also, what does a monthly subscription bring to the table?
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For free, Plex is by far and away the best.

If you are willing to cough up a little $$$, Mezzmo is absolutely unbeatable for local streaming to just about any box. Library management is excellent and device control is so far and away better than other solutions that it's not funny. In addition, their customer support makes Amazon green with envy.

I would try both, Mezzmo has a 15 day free trial.

Serviio is pretty popular, too.

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I've used Serviio and Mezzmo, I give the nod to Mezzmo.

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I just built it as a all around pc. It has an AMD Fx 8350 4 ghz, ASUS sabertooth 990fx 2.0 m.b. Corsair H100i CPU cooler, 16 gigs of ram, ASUS 760 2 gig vid card, nzxt 850watt, Nzxt h630 case, 128ssd for os, and 3tb hd (adding on the fly).
I run Mezzmo on an i3 based PC/server with 12GB RAM and that is plenty of horsepower to handle any Mezzmo transcoding tasks. I don't know how an i3 compares to your AMD processor. If you have the available disk space and a limited number of devices, Mezzmo has an option to pre-transcode the source in the background so it is ready when needed. I don't find that necessary if the server already has enough horsepower.

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As much as I like Plex, support for the XBox platform seems sketchy. I'd look carefully at Mezzmo.
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I just built it as a all around pc. It has an AMD Fx 8350 4 ghz, ASUS sabertooth 990fx 2.0 m.b. Corsair H100i CPU cooler, 16 gigs of ram, ASUS 760 2 gig vid card, nzxt 850watt, Nzxt h630 case, 128ssd for os, and 3tb hd (adding on the fly).
Just for reference, my FX-6100 can usually push 2 transcodes of lower bitrate 1080p/720p media as well as 1-2 more SD transcodes simultaneously.

However, there are a couple of BR Rips like Gladiator or The Dark Knight (~40GB) where it is just barely able to maintain real time if I am trying to re encode to a qualtiy 1080p display. In those cases, I wouldn't consider trying to do more than 1. Your AMD 8350 (Passmark score of 9024 vs. 5430 for my FX 6100) would probably be able to pull of a couple of those at the same time, though.

Also, just thought I should mention that the Mezzmo Android App was released a couple of months ago. It's a DCM controller for Android devices. If you've used anything like BubbleUPnP then you'll know what I'm talking about. It's pretty smooth and let's you browse the library on your mobile device and then just playback locally or "Play To" the UPnP device you wanna watch. If you go Mezzmo and have Android devices that you plan on using with it, the $4.80 for the app is a worthwhile topping on the cake. It's got a trial of 15 days, as well.

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