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post #121 of 801
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

No android transcoding?

I don't live in the android world, but yes -- it transcodes for Android as well.
post #122 of 801
From my sticky thread... (2 running xbmc, 3 running the plex app)

Did a little testing tonight.

5 devices at once (was playing a 6th on my bedroom HTPC). All media stored on my server.

From left to right...

Nexus 7 Tablet, Samsung Galaxy S3, iPad2, ASUS CULV Laptop, and 65" Panasonic Plasma

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post #123 of 801
WOW. Pics say it all. Pretty cool stuff.
post #124 of 801
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On all clients I can think of, including an htpc, you can choose whether to transcode or play the file directly. Obviously for lightweight clients like the iPhone, you'll probably need to o transcode. On my htpc's, I play the files directly of course.
Edited by lockdown571 - 8/4/12 at 10:52am
post #125 of 801
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Originally Posted by NewOrlnsDukie View Post

Huh?
It only transcodes for iOS clients.

It doesn't transcode to PCs? I know it does for Roku and iOS and some LGs it is built into. If it *never* transcodes for PC clients I'd be much happier. Is it a setting somewhere I missed on the server or is it in the client?
post #126 of 801
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Originally Posted by NewOrlnsDukie View Post

Huh?
It only transcodes for iOS clients.

It doesn't transcode to PCs? I know it does for Roku and iOS and some LGs it is built into. If it *never* transcodes for PC clients I'd be much happier. Is it a setting somewhere I missed on the server or is it in the client?

Like I said, you can choose whether to transcode or not on each client. By default, Plex does not transcode videos played on local HTPC clients. These settings can be modified from the client.
post #127 of 801
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Originally Posted by lockdown571 View Post

Like I said, you can choose whether to transcode or not on each client. By default, Plex does not transcode videos played on local HTPC clients. These settings can be modified from the client.

Now I'm getting interested again. How does it handle HD audio bitstreaming? Also, is there a server for WHS yet? I need to spend some time with Google I guess. smile.gif
post #128 of 801
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Originally Posted by JMGNYC View Post

Now I'm getting interested again. How does it handle HD audio bitstreaming? Also, is there a server for WHS yet? I need to spend some time with Google I guess. smile.gif

I don't think the HD audio is a big issue. Wouldn't your critical viewing all be run in network ?

I mean HD audio is important to me in my theater at home. But in that case my dedicated HTPC plays movies off my dedicated server in my home.


I think PLEX is more for using on a portable device or when your out of the house. Yes ? (Someone correct me if I am wrong)

I don't need HD bitstreaming when watching in those cases. Only when I am in my HD surround capable system.
post #129 of 801
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Originally Posted by JMGNYC View Post

Now I'm getting interested again. How does it handle HD audio bitstreaming? Also, is there a server for WHS yet? I need to spend some time with Google I guess. smile.gif

Unfortunately it does not do HD audio bitstreaming. Also, you can run it on WHS just fine. That's what I do. You can either use task scheduler, which is slow, or run it as a service. Unfortunately it's not able to run as a service by default. I use a program called AlwaysUp, which lets you run any program on WHS as a service. There's also a program called FireDaemon which does the same thing. Each of those programs cost $50 I believe. Just keep in mind that Plex Media Server requires Explorer.exe to run. That's all explained here.
post #130 of 801
Plex doesn't do HD audio yet. I've read XBMC may do HD audio, but it's experimental and a mod right now. It'll come at some point.

Plex transcodes as needed. In the android, you have the option for direct playback or using a player. It probably depends on file format of the media and the device being played on. On the PC, there's a setting if you want transcoding.

I use Plex clients on the PC, android, and Roku. I just like I have server, and just install clients. Makes managing media so much easier.
post #131 of 801
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Originally Posted by lovekeiiy View Post

Plex doesn't do HD audio yet. I've read XBMC may do HD audio, but it's experimental and a mod right now. It'll come at some point.
Plex transcodes as needed. In the android, you have the option for direct playback or using a player. It probably depends on file format of the media and the device being played on. On the PC, there's a setting if you want transcoding.
I use Plex clients on the PC, android, and Roku. I just like I have server, and just install clients. Makes managing media so much easier.

XBMC does HD Audio now. I actually have found 3 completely different ways to do it.
post #132 of 801

I would love to use Plex, they have a lot of good design ideas - the separation of server and clients, metadata agents, MyPlex all seem very useful. And they do support Windows now.

 

But they also have this typical Mac attitude where everything must be different - they don't share their code, making it a closed system and also months behind XBMC, can't share plugins or skins (which are much better on XBMC), and it just helps no one. I don't know why they refuse to share their work, since I know the XBMC devs are ready to cooperate.

post #133 of 801
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

XBMC does HD Audio now. I actually have found 3 completely different ways to do it.

Has that info been updated in the guides ?
post #134 of 801
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Originally Posted by flocko View Post

Has that info been updated in the guides ?

Of course. Its been there for months.
post #135 of 801
Do you need to install PLEX Media Center to only stream media to a mobile device or can you just have the server installed and the app on the mobile device?
post #136 of 801
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Do you need to install PLEX Media Center to only stream media to a mobile device or can you just have the server installed and the app on the mobile device?

Plex media server and plex media center are separate applications. You don't have to install plex media center to stream to devices.
post #137 of 801
Perfect!!

I'm going to give PLEX a whirl today.
post #138 of 801
So I added the media server to my PC and the app to my andriod epic 4g but it is failing to play back the files.


It says, "We're sorry but there was a problem attempting to play "Movie Title":

Error streaming media.

OK"

I tried again over WiFi and it says, ""We're sorry but there was a problem attempting to play "Movie Title":

There was a problem accessing or playing the media It may be that this is not a supported format on this device

OK"

My media is in mkv, of course. Is the trans-coder not working?
post #139 of 801
Guess I had to disable HLS server as explained here.
post #140 of 801
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Originally Posted by Defcon View Post

...But they also have this typical Mac attitude where everything must be different - they don't share their code, making it a closed system and also months behind XBMC, can't share plugins or skins (which are much better on XBMC), and it just helps no one. I don't know why they refuse to share their work, since I know the XBMC devs are ready to cooperate.

This is because they're no longer completely open source. They've gone commercial. They're selling the program to manufactures to put in smart devices such as TVs and Blu Ray players.
post #141 of 801
Good for them. I paid for the android app but will continue to use MB (going to try XBMC eventually) for playback at home.
post #142 of 801
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Originally Posted by lovekeiiy View Post

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Originally Posted by Defcon View Post

...But they also have this typical Mac attitude where everything must be different - they don't share their code, making it a closed system and also months behind XBMC, can't share plugins or skins (which are much better on XBMC), and it just helps no one. I don't know why they refuse to share their work, since I know the XBMC devs are ready to cooperate.

This is because they're no longer completely open source. They've gone commercial. They're selling the program to manufactures to put in smart devices such as TVs and Blu Ray players.

There is nothing preventing them from contributing their changes, esp in the backend (Plex Media Server) and architecture back to XBMC. Plenty of people sell open source software.

post #143 of 801
PLEX is so sweet! I watched "Breaking Bad" while doing some mundane computer entries at work yesterday!
post #144 of 801
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The Plex remote for phones and tablets now can control Google TV devices. Pretty cool stuff. It would be great if Plex could get remote control to work for DLNA clients as well. I know Jriver can do this.

Edit: Devs are looking into remote control support for DLNA devices
Edited by lockdown571 - 8/15/12 at 7:57am
post #145 of 801
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Good for them. I paid for the android app but will continue to use MB (going to try XBMC eventually) for playback at home.

There is some addon in XBMC to be able to use the Plex Media Server. I never try it out because I just never really got how XBMC did most of the addons. I found it to be a bit convoluted. XBMC, despite any reservations I have about it, is an excellent and well support software. I just like Plex's approach to the media distribution.
post #146 of 801
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Originally Posted by lovekeiiy View Post

There is some addon in XBMC to be able to use the Plex Media Server. I never try it out because I just never really got how XBMC did most of the addons. I found it to be a bit convoluted. XBMC, despite any reservations I have about it, is an excellent and well support software. I just like Plex's approach to the media distribution.

Plexbmc 2.0 is currently in beta. It should be awesome when it's done!
post #147 of 801

I thought that PleXBMC would simply import the content from PMS and allow me to use XBMC views etc on top of it, but it seems to come with its own skin etc so its more like running Plex inside XBMC. That makes it less useful and more convoluted IMO.

post #148 of 801
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Originally Posted by Defcon View Post

I thought that PleXBMC would simply import the content from PMS and allow me to use XBMC views etc on top of it, but it seems to come with its own skin etc so its more like running Plex inside XBMC. That makes it less useful and more convoluted IMO.

I think you can technically use it with any skin. The point of the skin is to integrate your plex content into the main library views. The new quartz screen also lets you switch seamlessly between your plex libraries and xbmc libraries. There's no way to simply import your media from your Plex server into your libraries using xbmc's own media importer and still use all the Plex metadata, media, watched status, etc.
post #149 of 801
I'm sure there would be reason, but it escapes at the monment, but if one has local media, it would seem redundant to have to both a XBMC and Plex libraries. I'm just assuming people who point both to the same files on their networks.

For a while I did run both. This was because Plex did not have a desktop front end, so XBMC was the only choice there. I ran Plex for the Android streaming so I could enjoy my media away from home over 3G; later I was able to do on the Roku boxes that are on other TVs around the house. When the Plex got a Windows front end, it suited my needs and wants.
post #150 of 801
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Originally Posted by lovekeiiy View Post

I'm sure there would be reason, but it escapes at the monment, but if one has local media, it would seem redundant to have to both a XBMC and Plex libraries. I'm just assuming people who point both to the same files on their networks.
For a while I did run both. This was because Plex did not have a desktop front end, so XBMC was the only choice there. I ran Plex for the Android streaming so I could enjoy my media away from home over 3G; later I was able to do on the Roku boxes that are on other TVs around the house. When the Plex got a Windows front end, it suited my needs and wants.

One example is someone who wants to connect to both local libraries and remote libraries. Plex makes connecting to remote libraries easy.
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