Originally Posted by henris
Does anyone know whether the internal player in Plex the same as in XBMC, enhanced or completely re-written? I'm currently using Plex's internal player for everything, mostly FHD 10-30Mbps BR movie rips. I've used to use MPC-HC and PowerDVD (BR isos) as external players but got fed up with all the tinkering and overall complexity. Currently Plex Home Theater does not support external players.
For me the overall quality of the internal player seems surprisingly good, especially the playback smoothness with correct settings is par with my previous MPC-HC+Reclock combo. I did try out MPC-HC + MadVR but had a lot of trouble of getting it stable with subtitles. I don't know what was the exact problem but it seems huge majority do not use subtitles and thus problems related to them do not get so high priority.
But the question remains, would I benefit quality wise from using something else than the internal Plex player when the content is mostly high bit rate FHD movies?
They use XBMCs open source dvdplayer and audio engine. Plex Media Center and Plex Home Theatre are legitimate GPL forks of XBMChttps://github.com/plexinc/plex-home-theater-public
Plex Server, Android, iOS, Web apps, etc are all closed source AFAIK
Mfusick and I publicly disagree on this heavily, and have for quite some time. Since it's subjective, neither of us are right or wrong, and I don't have his eyes, display, environment, etc nor vice-versa
Plex vs XBMC would only look different if you don't have video settings aligned between the two, and from what I recall PHT doesn't publicly enable as many video settings in the gui
To answer your question in my opinion, yes you benefit quality wise from using mpc-hc with madvr. However, the benefit is not noticeable to me when viewing FHD material on an FHD display. My best analogy for this is significant figure calculations in science classes. The "right" way to do calculations is to carry fractions all the way to the final number then find the long decimal and apply the correct significant figure rounding. The "wrong" way to do that is to find a decimal for each step along the way and apply significant figures to each step. Most science teachers use the "wrong" way in class, but rarely ever come out with a different answer. Madvr is the "right" way to render video at the highest quality, but to me provides no noticeable difference at the end given blu-ray playback on my Sony and Vizio LED HDTVs
Also, I like the flexibility of being able to press pause on my Android devices with Yatse then play from xbmc web-control in a browser, etc. I also really like the on-screen gui. I'm less willing to compromise on those since I literally notice the loss of that functionality, and I'm more willing to compromise on utmost theoretical quality because I end up not seeing a practical difference