Originally Posted by Brian Hampton
I don't see the point of transcoding high bitrate 1080p.
Just keep the quality and send it to a HQ playback device that can handle it.
If you crave watching videos on a phone or something ... just feed it SD material..shouldn't that work?...
I admit, I don't know much about such things. I'm not trying to be a wise cracker or something but what's wrong with getting a 1080p device to watch the high bitrate 1080p on?...
When you dumb it down (transcode it) do you pretend it's still high bitrate 1080p? ??
Because... you know it's not right?
I keep a plex server running in the house with DVD content and other highly compressed web content... that stuff is either SD or highly compressed HD and it has no problem going to gizmos like phones, iPads, roku's over the wifi... no trouble and no need to transcode it.
My high quality 1080p stuff would be my Blu Ray and I naturally watch that in the HT where I have 1080p and 7.1 ... why would anyone want to gimp a high quality signal?
Just to make my situation clear, I'm actually not dumbing things down.
I use WMC to record cablecard and OTA. To support simultaneous recordings of multiple shows and concurrent playback, my actual WMC machine uses an SSD. Obviously that limits the size given current pricing. In order to offset size limitations, I have MCEBuddy backing up all copy-freely content to an unRAID server. Since there's really no point in wasting unneeded space even there, I have MCEBuddy transcode the content to h.264. To be clear, I'm using a profile that maintains essentially perfect image/sound quality versus the source. I'm simply getting the savings of MPEG 4 vs MPEG 2. More notable beyond saving some space though, that also gives me the option of using PLEX with source direct on my Roku, FireTV, etc. Such devices choke on MPEG 2 (particularly 1080i dienterlacing) but have no issue with h.264 playback.
While yes I could always utilize HTPC's in order to playback the original MPEG2 content, that's really not a great solution in my situation. Besides the costs of deploying them to 3 locations, it also unnecessarily complicates each of the setups. I still require a WMC extender at each display in order to watch live or recorded copy-once content at this point. I also still require a Roku, FireTV, or similar device in order to take advantage of all of the streaming services I use. The problem with an HTPC is that it can't actually replace either of those (can't play copy-once content since WMC can't act as an extender to another WMC device, and a number of streaming services are either inferior or non-existent on a PC ... at least with anything approaching a 10', remote-friendly UI). Basically I'd be adding an unneeded device to each PC.
At this juncture, I'm looking for a long-term NAS solution that will work in my current setup.