it uses hardware, but transcoding is only relevant if you are playing back on a device other than the shield. If using the Plex player on the shield itself then it should Direct Play ALL files, no transcoding requiredI understand...but Does the Shield Pro use software / cpu intensive for transcode?
Or hardware gpu?
I understand, but does the Shield Pro do the transcode using software which is cpu intensive or Hardware /gpu?transcoding, when required, is always done at the server end, regardless where the server is
plex on a shield should be able to direct play almost everything you can throw at it.
when it will need to transcode is if you are playing a 4k source file on a non 4k TV. the server will have to transcode the file down to to suit the TV. and that's when you need the correct CPU in the server (be it a NAS or a PC or whatever). underpowered CPU and you'll get stuttering playback as it isn't capable of transcoding on-the-fly quick enough.
this thread about 4k content and plex is a good read
Some big news, I think Xbox just won the console war! NOTE: for 2021 – Plex has come a long way since this FAQ was originally written, HW transcoding has become more available and more stable, and tone mapping was recently added to address the hdr/sdr color conversion issues. The first 4...forums.plex.tv
but essentially, if you can't direct play 4k content then you shouldn't have 4k content.
I understand, but does the Shield Pro do the transcode using software which is cpu intensive or Hardware /gpu?
Sorry, I didn't see the post as didn't realise it was on page 2...on a separate note, I can't see an option to delete a post.that's already been answered.
come on, do us all favour here and read posts before asking the same questions over and over again.
one caveat, to enable hardware accelerated transcoding at the server end you need Plex Pass (which will cost you money to buy).
Sorry Chenks, kinda crossed topics...lets stick with this one.
Yes I know the Shield Pro can run the Plex Server...hence the confusion on dante's post / on his part.
Does the the transcoding get done via Hardware on the Shield Pro?
Also when/if you are transcoding on yours, have there been any issues?
When would it start to struggle ie when x amount of devices are being fed?
I do understand the difference....but The Shield Pro can serve as the Server and the player.
Transcoding is a digital-to-digital conversion of one type of encoded data (video or audio) to another, often because the target device that will be used to display the content requires a smaller file size. Think about watching a feature film on a smartphone and you'll get the idea.
Well yes that's true for HDR files, resolution isn't relevantit depends.
if you are playing a 4k source file on a shield connected to a 1080p TV, then it'll be transcoding the video.
the server said it was transcoding that last time i tested that scenario
As already said, you'd not need any transcoding.
Thanks dante...I should have made it clearer, apologies my error.....As already said, you'd not need any transcoding. The Shield would play almost anything you throw at it without the beed to convert it. The same is true of the Zidoo player. Transcoding is only required if needing to convert content from something the player cannot play to something it can play.
Plex is a drain on the CPU and memory regardless of whether you are using it to transcode or note.
Well yes that's true for HDR files, resolution isn't relevant
you can disable it here in the transcoder options
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Nvidia did add their own tone mapping feature in 8.2 so I would have thought this is no longer required?? not sure though tbh as for the last few years mine has only been to 4k HDR displays.
yes the Enable HDR tone mapping option isn't required for the shield as it has its own tone mapping, and i believe that settings is not even supported for Synology NAS servers anyway. i'm sure Chuck on the plex forum posted something about that.
It is supported on synology
Maybe it’s changed since I last checked, but I’m sure the synology plex dev said it wasn’t at the time.
regardless, for a shield it’s not required, but I suppose it’s down to which one does the mapping better, the shield or the plex server
Interesting, why would an audio transcode also result in a video transcode.
i shall test with the same file but with the ac3 5.1 audio track selected and see what happens
Perhaps that could be the reason you get transcoding when connected to your set?
Perhaps, but lets move on
is the "HDR tone mapping" definitely working for you with plex server hosted on NAS?
this post on the plex forums suggests it still isn't support
Receiving the 'An unexpected playback problem occured.' Message When Trying to Play Several Different Files on Local NetworkThis is in regard to your naming and organising your files. I neglected to mention that HDR Tone Mapping is NOT implemented on any NAS, because Plex currently lacks the drivers needed to enable that. This is why the option should be disabled for now. There is a workaround and that is to use a...forums.plex.tv
this post wasn't the one i remembered that said it wasn't supported on NASs, but is more recent than the one i was remembering.
Yeah I thought so. I was literally going to say that you at least have a decent Intel Celeron based CPU preferably with 4K 60Hz decoding built in. It's important for people to realise that for the majority of us with non Intel NAS, any type of relatively intensive processing on the NAS is almost always a bad idea. That's what the Android box/PC is for and it's why I said:he has a Synology DS920, and i have a DS1019+
... the NAS should be used as a passive storage device while your media player of choice does all the work.