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wrest

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Post Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:18 pm

Mediabrowser freezes my server (mac mini 2011)

I'm trying pro version and MediaBrowser. I've managed to set it up and login through Internet. Browsing through media library is O'k.
But when I try to play video through Mediabrowser, ffmpeg process eats out CPU on a server and nothing can be viewed on a client. Serviio is installed on mac mini 2011.

Is there a way to totally disable any transcoding for everything including MediaBrowser?

Otherwise, Pro version and Mediabrowser has no sence for me...
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wrest

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Post Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:43 pm

Re: Mediabrowser freezes my server (mac mini 2011)

Ok, two weeks trial is over, I'm not buying pro...
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atc98092

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Post Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:26 pm

Re: Mediabrowser freezes my server (mac mini 2011)

I didn't notice your original post. But no, you can't disable transcoding for MediaBrowser. That functionality is coded into the browser itself.

I can't say why your server would freeze. While I've seen CPU at 100%, the computer itself would still respond to the mouse and keyboard. I'm not certain what media would be considered native and not require transcoding for MediaBrowser, but I would guess MP4 video and AAC audio.

Transcoding can be disabled for DLNA playback. However, if you enable burned in captions that enables transcoding regardless of setting. But without transcoding your media must be compatible with whatever your player supports. For example, I can play anything on my Nvidia Shield, but my Roku players need all lossless audio transcoded, along with VC-1 video, as well as H.265 for the non-4K players.
Dan

Samsung NU7100 4K TV, Samsung JU7100 4K TV, Sony BDP-S3500, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Insignia Roku TV, Roku 4, Ultra and Stick, Nvidia Shield, Yamaha RX-V583 AVR.
Primary server: Intel i5-6400, 8 gig ram, Windows 10 Pro, 18 TB hard drive space | Test server Windows 10 Pro, AMD Phenom II X4 965, 8 gig ram

HOWTO: Enable debug logging HOWTO: Identify media file contents
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wrest

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Post Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:17 pm

Re: Mediabrowser freezes my server (mac mini 2011)

atc98092 wrote:I can't say why your server would freeze. While I've seen CPU at 100%, the computer itself would still respond to the mouse and keyboard.

It responds to mouse. But ffmpeg eats CPU and sends nothing to client (I don't know why -- maybe it wants to transcode a large chunk of media before sending to client).

atc98092 wrote:Transcoding can be disabled for DLNA playback. However, if you enable burned in captions that enables transcoding regardless of setting. But without transcoding your media must be compatible with whatever your player supports. For example, I can play anything on my Nvidia Shield, but my Roku players need all lossless audio transcoded, along with VC-1 video, as well as H.265 for the non-4K players.

I don't use captions. As a media player, I use Android tablet that has a player for any format, hardware accelerated for most formats (MXPlayer), or iPhone.
Anyway, as the MediaBrowser trial period is over, all this becomes theoretical :)
For over Internet play, I'm using plex (not a plex native android\ios client but html one that runs from plex.tv page). It plays just fine.

Serviio is used as DLNA server inside the house.
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atc98092

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Post Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:19 pm

Re: Mediabrowser freezes my server (mac mini 2011)

I too use Plex when external to my network, mainly because my Roku players can connect when using a hotel WiFi. It's far easier to use than MediaBrowser on a computer. But I decided to pay for a Pro license anyway, simply to support the work that Zip puts into this. It's a one person effort, so I wanted to show my support.
Dan

Samsung NU7100 4K TV, Samsung JU7100 4K TV, Sony BDP-S3500, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Insignia Roku TV, Roku 4, Ultra and Stick, Nvidia Shield, Yamaha RX-V583 AVR.
Primary server: Intel i5-6400, 8 gig ram, Windows 10 Pro, 18 TB hard drive space | Test server Windows 10 Pro, AMD Phenom II X4 965, 8 gig ram

HOWTO: Enable debug logging HOWTO: Identify media file contents

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