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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:44 pm
by SavoGamer

I'm totally new to this so excuse my ignorance.
If transcoding is enabled, does it work with every file, even if they worked fine earlier without transcoding?

I mean, if I have some .avi which do not need transcoding and can be viewed just fine in my TV, when transcoding is enabled does it do its job even for those files?


Re: Transcoding

PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:34 pm
by atc98092
Welcome to the world of home media streaming!

Transcoding is controlled by two things in Serviio. One is if it's enabled at all, and the other is the profile assigned to your player in the Status page of the Serviio console. By default, Serviio does try to assign the beat match between the player and the available profiles. But sometimes a different profile is a better match, or Serviio can't find a valid match at all.

If the profile is a reasonable match, it will have Serviio transcode only the files the player doesn't natively support. But depending on the accuracy of the profile, it might transcode more than necessary or not transcode when needed.

So, the first thing to do is to look in the Serviio console and find your player in the status list. It will show the assigned profile. If the name is a close match to your player, it's probably all good. If it shows the "generic" profile, that means Serviio did not find a match and is not transcoding anything.

There is one caveat to the transcoding rule. If you check the box in the console to burn the captions into the video stream, this causes transcoding for all files, regardless if they're supported or not.