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#1 floutsch OFFLINE  

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:34 AM

Hey there.

Up until today I quite enjoyed my first steps with emby as a replacement of my former MediaPortal based media center. What I especially love is that my media center, a regular PC, can now stream to my chromecast, thus freeing up an HDMI port on the TV and allowing me to move the PC away from said TV.

 

However, I can't figure out how to play DVDs I put into the emby server's DVD drive. No luck searching the forums, either. It seems people generally assume DVD to mean either DVD file structures or ISOs (or starting to talk about BluRay which is'n my concern) instead of... you know... the round physical discs. I don't want to rip all of those. I tried making a library "DVD" of type "Movies" and added the optical drives to that. However, opening that from either the web app or the Android app just shows two VIDEO_TS "folders" with a play button that only leads to an error. The app even says that playback of a DVD folder structure is experimental - while I was hoping for a behaviour more akin to VLC and such (letting me open the drive as a medium). So... what's the way to get DVDs to be played and streamed?

 

Maybe I should add that I also bought emby premiere today to see if there were any more apps that might accomplish this but it seems that only allows actual usage of the apps I can browse. None of which, to be honest, are of any interest to me. Neither are the download options or basically anything Premiere provides ^^ And I don't mean that as criticism, I can see why others are interested in those things. All I care for is a list of stuff I can play and being able to browse and play it. I don't need preview pics, scene images, ... I'd be fine with lists. Also it's nice I can do this from anywhere when I'm out and about. And, well, I'd like to play my DVDs (locally) :) But I'd be happy to have premiere even if it's just to support the devs.

 

Thanks for listening and to anybody who can help me out!

 

Best reagrds

  Floutsch

 

PS: Also maybe, Let's Encrypt should maybe be integrated directly. I really don't want to have IIS running just for that. But that's more of a suggestion



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Posted 01 December 2018 - 11:36 AM

Hi.  We don't have the ability to do this at this time and you may be the first one to ask for it in about four or five years :).

 

However, you could create "stub" files for your DVDs so you can browse and then, by installing just about any software DVD player (like VLC) you could just pop the disc in the drive and that player could automatically start playing it.


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 09:09 AM

Okay, that's a solid reason that I can't find it, then  :D  But now that you mention it, I remember reading about the stub files. Actually re-read that on GitHub right now. Think, I'm going for a separate media library for that.

 

I know it's off-topic for emby but you don't happen to have a link at hand that explains how to get VLC stream to a Chromecast on autostart? Would be much appreciated. However, if not, I'll try to look into it and try to make some kind of guide. Won't expect it to be hugely popular but it might help someone in another 5 years to just get it going :)



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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:55 AM

Chief Bottle Washer, your advice got me going for it :) I created a new default action for Autoplay using another tool ("Default Programs Editor") that starts VLC streaming to my Chromecast on insertion of a DVD. As this doesn't have anything to do with Emby - should I still post that here? Any more appropriate place in the forum?


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 01:32 PM

Not sure.  Maybe post in the tools and utilities section?  Basically, wherever you think it will get the proper audience.

 

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