I am wondering what is best for raw quality of the video streams, local files and live tv playback, among the available options to use Emby on PC.
Theater (standalone software) uses MPV
Theater (Win 10 Store app) uses WMP
Web browser (Edge, FireFox, Chrome, Opera) uses http streaming?
A long time ago, i was using the stand alone Theater software as it had Madvr, but that was discontinued
I would think that a dedicated software app would be "better" than web streaming in browser.
In my basic quick "tests", I have noticed that the Win 10 app UI seems to be a tad faster and smoother, but it sometimes has issues playing some file formats at times.
It also will obey my Nvidia GPU settings, such as the Edge Enhancement (sharpening) and other color settings i can toggle in the Nvidia Control panel.
The standalone MPV based Theater software, has some settings for Hardware Acceleration, and it playback seems smoother than W10 Store app, but, it doe snot obey Nvidia GPU settings, no matter what settings I set for HWacc etc. (i think i need to use DXVA for it to do that?)
Web browser streams....i do not know much about how that works, just that it sees to vary with each browser. Some will force transcode, others will do direct. Edge seems to be the "best" for overall media playback compatibility, but that browser I find to be unstable in general. Playback in the other browser....all look the same to me.
(For Live TV, i tend to use the stock HDHomeRun app, as the video seems to have a tad better clarity as it is a direct stream from the hardware tuner.
I am not sure what player that app uses though...don't think it is MPV. If i had to guess, WMP.
It is also much easier/faster to browse and switch channels via its guide sidebar during live playback to view what is on other channels, something Emby does not have.)
Anyone want to comment on their experiences or preferences on how they use Emby on PC.
Edited by speedingcheetah, 27 May 2019 - 05:09 PM.