I've posted a similar topic before. Then user ebr asked me to place my topic in the appropriate forum. Since I'm convinced this is a feature request I'll try to formulate my question more in that fashion.
I've purchased Emby Premiere because I wanted to make use of the Download/Sync functionality. Sadly I don't use it, because of the way it's implemented.
It would be really nice to have the Users "Download & Sync" settings and behavior to be aligned with the Users "Media Playback" settings and behavior.
Explanation part 1
So what does this mean? It means that in the Emby settings (Server -> Users -> User) the following configuration is possible for "Media Playback":
It would be really convenient to have the exact same options in the "Download & Sync" section of the same page, which now only contains the following:
Why? I only wan't some really efficient/cheap transcoding on my server like subtitles, audio and media container (mkv/mp4). No video encoding/transcoding! Because it's too expensive + I'm really sure all my devices can decode H264 and all my movies are H264. Not sure why Emby something things it need to re-encode H264 to H264, but it does.
Explanation part 2
The second part of this feature request is about the behavior. It would be really nice to have the exact (or at least the setting to enable this) behavior when you click "Play" (Streaming a movie/Media Playback) and when you Click Download (or Sync). This means that in both scenarios the mobile Emby app (iOS, Android, Browser, etc) will accept the options you filled in on the movie/serie page.
For example, when I have this options enabled on my Android phone (notice Subtitles and Version):
So I've selected a version called "Mobile" which is 720p H264 including AAC stereo audio and English .srt subtitles. I'm 100% sure all my (portable) devices can playback this.
Clicking the Play button will: Play the "Mobile" 720p H264 version with the English .srt subtitles. As expected. On each (portable) device without any problem.
Clicking the Download button will, depending on the device I'm on:
- Download the "Mobile" 720p H264 version with the English .srt subtitles. As expected;
- Download the "Mobile" 720p H264 version without English .srt subtitles.
- Download another version (sometimes even a 8GB one) with or without English .srt subtitles
- Takes the "Mobile" or a random other version and starts transcoding the video and/or the audio and afterwards downloads the transcoded version with or without English .srt subtitles.
It wouldn't be a surprise that pressing the Download button is a surprise every time, but the nice thing is that it doesn't have to!
Please let me know what you think of this idea. It doesn't have to replace the existing implementation, but in my opinion it would be a very nice addition to at least make the option available to treat "Downloads" the same as "Streams".
Have a nice Holiday Season (Fijne kerstadagen in Dutch)!