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Tips for Codecs and Fileformats


Skyobliwind
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Skyobliwind

Hi,

 

after some testing on different devices and with different media I noticed that almost all files transcode which reduces quality and sometimes makes playback shutter.

My main Playback devices are Firefox on Windows, The Emby app for Tizen(Samsung) and the Android app.

My Films and Series are all in mkv container. Most are DVD Rips in Mpeg2 Codec, some are Bluray Rips in Mpeg4 codec and I think also a few in HEVC.

Even Musicvideos in H.264 seem to transcode. All transcode to H.264(AVC) if played from Firefox on Windows, Firefox on Android and emby app on Android.
So is H.264(AVC) the codec to go for?

 

It makes no difference if I disable or enable subtitles.

 

Is there any guide or something which are the preferrable formats/codecs for which Playback device? (Video and Audio)

(The goal obviously is to get as many files to directplay as possible (sorted from important to less important 1.quality, 2.speed, 3.storagespace)

 

In the future there may be other devices like fire-TV stick, IOS Devices, maybe Xbox or Emby Theater added.

 

At the moment there Are mostly DVD Rips and FHD Bluray Rips, but I'd also like to add 4k Bluray Rips in the future (i alread read this makes some trouble in other topics).

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pir8radio

Thats the point of emby is that it can transcode on the fly to meet each device/users video requirement, or you are keeping like 10 copies of a movie to avoid transcoding...    Its not an issue if you have enough hardware to do the transcoding. But ill let one of the video guru's answer...

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AdrianW

The best app for playback is the desktop version of Emby Theatre - it plays everything without transcoding. Much better than using a browser on Windows (IMO).

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Skyobliwind

Yes thanks, didn't find that kb article before :D

 

Do you have a recommendation regarding batch reencoding with keeping as much information(metadata, subtitles, audio lines) as possible?

I think FFMPEG is the way to go for?

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Yes thanks, didn't find that kb article before :D

 

Do you have a recommendation regarding batch reencoding with keeping as much information(metadata, subtitles, audio lines) as possible?

I think FFMPEG is the way to go for?

 

Hi.  We have a conversion feature that can do that.  (same KB)

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