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M3th0s
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Preface
 
Long term plex user and finally frustrated with the whole thing, made the decision of swapping to emby. Have been very happy, seems to work better, better performance overall (lighter on resources) and has a lot more granularity in the settings compared to plex. However there are still a few frustrating points that (and this is my opinion) are stopping emby from shining.
Below is a list of little annoyances, with the hope emby devs have a look and maybe incorporate them. Also apologies if I missed something and these have workarounds!
I'll be adding to this list, as I'm pretty certain I have missed a few things.
 
Emby niggles:
 
  • More work needs to be done on the identification process - at the moment, if a movie/show doesn't load posters or the title is too big, it's too hard to identify what show it refers too. Most times I'm forced to go the tvdb/imdb and find the show id there, then paste the id on the identify screen to get the correct show. More work needs to be done on this interface. Allow for bigger titles, etc
  • When identifying, there should be no need to wait for the server to finish collecting metadata so that we can use the GUI. At the moment you need to wait for the metadata gathering process to finish in order to use the server interface again, as there is a loading screen in between.
  • Better interface for un-merging wrongly identified shows - at the moment, if you want to un-merge you have to turn off the merge option on the library, identify the show, then re-merge. The way it should work, it should allow you to split apart based on folder so you can identify each folder separately without the need to un-merge the whole library. Splitting single episodes apart doesn't work in my experience,
  • No way to setup general folder access or folder access templates - as an example, select from a list of users and apply an access template (all, no 4k, no anime, etc.). These would of course be user created templates and it would save the trouble of going user by user to apply restrictions when you've just added a new 4k folder and not all your users can't take advantage of it.
  • More detail needed on the dashboard screen about active streams - the dashboard needs to be reworked. There is not a lot of useful information on the streams at the moment regarding type of stream, quality, etc. Also notifications need to be better reorganized
  • Need movie merge, like TV show merge - at the moment I am using a custom made addon found in the forums however this needs to be implemented by the emby team, as it is super useful.
  • Better details for library scans - at the moment you only have a percentage complete bar. Let's be fair, that doesn't really tell us much., I'm doing "tail -f" on the emby server log, but we still need a more user friendly approach to this. Something like "Currently scanning x", "Grabbing metadata for y", etc
  • No compatible streams found - now this one is truly frustrating. Have tried to fix it, reproduce it with other files, to no avail. Why are there no compatible streams found when the files are in place and you can actually download them directly from the server interface? However, ask for the server to play them on the GUI/iOS app/whatever, it won't. 

Thanks again for all the love given to emby and keep up the good work!

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No compatible streams found - now this one is truly frustrating. Have tried to fix it, reproduce it with other files, to no avail. Why are there no compatible streams found when the files are in place and you can actually download them directly from the server interface? However, ask for the server to play them on the GUI/iOS app/whatever, it won't. 

 

Hi there, can we please look at an example? please attach the information requested in how to report a media playback issue. thanks.

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More work needs to be done on the identification process - at the moment, if a movie/show doesn't load posters or the title is too big, it's too hard to identify what show it refers too

Hi there, can you please go over an example? Thanks.

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Hi there, can we please look at an example? please attach the information requested in how to report a media playback issue. thanks.

Hey Luke. We’ve tried this in another thread if you recall. I provided all the necessary logs at the time and we got nowhere and you couldn’t see why it was happening.

 

I’ll try and find another file that has issues and re-send more logs:)

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As for the identify observation please see below:

 

As I said, when you don't get a poster, you get the title and the year, however,  no way to check the full title. Even if you hover over it, there is no tooltip that will give you the full title. Most of the time this is not an issue, but I think this screen could benefit from a list rather than posters, with an "on hover" poster show (responsive if possible).

 

Like I said before, these are mainly my opinions, but how can a software evolve if people don't contribute towards it?

Thanks again for all your work on this!

 

 

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User access management has been discussed in many threads. I personally would like to see something along the lines of an RBAC model for user access management. Then each server owner could define their own roles and access levels that meet their needs. Similar to groups but slightly different concept.

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As for the identify observation please see below:

 

As I said, when you don't get a poster, you get the title and the year, however,  no way to check the full title. Even if you hover over it, there is no tooltip that will give you the full title. Most of the time this is not an issue, but I think this screen could benefit from a list rather than posters, with an "on hover" poster show (responsive if possible).

 

Like I said before, these are mainly my opinions, but how can a software evolve if people don't contribute towards it?

Thanks again for all your work on this!

 

 

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You should be able to mouse over the title with the next release. thanks. 

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You should be able to mouse over the title with the next release. thanks. 

 

Love me some improvements, thanks for your reply!

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User access management has been discussed in many threads. I personally would like to see something along the lines of an RBAC model for user access management. Then each server owner could define their own roles and access levels that meet their needs. Similar to groups but slightly different concept.

 

Yes that would be ideal :) Then I'd be able to select a bunch of users and give them access according to their device capabilities and/or internet speed :)

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