Yeah, as expected, didn't help. I can't figure it out...I'm at a loss. I've reset the server. I've reset the Shield App. As you said...it plays for you. So it's something on my end, something with Emby...but what? Why does Jellyfin and Plex play it right? If they didn't, I'd assume it was my HDMI Cable, Shield, Receiver or something...but no. Feel like there's no way to solve this when you can't reproduce it and almost nothing stands out from my logs.
@11:19 PM , I sent logs after I attempted to play "Akira". A Japanese anime film with a 5.1 TrueHD Audio track(Both Japanese AND English). 10 seconds in...it freezes. If I switch to English audio, TrueHD 5.1 - it plays infinitely. This was NOT the case when I first started using Emby. If I switch from English, back to Japanese - it plays again, for 10 seconds, then freezes. I can skip ahead, but after 10 seconds, it will freeze. Unless I use English audio.
Plays fine in Plex. Total loss for me. This makes no sense. There's no reason. It plays fine for you. It should play fine for me. It plays fine in everything but Emby...but I've reset every option in Emby. It's 100% related to Japanese TrueHD Audio. Doesn't matter what it's ripped from.
I updated my server to the beta version as well for testing. No improvement.
Big breakthrough here. So I went back to Plex to check out Akira. Same thing. Pausing every 10s with Japanese audio...but not English audio. If it was a bit-rate situation / too slow, then it'd happen with English, which is the same format & size. This was NOT happening previously. But now it happens in both Emby & Plex.
I went to play the episode I used to prove The Ancient Magus Bride was playing in Plex. Black screen...just like Emby. HOWEVER, I recalled when I did that, I skipped ahead to showcase subtitles and direct play. Skipping ahead...works. At least for the anime. Akira doesn't, skip ahead or not, every 10 seconds or so, it pauses. So I went back to Emby...skip ahead in the anime encoded this way. It plays.
So it seems something is happening right as it starts, but ONLY with Japanese audio. The real question is - why is this seemingly becoming a problem when it wasn't previously?
Could be related to this issue. At least - it is for Akira, but it could lead to the reasoning behind the Japanese tracks. 192KHZ? Hmm. Clearly it CAN play it, but it just won't unless I skip ahead, or start with English, then Switch. Gonna try updating my shield to the Beta Hotfixes and see if it helps.
You're using a NVIDIA Shield yourself, yes?
My Receiver, the HDMI cable, and the Shield all support it. It's gonna take a few hours for the Hotfix to show up and test.
What model Shield do you have? 2015? 2017? 2019? I know 2015 & 2017 are on a different image than the 2019 models. It could be related.
Interesting. So I went to my NVIDIA Shield Audio options and set it to let me "manually select" what audio my device supports. Akira plays with the Japanese TrueHD Track just fine now. No random pauses. No stutters. As I mentioned earlier, the anime series I've been having issue with, will just transcode automatically with "Direct Play error". I've still not gotten the image for the hotfixes for the Shield to test.
Plex gives the information of "TrueHD not supported by device", if I manually select my audio selections(Including passthrough of TrueHD). Emby just says Directplay error. It's gotta be the 192KHZ thing.
Finally got the hotfix image. Interesting changes...but it may have made things worse. So now...the file will begin to direct play...but has no audio and constantly stutters. if I skip ahead...it works, audio, everything. English tracks no longer just work like they used to. It seems both Japanese & English are now on the same playing field.
This is really strange considering the Hotfix was supposed to fix issues relating to what I just described...and instead has GIVEN them to me. I feel a little better that they're both on equal footing now, but just what the hell. So it's Shield related absolutely...but maybe nothing I can do until they fix it?
Yeah, I've been trying this and that for hours. I really think this is something only NVIDIA can fix. Yet you say it plays fine for you...? So weird. I mean my Phone literally direct plays them with no transcoding, works fine. Shield is borked. My 99% Fire HD10 Amazon Tablet from 2017, which was outdated then...can direct play it without issue. On my next day off, I am going to format my shield. Annoying because all of the apps I had sideloaded and setup on it, but it's literally the last thing I can think of.
Edited by Mkilbride, Yesterday, 09:27 AM.