(That’s converting the file format from the source into another file format playable on the receiving end, in real-time.) On-the-fly transcoding is one of Plex’s big draws as a platform, so the lack of it is unfortunate.
The solution that meets my personal needs pretty well is to convert the files in advance to a format that will play natively on the devices I’m going to be using to play them back.
Repeat these steps for each section you’d like to include. Your new Plex server will begin scanning your library and you’ll see shows and movies and other media begin to populate the database.
You should be aware that the scan can take a while to complete, and that even after the scan is complete, it will still work for a while on downloading metadata for your library.
I can actually run the unofficial Plex server fairly successfully on it, though like I said, there are limitations.
The ARM-based processor is not at all ready to handle transcoding of media.
So you’ve got a QNAP and you followed my directions to get it set up to serve media via DLNA, and now you’re thinking you’d like to run a Plex server to get a nicer interface? QNAP has a great app system built in that will let you install all kinds of optional software packages to expand the usefulness of your system.
Among those optional packages is Plex, a very popular video streaming platform.
When Plex is downloading metadata for films, The Movie Database typically has good descriptions, covers, and cast & crew data, while Freebase has more gaps in its data and film descriptions read more like reviews and technical summaries than useful descriptions of what the film is about.There’s a plus sign icon that’ll bring up an Add Section tooltip when hovered over. You’ll be presented with five choices; Movies, TV Shows, Music, Photos, and Home Movies.Choose the one that’s appropriate to the type of content you’re trying to stream.Once the scan is done, you can immediately start streaming your Plex content to Plex players for your mobile devices, consoles, set-top boxes, computers; whatever you’ve got that can run one.The metadata retrieval doesn’t have to be finished for you to play back your content.A full explanation of everything there is beyond the scope of this article, but I can get you up and running with the basics pretty easily.That will see you through your immediate needs, and if you want to learn the in-depth secrets of Plex administration, there’s a lot of great documentation from Plex themselves.You should get a Plex server management page in a new browser tab or window.The first thing you’re going to want to look for is the My Library section.If you stick around though, I can give you a couple more basic tips to make the experience even better.Head to your Plex server settings; that’s the screwdriver and wrench icon in the upper right, next to the search field.