MKV player capable with subs with (external / remote) plex server

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by RustyTank, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. RustyTank, Feb 21, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013

    RustyTank macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    I've been looking everywhere, but I don't seem to be able to find a sollution for my needs.

    I have a mac mini (mid 2011) running in my living room with Plex Media server and client installed. I mostly play MKV files with subtitles embedded and sometimes external srt subtitle files. The Mac Mini is hooked up via HDMI with my TV and this works great! I can play all my files without problem.

    Now I want to have a tv in my bedroom at the attic. I already have a 1gb ethernet cable running from the living room router, but I can't seem to find a (the best) sollution to play the MKV files with subtitles.

    As far as I know plex will always transcode mkv files with subtitles and or DTS sound when the file is played on another device than were the Plex server is installed. Trancoding MKV files with subs and or DTS sound just doesn't seem possilbe.....

    Currently I have nothing set up attic bedroom, so the sollutions I looked at are TV's on which I can install the Plex App, Roku players and other media players, but the problem is that Plex will always transcode and not direct play my files. I don't want to remux all my data (3tb) again to prevent this. I'm sure it should be possible to have player that directly accesses my data on the mac mini without transcoding, but I haven't found it yet.

    Any suggestions that I can look at?
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
  3. RustyTank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    Thanks for the suggestion, but as stated in my post I don't want to remux my data again. To use VLC in the attic would mean I need a second computer there, while I think that cheaper sollutions should be possible (either apps on TV or network media players that don't transcode, but direct play)
  4. RustyTank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
  5. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Put a Raspberry Pi (35$) with raspbmc on your bedroom TV to play the MKV's directly.
  6. RustyTank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    Will this take the data from the Mini downstairs without transcoding? :confused:
  7. RustyTank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    Does anyone know if the RasberryPi or the Plex server transcodes the data or can I use this in the same ways as the plex client as if it was on the same machine?

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