Plex - all that and a bag of chips!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by srexy, May 23, 2009.

  1. srexy macrumors 6502a

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    Received my Mini refurb on Thursday. Worried about overscan/black bar issues - Panny commercial series panel to the rescue!

    Installed plex, copied over all of my ripped movies and downloaded tv shows. Was concerned that Plex wouldn't pick up on all of them due to them not having dates in titles. Needn't have worried. Plex is the t*ts! HULU!!!!

    I feel like someone opened a door into the inner sanctum :D

    Serendipitously my wife has been making lots of murmurings about having the :apple:tv in the bedroom...
     
  2. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome aboard :) we have to find a way to get this message out to EVERYONE
     
  3. macdim macrumors 6502

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    Plex is great and has progessed a lot. The only thing that's wrong with it is still its idle CPU usage (yes, even after the 0.8 release). Using it on a MacBook White is like hearing a plane take off. But I guess all the XBMC derived projects have this issue.

    As long as fan noise and higher power consumption doesn't bother you, Plex is awesome and really nice to look at.
     
  4. mpshay macrumors 6502

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    If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch you have to try the Snatch app and Plex add on remote. The app is not free but I think it's worth it. I'm running it on 2 seperate Mac Minis and reall like it

    http://hoofien.com/Snatch/index.html
     
  5. srexy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think so far so good w/cpu and power consumption (don't really know - it's my first ever Mac Mini). The noise isn't a huge issue because I have the whole setup stashed in a cupboard using an IR extender to control it. I have a Ministack in there too and haven't noticed any noise at all.

    I have noticed that trying to encode a Handbrake will cane the Mini's proc and render Plex pretty choppy for video playback. I am probably going to streamline my ripping/encoding process by using my old XP box (previously my godawful media server) as a ripping/encoding drone. I'll rip out my raided drives and either Ebay them or press them into backup service somewhere.

    I'm still slowly ironing out all kinks - right now I'm trying to add a 46gb music collection stored on an airdisk that is completely choking it. May have to use the iTunes media server plug-in instead...

    TV shows and movies have been absolutely painless so far (more than could be said for my initial :apple:tv experiences)
     

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  6. gcmexico macrumors 6502a

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    doesn't play movies bought from Itunes...can't use it till it does
     
  7. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    The Plex/eight release is a good milestone in my opinion. After several failed attempts at getting previous versions of Plex/Boxee/XBMC to behave in a non-buggy manner and scrape all the metadata correctly, Plex's latest release seems to, well, actually work! The iTunes library integration (both local and over LAN/WAN!) is great, and will even update play counts on remote libraries (something that Front Row never could do for me). The addition of the 'app store' means that with minimal configuration, Plex is already immensely useful to be even before I add any video files of my own. All in all, a quite solid release from the Plex team.
     
  8. Rychy macrumors 6502

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    I really like Plex, nice and simple. I'm trying to work out a home theater system so I can use it. I don't get why everyone is always going on about Boxee... it's interface is horrible.
     
  9. mohanman macrumors regular

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    Plex is an interesting concept. One thing that still bothers me is all the settings. I'm afraid that if my girlfriend comes over to use it, she'll mess up one of the settings or something. Thus, having a keycode to enter any preferences would be great. In the meantime I'll stick with my appletv and tivo. Appletv has it so that no one can mess with the settings unless a 4 digit passcode is entered.

    Simplify man
     
  10. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    Boxee's interface is the same as Plex. What makes it horrible is the freezes.

    Plex is much smoother and more consistent
     
  11. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    I disagree about the interface being the same. Boxee's interface is very confusing. Anytime you open up a different section, the design isn't the same. I just started to play around with both and each has it's positives.

    The problem with both of these is that neither is the perfect solution. Getting your own content on there can be a pain and there are always issues with recognizing video titles. Not to mention the programs for both suck at music and photos.

    I would gladly pay $50 for an app that added the best of both and made it easier to tag videos. The best solution would be for Apple to open up Fromt Row to play other formats and have an API.
     
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I find the transition between using "my app" which include front row to be smooth. Plex will close and front row will open. Close front row and plex reopens. Flawless.
     
  13. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

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    I got it up and working about a week ago, it's amazing. .8.1 has significantly lowered idle cpu usage, btw
     
  14. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    The thing that makes boxee the best is that every thing is included if you want to watch tv etc. It comes set up. Now I think Plex is overly complicated but I like a challenge.
     
  15. macdim macrumors 6502

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    Is there any reason ANY app should use 25% CPU for a simple scrolling line of text? Think not. Plex uses less CPU power while watching 720p video than it does on the main screen doing nothing.
     

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  16. srexy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you on 8.1? - your cpu at idle should be lower than that...
     
  17. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    I have the same problem and im 5.1
     
  18. theimacdude macrumors member

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    I'm downloading "Plex" now. I've never heard of it. Lets see what its like :D:apple:
     

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