opperpanter
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Serviio for transcoding

Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:10 pm

Hello,

Since the lack of MPEG2 decoding on the RaspberryPi, I was thinking on setting up Serviio as an UPnP server which also transcodes mpeg2 files into mpeg4 files.

I already have serviio running on my home server, next step is to configure the correct renderer profile in order to for ce serviio to transcode the unsupported formats.

Anyone else also working on this?

Let's share our ideas / config files/ howto's here.

Thanks,

Opper

Nogsx3
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:17 am

Serviio transcodes anything into MPEG2 that the end device can't handle e.g smart tv, media box as almost everything supports MPEG2. Is x264 finalised in FFMPEG or still experimental ? Serviio wasn't supporting transcoding to x264 though the latest beta might be, I've not looked.

I've used OpenELEC software playback of mpeg2 and they've worked fine, SD quality on RPi so far.

opperpanter
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:59 am

Nogsx3 wrote:Serviio transcodes anything into MPEG2 that the end device can't handle e.g smart tv, media box as almost everything supports MPEG2. Is x264 finalised in FFMPEG or still experimental ? Serviio wasn't supporting transcoding to x264 though the latest beta might be, I've not looked.

I've used OpenELEC software playback of mpeg2 and they've worked fine, SD quality on RPi so far.
How did you configure that? My Openelec build (r11258) doesn't play them.
The forum is covered with confirmation that it won't happen soon??

opperpanter
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:34 am

Nogsx3 wrote:Serviio transcodes anything into MPEG2 that the end device can't handle e.g smart tv, media box as almost everything supports MPEG2. Is x264 finalised in FFMPEG or still experimental ? Serviio wasn't supporting transcoding to x264 though the latest beta might be, I've not looked.
Can it transcode into divx/xvid?

Nogsx3
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:55 am

No FFMPEG transcodes to MPEG and experimental x264 only.

I'll double check the mpeg playback, I thought it did it but using software (cpu) decoding not hardware decoding due to license issues.

Nogsx3
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:01 pm

To transcode to x264 would need quite a lot of CPU time compared to mpeg2 for the server running serviio. I've got a dual core atom and it can do 1080p on the fly mpeg2 but x264 would be way too much for it.

robwriter
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:12 pm

I'm using a script to encode files using handbrake. It's not ideal but it'll do for now,

opperpanter
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:36 pm

Nogsx3 wrote:To transcode to x264 would need quite a lot of CPU time compared to mpeg2 for the server running serviio. I've got a dual core atom and it can do 1080p on the fly mpeg2 but x264 would be way too much for it.
I have a Core i3 2100 in my home server.
Should be able to do some recent resolutions/bitrates?

Nogsx3
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Re: Serviio for transcoding

Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:32 pm

Correction to the above, mpeg1 and 2 audio played, video is just greyed out. WMV didn't play either but mkv, avi, divx, all played fine (well depending on latest build of OpenELEC)

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