Firstly, I must say - THANK YOU - so much to the Jellyfin developers for this wonderful application.
I have been a staunch Kodi user for many years, but seeing an increasing number of Smart devices that did not support the Kodi client, I had to abandon it. Then I moved to plex - for about 30 seconds - and abandoned that due to the ridiculous advertising and data surveillance. I had just about given up hope of getting a unified media platform for my home until I came accross Jellyfin.
I’m happy to say I had the server up and running on a VM and my media imported in all of about 30 minutes. The only thing that fooled me was the iOS app requiring the port-number for the server address which is completely undocumented - could I suggest the tool-tip is updated to mention you need the server port?
Anyway, aside from that, I’m up and running on all bar one of my devices - just waiting for the WebOS client to get accepted by LG and I’ll be 100% there. Feels great!
I do have some questions on transcoding that I hope someone can answer - I want to avoid transcoding as much as possible as the server running Jellyfin is a VM on my NAS which is not that powerful and all my users are LAN based so there are no bandwidth issues to consider.
What I’m noticing is that files I would normally expect to play native are being transcoded for the iOS client. I have another media app on the iPhone/iPad ‘oPlayer HD’ which is more basic and can only connect directly to NFS shares (no indexing/media info etc), however it is able to play back the content in it’s native x264/x265 format. However playing the same file in the iOS Jellyfin client results in transcoding. If I disable transcoding, the file does not play at all. Why is this?
My guess is that ‘oPlayer’ has these codecs internally in it’s iOS client and Jellyfin does not? But I know that iOS supports x265 decoding so why can’t this be enabled?
Also - possibly a feature request - is it possible to detect when an transcode is resulting in a loss in quality? Like if a 4k file is being transcoded to a lower resolution? Or will this never happen?
EDIT: Also tested that the iOS client will not playback my files in re-mux only mode either - only full transcoding. This is using approx 60% cpu on my NAS for one client.