MYstIC G

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It depends tho, innit - Ideally yes, your clients should be able to digest x265/x264 and mkv container, and avoid having to transcode alltogether. But it's not like that in most cases - you have a mix of clients (TV, tablet, phone, etc), some capable enough to direct play, some not.

Therefor, transcoding capability on the NAS / media server side should exist.

Plus, media comes in wildly different combos of resolution, bitrate, codec, container - you'd be hard pressed to be in a situation where your clients can seamlessly direct play everything you throw at them.

Additionally, if you stream content to friends / relatives, it gets even more complicated.

The basic and simple transcoding capability would be with a QSV Intel cpu, not an option in my case, as I have old Xeon cpu in my nas - so I just threw in a dedicated nvidia gpu (P400 originally, now P2000), which does the job with ease. Not to mention re-encoding takes a _lot_ of time and power consumption.
Don't agree to be honest, will say I meant encode not re-encode, better to pick right first
 

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In my system I just pick the most supported format, probably except a few 4k MKV's it works on everything in the house.
 

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Fucking hell. Does management still ignore their security teams?
 

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Noice. But unfortunately, I've no more use cases for a personal PC than games n browsin'. So I uninstalled my cracked wankstation pro a while back :)
 

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