Media Browser, beginning with version 3, is no longer a single program. It encompasses a large suite of applications all communicating with a central server that manages your library. No longer locked inside Windows Media Center, Media Browser can now bring your entire media library to not only all of the computers on your network, but also many of your portable devices. Whether it's the Roku in the living room, or your tablet on the back porch, Media Browser will bring your media right to you.
Media Browser 3.0.5362 Beta Released
Started by admin , Today, 03:38 PM
A new server release is available which features significant improvements to our transcoder in terms of performance, reliability and features. Without much further ado, here are the highlights:
Improved reliability and quality of video transcoding
A new transcoding throttling feature which will dramatically reduce cpu usage
Improved support for Advanced SubStation Alpha and SRT subtitles
Improved DLNA reliability
Added DLNA special folders
Added resume progress bars with DLNA images
Support webp image output for faster browsing
Support for additional photo metadata
Support for album disc sub-folders
Display mirror setting now remembered
Add an option to save metadata and images as hidden files
New Transcoding Features
Our transcoding has improved significantly. Not only is it faster and more reliable than ever, but it will also throttle itself when it gets far enough ahead of the player. Let's take a look at how that works. Simply start playing something and monitor the cpu usage from ffmpeg:
As you can see it starts out pretty high, but depending on the content being played the transcoder may be able to move at a faster rate than you're actually watching. Let's monitor that from the server dashboard:
As you can see the transcoder position (in red), is a few minutes ahead of your current position. Media Browser Server is able to identify this and throttle the transcoder in order to reduce cpu usage:
The throttling is smart and will speed up and slow down as needed in order to maintain smooth playback. Now the reduced load on your server will allow more devices to stream simultaneously without putting too much pressure on your system.
But these are not the only transcoding improvements. Our handling of SRT and Advanced SubStation Alpha subtitles has improved and is now more efficient and reliable than ever.
Improved DLNA Support
This release also brings a number of DLNA enhancements. For starters, device compatibility has increased significantly thanks to pull requests submitted by 7Illusions.
In addition, we now display special folders throughout your library. Click into your TV, Movie, or Music sections and you'll see some nice categories like Resume, Next Up, Latest, Favorites, etc.
In addition, you'll now see progress bars for titles that can be resumed, just like you're accustomed to with our other apps:
WebP Image Output Support
This is a technology feature for the developers. WebP is an open source image format designed by Google that achieves as much as a 34% reduction in file size from JPG/PNG at the same level of quality. This is going to allow faster browsing with apps that are capable of supporting them.
Look for WebP support soon in the following apps:
Web Client with Chrome and Chrome Android browsers
All Android apps
New Photo Metadata Support
With this release we are now capturing more robust photo metadata, with stats such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, Latitude, Longitude, and a long list of others. This is only the beginning of our photo revamp and you can expect robust filtering as well as slideshows and galleries in future updates.
Album Disc Sub-Folder Support
A long requested feature, we now support numbered disc sub-folders. Please see the music section of the knowledge base for details:
Media Browser, beginning with version 3, is no longer a single program. It encompasses a large suite of applications all communicating with a central server that manages your library.
No longer locked inside Windows Media Center, Media Browser can now bring your entire media library to not only all of the computers on your network, but also many of your portable devices. Whether it's the Roku in the living room, or your tablet on the back porch, Media Browser will bring your media right to you.
And, we mean right to you as the user profile feature allows you to set up completely different views and options on your library based on who is accessing it. Keep different display styles, parental control levels and watched and favorite status' for all the different members of your household and all of that information travels with the user no matter what client or device they are using.
Start watching something at home on the HTPC and pick it back up where you left off on your phone or tablet on the train.
About Media Browser
This is an application that should be installed on one machine on your network to manage your entire library and feed all of your clients. You only need this on one machine on your network, and that machine needs to be available with the server running for any of the clients to be able to access your media.
It is possible to run the server and one of the clients on the same machine and the server also includes a web-client compatible with any modern html5 browser. More information...
About Media Browser
Embedded within the server is a full-featured html5 client that will allow you to access your library from any modern browser - from anywhere with internet access (proper router configuration will be required).
Together with a rich interface for your library, the web client also contains a full-featured metadata editor that allows you to take complete control of the data associated with your items.
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