Survey Results

09.14.08 34 Comments

I’ll be out of town for the next couple days, but I wanted to leave you all with some entertaining reading material. Back in July we asked you to fill out a survey detailing how you store your media, how you use Plex, and what future work on the project was important to you. There’s a link to the full survey towards the end, but here are some of the things that were interesting to me:

  • Almost three quarters of you have little or no media on physical discs.
  • 84% of you have little or no media in VIDEO_TS folders, or in ISO/IMG files.
  • 81% of you have little or no media inside RARs or ZIP files.
  • More than half of you have a majority of your media in high definition. Hello, future!
  • Only 4% of you use 4×3 resolution.
  • Only 24% of you use library mode, with 22% finding it too buggy and 29% finding it too complicated.

The interesting thing about those numbers – to me, at least – is in terms of priorities and allocating limited resources towards work on a project. As an example, I think it’s clear from these numbers that Team RazorFish did the exact right thing by leaving 4×3 support for their lovely MediaStream skin until the end!

The top three things you wanted from Plex back in July were stability, integration with OS X, and a lovely skin. We’ve been working hard to address the first, we now ship with the MediaStream skin, and we’ve got some really exciting stuff coming up in terms of integration features.

Plex needs to have strong focus on what’s important to our users, and we really appreciate everyone who filled out the survey to help us with that.

And now I’m off to go relax and celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. Assuming I can relax without an Internet connection, that is…

Plex Planning Survey.pdf

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  • As a relative new user of Plex (actually started with OSXMBC just before the fork), I find the latest incarnation a real step forward. I’ve given up on physical media. Like the elimination of CD’s, ripping DVDs to soft copy allows me to eliminate the bulk, and take advantage of the digital tags through the library.

    I think a key improvement for the library (and this may not be easy), is to allow for auto tagging of the type of content in a folder. Right now we have to set content when there’s a source. The nirvana is to identify the video file based on name, or a digital fingerprint like we do with music, and then auto categorize it. And like iTunes does with music, it would be sweet to have the software organize the library on the drive, with appropriate file folder structure.

    I know this is easier said than done, but as people’s collections grow, the more we need easy media management.

  • i thought that like some one else would notice by now that flac playing gets and buffert error like 3-4 times in a 5 minute song”a studder”, and this started in 0.5b4 i think, Mp3 plays as normal!!, almost every album i own is in flac so i´m beginning to go crazy!, i thought that some one hade notice but obvious not, and then again mp3 is in majority i think. pleeeeeeease fix, i´m not a forum guy, therefor it comes out here.


  • XBMC Plex

    Plex is a fork with better Integration in OSX – right?
    What are the deifferences in detail?

    iTunes and iPhoto Integration in XBMC:

    Will Plex have this feature soon?

    In an older Version of Plex I heard the fans of my macbook a lot :(

    Anyway: Great Project!!!

  • New to Plex, and the community.
    I’ve been working on a HTPC for my macmini, and wasn’t happy with Front Row’s limited usage. Plex seems like it’s exactly what I’m looking for.

    That said, I have ALL my movies in video_ts folders. Call me crazy, but I don’t feel like spending the time to compress close to 200 movies into one smaller file. Some could argue that the quality is miniscule, but I just feel better knowing my DVD movies are DVD quality.

    TV shows however I see no problem compressing. Those won’t bother me as much to convert into mkv files.

    My 2 cents.

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