Plex Media Server v0.9.6.2 / Plex v0.9.5.3

05.18.12 93 Comments

Just a few short weeks after our last release, we have more goodness for you, in the form of new releases of the Plex Media Server, and the Plex desktop player. We’d like to get you releases more often, and make them easy for you to obtain, and to that end, we created a beta AppCast feed for the media server. When we release, depending on how stable we think the release is, we’ll either push it to the beta feed or the stable feed. This time around, the media server release is beta, because a lot has changed.

If you’re feeling brave, and like living on the bleeding edge, configure your media server to look for the beta feed. (Note that at worst you can just downgrade to an earlier version, we always have backwards and forwards compatibility for the library.) If you have a Roku, you’ll be especially interested in this release, as Schuyler worked some serious magic to fix the video artifacts people were observing on the Roku 2 devices.

The release builds are available in the usual place, and all of the new builds are available here (We’re still working through a Linux issue, so those builds will be out shortly.)

Let’s walk through the changes for the media server first:

  • NEW: Greatly enhanced media analysis. When I asked Max how to describe the changes, he said “it’s awesome”. He’s a man of few words, but I’ll try to explain a bit more. The media server analyzes your media for a few reasons: In order to extract a thumbnail, and to glean details about the exact format and codecs in the file. The latter is critical in order for players to determine what files they can consume without transcoding, which can be Direct Streamed (remuxed), and which need to be transcoded. The world of media is incredibly complicated. A simple MP4 file be optimized for streaming, or not; it can have 64-bit chunk offsets, or not; the H.264 inside it can be a myriad of different profiles, levels and have different features enabled. We now capture all of that information, and it will have many uses, not least in making the DLNA server component truly world-class. One thing you’ll notice is that when you scan in this version, the scan will take a lot longer the first time on an existing section, because the scanner is upgrading the analysis for all your files. Be patient, kick back, open a beer, and let it do its job!
  • NEW: The default on new installs is to empty trash automatically. This was confusing too many new users, and I think it was the wrong default, not to mention a confusing UX around learning how and why to empty the trash.
  • NEW: Support for non-DRM iTunes videos and iTunes U.
  • FIX: Improved segmented MPEGTS output (fixes Roku artifacts). And there was much rejoicing!!
  • FIX: TV shows didn’t load metadata properly if the episode had a date but no index (e.g. personal media).
  • FIX: Individual TV episodes can now have their content rating set by the agents.
  • FIX: A few random crashes observed in the wild.
  • FIX: (Linux) From scratch installs now work again (e.g. Synology).
  • FIX: Crash when transcoding (e.g. to LG MediaLink).
  • FIX: Status text while scanning didn’t show up in the OS X media manager.
  • FIX: Transcoder recognizes some MPEG2 files correctly now.
  • FIX: Return the HTTP body from plug-ins even when there’s a failure.
  • FIX: Audio transcoder wasn’t working for remote clients.
  • FIX: Regression in the transcoder leading to green/artifacts on iOS/ATV2.
  • FIX: Many fixes for SRT “burning” during transcode, including subtitles not showing up at all or only partially.
  • FIX: (Linux) Ensure we kill orphaned DLNA servers.
  • FIX: (Linux) DLNA server occasionally wasn’t able to start, unable to obtain IP.
  • FIX: Don’t identify MP4 chapter tracks as subtitles.
  • FIX: Durations in MP3 files should be analyzed much more accurately.

The Plex client has a number of fixes, and we’ll be paying it more attention in the coming months.

  • NEW: Developer ID-signed for Mountain Lion.
  • NEW: (OS X) Support for Crystal HD
  • NEW: Allow forcing transcoding on local networks (good for older clients).
  • FIX: Fix a crash when playing video over VNC.
  • FIX: Apple remote keymap was incorrect in Now Playing window.
  • FIX: (OS X) Many fixes for optical/HDMI audio output.
  • FIX: (OS X) Transcoding 5.1 AAC and DTS to AC3 works now.
  • FIX: When selecting multi-item videos, it always played the first item.
  • FIX: Occasional flicker when starting videos.
  • FIX: Respect the “noCache” attribute, fixes some channels not refreshing properly (e.g. Netflix).
  • FIX: (OS X) RTMP wasn’t enabled properly.
  • FIX: When playing some WebKit channels, it improperly transcoded, resulting in no audio.
  • FIX: Saved cookies were making some channels fail to play (e.g. YouTube).
  • FIX: Skinning issue that could make multiple thumbs appear for some content.
  • FIX: Only show watched state (and context menu items) for library content.
  • FIX: Changing display blanking settings required exiting and re-entering full screen to take effect.
  • FIX: Plex.ToggleDisplayBlanking keymap function restored.
  • FIX: Plex.RunScript and Plex.RunAppleScript work again (Mac OS only).
  • FIX: (OS X) Plex.RunScript handles files with the .scpt extension as well as .applescript.
Barkley has been spending lots of time in the water these days. It’s a nice way to start a long day of coding (and sometimes to end one as well).
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  • Make Plex a service on Windows please!
    I see this request countless times.
    Is it too hard?

  • elan – are you going to have client support for the new LG smarttv client box Will it have directplay support?

  • For the most part, this version is stable, but on one my computers (a 2.23Ghz Mini with 4GB ram) the interface seems to stall – so pressing buttons does nothing and then it catches up. Did a reboot, but the problem persists. Not a deal breaker but surprising since interface performance/speed has never been an issue until now.

  • “One thing you’ll notice is that when you scan in this version, the scan will take a lot longer the first time on an existing section, because the scanner is upgrading the analysis for all your files. Be patient, kick back, open a beer, and let it do its job!”

    Just want to let you know that this scan on my original Mac Pro with 9GB of RAM took more than 48 hours and still wasn’t done, seemed to hang. I rolled back to the previous PMS and everything worked fine. To be fair, I have a lot of content to scan, 7TB, but in the past its never taken anywhere close to 48 hours. Not sure if it’s a bug or the sheer size of content caused it.

    • @Bolt: Analyzing media can take a fair bit of time, you can watch the Plex Media Scanner.log and see what it’s doing, but basically it needed to update the analysis for all files to reflect the richer profile of data we now collect.

  • DTS is still not working over DLNA to my playstation.
    And one more thing is missing.

    With PS3 MS you can skip and search through the movie, like go to minute 20 orso.
    This doesn’t yet work for Plex MS.
    But this would be killer, I love the Meta details etc which Plex adds.
    This would make it complete.

  • I can’t seem to get scripts to work, either with Plex.RunScript OR Plex.RunAppleScript. Example: I want a script to quit Plex and activate EyeTV, from a menu item in a skin. I tried:
    …where the script simply says
    tell application “Plex”
    end tell
    tell application “EyeTV”
    end tell

    I also tried that using
    tell application “System Events”
    tell application “Plex”
    keystroke “q” using command down
    end tell
    end tell

    …and I tried both with the .applescript extension.

    I also tried
    Plex.RunApplescript(tell application “switch2eyetv” to activate)

    …where the above scripts were saved as an application in my Applications folder. Both Plex AND the applescript application hung, and I had to force-quit both.

    Am I doing it wrong, or is this not really fixed??

  • @elan: Are you asking me to send you a video sample to test?
    Literally any xvid encoded video (inside .avi) is oos for me be about 200ms.

  • Still 100% cpu from python. Wtf?

    • @Fred03: Still? Let me know where you reported the issue and I’ll have a look, haven’t heard of that before.

  • I’ll echo the comment about no audio control in plugins (ie: netflix, hulu, etc.). Pretty sure that one’s in lighthouse and all over the forums. Is it not listed in the fixed list or not fixed?

  • Still having atrocious sync issues on SD content.
    HD content works fine but Plex is, this is not an exaggeration, completely unusable on SD content.
    Free is Free is Free and we didn’t pay for it, but I’d wish that a critical issue like this sync issue would be fixed after a year or two. It’s curious as issue is instantly reproduced. I don’t know a single person that has SD content _in_ sync.
    Anyways, good to see that the Plex team is opening up a bit.
    Thanks for another release !

    • @PeterP: the odd thing is, if you check out that forum topic about SD A/V sync, there are plenty of people for which the samples play perfectly. One person has the issue, the next one doesn’t. So (as far as I understand it, at least), it’s not so cut and dry.

      @deano: It’s a requested feature, so we’ll eventually get to it.

  • @elan: I had some time to do some testing with the array of devices in my house, to see if the SD sync issue appears everywhere or not.

    Here’s what I found:

    – Mac mini with intel hd 3000: Out of sync
    – Mac mini server (i7): Out of sync
    – MacBookPro5,2 (17″ unibody): In sync
    – Windows 7 gaming PC: In sync
    – iPhone 3g: in sync
    – iPhone 4s: in sync

    So it seems that the only devices having sync issues for me are the Mac Mini’s.
    If I open any of these SD test videos directly with any other video player on the mini, like VLC etc., the videos are perfectly in sync.

    • @MAXp0wr: Thanks for the testing! It is curious that it’s in sync on the MBP and Win 7 box, I have no explanation for the difference at the moment :(

  • I tried to find answers on the forum.
    But while the problem persists. Please help.

  • for the past year the netflix plugin has not worked, can navigate, select. Begins loading then error “problem with internet or network yada yada” Netflix works fine in safari, what’s with that, I’ll gladly pay again for my copy of plex if they get that working

  • Linked Volume issue:

    PLEASE! It’s been like 6 months now, and this used to work. Besides being annoying and nearly blowing out my speakers, it scares the crap out of my dogs. They are cute, maybe even cuter than Barkley. Do you want to scare cute dogs? Do YOU??? Did you rape and murder a volume control in 2011???

  • hope the new update for client!!!

  • hey i tryn to load the new plex server on my media pc and i have windows vista ultmate and only the server pack 2 on it and the plex server will not install …what do i need to do cant find server pack 3 doesnt show in any of the windows update is there a older version of plex i can use and will i miss any thing major..thanks in advance

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