Frankly my trailer, I don’t give a playlist

07.31.14 321 Comments

I can’t even tell you how much pleasure it gives me to sit down and write this post. Why, you might ask? Because today we’re bringing you two of the most highly requested features we’ve had, ever. If you look at the Plex Pass feature voting forum, you’ll see the #1 requested feature is trailers. And today, dear reader, you shall have trailers. But it doesn’t end there. It’s like Christmas in July! (That’s exceptional even in the southern hemisphere, right?)

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Now, we here at Plex like to exceed your expectations. We really do. We all grew up raising blue-ribbon heifers and memorizing π to an ungodly number of digits, and we just really don’t believe in anything but the best. So we scoured the earth looking for the best source for trailers and we found one which also had tons of interviews and behind-the-scenes content. Talk about leveling up your library!

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If you have a Plex Pass, we’ll automatically add all these amazing extras to your library as you add movies (or just refresh existing ones). Otherwise, we’ll also happily read any extras you already have locally; just be sure to follow our naming guidelines here. We’re in the process of adding extras and trailer support to all our apps. At launch, Plex Home Theater and our web app have full trailer and extras support, while Android and iOS have basic trailer support. Support in other apps will follow in short order.

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We weren’t content just bringing you extras, mind you. We wanted to create a full cinema experience right in your living room (popcorn not included), so we added a feature we call Cinema Trailers. Choose the types of trailers to use on the server; then in supported Plex apps, you can select the number of trailers to play before a movie. So sit the whole family down, dim the lights, and enjoy the coming attractions!

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We truly hope you enjoy trailers in Plex. Note that this is the first time we’ve licensed premium content for our Plex Pass users; so, we reserve the right to impose viewing limits in the future in order to keep Barkley fed. (Not plump, just fed.) So, now onto playlists. We’ve been eager to bring you this feature for ages, as we consider it a key part of any self-respecting media system.  But we wanted to make sure we got it right, and laid the groundwork for a perfect playlist experience across all your devices.  So without further ado, we present true playlists, for the first time ever, across Plex. Oh, and One More Thing…  we’re especially excited about our iTunes importer. Many of us have been on iTunes for years, and our importer provides you with a nearly seamless way to transition over playlists (including smart playlists), play/skip counts, track ratings, and even media addition dates. I’m pretty sure you’d agree these imported playlists look incredibly sexy!

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Playlists are supported today in our web app and on iOS, and we’re working hard to bring them everywhere we are! In order to play with these new features, you’ll need to grab yourself the latest server release. Here are a full list of changes, which include all sorts of yummy new features and fixes:

NEW

  • Playlists!
  • Extras!
  • Import from iTunes feature for libraries including smart playlist import.
  • (API) Support for blur, saturation, and alpha blending on image transcode endpoint.
  • (API) Support for rich “composite” images.
  • (API) Support for “starts with” and “ends with” operators in filters.
  • (API) Allow null values for ID fields.
  • (API) Add support for “limit=X” in filters.
  • Support for skip count and skip date.
  • Hey! A brand new sexy application icon.
  • Added a new preference to limit Cloud Sync upload speed.

FIXES

  • Default account language to English as opposed to nothing at all.
  • An issue with continuous play on items with same air date.
  • Massive (like 50x) speedup for global Recently Added endpoint.
  • Items inserted into the past in a play queue when adding to ‘up next’ after playing through.
  • Failure transcoding some channel content.
  • Sometimes we generated invalid JSON.
  • Fix an issue where sometimes sync items would fail to process or upload.
  • Much better audio boost (Note: new boosts are significantly larger than previously, so those with large boost settings now may want to be careful).
  • On occasion, transcoder would transcode audio when it should remux.
  • An ordering bug getting background art from all libraries.
  • A bug where an item could end up in a refresh loop.
  • Server could end up hanging during nightly DB optimization task.
  • Selected art could be reset on refresh if it was generated art.
  • Tweaks for menubar icon on Yosemite.
  • Speed up deleting transcode temporary directories.
  • Play queues were returning all available alternate media for items.
  • Various crashes

Last, but not least, my lovely wife Anna had a bunch of fun today shooting Barkley wearing some of our awesome Plex Gear for canines. Here are some outtakes from the shoot.

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321 Comments

  • Awesome work guys! I do not regret my lifetime Plex Pass. Now, please please please please, could we finally get Playlist support for the Roku app? All I wanna do is sit on my butt and start a shuffled playlist of shows depending on my mood. That would make me the most happy customer in the whole world.

    Cheers!

  • An Android update with playlist support was mentioned back on October 2. I am updated to the latest android version (3.5.6.248) released on 10/20, and still see no android playlist capability. What am I missing? Help please!!

  • When is that android update with playlist coming? Im following this thread now for about 3-4 months, theres always just “its coming soon”…when will the android app support playlists? Withouth playlists, its pretty useless for me…

    • @Silvio ~ The Android app has been making lots of progress towards playlists, there were lots of internal changes needed.

  • Hey Elan! I really appreciate the hard work that everyone has put into this. I realize that the playlist function is great for people who want to sit back and let the code take control. But I’m not that kind and it makes me crazy to have something on my dashboard that I’ll never use. The last I heard, there was no way to remove Playlists from the dashboard and there was no way to change the order of the dashboard. Is that still correct?

    • @Courtney ~ with a Plex Pass, you can reorder and select which items appear in the web dashboard. There’s no way to get rid of the Playlists item, but if it really drives you nuts, use a CSS override :)

  • Hi guys, Thank you for an awesome product and service. When do you think I can get trailer on the samsung plex app?

    Also, why is there no mention of the new user upgrade and how to work it properly. I would have thought it would allow you to choose the user when you sign in with plex samsung?

    • @Jeff ~ The Samsung app is written by a third party dev, you’d need to ask him about it in the Samsung forum.

  • You know, I have always thought of the concept of perhaps buying the lifetime PlexPass, however there is always one things that stops me. Actually two now.

    a) The price (new) is excessive considering Music libraries are borderline pitiful. As an “all round” media centre, Plex just doesn’t cut the cheese. Photo libraries are also close behind when it comes to the lacking factor.

    b) In the real world. you can withdraw or change the terms of a life time membership any time you want, rendering it as valid as a plumber estimate. Other companies have done it and Plex probably will too. It’s just a matter of time before it doesn’t become profitable any more. Like Woo Commerce. Look what they did. Lifetime means nothing to me as the terms can be changed whenever you like.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product but it is INCOMPLETE. Instead of releasing updates that now support Albania or provide assistance to a very small demographic, sort your BIG issues first. Music libraries, photos and mobile device support.

  • Ok. I must be a complete idiot. Can someone please fill me in on how to create a playlist?

    • @Fishman463 ~ In the web app, click on the “…” and select “Add to Playlist”. You’ll be able to add to an existing playlist or make a new one.

  • Is there a way to play a video file endlessly (looped video playback) ? or if you can recommend other ways…
    Best regards,
    Michel

  • Somehow make playlist media available via DLNA. Maybe it appears as a folder on DLNA players?

  • Not having the playlists available on DLNA players is a major shortcoming. Will this feature be added soon?

    • @Mitch ~ Thanks for the suggestion/reminder :)

  • I Just got plex pass for this feature and it inst available for my ipad?

  • Hello, I recently purchased a one year subscription of Plex Pass in hopes that I would help me with a certain solution. I currently use iTunes and doubletwist to sync playlists to my phone so I can take my customs playlists with me and access offline so I don’t use my data plan. I purchased plex pass for the sole reason of being able to do this. I want to be able to eliminate the use of iTunes and doubletwist entirely and just manage everything from one location, one software, one app. It is possible or will it be in the near future to sync playlists to my phone for offline access?

    • @Russ ~ not possible at the moment, should be possible in the future, but don’t have a specific date for you.

  • The trailers feature is great. To improve it it would be great to be able to select to watch trailers, then when you get to a trailer that you want to watch the movie then you can hit play…

    (Trailers for TV shows are not playing)

  • Sorry to tell you but plex isn’t on the ps3.. Sony hasn’t released it on the ps3 nor have they advertised it for coming to the ps3 at all…

    • @jason ~ Incorrect, sir.

  • I recently purchase the plex pass but I cannot figure out how to enable the “Trailers” or “Extras”. Help please!

  • @jason @elan I beleive jason is partly correct, ps3 with support playing plex through DLNA however from what I’ve read plex as an app is only avail in other countries but not yet in USA or Canada correct me if I’m wrong

  • I must be missing something. I see playlists, but my .m3u playlists that are in the Music folder I added to Plex do not show up. Is there a special way to add my existing playlists? I want to keep the ones I have and be able to continue updating my playlists via Windows Media Player. Is this possible? I see I can import via iTunes, but I don’t use iTunes and I’m not interested in importing. Rather I’d just like to point Plex at my music playlists folder and let it use the playlists I’ve already created. Is this possible?

    • @Mike ~ We don’t have a way to import m3u files yet, sorry!

  • I’d be thrilled to find out how to use the Trailers feature with my LG Smart TV. I keep my movies stored on a network server running Windows 7. I see that the metadata downloads but when I select a movie to play using PLEX as my Media Server all that happens is the movie plays. I believe I set up the TRAILER OPTIONS properly. Maybe I was expecting something that wasn’t what the TRAILER FEATURE was meant to deliver. I do have a PLEX PASS so I don’t think that is the problem. I can of course watch the trailers when I am on PLEX and in the MEDIA MANAGER.

  • Hey guys , I love the playlist function, but is it possible to use the playlists offline? when I go running or I’m outside , it would make me very happy if I could listen to my Playlists there, but at the moment it seems as if this was not possible or I’m too stupid…Could that come with the next update?
    you are doing a good job, keep it up

    Greetz from Germany .

    P.s.sorry for my bad english

    • @Chris ~ Not yet, but definitely in the future.

  • Am I missing it or is the ability to play the (video) playlist created via the plex web app not available on the plex (mac) player?
    Also that’s a good point about the “lifetime” membership, that I had planned on purchasing.

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