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Just started playing around with 4K encoding.  Picked up a TiVo Bolt+.  Supports direct streaming playback of HEVC (H.265) locally.  Have an "old" Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU in my Windows Server 2012 R2 box.  It takes nearly 4-5 hrs to encode a 1 hr. media file to HEVC 4K 3840x2160 resolution MP4/MKV using Handbrake with QuickSync support.  Seems to be a common media requirement for Roku, TiVo, etc. else Plex will automatically transcode the video to 1080p.  Excruciating to say the least.


Wondered whether anyone else has experience encoding HEVC 4K format. Not sure whether a CPU or CPU+motherboard/chipset upgrade on this server would be a drastic performance improvement.  Else I'll just continue to batch process these media files.

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Am using Plex with a newer TiVo Bolt+ with 4K HDR capability. Seems PMS doesn’t currently have a TiVo profile which explains why the 4K directstream Support is almost non-existent. Seems they’re now working on that now. Stay tuned!

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