Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Share multimedia content with Plex

Share multimedia content with Plex
Plex is a program that lets you share multimedia content between various devices in your home connected to a Wi-Fi network. The server edition ( Plex Media Server ) must be installed on the computer, while the client edition must be installed on phones, tablets or consoles.

The server can be installed on a computer or laptop with Windows or Linux, also on a Mac; While the client can be installed on devices with Android, iOS or Windows Phone. The idea is that, while running the server application, any device with the client application installed can lift some content (whether movies, photos or music); But from these devices can be transmitted to a smart LED or LCD TV or to any other television (not smart) that has a Chromecast or other supported device (Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Etc.), or to any DLNA-compatible computer.

The most appreciable functionality in this type of programs is precisely the comfort that offers to members of the family who want to enjoy watching a series or listening to music in any sector of the home. You can start watching a movie on the TV and then continue watching it on the tablet.

Plex is responsible for organizing the entire collection of movies, TV series, photo albums and other contents that are stored on hard disks, so that it can be accessed from the phone or from the TV. It not only organizes and orders the contents, but also searches for and add information that may be useful to complement the data of each of the elements that make up the collection, either with reviews, covers and other tags that can Be missing

The application works in a similar way to other multimedia file managers, such as iTunes, giving the user the ability to create customized playlists based on criteria (artist, genre, country, language, etc.). Some other management software, so it is possible to import playlists created with iTunes.

Another interesting feature that Plex has to do with content synchronization , for example, photos taken with the phone's camera can be easily added to the photo archive wirelessly.

If you have a Dropbox or Google Drive account (both free), Plex makes it easy to send and synchronize files through the Cloud Sync service. This will allow to share videos and songs between several computers in the home, in addition to backing the film library to not lose anything in case of any inconvenience.

This multimedia center includes a feature called Plex Channels that facilitates access to online content and video publishing sites, such as Vimeo. For more functions and see how to install Plex available help on the official site.

WATCH MKV MOVIES WITH CHROMECAST
Plex allows you to stream movies in high definition (MKV) format using Chromecast connected to the TV. In order to be able to see the MKV correctly via streaming, the server is responsible for instantly transcoding the movies.

It is also possible to view MKV using Chromecast through a Chrome extension called Videostream, and also through a VLC plugin. These options work as an alternative to using Plex and also support MP4, AVI and other formats with 1080p quality.

DOWNLOADS
Plex Media Server 0.9.9.14.531 is the latest Windows version of the server software. There are also installers for Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS) and Max; And turn customers to Android, iPhone and Chromecast. Both servers and desktop clients can be downloaded for free, while customers for mobile devices have a very low cost, so if it is only used to send movies from the computer to the TV, it can be used at no cost.


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