Video Station shutters/buffering/transcoding issues

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Video Station shutters/buffering/transcoding issues

Unread post by peterw35 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:57 am

Hi all,

first post (I think) I'd like to share with you guys. So please be nice :)

I am not sure if you all have experienced a similar issues I had but the Video station has been bugging me for a couple of years now ever since I bought my first Synology NAS. Video station is a great app together with the DS Video feature wise, but I could never get it to work with transcoding turned on.

I needed trancoding to work in order for my mobile to work on 4g and also when casting the video to my chromcast because most of the video files are very large with huge amount of bitrate (designed to be played by PC with awsome quality :)

I eventually found a solution yesterday when I was trying out bubbleupnp server on my DS412+
one of the install steps mentioned that
to install Optware-ng's ffmpeg binaries to replace Synology default ones which are missing some features (notably no support for: video transcoding, https, Sox resampling, ffprobe).
And therefore I followed the optware-ng's install instruction (https://github.com/Optware/Optware-ng#getting-started) to get ffmpeg installed.

And to my surprise, not only bubbleupnp worked flawlessly with transcoding turned on, making my mobile ds video and chromecast work beautifully smooth when playing any video I have in my library, I have also noticed that DS Video ALSO seems to have taken advantage of the new ffmpeg library and it's transcoding suddently worked as well as bubbleupnp!

my DS412+ is not the latest and greatest so I have set the transcoding to use less quality for better speed. But for a mobile device and my chromecast, it is more than sufficient to be able to enjoy a good quality video playback experience.

So you don't really need to buy bubbleupnp server, just follow its instruction and get optware-ng and ffmpeg package installed on to your Synology NAS. I hope you can be like me and finally able to fully enjoy the benefit of the DS Video app on your mobile devices.

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