Plex Tip #1 – Organizing separate Editions of the same movie

So lets say you’re celebrating May 4th properly (May the 4th be with you) and you decide to add Harmy’s Despecialized Edition of the original Star Wars trilogy to your Plex Movie collection.

However you already have the Original Star Wars, from VHS, DVD or Bluray, in your collection and you want to keep it and display them separately.

Thankfully Plex, as always it seems, has a solution.

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How To: Compile C# App in Visual Studio for Linux

For those who don’t know C# is a Microsoft language and Visual Studio is a Microsoft IDE or Integrated Development Environment.

Due to Microsoft’s history of being a very proprietary closed-source company there’s a bit of a perception that you wouldn’t be able to compile Applications written in C# and run them in the Open Source world of Linux but I’m going to show you just how easy this has become with a very basic hello world example.

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Cold Brewed, Hot Coffee

If you can’t tell from my Blog tagline I like coffee.

However I’ve had trouble with heartburn (related to drinking coffee) and read at some point that there’s a cold brewing process for coffee that’s less acidic among other benefits.

I decided recently I’d like to try it out and I noticed that the “Toddy” brewer costs $40. I read the manual for the Toddy brewer online along with a few other posts about making your own cold brewed coffee at home without the Toddy and decided it’s not worth the money and I can do it myself.

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Hardware Video Encoding progess with the Raspberry Pi

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***Scroll to bottom of article to see updated code with audio & video trancoding.*** 

The Raspberry Pi is not bad at hardware H264 encoding. It processed a 5.81GB 720P 60fps Mpeg Transport Stream that was an 1hr, 2min, 27seconds long and converted to H264 1280 x 720 60fps in 1hr, 38min, 57seconds with a resulting file size of 293MB.

The quality is a bit less than I’m used to with Handbrake and this is video only (still need to find out how to add audio to gstreamer transcoding). However for the quality it’s at it is an impressive speed for something the size of a credit card that consumes 5V1A of power and costs only $35.

Here’s how I was able to get the Raspberry Pi to get this far.

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TVHeadend Post Processing with Handbrake

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This is my first whack at a Post Processing script for the TVHeadend DVR software.

It has it’s faults but it does work. I have future ambitions of creating a script complete with commercial removal and .nfo file generation for the Plex Media Server and Kodi (XBMC) to pick up.

So without further ado here’s a script that takes recording from TVHeadend and transcodes it to an h264/AAC mp4 file using the “Normal” preset in Handbrake(CLI).

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