High Quality video rendering planned?
Let me start by saying thanks. This is a huge step up from anything Plex has offered before for home theatre video playback in terms of potential. I think that PMP is a great start towards something powerful long-term. Using MPV as the backend and ditching XP, 32bit and DirectSound bodes well for this apps longevity (it could become the basis for the universal app, creating the most powerful experience on many devices). I like the concept for the UI (looks very pleasing, and functions very well right off the bat) and so my only wish in terms of layout would be a 'dense option' for larger displays but also for people very close to their screens (monitors, etc). Whitespace is a little much right now.
I am glad to see that Plex Media Player uses something like MPV rather than the MediaFoundation stack or simple DXVA2 rendering. My only concern is that while MPV offers some great upscaling/dithering/motion settings, it doesn't seem like they are in use or have the option to be used in PMP. After spending a long time investigating the different config options for the video renderer (which were familiar since I have been using madVR for years and researched all this extensively).
Update: 2016 settings, based on newer builds, new defaults and more research
Mid-End Settings (recommended)
_If your display does 24p/24hz, remove :interpolation
Placing that in the mpv.conf massively improved the quality of the video output, especially the motion (just the interpolation setting alone is a huge improvement). My question is whether there are plans to support a 'High Quality' checkbox in the Video settings that would much higher quality output (It's hard to watch 24hz content on a 60hz screen without the smooth motion you get with interpolation (which here isn't the 'soap opera' effect, very different method)). I was also wondering whether there are some key config options I am missing in my vo= line that the PMP team is using to ensure minimal framedrops (DwmFlushing?).
Besdies this, I was curious about the plans for some of the better featues supported on other Plex clients like:
- Seek Bar
- Selecting a subtitle/language by clicking on the text before entering the video (Plex Web)
- Scrolling with a mouse (All Win platforms, sort of critical)
- Dedicated back button for Mouse/Touch
- Using content posters as a background right through the UI (PHT, the current blur backgrounds have SEVERE banding)
Finally, two small bugs. When your viewing posters in a grid (1080p) on Plex, for some reason every second row is slightly blury compared to the other rows. Its slight, but if I put together a PNG comparison you would easily see the difference. Its based on the row, as if you move the posters along, previously blury ones in the right row become crisp.
Second one is that the load time for backgrounds is way too long when your using the arrows to move between TV Shows (though its long when you enter an entry too). You click, the new info shows, then over a second later the new background shows.