@onekmilesbehind Thanks! And it's only using around 2W when idle. :)
A bit sad that Intel GPU in the 7th gen NUC can't decode 12 bit HEVC files, but at the same time I will mainly use it as a server and let other devices do the playing. So eventually that shouldn't be a problem as more and more devices gets support for it.
Will be interesting to see what Apple's implementation of HEVC means and which of their devices will me able to utilize the GPU for playback. Seems even the Macs that have the Skylake Intel GPU will have HEVC support, but then I guess that isn't true for 12 bit files there either since even the Kaby Lake GPU doesn't support that. Hmm… Should work fine without any modifications from the Hackintosh community, though. Ayway, I just have the NUC as a Hackintosh (had a desktop before) – the rest of my computers are real Macs.
Interesting that you're encoding Blu-ray's into H.265. What file size do you generally end up with (keeping the audio track(s) intact I take it)? Of course the file size varies depending on settings and the nature of the video, but in general.
I've been using FFmpeg (via the MacOS software iFFmpeg) for re-encoding of my Blu-rays and found a setting (H.264) which yiels a file that’s about 50% the size of the original and still looks very similar to the original (even in dark scences). Like you say I also tnhink it is manly in dark scenes and shadows that the difference in compression is more noticable.
Would of course be great if one could find a setting that gives a file that is as close to the original Blu-ray rip as possible and still gives the smallest file possible. Maybe going H.265 is the way to go? I’ve been under the impression that going H.265 for Blu-ray video (which in general is H.264) won't do much, but if I understand you correctly it's worth it? Maybe I'll still just wait, since several of the devices I used for playback of my Plex Media currently doesn't support H.265. At the moment I just have H.264 files and DTS audio (no Master or HD audio) which isn't that CPU heavy to transcode, since it's only done for the audio (as I understand it).
Is the audio part also ”direct play” for you? Even if it's DTS?
Thanks again for your feedback!