Syncing multi-episode files

server-windows

#1

There are several shows that air two episodes at a time, so the files are eXX-eYY. When these files are synced to a client, Plex separately converts and syncs each episode -- meaning it takes double the necessary time and space to sync, because every file is converted twice, downloaded twice, and presumably stored twice.

While I know the ideal for long-term storage would be to split them in half and make separate episodes, that's more work than I want to put into having Daniel Tiger on my son's travel device. ;-) Any chance Plex could just be a little bit smarter about this?


#2

Remove the second episode id from the file name. That is instead of s01e01e02 make it just s01e01. Plex does not care and will blissfully skip from e01 to e03.

I do not keep any double or triple or more episode fully enumerated but rather I just use the first episode number. If I need or want more episode metadata I simply edit the info in the web app.


#3

never noticed this, but I agree that’s more than a little inconvenient…
just a recommendation: you should add something about the syncing in your post title to get the adequate focus.


#4

It’s both syncing AND playing. It will play both episodes, then play them again.

Removing the second episode ID isn’t really a resolution since that just means that I won’t know what episodes I’m missing.