Vizio E70-E3 Smart Cast and Direct Play Problems

chromecast

#1

I figured this is the right forum becasue the new Vizio smart cast uses the Chromecast profile.

Ive got a Vizio E70-E3.

I am trying to play 4k videos, HVEC h.265 codec with TrueHD or AC3 audio.

PMS is on a Mac Mini Late 2012 2.5ghz core i5 16gb 1600 DDR3 ram.

When I initially tried to play videos video and audio are great but PMS is converting HVEC to h.264 and the Truehd to aac. Movies would play for about 30-40 minutes then would become choppy and slow.

I installed the attached Chromecast profile I found on the forums and the video is now direct stream. If I select AC3 instead of TrueHD is says the audio is also directstream. But the PMS is still transcoding. Movie will play for 10-15 min then become choppy or freeze. It seems I made it worse even though it says audio and video are direct stream. I assume it is still trying to transcode the container even though the TV should support .mkv

According to this https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/203810286-What-media-formats-are-supported-

VIZIO
Additional Direct Play video support:
MKV container with H.264 video encoding

Additional 4K (UHD) Direct Play video support:
MKV container with hvec (H.265) video encoding
10-bit hvec (H.265) video encoding

Additional Direct Play music support:
AAC container with aac audio encoding
AIFF container with pcm_u8 or pcm_sb16e audio encoding
ASF container with wmav2 audio encoding
FLAC container with flac audio encoding
OGG container with vorbis audio encoding
WAV container with pcm_u8 or pcm_sb16e audio encoding

Could I convert to mp4 container and keep h.265? Is there something that can be modified in the profile to keep ot from transcoding the container? Any help would be much appreciated.


#2

So I copied the file to an external drive and it played great. Other than during the Doomsday fight scene it got real choppy. I assume its because theres a lot going on or the IDE HDD was just too slow at that point.

So the TV can def handle the mkv container. Its a bummer that plex tries to transcode it. I cannot find a profile that takes care of that.

I guess its the waiting game for Plex to write a profile for the Chromecast Ultra.

I got a setup until that point I am happy with. I got two of these Sabrent External Lay Flat Docking Station 1 at the TV and 1 at my comp. So I can transfer movies and easily plug them into the TV.