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Option to Sync without Transcoding

It would be great to allow syncing of content without transcoding it. This is because devices such as the Galaxy S3 / Tab 2 can play 720p and 1080p x.264 without any issue

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      • Sam commented  · 

        Very disappointed to know it still transcodes even when choosing the "original" setting. Many people have tablets and phones with more than enough storage. We don't need transcoding or compression. We just want to save time !

        I often have to travel and lately I have had to rely on VLC for doing last minute media transfers to my iPad via iTunes. It's much faster and I can copy without conversion. Wish I could do that with Plex instead.

      • Sam hargreaves commented  · 

        Just got Plex Pass recently and I can't believe that this isn't an option! Why transcode? It even gave me the option for 'Original'.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Today sync from nas to windows plex app, using original quality still converts!! Direct play with soft subtitle no problem!...

      • joe commented  · 

        This should not be closed. Syncing content, even in original quality, still results in conversion before downloading. This takes way to long. I have to plan days ahead to sync (transcode) videos before leaving on a trip, and I don't always have the time to do that.

      • Steve commented  · 

        Setting transcode type to "Original" is still transcoding things. Please make it do what it says.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        This should not be closed, as it isn't working yet. Files with multiple streams are transcoded instead of being copied as originals, even when "Highest" sync quality is set.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Please, really necessary, if you want to travel and need to move some content to your tablet, makes impossible to travel with plex, as a small sync (10/12 items) would never finish (if you are short on time)

      • Daniel Pilch commented  · 

        This isn't complete, I paid for plexpass, tried to sync, then it started transcoding. I had to ask for a refund as I don't want to wait for files to transcode that can be direct played. Plex is losing money because of this, I'd happily pay if this feature could be properly implemented (considering this is a PAID for feature) it should be a priority.

      • Denis Zhidkov commented  · 

        All of my devices is able (most of modern mobile devices able) to play video without transcoding. Transcoding takes much more time then simple direct copying. I think it's must-have feature.

      • Brett commented  · 

        This could easily be an option in the sync dialog box. Often the transcoded versions are larger than the originals - plus it takes a very long time to transcode unnecessary items. Please enable this in a future version - I see a lot of unhappy users.

      • roger.parloude commented  · 

        I want this feature !
        This i possible to play many video without transcode with another app like vlc for example

      • Jeff commented  · 

        Yes, +1 please...very frustrating to have to wait ungodly amounts of time to transcode files being sync'd to my tablet or phone, both of which can play 1080p x264 without any issue whatsoever.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        +1, yes, need this also .. bought the Pless Pass for syncs, but if transcoding is mandatory, it takes ages - why not giving us the option?

      • Jeff commented  · 

        Please provide option to sync without transcoding. I get the point of the transcoding feature and its great for streaming but there are cases where it makes more sense to have the sync feature to simply copy the original file to the other device. I just signed up for a life time plex pass with the goal of using sync. I have discovered that while in the iOS app, I can select Original (Highest) quality. However, when I tried to initiate the sync from the web interface to that same device, the Highest option is not available. Only High (320kbps) was highest allowed. I have only been using Plex to manage Music at this point. My goal is to have a setup where I have a local Plex Media Server and a Cloud Media Server containing identical libraries. I think I can do this outside of Sync. But I would really like to manage it all via the web interface but forced transcoding is getting in my way.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        + 1, but i would like syncing without transcoding in my iOS devices. Plex mobile apps should handle transcoding in real time. Transcoding before syncing sucks :/ ....

      • Kevin Corcoran commented  · 

        This needs to happen. Give SYNC its own transcode settings!! stop transcoding when you simply want to sync it to another machine.

      • Andy commented  · 

        hey guys,
        still has not been fixed, not sure why you think this should be closed?! Tried syncing yesterday (Android Plex App) and I still cannot just copy the original files to my phone. Why?

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