“Is DS216play a good choice for 4k streaming via Plex?”- More than more guys have the same confusion. After reading several different post here I put together a working workflow.
If you are going to be streaming 4K then the DS216Play will do the job well enough. Transcoding 4K -> 1080p is out of the question when using Plex, but is possible when using the Synology Media Server/Video Station software on the DS216Play.
Note: Do not use a wireless connection for 4K, you will experience dropouts and pausing consistently. Make sure you have Ethernet connections to all devices, laptop, NAS, TV etc…
What’s more, DS216play is the least-expensive NAS box available featuring hardware-assisted 4K h.264/h.265 transcoding that we know of. Test from techhive shows that they have loaded the DS216+ with numerous test files, including about a dozen 2160p (UHD 3840×2160 and 4K
videos (AVC and HEVC) played well also, at least those limited to about 30 frames per second and around 6 megabits per second (HEVC) or 20Mbps (AVC). AVC is a lot easier to process than the more heavily compressed HEVC. Beyond that, both audio and video stutter began to creep in; 60fps files weren’t recognized.
When you try to stream the 4K/60p files from Synology to Plex, the Plex Media Server will try to perform a transcoding process due to the incompatible frame rate. However, transcoding 4K content can be a CPU-intensive process and and especially NAS devices might not be capable of doing so in real-time.
Solution: Transcode 4K video for Synology DS216play streaming via Plex
To get a smooth streaming experience, then it is ideal for you to use a third-party video conversion app such as Brorsoft Video Converter to transcode 4K video with incompatible frame rate to Synology Plex app smooth handle 30fps.
Besides the frame rate, you can also flexibly adjust other profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc according to your own needs.
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Now learn a step-by-step guide to transcode 4K for Synology DS216play streaming:
Step 1: Load 4K video into the application
Launch the 4K video converter. Click “Add” button on the top tool bar to import source 4K video files into the program.
Step 2: Define the output format
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Synology DS216play playable 4K H.264 or 4K H.265 file formats.
Step 3: Adjust output frame rate
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, in video section, set 4K video size, and 30fps frame rate.
Step 4: Begin the conversion process
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from 4K video to Synology DS216play smoothly playback 4K video with 30fps frame rate.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Enjoy.