Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

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Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby skysolstice » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:44 pm

I'm having an issue with recordings that are made using Plex DVR. All the recordings are coming in very small because the recordings are 480 HD and they can't be zoomed when playing back with Plex. This also seems to make the recordings more pixelated. I'm using a HomeRun Quatro to record the channels. All the recordings end in .ts and are not converted.

Is there anything I can do to improve the quality? Change the Tuner to HD only?

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby NYPlayer » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:10 pm

I'm having an issue with recordings that are made using Plex DVR. All the recordings are coming in very small because the recordings are 480 HD and they can't be zoomed when playing back with Plex. This also seems to make the recordings more pixelated. I'm using a HomeRun Quatro to record the channels. All the recordings end in .ts and are not converted.

Is there anything I can do to improve the quality? Change the Tuner to HD only?
The Quatro does not touch the quality of the original video … if You have channels that transmit in SD and HD you can disable the SD channels in Plex. Other than that there is nothing you can do SD and HD recordings at 480 are just poor and the bigger the TV is the worst it looks.

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby skysolstice » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:19 pm

Any idea why playing movies that are 480 in Live TV, the picture is blurry but full screen on a 4KTV or 1080TV (is still more clear than playing the .ts files) but when recording it adds in those huge bars to the top, left, right, and bottom when I just want it in the correct aspect ratio like it plays on tv? What I'm asking is can I record these as 480 in aspect ratio without the black parts?

What do you recommend to convert? Or just use the CPU converting properties of Plex for convenience?

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby NYPlayer » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:28 pm

Any idea why playing movies that are 480 in Live TV, the picture is blurry but full screen on a 4KTV or 1080TV (is still more clear than playing the .ts files) but when recording it adds in those huge bars to the top, left, right, and bottom when I just want it in the correct aspect ratio like it plays on tv? What I'm asking is can I record these as 480 in aspect ratio without the black parts?

What do you recommend to convert? Or just use the CPU converting properties of Plex for convenience?
The TV decoders are much better than any software hardware decoders on a PC or Android Box. Plex I believe does not have the ability to zoom and remove the bars while watching. I do not know of any DVR software that removes the black bars while recording.

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby skysolstice » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:48 pm

Is there a post processing conversion script I can use? I see a blank space for command line options in the Plex DVR menu for post conversions.

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby NYPlayer » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:31 pm

Is there a post processing conversion script I can use? I see a blank space for command line options in the Plex DVR menu for post conversions.
Maybe someone else can help you but I can't as I do not do any post processing of my recordings.

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby skysolstice » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:57 pm

Thanks for helping! I'll probably use MCEBuddy to do any post processing work.

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby NYPlayer » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:10 pm

Thanks for helping! I'll probably use MCEBuddy to do any post processing work.
That will work it has an option to remove black borders … good luck.

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby nateb » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:11 pm

FWIW, you can use the Plex addon for Kodi, as Kodi does allow zooming in to remove the black bars.

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby skysolstice » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:26 pm

The Kodi suggestion sounds like a great idea!

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Re: Plex Live DVR TV aspect ratio

Postby skysolstice » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:35 pm

I ended up just playing it on my LG tv and set the aspect ratio to the correct 16:9 ratio and now all the movies look correct without any extra work.

This works well with LG web os 3.0 because only the movies are resized, plex menus still work correctly.


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