Subsonic 4.3.beta1 released (Video support)

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Postby lohertz » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:41 pm

From what I gather, all you need to do is add your video folder to the music folders tab under settings and your video files should appear, correct?

How long does it take to appear?

I'm anxious to get going on this has I have a lot of video files. It would be a great complement to my XBMC system and the ability to share makes it even more worth wild!

I restarted the indexing but fear this make take a while. I know, I need a little hand holding but really enjoy the software.

I've been using it for a while now and recently donated! so any help would be appreciated.

videos are set up /name_of_movie.mkv in the folder.

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Postby GJ51 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:21 pm

It shouldn't take very long at all, if you've done everything correctly. It takes a little use to get familiar with the SS interface. In Settings, enter the Name of the folder, the folder path, and then be sure that the "Enabled" box is checked at the right. Then be sure to scroll down and hit the "Save" button.
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Postby spade » Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:24 pm

With the help of everyones comments I was able to determine why I was only able to view some video on my laptop or android. I did not have ffmpeg installed at all on Freenas. Doh!

Trying pkg_add -r -v ffmpeg did not work for me because this directory no longer exists: ... ffmpeg.tbz

Instead I did this:
pkg_add -r -v ... ffmpeg.tbz

ln -s /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg /var/subsonic/transcode/

I then tried again; everything works and much faster than it did before. Res is off a little bit but otherwise everything is working well.

Thanks for the tip guys.
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Postby lohertz » Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:30 pm

I know what I did wrong, duh, I wasn't careful when entering the folder name, and I'm on a linux server.


is not the same as


chalk that one up to the learning curve
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Postby lotherius » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:04 am

josifbg wrote:Is there any solution for the subtitles?

I`ve asked before but didn`t find any answer on that...

Well.... I will CERTAINLY not even think about donating without a subtitle feature. Almost everything I watch is subbed and not much of it has hardsubs. I can't believe such an important feature is blatantly ignored.
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Postby GJ51 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:10 pm

I'm not the expert, but ... I believe trying to get subtitles from the video has little to do with Subsonic itself, but is a function of the transcoding parameters that would need to be defined for ffmpeg to do that. In that most users will not be using subtitles, the default transcoding does not perform that function. Fortunately, Subsonic allows any user to customize the transcoding definitions to their own particular needs. Unfortunately, not all of us are competent enough in this area to do it properly. All the information to do this sort of thing is available on the web, and there are a few users who visit the forums who do have the expertise to answer your questions regarding the transcoding specs.

In any event, I'm guessing that you are trying to transcode movie videos if you're talking about subtitles. If you read through these forums regarding video playback through SS you should find several posts that give you a realistic view of the video playback capabilities of Subsonic. Those capabilities are not a function of SS per se, but are more correctly a function of the hardware and software configuration and capabilities of the network hosting SS. Some users come to these forums and complain that they can't get a Blue Ray that they've just ripped to play on their Android device. Duh ... no kidding, it just isn't likely to happen, especially when you're hosting SS on a single core Atom nas device with a dial up connection.

On the other hand, if you preformat your video into mp4 or flv so that it will play directly in JW Player without transcoding and you pump it out over a gigabit lan to FIOS 35 Mbps upload connection, you can achieve some pretty impressive results. I routinely stream blue ray quality hd video internally using SS and can even do so externally with a good laptop if I have decent download speed at the other end. Getting the results that your configuration is capable of takes a bit of research and experimenting, but the limitations you encounter are not a function of SS, but a function of how much end to end horsepower your unique configuration has.
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Postby tortfeaser » Tue May 17, 2011 4:34 am

japster wrote:thanks mark!
I've got lame working with the new symlinks but my wma2mp3 script wich uses ffmpeg and video's don't work.
Here is my log:


[3-1-11 21:51:40 GMT] DEBUG InputStreamReaderThread (/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg) Metadata:
[3-1-11 21:51:40 GMT] DEBUG InputStreamReaderThread (/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg) ISFT : VirtualDub
[3-1-11 21:51:40 GMT] DEBUG InputStreamReaderThread (/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg) Duration: 00:21:10.47, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 1150 kb/s
[3-1-11 21:51:40 GMT] DEBUG InputStreamReaderThread (/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg) Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg4, yuv420p, 512x384 [PAR 1:1 DAR 4:3], 23.98 tbr, 23.98 tbn, 23.98 tbc
[3-1-11 21:51:40 GMT] DEBUG InputStreamReaderThread (/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg) Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, s16, 128 kb/s
[3-1-11 21:51:40 GMT] DEBUG InputStreamReaderThread (/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg) /libexec/ /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg: Undefined symbol "av_fifo_init"


I also have the problem japster mentions - I have an error "/libexec/ /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg: Undefined symbol "av_fifo_init" " when I try and play an avi through the embedded player.

This is with the standalone subsonic v4.4 on a FreeBSD/FreeNAS server, and Firefox client.

I think ffmpeg is installed correctly:

/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg --version returns:
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FFmpeg version 0.5, Copyright (c) 2000-2009 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
  configuration: --prefix=/usr/local --mandir=/usr/local/man --enable-shared --enable-gpl --enable-swscale --enable-postproc --enable-avfilter --enable-avfilter-lavf --enable-pthreads --enable-memalign-hack --cc=cc --extra-cflags=-I/usr/local/include/vorbis -I/usr/local/include --extra-ldflags=-L/usr/local/lib  --extra-libs=-pthread --disable-debug --disable-sse --disable-mmx --disable-libamr-nb --disable-libamr-wb --disable-libdirac --disable-libfaac --enable-libfaad --enable-libfaadbin --disable-libgsm --disable-vhook --enable-ipv6 --disable-libmp3lame --disable-libopenjpeg --enable-libschroedinger --disable-ffplay --disable-libspeex --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --disable-x11grab --enable-libx264 --enable-libxvid
  libavutil     49.15. 0 / 50.15. 1
  libavcodec    52.20. 0 / 52.72. 2
  libavformat   52.31. 0 / 52.64. 2
  libavdevice   52. 1. 0 / 52. 1. 0
  libavfilter    0. 4. 0 /  0. 4. 0
  libswscale     0. 7. 1 /  0.11. 0
  libpostproc   51. 2. 0 / 51. 2. 0
  built on Mar  7 2010 00:34:41, gcc: 4.2.1 20070719  [FreeBSD]
/var/subsonic/transcode/ffmpeg: missing argument for option '--version'

and which ffmpeg returns


Any ideas?
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