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Honestly, it’s been a little bit since researching and trying new HTPC software has pulled me in, and recently I’ve been shown

just how wrong it was….

In previous posts, I talked about how the dream setup was to have a lightweight Plex client installed on the RasPi, so that it would just be a matter of the well-established Plex server serving content to any number of RasPis automatically.

Recent work, however, has blown this entirely out of the water!

In what seems like the blink of an eye, RasPlex has sprung up, bringing a complete port of the new codebase of Plex/HT to the RasPI version of OpenELEC.

Seriously; the entire (Next generation) Plex desktop  client is now on the Raspberry.

Even the site is flash, yet looks like it works with it’s hands – very nice.

Initial impressions: Fantastic.

One caveat: The FAQ warning at the bottom of this page mentions having to ‘warm up’ the cache in order to have a responsive UI, but it’s not a well-known fact, and the first boot of RasPlex had me thinking that my Raspberry was slacking – 3-4 second response times to the plex remote, taking over 7 seconds to start a video, grinding to a halt when AirPlay was tested…

With with size of our Plex library, it was still caching 30 minutes later, and was still fairly sluggish before getting up to this speed a while later (left it on all night).

TADA! Raspberry Pi and Plex; together in the future at last!

I’ve created a new page on Pseudo Parental Control with Plex.

This is currently a high-level overview of how we handle parental control with 4 kids, the Raspberry, a couple computers, iOS devices, and a Roku.

So;

Big news! (via XBMC DevCon 2012 – Vienna)

First, is that the Raspberry Pi “side project” is officially merged with the XBMC code base!

This means that going forward, it’s going to feel less and less like a hack to run XBMC on the raspberry: Power in numbers!
Second:

MPEG2 and VC-1 codecs are available for purchase!

This means that unencrypted DVD rips will play just as excellently as h264 does.
VC-1 also means you can do the HD wmv files that were distributed, as well as the ones that are created when windows media centre records TV.

Check out this short guide for more detail.
And, for something completely out of the blue:

PVR SUPPORT ALL AROUND!!

Now that h264 encode is supported (a misunderstanding about licensing was resolved), we see official PVR support in XBMC, OpenELEC, Raspbian (and thus Raspbmc).

When I saw this, my reaction was “hubbaWUH??” Thinking of the little RasPi as a media player, recorder, and server is stunning!

Of course, these are all fresh and new, which means a bunch of bugs are going to be ironed out in the coming months – if this feature interests you, consider putting in the work to help smooth everything out; it would help a lot 🙂