Should I use Plex and Infuse Pro together?

I am using Infuse Pro with samba file shares and it works well on iOS and iPadOS. But I have a android box connected to my tv and there is no Infuse downloadable.

I am thinking about using Plex media server installed to my NAS and use Infuse whenever it is available. If it not, I will use the Plex app instead.

Is it better in terms of quality? I have heard about transcoding from Plex. What is the benefits of that compared to Infuse?

And I am concerned about my watching history, is it going to sync across Infuse and Plex? I also use Trakt scrobbler and really not understand how it works with Plex on Infuse.

Thanks!

I had the same config as you. While I liked plex their client sucked on my nvidia shield tube device. I ended up switching over to Emby and use the official emby on android and infuse connected to emby for all of my Apple devices.

Transcoding only currently works with the official client but it is on infuses roadmap to integrate. As for watch history it synchronizes without having to use trakt.

Infuse on my ATV4K/ATV-HD plays everything my Plex server can throw at it without ever transcoding.

This was the main reason I got the ATV and got away from using the built in Android on my Sony TV.

The Plex player on Android and even the iOS/tvOS version would constantly be transcoding stuff, which bogged down the streaming and just caused quality issues on my setup here. I use WiFi for streaming so I don’t need the unnecessary transcoding bottlenecks.

Infuse has completely eliminated these frustrations for me. I couldn’t imagine going back to the stock (or experimental) Plex player now. With no transcoding needed, 4K HDR content is easily streamable over the home WiFi network.

I find that Infuse generally has a higher quality visual output compared to the Plex player, which can seem rather washed out in comparison at times.

Infuse respects watched/unwatched from Plex server.

Jarvis, re Transcoding: “On Infuse’s roadmap to integrate”?? Why? It is completely unnecessary. Transcoding has never been active on my Plex server for any video I have ever played using Infuse. Maybe I interpreted you incorrectly?

Transcoding would be nice for remote mobile viewing when away from home. My internet connection at my lake cabin is poor so it’s be nice to transcode to eliminate buffering.

Ahh, ok I understand that particular need.

I have been very happy with the Infuse + Plex Server combo. And as mentioned above, I also never see transcoding happening, which is a big plus, and one of the main reasons to run Plex Server.

My only “but”, which is somewhat big, is that Infuse doesn’t support Plex extras at all, of which I have quite a bit. So I keep the Plex client around, just for that, even though even that doesn’t work properly for it… :stuck_out_tongue:

I have learned to live with Infuse + Plex in my Apple TV. I tend to use the Plex client for series and outside my home. I use Infuse for movies. Yes, it has better quality.

Just read here.
Can Infuse be used alone, like Plex from outside (mobile)? It works perfectly in the internal LAN network. What are your experiences like?

I could be wrong, but my understanding is that if the Plex server is configured to be accessed outside your internal LAN, then Infuse should be able to access it as a share. However I am no expert on this and could be completely incorrect. I never use Plex streaming outside of my LAN. Mostly because I do not have an unlimited amount of LTE data, and I’m not always near a stable WiFi connection when away from home.

But Infuse can be used “alone”, by downloading media, just like the Plex player onto my iPhone/iPad internal storage for viewing whenever I like without incurring data charges.

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As long as you have a paid plex pass subscription remote access to plex works perfectly with infuse as the client provided your upload speed can handle to the bitrate of your videos. This is great for sharing libraries with others. Additionally you can also download media from your plex server for offline viewing.

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The reason I started using Infuse and subscribed originally was the terrible Plex player on iOS/tvOS, especially its audio and subtitle capabilities being basically none, breaking “Direct Stream” and causing transcoding on the server. I run my Plex server on my NAS, and I have no interest to transcode stuff on it.

I still use Plex server for media organization because of it’s much superior library management. I can choose metadata sources, I can edit the metadata and it’s the same across all my devices. This is not possible with Infuse, but for me, that’s fine. I don’t mind having Plex server running on my NAS.

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