As mandated by the "[IMPORTANT] - Before reporting a problem" thread:
1- your computer specs (cpu, memory) and the precise server version you're using
2- the network connection you are using for streaming your files (wifi, homeplugs, ethernet 100Mbits, or gigabit)
3- detailed infos on what's not working
4- if you're transcoding some videos, which engine are you using ? (mencoder, avisynth/mencoder, tsmuxer)
5- a debug.log file excerpt, or you can zip the whole file. this file can be found in the application directory, or if you have UAC and Vista activated, likely found in the Windows temp directory
1) The system in question is an HP DL360 G4P 1U rack server. It has two dual-core 3.0GHz Xeon CPUs and 6GB of RAM. It's running VMware ESX, and I have an Ubuntu Server 9.04 virtual machine which has 4 vCPUs and 4GB of RAM dedicated to it.
2) The rack server has a gigabit NIC, and it's plugged into a gigabit switch (as is the PS3).
3) I'm trying to transcode 1080p mkv files. The video playback stutters almost immediately after starting, and is unwatchable. 720p works without problems, for what it's worth.
4) Looks like both MEncoder and ffmpeg. According to debug.log :
[Thread-45] DEBUG 22:07:11.331 Search extension for /home/derrich/secretfilename.mkv
[Thread-45] DEBUG 22:07:11.331 Found 1! net.pms.formats.MKV
[Thread-45] INFO 22:07:11.337 Adding secretfilename.mkv / class: net.pms.dlna.RealFile
[Thread-45] INFO 22:07:11.339 Switching secretfilename.mkv to player: MEncoder
[Thread-45] INFO 22:07:11.339 Duplicate secretfilename.mkv with player: MEncoder
[Thread-45] INFO 22:07:11.339 Adding secretfilename.mkv / class: net.pms.dlna.FileTranscodeVirtualFolder
[Thread-45] DEBUG 22:07:11.340 Setting DLNA id 0$0$5$0$0 to secretfilename.mkv
[Thread-45] DEBUG 22:07:11.340 Setting DLNA id 0$0$5$0$1 to #--TRANSCODE--#
[Thread-45] DEBUG 22:07:11.340 Setting DLNA id 0$0$5$0$1$0 to secretfilename.mkv
[Thread-45] DEBUG 22:07:11.340 Setting DLNA id 0$0$5$0$1$0$0 to secretfilename.mkv
[pool-8-thread-1] INFO 22:07:11.345 Starting ffmpeg -ss 1 -i /home/derrich/secretfilename.mkv -an -an -s 320x180 -vframes 1 -f image2 pipe:
[pool-8-thread-1] INFO 22:07:11.455 Attaching thread: ffmpeg
I've attached the debug.log in a zip file, so hopefully someone could help shed some light on this.
Since the Ubuntu server is running under VMware ESX, I was able to check out the CPU/memory usage in real-time, and it doesn't look like I'm coming anywhere close to running out of power. The CPU usage only got to about 45%, and none of the "you're running low on memory" alarms were triggered. So it doesn't appear to be a resource issue (which was my first guess, since this is a VM and all).
If anyone has any ideas, I'd be very appreciative. Getting 1080p content streaming to the PS3 would be fabulous.