I’ve discussed Plex many times in the past. It’s a media manager that has some really awesome features:
- Automatic metadata discovery such as cover art, cast information, etc.
- Automatic on the fly transcoding for the device accessing the content
- Access from anywhere if set up properly (i.e., I can view my Plex library from my iPhone, iPad, Fire TV Stick, or the web from anywhere I have an internet connection)
- Ability to share libraries with friends and family, so you can easily browse and stream their media.
Nearly a year ago I wrote a primer on how to name files in a way that will best agree with Plex. That covers the most complex portion of setting up Plex, but only one part of it.
Episode 299 of Mac Power Users was a great walkthrough of why one would want to use Plex, how to get it installed, and the perks it provides. If you wanted a more in-depth look at why I love Plex so much, check it out. Katie, David, and Todd cover all the bases.