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Justin Ide

Plex Media Server | Enabling Better Subtitles

October 3, 2017 0 comments

I use Plex Media server a lot! One of the features I loved was the built in Subtitles. However since the last Plex update the subtitles seem to have been hit or miss. I saw that they had an external subtitle Plug-in Called “Subliminal“.  I decided to give this a shot and wow I’m impressed.

Step 1.Git-Hub   Navigate to the page and hit the “Clone or Download zip button”.

Step 2.  You need to rename the Extracted folder so it reads like “Subliminal.bundle” like shown below.

Step 3.  Copy the “Subliminal.bundle” folder you just renamed to the Plex Plug-Ins Folder.   Should be located :

C:\Program Files (x86)\Plex\Plex Media Server\Resources\Plug-ins-9f65b88ae\

 

Step 4.  Restart Plex Media Server, once restarted log in Settings Page on your Plex Media Server and Choose “Agents“.

Step 5.  Make sure “Subliminal Movie Subtitles” is checked.  Next click on the “Gear settings” icon.  Next you need to sign up for a free Addic7ed subtitles account.  Once done input the username/password you just signed up.

Git-Hub Link

Addic7ed Subtitles

Logitech Pop with Sonos & Shuffle Songs

September 23, 2017 0 comments

I’ve been using Sonos speakers for about 2 years now.  When I heard about the Logitech Pop I had to jump on board.  They are great however it lacks some features.  I have a Logitech Pop button in about every room of my house.  Some that do different things.  I.E (If i’m coming downstairs and want music playing throughout the house I can press one of my Logitech Pop buttons and do so.

If i’m doing the dishes and want music to only play in the kitchen I can press a Logitech Pop button and have music playing instantly in the kitchen.  They also have 2 other settings which is a double press, and a long press.  I have all mine configured the same so “Double Press” would skip to the next track.  “Long Press” will pause the current speaker (or all speakers).

One of my biggest downsides was every time I pressed the button to play something it would either pickup where it left off or it would start at the beginning of the list again.  I searched everywhere but I could figure out how to make the Logitech Pop button start with “Shuffle“.

I was playing around with some of the music services Sonos had to offer and I saw that Plex was now a beta option.  Since I’m a huge Plex user for all my Video, tv shows and movies.  I figured I would try adding some Music and letting Sonos stream from there.  (In the beginning it took awhile to get Sonos to actually talk to Plex I think it was something to do with the routing with Google Wifi, however not sure how but we fixed the problem).

When I added the Plex account I noticed it had a “Shuffle” all songs option.

Here are the steps for Adding Plex to your Sonos and having Logitech Pop start with “Shuffle” on press.  (Assuming you are already a Plex user).

Step 1.  Login to your Sonos app on your android device.  Click the (3 arrows at the top to display Options in Sonos).  Once there Click on “Add Music Services“.  Choose Plex.  It will ask you to login to your account.

Step 2.  Verify that Plex music service will play to one of your Sonos speakers and that “Shuffle All” is an option.

Step 3.  Launch the Logitech Pop application on your phone and update your Play buttons to (Shuffle All) from your Plex server.  Viola it was that easy.

I know it sucks if your coming from Spotify or Google Play and you have to physically store all of your Media on your server or computer.   Also if your computer or server is not running 24/7 you can now use Plex’s Cloud option.

I’m starting to love these buttons more and more they recently came out with an update that now I can control my Lutron caseta switches; Phillips Hue Bulbs and other smarthome options all with a press of a button.

PiGrrl Zero Plus Helpful Documents

September 22, 2017 0 comments

When I was creating my PiGrrl Zero plus with sound I had several helpful documents that I made to map out the pins on the GPIO.

I was cleaning up files on my computer and before I deleted them I wanted to post them.

The picture below is the mapping of a RaspberryPi B board.

This is the wiring setup for the PiGRRL Zero Plus board.

This is a diagram I created to help easily wire everything to the GPIO.