Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Uncovering the Exciting New Feature in Plex Media Server: End Credits Marker Detection


As I was working in my office, something caught my attention: the cooling fan of the Intel NUC running our Plex Media Server was spinning rapidly. I wondered what could be causing the machine to work so hard. In the past, I had encountered run-away processes like Ubuntu's keyring, which had caused the same issue. Fortunately, I was able to kill the process and rotate logs to clear up space on the boot partition.

However, this time was different. I logged into the machine and couldn't find any runaway processes that had previously caused the issue. Instead, I noticed that a Plex Media Server process was taking up 100% of the CPU. Curiosity piqued, I launched the Plex web UI and saw that it was doing credit detection.

It turned out that the new version of Plex Media Server, 1.31.0.6654, included a fantastic new feature: end credits marker detection. With this feature, when you're watching a TV show episode or a movie and the ending credits start to roll, you can simply hit the “Skip Credits” button, and the player will jump to the end of the credits or the postplay screen.

Considering the 14TB of content in our Plex library, it was no wonder that the initial scan with the new feature had a lot of work to do. However, I couldn't wait to see how this feature worked with our content. Would we be able to skip directly to post-credit scenes when watching movies?

I'll be sure to report back with my findings! Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new Plex feature.

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