What Are The Limitations NVidia Shield Users When Running Plex Media Server?

Are you trying to access NVidia Shield TV on Plex Media Server? If yes, then there are a few things that you might be interested in knowing about this server, as to who it could affect your entertainment watching process on NVidia Shield.


What are the formats supported by hardware transcoding?

Plex is always going to transcode video to H.264 whenever Plex needs to transcode any video that can be played on an app or device. The hardware accelerated encoding supported by NVidia Shield supports is H.264.

The server is also going to decode the stream if the content has been transcoded. It is only after decoding the video stream, you will be able to transcode. If you want to know the supported compression formats for hardware decoding on NVidia Shield TV.

  1. MPEG 2
  2. H.265 (HEVC)
  3. H.264.

Your NVidia Shield TV is going to use the hardware acceleration for transcoding if the media is present in either of these formats. If the format is something else, then the performance of the Shield will be reduced where the transcoding is important.

Streams supported by the server:

It all depends on the properties of a particular media as to what the real-world performance of the device will be. Usually, NVidia Shield is going to support 2-3 transcodes simultaneously.

Storage Limitations

Writing to microSD card, USB and Network Storage

When you mount a microSD card or a pen drive, the creation of a special writable folder will take place. The content in that folder is going to be writable whereas all other content will be read-only.


Using DVR feature to record your favorite digital content is going to save those recordings on the disk. The writing permissions are limited, therefore, you will have to make sure that the location that you have chosen is writable. It is also possible for you to edit library settings in order to add another folder/content source that is pointed to that writable location.

Media Optimizer

Again, you will have to select the library location, which is writable when using this media optimizer feature. You will have to get ‘write permissions’ to the specified location in order to begin the optimizing process.

Camera Upload

By making use of Camera upload feature, you can upload the content captured from camera roll to your Plex Media Server from your smartphone, which can further be written into a specific library. You will have to select a writable library location in order to use this feature.

Temporary Storage Requirements

You will need to have a sufficient amount of space on NVidia Shield when doing multiple things with Plex Media Server. There are few transcodes that may fail due to less space on the device.

Server Data Requirements

You will need an adequate amount of space while setting up libraries on Plex Media Server. You will have to make sure that there is enough space available on the device to accommodate posters, metadata about library items, database and content’s background art and more.

Expanding Internal Storage

There is a provision for expanding internal storage, which is a feature that will come in handy when using NVidia Shield 16 GB version. You can also add the space of your device using a microSD card or a USB flash drive.

These were some of the limitations while running Plex media server on NVidia Shield. But, you can get rid of these limitations by following above-mentioned steps. If you come across any issue, then you can get in touch with NVidia Shield TV support.

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