Using channels and plex - recording management?


#1

So I’m using channels but also have the Channels DVR folder as a plex share... this works well and means I can watch recordings on devices that don’t support channels (Smart TV/consoles etc).

What’s the best way of managing the files (I.e. deletion)? As when I delete a file from channels it’s still shows up in Plex but as ‘unavailable’ and if I delete from Plex the reference isn’t deleted from channels so it still shows up in there (but obviously fails to play).

Has anyone found a way of syncing the actions between the two?

Any help would be really appreciated!


#2

You could try setting Plex to scan the library folder when changes are detected, and also on a short interval (every hour or so).

I personally just encode commercial markers into the Channels recording and export that mkv file to Plex, then delete the original recording. All of my watching happens in Plex.


#3

That sounds useful! Is there an option within plex to remove the commercials from the channels recording?


#4

If Plex does the DVR recording it does. I use MCEBuddy to process the recordings. I don't remove the commercials, just put a chapter marker in them since sometimes the commercial detection can cut in to the program.

MCEBuddy will process the MPG file and add chapter markers without re-encoding, then export to MKV where you can sort that in to Plex however you prefer.


#5

My MCEBuddy monitors the Channels DVR folder for new TV shows, and only processes if they're over 2 hours old. This is a screenshot of my MCEBuddy processing profile. It drops them to my UnRaid server where I pick them up and use Sonarr to move them to the right folder for Plex to read.


#6

One word of warning from my own experience: beware of using a shared folder and Plex's episode management. When Plex auto deletes an episode, Channels will still think it is there.