This week TopNetTricks looks at Serviio. With over 1 million copies downloaded, Serviio is the third most popular software media server. It is available in Pro and evaluation version. Serviio DLNA server software can be downloaded here.
More Free DLNA Media Servers
For a complete list of free media server software for Windows and reviews see Top Free Windows DLNA Media Server Downloads.
Installation of Serviio DLNA Server Software
Installation of Serviio takes less than 5 minutes and is extremely easy. After you are done, even with sharing turned off on your PC, your DLNA player will find the Serviio server without any problems. You won’t find any media until you specify which folders on your PC you want to share with DLNA players; it doesn’t use the Shared Music or My Music folders by default. Once set up, it scans the folders every 5 minutes for new content, but this frequency can be changed. Serviio runs in the background and comes up whenever the PC starts. It has a footprint of 60MB of memory and uses no CPU when idle.
Supported Media Formats
One of Serviio’s strongest points is its support for a wide rage of media formats such as:
|Audio||MP3( .mp3), Windows Media Audio (.wma), AAC (.m4a), OGG (.ogg, .oga), FLAC (.flac)|
|Video||MPEG-1 (.mpg, .mpeg), MPEG-2 PS (.mpg, .mpeg, vob, mod), MPEG-2 TS (.ts, .m2ts), MPEG-4 (.mp4, m4v, mov), AVI (.avi, .divx), Windows Media Video (.wmv, .asf), Matroska (.mkv), Flash (.flv, .f4v), DVR-MS (.dvr, .dvr-ms), WTV (.wtv), OGG (.ogv, .ogm), 3GP (.3gp), RealVideo (.rm, .rmvb)|
|Image||JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), GIF (.gif), PNG (.png), RAW (.arw, .cr2, .crw, .dng, .raf, .raw,. rw2, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .pef, .srf, .orf)|
|Playlist||PLS (.pls), M3U (.m3u, .m3u8), ASX (.asx, .wax., .wrx), WPL (.wpl)|
|Subtitles||SubRip (.srt, .txt), SSA/ASS (.ssa, .ass), MicroDVD (.sub, .txt), SAMI (.smi)|
Learn more about how video file types and how much bandwidth you need to support them: Video File Formats for Media Servers and Players.
The Serviio DLNA server software can transcode from one format to another. So if your DLNA player doesn’t support the file type of the original media, Serviio will transcode (on the fly) to something compatible with the player. With such a variety of formats and live transcoding, file formats should not be an issue.
The user interface is a bit plain. It is set up in tabs for each task .The “console” front end lets you do everything from starting and stopping the server to setting it up for remote access. The console tabs are:
- Status: let’s you turn the server on/off, shows list of available media players
- Library: lets you select folders to share media, and type/refresh rate for each folder.
- Delivery: select transcoding temporary folder, audio/video quality and enable/disable subtitles
- Metadata: thumbnails, Music: album art only, not year, tracks,…
- Presentation: let’s you set up menus for player
- Remote, Password protect, Internet Access
- Console settings: select Language
Serviio Feature Comparison Between Evaluation and Pro Versions
The evaluation version has all the features of the Pro version for 15 days and then loses some features. It can then be re-activated to Pro for US$25. Serviio is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux. The difference in features between the Pro and evaluation versions is:
|Fully fledged DLNA media server||Y||Y|
|Streaming of local and online content||Y||Y|
|Support for a variety of devices using dedicated profiles||Y||Y|
|Support for PS3 and XBox 360||Y||Y|
|Runs on Windows, OSX and Linux||Y||Y|
|Unlimited usage and installation||Y||Y|
|MediaBrowser web-based player||N||Y|
|API for accessing content over the Internet||N||Y|
|Controlling access to shared content||N||Y|
Free DLNA Media Server Downloads
For a complete list of free media server software for Windows and reviews see How to Use Windows Media Player as a DLNA Media Server and Top Free Windows DLNA Media Server Downloads.