Serviio is a popular free media server created by Petr Nejedly and developed with the help of open source libraries. With Serviio you can stream video, images and music to a variety of devices in your home network including smartphones, game consoles like Xbox 360 and PS3, smart TVs and Blu ray players. A Pro version that offers further options to share content is also available for $25. Let’s go through some of the most important aspects about Serviio DLNA Server Software.
Serviio is compatible with Windows, Linux and OS X. It is very easy to install and in only a few minutes it will be ready to be used. Once Serviiio is installed on your computer, your DLNA player will be able recognize the Serviio server, even if the Sharing option is not active. To find media, you will need to select the folders you want to share with DLNA players. By default, the folders are scanned for new content every 5 minutes, but you can change the frequency settings if preferred. Serviio has a low footprint and it can run in the background without affecting your computer’s performance.
List of Media Formats Supported
Serviio stands out for supporting a vast selection of media formats, making it a solution that can suit all your media needs. These are the options covered by Serviio.
Video: You can stream videos in Windows Media Video (.wmv, .asf), AVI (.avi, .divx). OGG (.ogv,.ogm), RealVideo (.rm, .rmvb), Flash (.flv, .f4v), MPEG-1 (.mpg, .mpeg), MPEG-2 PS (.mpg, .mpeg, vob, mod), MPEG-2 TS (.ts, .m2ts), MPEG-4 (.mp4, m4v, mov), Matrosks (.mkv), DVR-MS (.dvr, .dvr-ms), WTV (.wtv), 3GP (.3gp).
Image: RAW(.raw, .arw, .cr2, .dng, .mrw, .rw2, .nef. .pef, .srf, .orf), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), PNG (.png).
Audio: Windows Media Audio (.wma), MP3 (.mp3), AAC (.m4a), OGG (.ogg, .oga), FLAC (.flac).
Playlist: PLS (.pls), M3U (.m3u, .m3u8), WPL (.wpl), ASX (.asx, .wax, .wrx).
Subtitles: MicroDVD (.sub, .txt), SAMI (.smi), SSA/ASS (.ssa, .ass), SubRip (.srt, .txt).
As you can see, Serviio DLNA Server software offers remarkable compatibility, but that is not all. The software is capable of transcoding from one format to another, meaning that if your DLNA player is unable to support the file type of the original media, Serviio will transcode it on the fly, to a file type that works with the player. This feature ensures that you can play practically any file format needed.
Serviio combines the server itself and a console for setting it up and selecting the folders you wish to include. The interface has a basic design that is not exactly appealing, but it is clear and it gets the job done. The tasks are organized in tabs that can be accessed easily. You will find all the options you need including Console Settings, Status, Library, Metadata, Presentation and Delivery. In Console settings you can adjust language preferences. Status is the feature that allows you to turn off/on the server and it displays a list of the media players available.
Library gives you the possibility of choosing folders to share media and to select the type/refresh rate for each folder. Metadata enables you to pull information from websites like thetvdb.com. After naming your files (using the movie, or song title for instance), you can get the details required to browse them from any device. In Presentation, you can set up menus for player. Delivery is where you can select transcoding temporary folder, audio/video quality and enable, or disable subtitles. Additionally, there are options to manage Password protection and Internet Access.
Should you opt for the Pro Version?
There are some features that are available with the free (Evaluation) version of Serviio for limited time only. For the first 15 days, the free version includes all the features that the Pro version supports, but after this trial period some features are removed. If you want to be able to enjoy all the options that Serviio offers, it is advisable to upgrade to the Pro version for just $25.
Both the Free and the Pro version support the following features:
Streaming of local online content
Complete DLNA media server
Compatibility with a wide variety of devices. Serviio also supports profiles for particular devices to take advantage on the device’s features and to offer an optimal playback experience.
Support for multiple platforms: OSX, Linux and Windows.
The additional features that are only available with Serviio Pro:
API for accessing content on internet
MediaBrowser web-based player
The possibility of controlling access to shared content
Serviio deserves to be considered as an option due to its impressive codec support, its capacity to gather information from internet and the fact that it allows you to access media beyond your home network. The playback can still be improved, but overall, Serviiio is a solid and comprehensive solution to share music, videos and photos over a variety of devices in your network.