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Fully transcoding DLNA media server

LXiMediaCenter can be used to play media files from a PC over a local network on a DLNA capable device (e.g. television, game console, media center). LXiMediaCenter aims at compatibility with a large range of devices by transcoding all media to a standard MPEG2 stream that can be played on almost any DLNA capable device, also subtitles and audio language selection are supported. Furthermore, several common timing and synchronization errors in media files are fixed on the fly while transcoding.

The following features are supported:

  • DVD and High Definition resolutions (720p and 1080p).
  • Stereo and multi-channel (5.1 surround) audio.
  • DVD title playback.
  • High quality subtitle overlay, support for embedded subtitles and SRT subtitle files.
  • Selection of an audio stream and/or subtitle overlay from the DLNA device.
  • Support for IMDb movie titles and descriptions.
  • Support for Linux, Windows, and MacOS X operating systems.

LXiMediaCenter runs as a daemon, or service, on your PC in the background and advertises itself on your local network as a DLNA media server.

Getting started

Installers are available for Windows, MacOS X, and several Linux based operating systems, use the source package to compile the code manually for other operating systems.

Follow the Quick Start Instructions.


April 6, 2014

Released bugfix version 0.3.6. Updated FFMpeg to version 0.8.11; Improved framerate detection and timestamp correction; Added option to force an entire directory to be recognized as audio; Fixed several crashes.

July 4, 2013

Released bugfix version 0.3.5. Updated FFMpeg to version 0.8.7; Updated Qt to version 4.8; Several SSDP fixes; Added shutting down the PC from the device; Fixed subtitle rendering for right-to-left languages.

October 22, 2012

Released bugfix version 0.3.4. Added fix for Samsung TVs. Several minor bugfixes.

February 29, 2012

Released bugfix version 0.3.3. Fixed a crash when heavily loading the internal HTTP server; Fixed not showing all files in a directory on some devices.

February 6, 2012

Released bugfix version 0.3.2. Fixed a bug not showing subdirectories in the directory selector on the settings page.

February 5, 2012

Released bugfix version 0.3.1. Improved probing performance; Fixed missing dependencies in MacOS X package; Fixed alphanumeric file soring.

January 27, 2012

Proud to release the third beta version 0.3.0. In this version the database has been removed, so there is no need to probe files anymore as the files are now scanned real-time while browsing directories. Furthermore: Improved the web interface; For Windows and MacOS X there are new versions of FFMpeg with improved codec support and encoding performance; Added a new frontend application which replaces the tray icon; Improved subtitle rendering with support for more languages and code pages; Added support for CIFS/SMB (Windows file sharing) network filesystems; Several performance improvements on multi-core systems; Many other minor fixes.

October 29, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.2.6. Several fixes improving MPEG stream compliance, should improve device compatibility; Added several new DLNA profiles (MPEG-TS container, MPEG4 part 2 codec, Matroska container); Added manual DLNA profile selection to the device settings page; Added support for Samsung Galaxy SII mobile phone (video not working yet); Many other minor fixes.

September 6, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.2.5. Several fixes concerning DVD playback; Fixed a DLNA issue causing some devices to crash; Made web interface HTML 5 compliant.

August 30, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.2.4. Several fixes in DLNA device compatibility; Fixed several issues with playback of DVD language streams; Added blocks to photo slideshows that prevent the widescreen detection of TVs messing up the aspect ratio; Added a setting for the slideshow slide duration; Framerate detection fix causing stuttering video on some files; Improved loading of large directories in the web-interface.

July 24, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.2.3. Fixed several issues on Windows regarding selection of media directories; Fixed Linux version not loading plugins; Several improvements in DLNA compliance; Added normalization and gap removal for music streams; Improved transcode settings, and added an option to add or remove video for music files.

July 17, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.2.2. Added MacOS X support; Many fixes in DLNA device compatibility; Many other minor fixes.

June 17, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.2.1. Improved video quality of fast encoding; Small fix in DLNA compliance; Several other minor fixes.

May 28, 2011

Proud to release the second beta version, 0.2.0. This version brings improved DLNA compliance, add support for playing DVD titles, improved file compatibility, and fixes many smaller bugs.

February 27, 2011

Moved website to MediaWiki, feel free to add/edit pages.

January 30, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.1.2. Improved detection of subtitle files in subdirectories; fixed not always showing all Windows drive letters; Made IMDB title matching more robust.

January 3, 2011

Released bugfix version 0.1.1. Fixed detection of multi-file movies; improved detection of subtitle files; fixed subtitle synchronization; fixed building thumbnails for short files; and fixed hiccups in complex scenes caused by a high bandwidth.

December 20, 2010

Proud to release the first beta version, 0.1.0. Feel free to post any bugs or remarks on the SourceForge development page.

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