A common complaint amongst QNAP NAS users is they can’t use on-the-fly transcoding from a user account. It makes no sense to have transcoding restricted to the built-in admin account, but that’s the default setting (at least for the TS-651 Turbo NAS running firmware 4.3.3.0262).
On-the-fly transcoding allows for converting and streaming video simultaneously. This helps to save time since a user doesn’t have to wait for the file to be converted before they can stream it. The TS-651 is capable of hardware accelerated transcoding, and the Intel Celeron J1800 CPU is decent enough to get the job done.
The settings for on-the-fly transcoding permissions aren’t found in Control Panel, which I think confuses a lot of users. Instead they are hidden away inside the settings for Video Station.
Simply follow the steps in the slideshow below to change a user’s permissions for on-the-fly transcoding:
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Although QNAP does a great job building functionality into their NAS products, sometimes the settings can be a little spread out. This can make it difficult to find certain settings, event though they are hiding in plain sight.
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