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How to set up Quality Profiles

aka How to set up Custom Formats

So what's the best way to set up the Custom Formats and which ones to use with which scores to set up your quality profiles?

There isn't a "best" setup, it depends on your media setup (hardware devices) and your personal preferences.

Some prefer high-quality audio (HD Audio), others high-quality video. Many prefer both.

Here we will try to explain how to make the most of Custom Formats to help you set up your quality profiles for your personal preferences.

  • We've created a flowchart to make your decisions/choices easier.
  • We've also created an Excel sheet with several tested media player devices to display what formats and capabilities they support, sourced from information provided by our community. We hope this Excel sheet will be a helpful resource for those looking for a reliable media player device and will help you choose the appropriate quality profile.

Basics

After you've added the Custom Formats, as explained in How to import Custom Formats. You will need to set it up in the quality Profile you want to use/prefer to make use of the Custom Formats.

Settings => Profiles

!cf-settings-profiles

Radarr Custom Formats can be set per profile and isn't global

Select the profile that you want to use/prefer.

!cf-quality-profiles

!cf-profile-selected

  1. Profile name.
  2. Allow upgrades. Radarr will stop upgrading quality once (3) is met.
  3. Upgrade until the selected quality.
  4. The Minimum Custom Format Score that is allowed to download. More Info
  5. Keep upgrading Custom Format until this score is reached. (setting this to 0 means no upgrades will happen based on Custom Formats)
  6. Your preferred language profile for your releases. (Original is recommended)

At the bottom, in your chosen profile, you will see the added Custom Formats where you can start setting up the scores.

Screenshot example - [Click to show/hide]

!cf-quality-profile-cf

Warning

These screenshots are just examples to show you how it should look and where you need to place the data that you need to add, they aren't always a 100% reflection of the actual data and not always 100% up to date with the actual data you need to add.

  • Always follow the data described in the guide.
  • If you have any questions or aren't sure just click the chat badge to join the Discord Channel where you can ask your questions directly.

Keep in mind Custom Formats are made to fine-tune your Quality Profile.
Generally, quality trumps all

Custom formats are controlled by Quality Profiles.

  • The Upgrade Until score prevents upgrading once a release with this desired score has been downloaded.
  • A score of 0 results in the custom format being informational only.
  • The Minimum score requires releases to reach this threshold otherwise they will be rejected.
  • Custom formats that match with undesirable attributes should be given a negative score to lower their appeal.
  • Outright rejections should be given a negative score low enough that even if all of the other formats with positive scores were added, the score would still fall below the minimum.

Radarr current logic

Radarr current logic - [Click to show/hide]

As of 2021-11-06 the logic is as follows:

The Current logic on how downloads are compared is Quality Trumps All ‼

  1. Quality
  2. Custom Format Score
  3. Protocol
  4. Indexer Priority
  5. Indexer Flags
  6. Seeds/Peers (If Torrent)
  7. Age (If Usenet)
  8. Size

Source: Wiki Servarr

REPACKS and PROPERs are v2 of Qualities and thus rank above a non-repack of the same quality.

Settings => Media Management => File Management => Proper & Repacks Change to Do Not Prefer and use the Repack/Proper Custom Format


Which Quality Profile should you choose

Which Quality Profile should you choose - [Click to show/hide]

Click on the image below to see how to make use of the flowchart.

Flowchart

Flowchart

If you're unsure or have questions do not hesitate to ask for help on Discord

Discord chat


TRaSH Quality Profiles

The following Quality Profiles can be combined into a single Quality Profile if you, for example, want to be able to upgrade from 1080p to 4K/2160p.

HD Bluray + WEB

If you prefer High-Quality HD Encodes (Bluray-720p/1080p)

  • Size: 6-15 GB for a Bluray-1080p depending on the running time.

I suggest to follow the following Guides first.

For this Quality Profile we're going to make use of the following Custom Formats with the scores given in the table.

Attention

All the used scores and combination of Custom Formats in this Guide are tested to get the desired results and prevent download loops as much as possible.

From experience most of the time when people change scores or leave out certain CF that work together they end up with undesired results.

If you're unsure or have questions do not hesitate to ask for help on Discord

Discord chat

Movie Versions - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Remaster 25 570bc9ebecd92723d2d21500f4be314c
4K Remaster 25 eca37840c13c6ef2dd0262b141a5482f
Criterion Collection 25 e0c07d59beb37348e975a930d5e50319
Masters of Cinema 25 9d27d9d2181838f76dee150882bdc58c
Vinegar Syndrome 25 db9b4c4b53d312a3ca5f1378f6440fc9
Special Edition 125 957d0f44b592285f26449575e8b1167e
IMAX 800 eecf3a857724171f968a66cb5719e152
IMAX Enhanced 800 9f6cbff8cfe4ebbc1bde14c7b7bec0de

IMAX Enhanced

IMAX Enhanced: Get More Picture Instead of Black Bars.

IMAX Enhanced exclusive expanded aspect ratio is 1:90:1, which offers up to 26% more picture for select sequences, meaning more of the action is visible on screen.

If you don't prefer IMAX Enhanced then don't add it or use a score of 0

HQ Release Groups - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
HD Bluray Tier 01 1800 ed27ebfef2f323e964fb1f61391bcb35
HD Bluray Tier 02 1750 c20c8647f2746a1f4c4262b0fbbeeeae
HD Bluray Tier 03 1700 5608c71bcebba0a5e666223bae8c9227
WEB Tier 01 1700 c20f169ef63c5f40c2def54abaf4438e
WEB Tier 02 1650 403816d65392c79236dcb6dd591aeda4
WEB Tier 03 1600 af94e0fe497124d1f9ce732069ec8c3b
Misc - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Repack/Proper 5 e7718d7a3ce595f289bfee26adc178f5
Repack2 6 ae43b294509409a6a13919dedd4764c4
Proper and Repacks - [Click to show/hide]

I also suggest to change the Propers and Repacks settings in Radarr

Media Management => File Management to Do Not Prefer and use the Repack/Proper Custom Format.

!cf-mm-propers-repacks-disable

This way you make sure the Custom Formats preferences will be used and not ignored.

Unwanted - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
BR-DISK -10000 ed38b889b31be83fda192888e2286d83
LQ -10000 90a6f9a284dff5103f6346090e6280c8
LQ (Release Title) -10000 e204b80c87be9497a8a6eaff48f72905
x265 (HD) ⚠ -10000 dc98083864ea246d05a42df0d05f81cc
3D -10000 b8cd450cbfa689c0259a01d9e29ba3d6
Extras -10000 0a3f082873eb454bde444150b70253cc

Breakdown and Why

  • BR-DISK : This is a custom format to help Radarr recognize & ignore BR-DISK (ISO's and Blu-ray folder structure) in addition to the standard BR-DISK quality.
  • LQ: A collection of known Low Quality groups that are often banned from the the top trackers because the lack of quality or other reasons.
  • LQ (Release Title): A collection of terms seen in the titles of Low Quality releases that are not captured by using a release group name.
  • x265 (HD): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    Don't use this together with x265 (no HDR/DV), Only ever include one of them ⚠

  • 3D: Is 3D still a thing for home use ?

  • Extras: Blocks releases that only contain extras
Optional - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Bad Dual Groups -10000 b6832f586342ef70d9c128d40c07b872
EVO (no WEBDL) -10000 90cedc1fea7ea5d11298bebd3d1d3223
No-RlsGroup -10000 ae9b7c9ebde1f3bd336a8cbd1ec4c5e5
Obfuscated -10000 7357cf5161efbf8c4d5d0c30b4815ee2
Retags -10000 5c44f52a8714fdd79bb4d98e2673be1f
Scene -10000 f537cf427b64c38c8e36298f657e4828
x265 (no HDR/DV) ⚠ -10000 839bea857ed2c0a8e084f3cbdbd65ecb

Breakdown and Why

  • Bad Dual Groups: [Optional] These groups take the original release and add their own language track (e.g. AAC 2.0 Portuguese) as the first track. Afterward, FFprobe would determine that the media file is Portuguese. It's a common rule that you only add the best audio as the main track. Also they often even rename the release name into Portuguese.
  • EVO (no WEBDL): This group is often banned for low-quality Blu-ray releases, but their WEB-DLs are okay.
  • No-RlsGroup: [Optional] Some indexers strip out the release group which could result in LQ groups being scored incorrectly. For example, a lot of EVO releases end up with a stripped group name. These releases would appear as "upgrades" and could end up getting a decent score after other CFs are scored.
  • Obfuscated: [Optional] Use these only if you wish to avoid renamed releases.
  • Retags: [Optional] Use this if you want to avoid retagged releases. Retagged releases often are not consistent with the quality of the original group's release.
  • Scene: [Optional] Use this only if you want to avoid SCENE releases.
  • x265 (no HDR/DV): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    But it will allow x265 releases if they have HDR and/or DV

    Being that some NF releases won't be released as 4k, but you want to have DV/HDR releases.

    In your quality profile use the following score for this Custom Format: -10000

    Don't use this together with x265 (HD), Only ever include one of them ⚠

General Streaming Services - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
AMZN 0 b3b3a6ac74ecbd56bcdbefa4799fb9df
ATVP 0 40e9380490e748672c2522eaaeb692f7
BCORE 15 cc5e51a9e85a6296ceefe097a77f12f4
CRiT 20 16622a6911d1ab5d5b8b713d5b0036d4
DSNP 0 84272245b2988854bfb76a16e60baea5
HBO 0 509e5f41146e278f9eab1ddaceb34515
HMAX 0 5763d1b0ce84aff3b21038eea8e9b8ad
Hulu 0 526d445d4c16214309f0fd2b3be18a89
iT 0 e0ec9672be6cac914ffad34a6b077209
MAX 0 6a061313d22e51e0f25b7cd4dc065233
MA 20 2a6039655313bf5dab1e43523b62c374
NF 0 170b1d363bd8516fbf3a3eb05d4faff6
PMTP 0 e36a0ba1bc902b26ee40818a1d59b8bd
PCOK 0 c9fd353f8f5f1baf56dc601c4cb29920
STAN 0 c2863d2a50c9acad1fb50e53ece60817

Breakdown and Why

  • The reason why these Custom Formats have a score of 0 is because they are mainly used for the naming scheme and other variables should decide for movies if a certain release if preferred.
  • BCore, CRiT and MA are the only ones with a score because of their better source material, or higher bitrate and quality compared to other streaming services.

I decided not to add Audio Advanced Custom Formats to the encodes profile. You will hardly find HD audio with HD Bluray Encodes. When downloading HD Bluray Encodes, I suggest going for quality. If you want HD audio formats, I would suggest going with a Remux or UHD Encode.

Use the following main settings in your profile.

HD Bluray + WEB

Make sure you don't check the BR-DISK.

The reason why I didn't select the WEB-DL 720p is that you will hardly find any releases that aren't done as 1080p WEB-DL.

Info

The order listed in the profile matters even if a quality is not checked, for example if you have a 1080p version but wanted the SD version, Radarr will reject all SD results because 1080p is listed higher than SD even though 1080p was not checked.

Qualities at the top of the list will appear first in manual searches.

  • Qualities higher in the list are more preferred even if not checked.
  • Qualities within the same group are equal.
  • Only checked qualities are wanted.

This is why it's recommended to move the selected quality to the top of the list.

Source: Wiki Servarr

Workflow Logic - [Click to show/hide]
  • When the WEB-1080p is released it will download the WEB-1080p. (streaming services)
  • When the Bluray-1080p is released it will upgrade to the Bluray-1080p.
  • The downloaded media will be upgraded to any of the added Custom Formats until a score of 10000.

So why such a ridiculously high Upgrade Until Custom and not a score of 100?

Because I'm too lazy to calculate the maximum for every Quality Profile I use, and I want it to upgrade to the highest possible score anyway.


UHD Bluray + WEB

If you prefer High-Quality UHD Encodes (Bluray-2160p)

  • Size: 20-60 GB for a Bluray-2160p depending on the running time.

I suggest to follow the following Guides first.

For this Quality Profile we're going to make use of the following Custom Formats with the scores given in the table.

Attention

All the used scores and combination of Custom Formats in this Guide are tested to get the desired results and prevent download loops as much as possible.

From experience most of the time when people change scores or leave out certain CF that work together they end up with undesired results.

If you're unsure or have questions do not hesitate to ask for help on Discord

Discord chat

Audio - [Click to show/hide]

Why should I choose All Audio formats?

  • You have a hardware media player device and an audio setup that supports ALL HD Audio (TrueHD, DTS-X, DTS-HD, etc).

    AppleTV doesn't passthrough HD-audio, If you use infuse it's still limited!
    please check I've a AppleTV

  • You've chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats. You should use all the Audio formats with Remuxes/UHD Encodes.

  • You should add ALL the Audio formats - don't leave any of them out!
  • Audio transcoding has a low impact on your server. If your server can't handle audio transcoding, consider choosing another quality profile.
I've a AppleTV - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

  • Passthrough: The preferred method if you have an audio setup (AVR/Soundbar). This mode will send the audio signals without any alteration or processing.
  • Direct Play: The client supports the container, video stream, and audio stream natively. The Plex server simply sends the media file as-is to the client. This uses very little CPU power.
  • Transcode: The client does not support the video stream and/or the audio stream. The Plex server re-encodes the video, audio, or both into a compatible format. Transcoding video uses a lot of CPU power, but transcoding audio uses little to moderate CPU power.
  • Decodes: Decompresses the audio before sending it to your AVR/Soundbar.

partial used source: Infuse FAQ

Am I losing any quality by using LPCM? - [Click to show/hide]
  • No. Since LPCM is a lossless format, using it will result in no loss of quality. What your ears hear will be exactly the same. The only difference is your receiver will recognize the audio stream as PCM instead of Dolby/DTS.
  • LPCM will discard object and spatial metadata. (TrueHD Atmos, DTS-X)

source: Infuse FAQ

Should I block certain audio formats because something in my setup doesn't support it? - [Click to show/hide]

If you have chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats, it's somewhat pointless to lower the scores or block certain audio formats since 95% of the Remuxes and UHD Encodes provide HD audio formats such as TrueHD Atmos, TrueHD, and DTS-X.

So you have 2 options.

  1. Choose another quality profile that doesn't include audio formats such as HD Bluray + WEB or 2160p WEB-DL.
  2. Accept the limitations of your audio setup (AVR/Soundbar) and/or your hardware media player device.
Which Audio Format should I choose? - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
TrueHD ATMOS 5000 496f355514737f7d83bf7aa4d24f8169
DTS X 4500 2f22d89048b01681dde8afe203bf2e95
ATMOS (undefined) 3000 417804f7f2c4308c1f4c5d380d4c4475
DD+ ATMOS 3000 1af239278386be2919e1bcee0bde047e
TrueHD 2750 3cafb66171b47f226146a0770576870f
DTS-HD MA 2500 dcf3ec6938fa32445f590a4da84256cd
FLAC 2250 a570d4a0e56a2874b64e5bfa55202a1b
PCM 2250 e7c2fcae07cbada050a0af3357491d7b
DTS-HD HRA 2000 8e109e50e0a0b83a5098b056e13bf6db
DD+ 1750 185f1dd7264c4562b9022d963ac37424
DTS-ES 1500 f9f847ac70a0af62ea4a08280b859636
DTS 1250 1c1a4c5e823891c75bc50380a6866f73
AAC 1000 240770601cc226190c367ef59aba7463
DD 750 c2998bd0d90ed5621d8df281e839436e
All HDR Formats - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I choose All HDR formats?

  • You have a 4K/2160p TV and a hardware media player device (such as Roku, AppleTV, Shield, SmartTV App, etc.) that supports several HDR formats (such as Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, etc.).

    Plex for Apple TV and Plex with Infuse is only capable of playing Dolby Vision profiles 5 and 8 correctly if CMv2.9 is being used.
    This is something that cannot be determined beforehand.
    So whether you are using an Apple TV, with or without Infuse, it will always be hit or miss whether the content is compatible.
    Additionally, it is uncertain whether the Dolby Vision layer will play, fall back to HDR10, or encounter a black screen.

  • You've chosen a profile that includes 4K/2160p releases. You must use all the HDR formats with 4k/2160p profiles.

  • You must add ALL the HDR formats - don't leave any of them out!
Why am I getting purple or green colors? - [Click to show/hide]

Why am I getting purple or green colors?

There are several possible reasons why your TV would show purple or green colors when playing Dolby Vision content.

  1. Unsupported Hardware: Your TV or hardware media player device (Roku, AppleTV, etc) doesn't support Dolby Vision or your hardware media player device doesn't support all the Dolby Vision Profiles. As a result, the device might struggle to produce accurate colors, leading to a purple or green tint.

  2. Incorrect Display Settings: Dolby Vision content often requires specific settings to be enabled on your TV or display device in order to deliver the intended visual experience. If these settings are not configured properly, it can result in the device showing distorted colors (including purple or green hues).

  3. HDMI Compatibility Issues: Sometimes, HDMI cables or ports may not be fully compatible with Dolby Vision. If the media player device is not recognizing the Dolby Vision signal properly, it may fail to process the content correctly, resulting in abnormal color rendering.

To resolve the purple or green color issues when playing Dolby Vision content, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Ensure your TV or hardware media player device is Dolby Vision compatible and up-to-date with the latest firmware.
  2. Verify that your TV or display device is set up correctly and has the necessary Dolby Vision settings enabled.
  3. Check the HDMI cables and ensure they are capable of transmitting Dolby Vision signals.
Dolby Vision Profiles - [Click to show/hide]

Dolby Vision Profiles

  • Profile 5 (1) - This is what comes with WEB-DL Dolby Vision releases without HDR10 fallback.
    (Incompatible devices will playback with blown out pinks and greens)
  • Profile 7 (2) - This is what comes with UHD Bluray Remuxes and UHD BluRay releases.
    These files will play on an Nvidia Shield Pro (2019), but on most other players will revert to the HDR10 fallback.
  • Profile 8 (3) - This is what comes with (Hybrid) WEB-DL (HULU), Hybrid UHD Remux, and UHD BluRay releases (all of which have HDR10 fallback).
    This works with several mainstream media players.

Plex for Apple TV and Plex with Infuse is only capable of playing Dolby Vision profiles 5 and 8 correctly if CMv2.9 is being used.
This is something that cannot be determined beforehand.
So whether you are using an Apple TV, with or without Infuse, it will always be hit or miss whether the content is compatible.
Additionally, it is uncertain whether the Dolby Vision layer will play, fall back to HDR10, or encounter a black screen.

  • (1) PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse will only play profile 5 correctly if CMv2.9 is used
  • (2) Neither Infuse nor PLEX for AppleTV will deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 7.
  • (3) On PLEX for AppleTV it won't deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 8, and will only play the HDR10 fallback if CM2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “although your TV will incorrectly say that it is playing DV”.
    With infuse it will convert it on the fly to Profile 5, and deliver real Dolby Vision if CMv2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “Make sure you set the Extended Dolby Vision settings to Limited (prefer accuracy), Convert P8 to P5 (when possible), and play other P8 as HDR (output will switch to either DoVi or HDR depending on the video)”
Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 and CMv4.0 - [Click to show/hide]

It is too technical to explain in detail, so I'll keep it short with tested facts:
PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse only support CMv2.9.

There are two versions of Dolby Vision, namely CMv2.9 and CMv4.0. CMv4.0 uses an improved algorithm and a superior tone curve that allows for better mapping and more controls during the Dolby Vision trim pass process.

More info about the different Dolby Vision Versions: Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 vs. CMv4.0

Which HDR Format should I choose? - [Click to show/hide]

!HDR Formats Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
DV HDR10+ 1500 c53085ddbd027d9624b320627748612f
DV HDR10 1500 e23edd2482476e595fb990b12e7c609c
DV 1500 58d6a88f13e2db7f5059c41047876f00
DV HLG 1500 55d53828b9d81cbe20b02efd00aa0efd
DV SDR 1500 a3e19f8f627608af0211acd02bf89735
HDR10+ 600 b974a6cd08c1066250f1f177d7aa1225
HDR10 500 dfb86d5941bc9075d6af23b09c2aeecd
HDR 500 e61e28db95d22bedcadf030b8f156d96
HDR (undefined) 500 2a4d9069cc1fe3242ff9bdaebed239bb
PQ 500 08d6d8834ad9ec87b1dc7ec8148e7a1f
HLG 500 9364dd386c9b4a1100dde8264690add7
Add Custom Format DV (WEBDL) with a score of -10000 - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I add this Custom Format?

  • Not all devices in your chain support Dolby Vision.
  • You share your media library with other family members that don't have Dolby Vision compatible devices.
  • According the flowchart I should add this Custom Format

Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
DV (WEBDL) -10000 923b6abef9b17f937fab56cfcf89e1f1
Add the Custom Formats DV HDR10+ Boost and HDR10+ Boost - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I add this Custom Format?

  • You have a (Samsung) TV that supports HDR10+.
  • According the flowchart I should add this Custom Format

Flowchart

If you use this Custom Format then 99% of the time you also need to add the following Custom Format DV (WEBDL) with a score of -10000

Custom Format Score Trash ID
HDR10+ Boost 901 b17886cb4158d9fea189859409975758
DV HDR10+ Boost 100 55a5b50cb416dea5a50c4955896217ab
Movie Versions - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Remaster 25 570bc9ebecd92723d2d21500f4be314c
4K Remaster 25 eca37840c13c6ef2dd0262b141a5482f
Criterion Collection 25 e0c07d59beb37348e975a930d5e50319
Masters of Cinema 25 9d27d9d2181838f76dee150882bdc58c
Vinegar Syndrome 25 db9b4c4b53d312a3ca5f1378f6440fc9
Special Edition 125 957d0f44b592285f26449575e8b1167e
IMAX 800 eecf3a857724171f968a66cb5719e152
IMAX Enhanced 800 9f6cbff8cfe4ebbc1bde14c7b7bec0de

IMAX Enhanced

IMAX Enhanced: Get More Picture Instead of Black Bars.

IMAX Enhanced exclusive expanded aspect ratio is 1:90:1, which offers up to 26% more picture for select sequences, meaning more of the action is visible on screen.

If you don't prefer IMAX Enhanced then don't add it or use a score of 0

HQ Release Groups - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
UHD Bluray Tier 01 1800 4d74ac4c4db0b64bff6ce0cffef99bf0
UHD Bluray Tier 02 1750 a58f517a70193f8e578056642178419d
UHD Bluray Tier 03 1700 e71939fae578037e7aed3ee219bbe7c1
WEB Tier 01 1700 c20f169ef63c5f40c2def54abaf4438e
WEB Tier 02 1650 403816d65392c79236dcb6dd591aeda4
WEB Tier 03 1600 af94e0fe497124d1f9ce732069ec8c3b
Misc - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Repack/Proper 5 e7718d7a3ce595f289bfee26adc178f5
Repack2 6 ae43b294509409a6a13919dedd4764c4
Proper and Repacks - [Click to show/hide]

I also suggest to change the Propers and Repacks settings in Radarr

Media Management => File Management to Do Not Prefer and use the Repack/Proper Custom Format.

!cf-mm-propers-repacks-disable

This way you make sure the Custom Formats preferences will be used and not ignored.

Unwanted - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
BR-DISK -10000 ed38b889b31be83fda192888e2286d83
LQ -10000 90a6f9a284dff5103f6346090e6280c8
LQ (Release Title) -10000 e204b80c87be9497a8a6eaff48f72905
x265 (HD) ⚠ -10000 dc98083864ea246d05a42df0d05f81cc
3D -10000 b8cd450cbfa689c0259a01d9e29ba3d6
Upscaled -10000 bfd8eb01832d646a0a89c4deb46f8564
Extras -10000 0a3f082873eb454bde444150b70253cc

Breakdown and Why

  • BR-DISK : This is a custom format to help Radarr recognize & ignore BR-DISK (ISO's and Blu-ray folder structure) in addition to the standard BR-DISK quality.
  • LQ: A collection of known Low Quality groups that are often banned from the the top trackers because the lack of quality or other reasons.
  • LQ (Release Title): A collection of terms seen in the titles of Low Quality releases that are not captured by using a release group name.
  • x265 (HD): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    Don't use this together with x265 (no HDR/DV), Only ever include one of them ⚠

  • 3D: Is 3D still a thing for home use ?

  • Upscaled: A custom format to prevent Radarr from grabbing upscaled releases.
  • Extras: Blocks releases that only contain extras
Optional - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Bad Dual Groups -10000 b6832f586342ef70d9c128d40c07b872
EVO (no WEBDL) -10000 90cedc1fea7ea5d11298bebd3d1d3223
No-RlsGroup -10000 ae9b7c9ebde1f3bd336a8cbd1ec4c5e5
Obfuscated -10000 7357cf5161efbf8c4d5d0c30b4815ee2
Retags -10000 5c44f52a8714fdd79bb4d98e2673be1f
Scene -10000 f537cf427b64c38c8e36298f657e4828
x265 (no HDR/DV) ⚠ -10000 839bea857ed2c0a8e084f3cbdbd65ecb

Breakdown and Why

  • Bad Dual Groups: [Optional] These groups take the original release and add their own language track (e.g. AAC 2.0 Portuguese) as the first track. Afterward, FFprobe would determine that the media file is Portuguese. It's a common rule that you only add the best audio as the main track. Also they often even rename the release name into Portuguese.
  • EVO (no WEBDL): This group is often banned for low-quality Blu-ray releases, but their WEB-DLs are okay.
  • No-RlsGroup: [Optional] Some indexers strip out the release group which could result in LQ groups being scored incorrectly. For example, a lot of EVO releases end up with a stripped group name. These releases would appear as "upgrades" and could end up getting a decent score after other CFs are scored.
  • Obfuscated: [Optional] Use these only if you wish to avoid renamed releases.
  • Retags: [Optional] Use this if you want to avoid retagged releases. Retagged releases often are not consistent with the quality of the original group's release.
  • Scene: [Optional] Use this only if you want to avoid SCENE releases.
  • x265 (no HDR/DV): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    But it will allow x265 releases if they have HDR and/or DV

    Being that some NF releases won't be released as 4k, but you want to have DV/HDR releases.

    In your quality profile use the following score for this Custom Format: -10000

    Don't use this together with x265 (HD), Only ever include one of them ⚠

Optional UHD - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
SDR -10000 9c38ebb7384dada637be8899efa68e6f
SDR (no WEBDL) ⚠ -10000 25c12f78430a3a23413652cbd1d48d77

Breakdown and Why

  • SDR: This will prevent grabbing UHD/4k releases without HDR Formats.
  • SDR (no WEBDL): This will prevent grabbing UHD/4k Remux and Bluray encode releases without HDR Formats. - i.e., SDR WEB releases will still be allowed since 4K SDR WEB releases can often look better than the 1080p version due to the improved bitrate.

    Don't use this together with SDR, Only ever include one of them ⚠

General Streaming Services - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
AMZN 0 b3b3a6ac74ecbd56bcdbefa4799fb9df
ATVP 0 40e9380490e748672c2522eaaeb692f7
BCORE 15 cc5e51a9e85a6296ceefe097a77f12f4
CRiT 20 16622a6911d1ab5d5b8b713d5b0036d4
DSNP 0 84272245b2988854bfb76a16e60baea5
HBO 0 509e5f41146e278f9eab1ddaceb34515
HMAX 0 5763d1b0ce84aff3b21038eea8e9b8ad
Hulu 0 526d445d4c16214309f0fd2b3be18a89
iT 0 e0ec9672be6cac914ffad34a6b077209
MAX 0 6a061313d22e51e0f25b7cd4dc065233
MA 20 2a6039655313bf5dab1e43523b62c374
NF 0 170b1d363bd8516fbf3a3eb05d4faff6
PMTP 0 e36a0ba1bc902b26ee40818a1d59b8bd
PCOK 0 c9fd353f8f5f1baf56dc601c4cb29920
STAN 0 c2863d2a50c9acad1fb50e53ece60817

Breakdown and Why

  • The reason why these Custom Formats have a score of 0 is because they are mainly used for the naming scheme and other variables should decide for movies if a certain release if preferred.
  • BCore, CRiT and MA are the only ones with a score because of their better source material, or higher bitrate and quality compared to other streaming services.

Use the following main settings in your profile.

UHD Bluray + WEB

Make sure you don't check the BR-DISK.

Info

The order listed in the profile matters even if a quality is not checked, for example if you have a 1080p version but wanted the SD version, Radarr will reject all SD results because 1080p is listed higher than SD even though 1080p was not checked.

Qualities at the top of the list will appear first in manual searches.

  • Qualities higher in the list are more preferred even if not checked.
  • Qualities within the same group are equal.
  • Only checked qualities are wanted.

This is why it's recommended to move the selected quality to the top of the list.

Source: Wiki Servarr

Workflow Logic - [Click to show/hide]

Depending on what's released first and available the following Workflow Logic will be used:

  • When the WEB-2160p is released it will download the WEB-2160p. (streaming services)
  • When the Bluray-2160p is released it will upgrade to the Bluray-2160p.
  • The downloaded media will be upgraded to any of the added Custom Formats until a score of 10000.

So why such a ridiculously high Upgrade Until Custom and not a score of 100?

Because I'm too lazy to calculate the maximum for every Quality Profile I use, and I want it to upgrade to the highest possible score anyway.


Remux + WEB 1080p

If you prefer 1080p Remuxes (Remux-1080p)

  • Size: 20-40 GB for a Remux-1080p depending on the running time.

I suggest to follow the following Guides first.

For this Quality Profile we're going to make use of the following Custom Formats with the scores given in the table.

Attention

All the used scores and combination of Custom Formats in this Guide are tested to get the desired results and prevent download loops as much as possible.

From experience most of the time when people change scores or leave out certain CF that work together they end up with undesired results.

If you're unsure or have questions do not hesitate to ask for help on Discord

Discord chat

Audio - [Click to show/hide]

Why should I choose All Audio formats?

  • You have a hardware media player device and an audio setup that supports ALL HD Audio (TrueHD, DTS-X, DTS-HD, etc).

    AppleTV doesn't passthrough HD-audio, If you use infuse it's still limited!
    please check I've a AppleTV

  • You've chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats. You should use all the Audio formats with Remuxes/UHD Encodes.

  • You should add ALL the Audio formats - don't leave any of them out!
  • Audio transcoding has a low impact on your server. If your server can't handle audio transcoding, consider choosing another quality profile.
I've a AppleTV - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

  • Passthrough: The preferred method if you have an audio setup (AVR/Soundbar). This mode will send the audio signals without any alteration or processing.
  • Direct Play: The client supports the container, video stream, and audio stream natively. The Plex server simply sends the media file as-is to the client. This uses very little CPU power.
  • Transcode: The client does not support the video stream and/or the audio stream. The Plex server re-encodes the video, audio, or both into a compatible format. Transcoding video uses a lot of CPU power, but transcoding audio uses little to moderate CPU power.
  • Decodes: Decompresses the audio before sending it to your AVR/Soundbar.

partial used source: Infuse FAQ

Am I losing any quality by using LPCM? - [Click to show/hide]
  • No. Since LPCM is a lossless format, using it will result in no loss of quality. What your ears hear will be exactly the same. The only difference is your receiver will recognize the audio stream as PCM instead of Dolby/DTS.
  • LPCM will discard object and spatial metadata. (TrueHD Atmos, DTS-X)

source: Infuse FAQ

Should I block certain audio formats because something in my setup doesn't support it? - [Click to show/hide]

If you have chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats, it's somewhat pointless to lower the scores or block certain audio formats since 95% of the Remuxes and UHD Encodes provide HD audio formats such as TrueHD Atmos, TrueHD, and DTS-X.

So you have 2 options.

  1. Choose another quality profile that doesn't include audio formats such as HD Bluray + WEB or 2160p WEB-DL.
  2. Accept the limitations of your audio setup (AVR/Soundbar) and/or your hardware media player device.
Which Audio Format should I choose? - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
TrueHD ATMOS 5000 496f355514737f7d83bf7aa4d24f8169
DTS X 4500 2f22d89048b01681dde8afe203bf2e95
ATMOS (undefined) 3000 417804f7f2c4308c1f4c5d380d4c4475
DD+ ATMOS 3000 1af239278386be2919e1bcee0bde047e
TrueHD 2750 3cafb66171b47f226146a0770576870f
DTS-HD MA 2500 dcf3ec6938fa32445f590a4da84256cd
FLAC 2250 a570d4a0e56a2874b64e5bfa55202a1b
PCM 2250 e7c2fcae07cbada050a0af3357491d7b
DTS-HD HRA 2000 8e109e50e0a0b83a5098b056e13bf6db
DD+ 1750 185f1dd7264c4562b9022d963ac37424
DTS-ES 1500 f9f847ac70a0af62ea4a08280b859636
DTS 1250 1c1a4c5e823891c75bc50380a6866f73
AAC 1000 240770601cc226190c367ef59aba7463
DD 750 c2998bd0d90ed5621d8df281e839436e
Movie Versions - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Hybrid 100 0f12c086e289cf966fa5948eac571f44
Remaster 25 570bc9ebecd92723d2d21500f4be314c
4K Remaster 25 eca37840c13c6ef2dd0262b141a5482f
Criterion Collection 25 e0c07d59beb37348e975a930d5e50319
Masters of Cinema 25 9d27d9d2181838f76dee150882bdc58c
Vinegar Syndrome 25 db9b4c4b53d312a3ca5f1378f6440fc9
Special Edition 125 957d0f44b592285f26449575e8b1167e
IMAX 800 eecf3a857724171f968a66cb5719e152
IMAX Enhanced 800 9f6cbff8cfe4ebbc1bde14c7b7bec0de

IMAX Enhanced

IMAX Enhanced: Get More Picture Instead of Black Bars.

IMAX Enhanced exclusive expanded aspect ratio is 1:90:1, which offers up to 26% more picture for select sequences, meaning more of the action is visible on screen.

If you don't prefer IMAX Enhanced then don't add it or use a score of 0

HQ Release Groups - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Remux Tier 01 1950 3a3ff47579026e76d6504ebea39390de
Remux Tier 02 1900 9f98181fe5a3fbeb0cc29340da2a468a
Remux Tier 03 1850 8baaf0b3142bf4d94c42a724f034e27a
WEB Tier 01 1700 c20f169ef63c5f40c2def54abaf4438e
WEB Tier 02 1650 403816d65392c79236dcb6dd591aeda4
WEB Tier 03 1600 af94e0fe497124d1f9ce732069ec8c3b
Misc - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Repack/Proper 5 e7718d7a3ce595f289bfee26adc178f5
Repack2 6 ae43b294509409a6a13919dedd4764c4
Proper and Repacks - [Click to show/hide]

I also suggest to change the Propers and Repacks settings in Radarr

Media Management => File Management to Do Not Prefer and use the Repack/Proper Custom Format.

!cf-mm-propers-repacks-disable

This way you make sure the Custom Formats preferences will be used and not ignored.

Unwanted - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
BR-DISK -10000 ed38b889b31be83fda192888e2286d83
LQ -10000 90a6f9a284dff5103f6346090e6280c8
LQ (Release Title) -10000 e204b80c87be9497a8a6eaff48f72905
x265 (HD) ⚠ -10000 dc98083864ea246d05a42df0d05f81cc
3D -10000 b8cd450cbfa689c0259a01d9e29ba3d6
Extras -10000 0a3f082873eb454bde444150b70253cc

Breakdown and Why

  • BR-DISK : This is a custom format to help Radarr recognize & ignore BR-DISK (ISO's and Blu-ray folder structure) in addition to the standard BR-DISK quality.
  • LQ: A collection of known Low Quality groups that are often banned from the the top trackers because the lack of quality or other reasons.
  • LQ (Release Title): A collection of terms seen in the titles of Low Quality releases that are not captured by using a release group name.
  • x265 (HD): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    Don't use this together with x265 (no HDR/DV), Only ever include one of them ⚠

  • 3D: Is 3D still a thing for home use ?

  • Extras: Blocks releases that only contain extras
Optional - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Bad Dual Groups -10000 b6832f586342ef70d9c128d40c07b872
EVO (no WEBDL) -10000 90cedc1fea7ea5d11298bebd3d1d3223
No-RlsGroup -10000 ae9b7c9ebde1f3bd336a8cbd1ec4c5e5
Obfuscated -10000 7357cf5161efbf8c4d5d0c30b4815ee2
Retags -10000 5c44f52a8714fdd79bb4d98e2673be1f
Scene -10000 f537cf427b64c38c8e36298f657e4828
x265 (no HDR/DV) ⚠ -10000 839bea857ed2c0a8e084f3cbdbd65ecb

Breakdown and Why

  • Bad Dual Groups: [Optional] These groups take the original release and add their own language track (e.g. AAC 2.0 Portuguese) as the first track. Afterward, FFprobe would determine that the media file is Portuguese. It's a common rule that you only add the best audio as the main track. Also they often even rename the release name into Portuguese.
  • EVO (no WEBDL): This group is often banned for low-quality Blu-ray releases, but their WEB-DLs are okay.
  • No-RlsGroup: [Optional] Some indexers strip out the release group which could result in LQ groups being scored incorrectly. For example, a lot of EVO releases end up with a stripped group name. These releases would appear as "upgrades" and could end up getting a decent score after other CFs are scored.
  • Obfuscated: [Optional] Use these only if you wish to avoid renamed releases.
  • Retags: [Optional] Use this if you want to avoid retagged releases. Retagged releases often are not consistent with the quality of the original group's release.
  • Scene: [Optional] Use this only if you want to avoid SCENE releases.
  • x265 (no HDR/DV): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    But it will allow x265 releases if they have HDR and/or DV

    Being that some NF releases won't be released as 4k, but you want to have DV/HDR releases.

    In your quality profile use the following score for this Custom Format: -10000

    Don't use this together with x265 (HD), Only ever include one of them ⚠

General Streaming Services - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
AMZN 0 b3b3a6ac74ecbd56bcdbefa4799fb9df
ATVP 0 40e9380490e748672c2522eaaeb692f7
BCORE 15 cc5e51a9e85a6296ceefe097a77f12f4
CRiT 20 16622a6911d1ab5d5b8b713d5b0036d4
DSNP 0 84272245b2988854bfb76a16e60baea5
HBO 0 509e5f41146e278f9eab1ddaceb34515
HMAX 0 5763d1b0ce84aff3b21038eea8e9b8ad
Hulu 0 526d445d4c16214309f0fd2b3be18a89
iT 0 e0ec9672be6cac914ffad34a6b077209
MAX 0 6a061313d22e51e0f25b7cd4dc065233
MA 20 2a6039655313bf5dab1e43523b62c374
NF 0 170b1d363bd8516fbf3a3eb05d4faff6
PMTP 0 e36a0ba1bc902b26ee40818a1d59b8bd
PCOK 0 c9fd353f8f5f1baf56dc601c4cb29920
STAN 0 c2863d2a50c9acad1fb50e53ece60817

Breakdown and Why

  • The reason why these Custom Formats have a score of 0 is because they are mainly used for the naming scheme and other variables should decide for movies if a certain release if preferred.
  • BCore, CRiT and MA are the only ones with a score because of their better source material, or higher bitrate and quality compared to other streaming services.

Use the following main settings in your profile.

Remux + WEB 1080p

Make sure you don't check the BR-DISK.

The reason why I didn't select the WEB-DL 720p is that you will hardly find any releases that aren't done as 1080p WEB-DL.

Info

The order listed in the profile matters even if a quality is not checked, for example if you have a 1080p version but wanted the SD version, Radarr will reject all SD results because 1080p is listed higher than SD even though 1080p was not checked.

Qualities at the top of the list will appear first in manual searches.

  • Qualities higher in the list are more preferred even if not checked.
  • Qualities within the same group are equal.
  • Only checked qualities are wanted.

This is why it's recommended to move the selected quality to the top of the list.

Source: Wiki Servarr

Workflow Logic - [Click to show/hide]
  • When the WEB-1080p is released it will download the WEB-1080p. (streaming services)
  • When the REMUX-1080p is released it will upgrade to the REMUX-1080p.
  • The downloaded media will be upgraded to any of the added Custom Formats until a score of 10000.

So why such a ridiculously high Upgrade Until Custom and not a score of 500?

Because I'm too lazy to calculate the maximum for every Quality Profile I use, and I want it to upgrade to the highest possible score anyway.


Remux + WEB 2160p

If you prefer 2160p Remuxes (Remux-2160p)

  • Size: 40-100 GB for a Remux-2160p depending on the running time.

I suggest to follow the following Guides first.

For this Quality Profile we're going to make use of the following Custom Formats with the scores given in the table.

Attention

All the used scores and combination of Custom Formats in this Guide are tested to get the desired results and prevent download loops as much as possible.

From experience most of the time when people change scores or leave out certain CF that work together they end up with undesired results.

If you're unsure or have questions do not hesitate to ask for help on Discord

Discord chat

Audio - [Click to show/hide]

Why should I choose All Audio formats?

  • You have a hardware media player device and an audio setup that supports ALL HD Audio (TrueHD, DTS-X, DTS-HD, etc).

    AppleTV doesn't passthrough HD-audio, If you use infuse it's still limited!
    please check I've a AppleTV

  • You've chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats. You should use all the Audio formats with Remuxes/UHD Encodes.

  • You should add ALL the Audio formats - don't leave any of them out!
  • Audio transcoding has a low impact on your server. If your server can't handle audio transcoding, consider choosing another quality profile.
I've a AppleTV - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

  • Passthrough: The preferred method if you have an audio setup (AVR/Soundbar). This mode will send the audio signals without any alteration or processing.
  • Direct Play: The client supports the container, video stream, and audio stream natively. The Plex server simply sends the media file as-is to the client. This uses very little CPU power.
  • Transcode: The client does not support the video stream and/or the audio stream. The Plex server re-encodes the video, audio, or both into a compatible format. Transcoding video uses a lot of CPU power, but transcoding audio uses little to moderate CPU power.
  • Decodes: Decompresses the audio before sending it to your AVR/Soundbar.

partial used source: Infuse FAQ

Am I losing any quality by using LPCM? - [Click to show/hide]
  • No. Since LPCM is a lossless format, using it will result in no loss of quality. What your ears hear will be exactly the same. The only difference is your receiver will recognize the audio stream as PCM instead of Dolby/DTS.
  • LPCM will discard object and spatial metadata. (TrueHD Atmos, DTS-X)

source: Infuse FAQ

Should I block certain audio formats because something in my setup doesn't support it? - [Click to show/hide]

If you have chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats, it's somewhat pointless to lower the scores or block certain audio formats since 95% of the Remuxes and UHD Encodes provide HD audio formats such as TrueHD Atmos, TrueHD, and DTS-X.

So you have 2 options.

  1. Choose another quality profile that doesn't include audio formats such as HD Bluray + WEB or 2160p WEB-DL.
  2. Accept the limitations of your audio setup (AVR/Soundbar) and/or your hardware media player device.
Which Audio Format should I choose? - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
TrueHD ATMOS 5000 496f355514737f7d83bf7aa4d24f8169
DTS X 4500 2f22d89048b01681dde8afe203bf2e95
ATMOS (undefined) 3000 417804f7f2c4308c1f4c5d380d4c4475
DD+ ATMOS 3000 1af239278386be2919e1bcee0bde047e
TrueHD 2750 3cafb66171b47f226146a0770576870f
DTS-HD MA 2500 dcf3ec6938fa32445f590a4da84256cd
FLAC 2250 a570d4a0e56a2874b64e5bfa55202a1b
PCM 2250 e7c2fcae07cbada050a0af3357491d7b
DTS-HD HRA 2000 8e109e50e0a0b83a5098b056e13bf6db
DD+ 1750 185f1dd7264c4562b9022d963ac37424
DTS-ES 1500 f9f847ac70a0af62ea4a08280b859636
DTS 1250 1c1a4c5e823891c75bc50380a6866f73
AAC 1000 240770601cc226190c367ef59aba7463
DD 750 c2998bd0d90ed5621d8df281e839436e
All HDR Formats - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I choose All HDR formats?

  • You have a 4K/2160p TV and a hardware media player device (such as Roku, AppleTV, Shield, SmartTV App, etc.) that supports several HDR formats (such as Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, etc.).

    Plex for Apple TV and Plex with Infuse is only capable of playing Dolby Vision profiles 5 and 8 correctly if CMv2.9 is being used.
    This is something that cannot be determined beforehand.
    So whether you are using an Apple TV, with or without Infuse, it will always be hit or miss whether the content is compatible.
    Additionally, it is uncertain whether the Dolby Vision layer will play, fall back to HDR10, or encounter a black screen.

  • You've chosen a profile that includes 4K/2160p releases. You must use all the HDR formats with 4k/2160p profiles.

  • You must add ALL the HDR formats - don't leave any of them out!
Why am I getting purple or green colors? - [Click to show/hide]

Why am I getting purple or green colors?

There are several possible reasons why your TV would show purple or green colors when playing Dolby Vision content.

  1. Unsupported Hardware: Your TV or hardware media player device (Roku, AppleTV, etc) doesn't support Dolby Vision or your hardware media player device doesn't support all the Dolby Vision Profiles. As a result, the device might struggle to produce accurate colors, leading to a purple or green tint.

  2. Incorrect Display Settings: Dolby Vision content often requires specific settings to be enabled on your TV or display device in order to deliver the intended visual experience. If these settings are not configured properly, it can result in the device showing distorted colors (including purple or green hues).

  3. HDMI Compatibility Issues: Sometimes, HDMI cables or ports may not be fully compatible with Dolby Vision. If the media player device is not recognizing the Dolby Vision signal properly, it may fail to process the content correctly, resulting in abnormal color rendering.

To resolve the purple or green color issues when playing Dolby Vision content, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Ensure your TV or hardware media player device is Dolby Vision compatible and up-to-date with the latest firmware.
  2. Verify that your TV or display device is set up correctly and has the necessary Dolby Vision settings enabled.
  3. Check the HDMI cables and ensure they are capable of transmitting Dolby Vision signals.
Dolby Vision Profiles - [Click to show/hide]

Dolby Vision Profiles

  • Profile 5 (1) - This is what comes with WEB-DL Dolby Vision releases without HDR10 fallback.
    (Incompatible devices will playback with blown out pinks and greens)
  • Profile 7 (2) - This is what comes with UHD Bluray Remuxes and UHD BluRay releases.
    These files will play on an Nvidia Shield Pro (2019), but on most other players will revert to the HDR10 fallback.
  • Profile 8 (3) - This is what comes with (Hybrid) WEB-DL (HULU), Hybrid UHD Remux, and UHD BluRay releases (all of which have HDR10 fallback).
    This works with several mainstream media players.

Plex for Apple TV and Plex with Infuse is only capable of playing Dolby Vision profiles 5 and 8 correctly if CMv2.9 is being used.
This is something that cannot be determined beforehand.
So whether you are using an Apple TV, with or without Infuse, it will always be hit or miss whether the content is compatible.
Additionally, it is uncertain whether the Dolby Vision layer will play, fall back to HDR10, or encounter a black screen.

  • (1) PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse will only play profile 5 correctly if CMv2.9 is used
  • (2) Neither Infuse nor PLEX for AppleTV will deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 7.
  • (3) On PLEX for AppleTV it won't deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 8, and will only play the HDR10 fallback if CM2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “although your TV will incorrectly say that it is playing DV”.
    With infuse it will convert it on the fly to Profile 5, and deliver real Dolby Vision if CMv2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “Make sure you set the Extended Dolby Vision settings to Limited (prefer accuracy), Convert P8 to P5 (when possible), and play other P8 as HDR (output will switch to either DoVi or HDR depending on the video)”
Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 and CMv4.0 - [Click to show/hide]

It is too technical to explain in detail, so I'll keep it short with tested facts:
PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse only support CMv2.9.

There are two versions of Dolby Vision, namely CMv2.9 and CMv4.0. CMv4.0 uses an improved algorithm and a superior tone curve that allows for better mapping and more controls during the Dolby Vision trim pass process.

More info about the different Dolby Vision Versions: Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 vs. CMv4.0

Which HDR Format should I choose? - [Click to show/hide]

!HDR Formats Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
DV HDR10+ 1500 c53085ddbd027d9624b320627748612f
DV HDR10 1500 e23edd2482476e595fb990b12e7c609c
DV 1500 58d6a88f13e2db7f5059c41047876f00
DV HLG 1500 55d53828b9d81cbe20b02efd00aa0efd
DV SDR 1500 a3e19f8f627608af0211acd02bf89735
HDR10+ 600 b974a6cd08c1066250f1f177d7aa1225
HDR10 500 dfb86d5941bc9075d6af23b09c2aeecd
HDR 500 e61e28db95d22bedcadf030b8f156d96
HDR (undefined) 500 2a4d9069cc1fe3242ff9bdaebed239bb
PQ 500 08d6d8834ad9ec87b1dc7ec8148e7a1f
HLG 500 9364dd386c9b4a1100dde8264690add7
Add Custom Format DV (WEBDL) with a score of -10000 - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I add this Custom Format?

  • Not all devices in your chain support Dolby Vision.
  • You share your media library with other family members that don't have Dolby Vision compatible devices.
  • According the flowchart I should add this Custom Format

Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
DV (WEBDL) -10000 923b6abef9b17f937fab56cfcf89e1f1
Add the Custom Formats DV HDR10+ Boost and HDR10+ Boost - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I add this Custom Format?

  • You have a (Samsung) TV that supports HDR10+.
  • According the flowchart I should add this Custom Format

Flowchart

If you use this Custom Format then 99% of the time you also need to add the following Custom Format DV (WEBDL) with a score of -10000

Custom Format Score Trash ID
HDR10+ Boost 901 b17886cb4158d9fea189859409975758
DV HDR10+ Boost 100 55a5b50cb416dea5a50c4955896217ab
Movie Versions - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Hybrid 100 0f12c086e289cf966fa5948eac571f44
Remaster 25 570bc9ebecd92723d2d21500f4be314c
4K Remaster 25 eca37840c13c6ef2dd0262b141a5482f
Criterion Collection 25 e0c07d59beb37348e975a930d5e50319
Masters of Cinema 25 9d27d9d2181838f76dee150882bdc58c
Vinegar Syndrome 25 db9b4c4b53d312a3ca5f1378f6440fc9
Special Edition 125 957d0f44b592285f26449575e8b1167e
IMAX 800 eecf3a857724171f968a66cb5719e152
IMAX Enhanced 800 9f6cbff8cfe4ebbc1bde14c7b7bec0de

IMAX Enhanced

IMAX Enhanced: Get More Picture Instead of Black Bars.

IMAX Enhanced exclusive expanded aspect ratio is 1:90:1, which offers up to 26% more picture for select sequences, meaning more of the action is visible on screen.

If you don't prefer IMAX Enhanced then don't add it or use a score of 0

HQ Release Groups - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Remux Tier 01 1950 3a3ff47579026e76d6504ebea39390de
Remux Tier 02 1900 9f98181fe5a3fbeb0cc29340da2a468a
Remux Tier 03 1850 8baaf0b3142bf4d94c42a724f034e27a
WEB Tier 01 1700 c20f169ef63c5f40c2def54abaf4438e
WEB Tier 02 1650 403816d65392c79236dcb6dd591aeda4
WEB Tier 03 1600 af94e0fe497124d1f9ce732069ec8c3b
Misc - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Repack/Proper 5 e7718d7a3ce595f289bfee26adc178f5
Repack2 6 ae43b294509409a6a13919dedd4764c4
Proper and Repacks - [Click to show/hide]

I also suggest to change the Propers and Repacks settings in Radarr

Media Management => File Management to Do Not Prefer and use the Repack/Proper Custom Format.

!cf-mm-propers-repacks-disable

This way you make sure the Custom Formats preferences will be used and not ignored.

Unwanted - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
BR-DISK -10000 ed38b889b31be83fda192888e2286d83
LQ -10000 90a6f9a284dff5103f6346090e6280c8
LQ (Release Title) -10000 e204b80c87be9497a8a6eaff48f72905
x265 (HD) ⚠ -10000 dc98083864ea246d05a42df0d05f81cc
3D -10000 b8cd450cbfa689c0259a01d9e29ba3d6
Upscaled -10000 bfd8eb01832d646a0a89c4deb46f8564
Extras -10000 0a3f082873eb454bde444150b70253cc

Breakdown and Why

  • BR-DISK : This is a custom format to help Radarr recognize & ignore BR-DISK (ISO's and Blu-ray folder structure) in addition to the standard BR-DISK quality.
  • LQ: A collection of known Low Quality groups that are often banned from the the top trackers because the lack of quality or other reasons.
  • LQ (Release Title): A collection of terms seen in the titles of Low Quality releases that are not captured by using a release group name.
  • x265 (HD): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    Don't use this together with x265 (no HDR/DV), Only ever include one of them ⚠

  • 3D: Is 3D still a thing for home use ?

  • Upscaled: A custom format to prevent Radarr from grabbing upscaled releases.
  • Extras: Blocks releases that only contain extras
Optional - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
Bad Dual Groups -10000 b6832f586342ef70d9c128d40c07b872
EVO (no WEBDL) -10000 90cedc1fea7ea5d11298bebd3d1d3223
No-RlsGroup -10000 ae9b7c9ebde1f3bd336a8cbd1ec4c5e5
Obfuscated -10000 7357cf5161efbf8c4d5d0c30b4815ee2
Retags -10000 5c44f52a8714fdd79bb4d98e2673be1f
Scene -10000 f537cf427b64c38c8e36298f657e4828
x265 (no HDR/DV) ⚠ -10000 839bea857ed2c0a8e084f3cbdbd65ecb

Breakdown and Why

  • Bad Dual Groups: [Optional] These groups take the original release and add their own language track (e.g. AAC 2.0 Portuguese) as the first track. Afterward, FFprobe would determine that the media file is Portuguese. It's a common rule that you only add the best audio as the main track. Also they often even rename the release name into Portuguese.
  • EVO (no WEBDL): This group is often banned for low-quality Blu-ray releases, but their WEB-DLs are okay.
  • No-RlsGroup: [Optional] Some indexers strip out the release group which could result in LQ groups being scored incorrectly. For example, a lot of EVO releases end up with a stripped group name. These releases would appear as "upgrades" and could end up getting a decent score after other CFs are scored.
  • Obfuscated: [Optional] Use these only if you wish to avoid renamed releases.
  • Retags: [Optional] Use this if you want to avoid retagged releases. Retagged releases often are not consistent with the quality of the original group's release.
  • Scene: [Optional] Use this only if you want to avoid SCENE releases.
  • x265 (no HDR/DV): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    But it will allow x265 releases if they have HDR and/or DV

    Being that some NF releases won't be released as 4k, but you want to have DV/HDR releases.

    In your quality profile use the following score for this Custom Format: -10000

    Don't use this together with x265 (HD), Only ever include one of them ⚠

Optional UHD - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
SDR -10000 9c38ebb7384dada637be8899efa68e6f
SDR (no WEBDL) ⚠ -10000 25c12f78430a3a23413652cbd1d48d77

Breakdown and Why

  • SDR: This will prevent grabbing UHD/4k releases without HDR Formats.
  • SDR (no WEBDL): This will prevent grabbing UHD/4k Remux and Bluray encode releases without HDR Formats. - i.e., SDR WEB releases will still be allowed since 4K SDR WEB releases can often look better than the 1080p version due to the improved bitrate.

    Don't use this together with SDR, Only ever include one of them ⚠

General Streaming Services - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
AMZN 0 b3b3a6ac74ecbd56bcdbefa4799fb9df
ATVP 0 40e9380490e748672c2522eaaeb692f7
BCORE 15 cc5e51a9e85a6296ceefe097a77f12f4
CRiT 20 16622a6911d1ab5d5b8b713d5b0036d4
DSNP 0 84272245b2988854bfb76a16e60baea5
HBO 0 509e5f41146e278f9eab1ddaceb34515
HMAX 0 5763d1b0ce84aff3b21038eea8e9b8ad
Hulu 0 526d445d4c16214309f0fd2b3be18a89
iT 0 e0ec9672be6cac914ffad34a6b077209
MAX 0 6a061313d22e51e0f25b7cd4dc065233
MA 20 2a6039655313bf5dab1e43523b62c374
NF 0 170b1d363bd8516fbf3a3eb05d4faff6
PMTP 0 e36a0ba1bc902b26ee40818a1d59b8bd
PCOK 0 c9fd353f8f5f1baf56dc601c4cb29920
STAN 0 c2863d2a50c9acad1fb50e53ece60817

Breakdown and Why

  • The reason why these Custom Formats have a score of 0 is because they are mainly used for the naming scheme and other variables should decide for movies if a certain release if preferred.
  • BCore, CRiT and MA are the only ones with a score because of their better source material, or higher bitrate and quality compared to other streaming services.

Use the following main settings in your profile.

Remux + WEB 2160p

Make sure you don't check the BR-DISK.

Info

The order listed in the profile matters even if a quality is not checked, for example if you have a 1080p version but wanted the SD version, Radarr will reject all SD results because 1080p is listed higher than SD even though 1080p was not checked.

Qualities at the top of the list will appear first in manual searches.

  • Qualities higher in the list are more preferred even if not checked.
  • Qualities within the same group are equal.
  • Only checked qualities are wanted.

This is why it's recommended to move the selected quality to the top of the list.

Source: Wiki Servarr

Workflow Logic - [Click to show/hide]
  • When the WEB-2160p is released it will download the WEB-2160p. (streaming services)
  • When the REMUX-2160p is released it will upgrade to the REMUX-2160p.
  • The downloaded media will be upgraded to any of the added Custom Formats until a score of 10000.

So why such a ridiculously high Upgrade Until Custom and not a score of 500?

Because I'm too lazy to calculate the maximum for every Quality Profile I use, and I want it to be upgraded to the highest possible score anyway.


Custom Format Groups

The following custom format groups should be combined with the Quality Profiles above. Users will need to choose which options and custom formats they prefer.

Advanced Audio

  • You have a hardware media player device and an audio setup that supports ALL HD Audio (TrueHD, DTS-X, DTS-HD, etc).

    AppleTV doesn't passthrough HD-audio, If you use infuse it's still limited!
    please check I've a AppleTV

  • You've chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats. You should use all the Audio formats with Remuxes/UHD Encodes.

  • You should add ALL the Audio formats - don't leave any of them out!
  • Audio transcoding has a low impact on your server. If your server can't handle audio transcoding, consider choosing another quality profile.

The reason that I score lossy Atmos higher than lossless DTS-HD MA is that I prefer having the object metadata (Atmos) over lossless audio.

Audio - [Click to show/hide]

Why should I choose All Audio formats?

  • You have a hardware media player device and an audio setup that supports ALL HD Audio (TrueHD, DTS-X, DTS-HD, etc).

    AppleTV doesn't passthrough HD-audio, If you use infuse it's still limited!
    please check I've a AppleTV

  • You've chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats. You should use all the Audio formats with Remuxes/UHD Encodes.

  • You should add ALL the Audio formats - don't leave any of them out!
  • Audio transcoding has a low impact on your server. If your server can't handle audio transcoding, consider choosing another quality profile.
I've a AppleTV - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

  • Passthrough: The preferred method if you have an audio setup (AVR/Soundbar). This mode will send the audio signals without any alteration or processing.
  • Direct Play: The client supports the container, video stream, and audio stream natively. The Plex server simply sends the media file as-is to the client. This uses very little CPU power.
  • Transcode: The client does not support the video stream and/or the audio stream. The Plex server re-encodes the video, audio, or both into a compatible format. Transcoding video uses a lot of CPU power, but transcoding audio uses little to moderate CPU power.
  • Decodes: Decompresses the audio before sending it to your AVR/Soundbar.

partial used source: Infuse FAQ

Am I losing any quality by using LPCM? - [Click to show/hide]
  • No. Since LPCM is a lossless format, using it will result in no loss of quality. What your ears hear will be exactly the same. The only difference is your receiver will recognize the audio stream as PCM instead of Dolby/DTS.
  • LPCM will discard object and spatial metadata. (TrueHD Atmos, DTS-X)

source: Infuse FAQ

Should I block certain audio formats because something in my setup doesn't support it? - [Click to show/hide]

If you have chosen a profile that includes Audio Formats, it's somewhat pointless to lower the scores or block certain audio formats since 95% of the Remuxes and UHD Encodes provide HD audio formats such as TrueHD Atmos, TrueHD, and DTS-X.

So you have 2 options.

  1. Choose another quality profile that doesn't include audio formats such as HD Bluray + WEB or 2160p WEB-DL.
  2. Accept the limitations of your audio setup (AVR/Soundbar) and/or your hardware media player device.
Which Audio Format should I choose? - [Click to show/hide]

!Audio Formats Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
TrueHD ATMOS 5000 496f355514737f7d83bf7aa4d24f8169
DTS X 4500 2f22d89048b01681dde8afe203bf2e95
ATMOS (undefined) 3000 417804f7f2c4308c1f4c5d380d4c4475
DD+ ATMOS 3000 1af239278386be2919e1bcee0bde047e
TrueHD 2750 3cafb66171b47f226146a0770576870f
DTS-HD MA 2500 dcf3ec6938fa32445f590a4da84256cd
FLAC 2250 a570d4a0e56a2874b64e5bfa55202a1b
PCM 2250 e7c2fcae07cbada050a0af3357491d7b
DTS-HD HRA 2000 8e109e50e0a0b83a5098b056e13bf6db
DD+ 1750 185f1dd7264c4562b9022d963ac37424
DTS-ES 1500 f9f847ac70a0af62ea4a08280b859636
DTS 1250 1c1a4c5e823891c75bc50380a6866f73
AAC 1000 240770601cc226190c367ef59aba7463
DD 750 c2998bd0d90ed5621d8df281e839436e

HDR Formats

  • You have a 4K TV and a hardware media player device (such as Roku, AppleTV, Shield, SmartTV App, etc.) that supports several HDR formats (such as Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, etc.).
All HDR Formats - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I choose All HDR formats?

  • You have a 4K/2160p TV and a hardware media player device (such as Roku, AppleTV, Shield, SmartTV App, etc.) that supports several HDR formats (such as Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, etc.).

    Plex for Apple TV and Plex with Infuse is only capable of playing Dolby Vision profiles 5 and 8 correctly if CMv2.9 is being used.
    This is something that cannot be determined beforehand.
    So whether you are using an Apple TV, with or without Infuse, it will always be hit or miss whether the content is compatible.
    Additionally, it is uncertain whether the Dolby Vision layer will play, fall back to HDR10, or encounter a black screen.

  • You've chosen a profile that includes 4K/2160p releases. You must use all the HDR formats with 4k/2160p profiles.

  • You must add ALL the HDR formats - don't leave any of them out!
Why am I getting purple or green colors? - [Click to show/hide]

Why am I getting purple or green colors?

There are several possible reasons why your TV would show purple or green colors when playing Dolby Vision content.

  1. Unsupported Hardware: Your TV or hardware media player device (Roku, AppleTV, etc) doesn't support Dolby Vision or your hardware media player device doesn't support all the Dolby Vision Profiles. As a result, the device might struggle to produce accurate colors, leading to a purple or green tint.

  2. Incorrect Display Settings: Dolby Vision content often requires specific settings to be enabled on your TV or display device in order to deliver the intended visual experience. If these settings are not configured properly, it can result in the device showing distorted colors (including purple or green hues).

  3. HDMI Compatibility Issues: Sometimes, HDMI cables or ports may not be fully compatible with Dolby Vision. If the media player device is not recognizing the Dolby Vision signal properly, it may fail to process the content correctly, resulting in abnormal color rendering.

To resolve the purple or green color issues when playing Dolby Vision content, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Ensure your TV or hardware media player device is Dolby Vision compatible and up-to-date with the latest firmware.
  2. Verify that your TV or display device is set up correctly and has the necessary Dolby Vision settings enabled.
  3. Check the HDMI cables and ensure they are capable of transmitting Dolby Vision signals.
Dolby Vision Profiles - [Click to show/hide]

Dolby Vision Profiles

  • Profile 5 (1) - This is what comes with WEB-DL Dolby Vision releases without HDR10 fallback.
    (Incompatible devices will playback with blown out pinks and greens)
  • Profile 7 (2) - This is what comes with UHD Bluray Remuxes and UHD BluRay releases.
    These files will play on an Nvidia Shield Pro (2019), but on most other players will revert to the HDR10 fallback.
  • Profile 8 (3) - This is what comes with (Hybrid) WEB-DL (HULU), Hybrid UHD Remux, and UHD BluRay releases (all of which have HDR10 fallback).
    This works with several mainstream media players.

Plex for Apple TV and Plex with Infuse is only capable of playing Dolby Vision profiles 5 and 8 correctly if CMv2.9 is being used.
This is something that cannot be determined beforehand.
So whether you are using an Apple TV, with or without Infuse, it will always be hit or miss whether the content is compatible.
Additionally, it is uncertain whether the Dolby Vision layer will play, fall back to HDR10, or encounter a black screen.

  • (1) PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse will only play profile 5 correctly if CMv2.9 is used
  • (2) Neither Infuse nor PLEX for AppleTV will deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 7.
  • (3) On PLEX for AppleTV it won't deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 8, and will only play the HDR10 fallback if CM2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “although your TV will incorrectly say that it is playing DV”.
    With infuse it will convert it on the fly to Profile 5, and deliver real Dolby Vision if CMv2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “Make sure you set the Extended Dolby Vision settings to Limited (prefer accuracy), Convert P8 to P5 (when possible), and play other P8 as HDR (output will switch to either DoVi or HDR depending on the video)”
Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 and CMv4.0 - [Click to show/hide]

It is too technical to explain in detail, so I'll keep it short with tested facts:
PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse only support CMv2.9.

There are two versions of Dolby Vision, namely CMv2.9 and CMv4.0. CMv4.0 uses an improved algorithm and a superior tone curve that allows for better mapping and more controls during the Dolby Vision trim pass process.

More info about the different Dolby Vision Versions: Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 vs. CMv4.0

Which HDR Format should I choose? - [Click to show/hide]

!HDR Formats Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
DV HDR10+ 1500 c53085ddbd027d9624b320627748612f
DV HDR10 1500 e23edd2482476e595fb990b12e7c609c
DV 1500 58d6a88f13e2db7f5059c41047876f00
DV HLG 1500 55d53828b9d81cbe20b02efd00aa0efd
DV SDR 1500 a3e19f8f627608af0211acd02bf89735
HDR10+ 600 b974a6cd08c1066250f1f177d7aa1225
HDR10 500 dfb86d5941bc9075d6af23b09c2aeecd
HDR 500 e61e28db95d22bedcadf030b8f156d96
HDR (undefined) 500 2a4d9069cc1fe3242ff9bdaebed239bb
PQ 500 08d6d8834ad9ec87b1dc7ec8148e7a1f
HLG 500 9364dd386c9b4a1100dde8264690add7
Add Custom Format DV (WEBDL) with a score of -10000 - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I add this Custom Format?

  • Not all devices in your chain support Dolby Vision.
  • You share your media library with other family members that don't have Dolby Vision compatible devices.
  • According the flowchart I should add this Custom Format

Flowchart

Custom Format Score Trash ID
DV (WEBDL) -10000 923b6abef9b17f937fab56cfcf89e1f1
Add the Custom Formats DV HDR10+ Boost and HDR10+ Boost - [Click to show/hide]

Why would I add this Custom Format?

  • You have a (Samsung) TV that supports HDR10+.
  • According the flowchart I should add this Custom Format

Flowchart

If you use this Custom Format then 99% of the time you also need to add the following Custom Format DV (WEBDL) with a score of -10000

Custom Format Score Trash ID
HDR10+ Boost 901 b17886cb4158d9fea189859409975758
DV HDR10+ Boost 100 55a5b50cb416dea5a50c4955896217ab

FAQ & INFO

Proper and Repacks

Proper and Repacks - [Click to show/hide]

I also suggest that you change the Propers and Repacks settings in Radarr

Media Management => File Management to Do Not Prefer and use the Repack/Proper Custom Format.

!cf-mm-propers-repacks-disable

This way you make sure the Custom Format preferences will be used instead.

Custom Formats to avoid certain releases

How to use a Custom Format to avoid certain releases? - [Click to show/hide]

For Custom Formats you really want to avoid, set it to something really low like -10000 and not something like -10. When you add your preferred Custom Format and set it to something like +10, it's possible that, for example, the BR-DISK will be downloaded - (-10)+(+10)=0 - if your Minimum Custom Format Score is set at 0.

Releases you should avoid

This is a must-have for every Quality Profile you use in my opinion. All these Custom Formats make sure you don't get Low Quality Releases.

Unwanted - [Click to show/hide]
Custom Format Score Trash ID
BR-DISK -10000 ed38b889b31be83fda192888e2286d83
LQ -10000 90a6f9a284dff5103f6346090e6280c8
LQ (Release Title) -10000 e204b80c87be9497a8a6eaff48f72905
x265 (HD) ⚠ -10000 dc98083864ea246d05a42df0d05f81cc
3D -10000 b8cd450cbfa689c0259a01d9e29ba3d6
Extras -10000 0a3f082873eb454bde444150b70253cc

Breakdown and Why

  • BR-DISK : This is a custom format to help Radarr recognize & ignore BR-DISK (ISO's and Blu-ray folder structure) in addition to the standard BR-DISK quality.
  • LQ: A collection of known Low Quality groups that are often banned from the the top trackers because the lack of quality or other reasons.
  • LQ (Release Title): A collection of terms seen in the titles of Low Quality releases that are not captured by using a release group name.
  • x265 (HD): This blocks 720/1080p (HD) releases that are encoded in x265. - More info HERE.

    Don't use this together with x265 (no HDR/DV), Only ever include one of them ⚠

  • 3D: Is 3D still a thing for home use ?

  • Extras: Blocks releases that only contain extras

Custom Formats with a score of 0

What do Custom Formats with a score of 0 do? - [Click to show/hide]

All Custom Formats with a score of 0 are purely informational and don't do anything.

Minimum Custom Format Score

Minimum Custom Format Score - [Click to show/hide]

Some people suggest not to use negative scores for your Custom Formats and set this option to a higher score than 0.

The reason why I don't prefer/use this is because you could limit yourself when some new groups or whatever will be released.

Also, it makes it much more clear what you prefer and what you want to avoid.

Audio Channels

Audio Channels - [Click to show/hide]

Elsewhere in the guide, you will find a separate group of custom formats called Audio Channels. These will match the number of audio channels in a release, for example, 2.0 (stereo) or 5.1/7.1 (surround sound). Personally, I wouldn't add the audio channels Custom Formats as you could limit yourself in the amount of releases you're able to get. Only use them if you have a specific need for them.

Using this with any kind of Remux Quality Profile is useless, in my opinion, being that 99% of all Remuxes are multi-audio anyway. You can get better scores just by using the Audio Advanced Custom Formats.

Avoid using the x264/x265 Custom Format

Avoid using the x264/x265 Custom Format - [Click to show/hide]

Avoid using the x264/x265 Custom Format with a score if possible, it's smarter to use the x265 (HD) Custom Format.

Something like 95% of video files are x264 and have much better direct play support. If you have more than a of couple users, you will notice much more transcoding.

Use x265 only for 4k releases and the x265 (HD) makes sure you still get the x265 releases.

Why am I getting purple or green colors

Why am I getting purple or green colors? - [Click to show/hide]

Why am I getting purple or green colors?

There are several possible reasons why your TV would show purple or green colors when playing Dolby Vision content.

  1. Unsupported Hardware: Your TV or hardware media player device (Roku, AppleTV, etc) doesn't support Dolby Vision or your hardware media player device doesn't support all the Dolby Vision Profiles. As a result, the device might struggle to produce accurate colors, leading to a purple or green tint.

  2. Incorrect Display Settings: Dolby Vision content often requires specific settings to be enabled on your TV or display device in order to deliver the intended visual experience. If these settings are not configured properly, it can result in the device showing distorted colors (including purple or green hues).

  3. HDMI Compatibility Issues: Sometimes, HDMI cables or ports may not be fully compatible with Dolby Vision. If the media player device is not recognizing the Dolby Vision signal properly, it may fail to process the content correctly, resulting in abnormal color rendering.

To resolve the purple or green color issues when playing Dolby Vision content, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Ensure your TV or hardware media player device is Dolby Vision compatible and up-to-date with the latest firmware.
  2. Verify that your TV or display device is set up correctly and has the necessary Dolby Vision settings enabled.
  3. Check the HDMI cables and ensure they are capable of transmitting Dolby Vision signals.

Dolby Vision Profiles

Dolby Vision Profiles - [Click to show/hide]

Dolby Vision Profiles

  • Profile 5 (1) - This is what comes with WEB-DL Dolby Vision releases without HDR10 fallback.
    (Incompatible devices will playback with blown out pinks and greens)
  • Profile 7 (2) - This is what comes with UHD Bluray Remuxes and UHD BluRay releases.
    These files will play on an Nvidia Shield Pro (2019), but on most other players will revert to the HDR10 fallback.
  • Profile 8 (3) - This is what comes with (Hybrid) WEB-DL (HULU), Hybrid UHD Remux, and UHD BluRay releases (all of which have HDR10 fallback).
    This works with several mainstream media players.

Plex for Apple TV and Plex with Infuse is only capable of playing Dolby Vision profiles 5 and 8 correctly if CMv2.9 is being used.
This is something that cannot be determined beforehand.
So whether you are using an Apple TV, with or without Infuse, it will always be hit or miss whether the content is compatible.
Additionally, it is uncertain whether the Dolby Vision layer will play, fall back to HDR10, or encounter a black screen.

  • (1) PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse will only play profile 5 correctly if CMv2.9 is used
  • (2) Neither Infuse nor PLEX for AppleTV will deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 7.
  • (3) On PLEX for AppleTV it won't deliver real Dolby Vision with Profile 8, and will only play the HDR10 fallback if CM2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “although your TV will incorrectly say that it is playing DV”.
    With infuse it will convert it on the fly to Profile 5, and deliver real Dolby Vision if CMv2.9 is used, otherwise you will end up with a black screen
    “Make sure you set the Extended Dolby Vision settings to Limited (prefer accuracy), Convert P8 to P5 (when possible), and play other P8 as HDR (output will switch to either DoVi or HDR depending on the video)”
Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 and CMv4.0 - [Click to show/hide]

It is too technical to explain in detail, so I'll keep it short with tested facts:
PLEX for AppleTV and Plex with Infuse only support CMv2.9.

There are two versions of Dolby Vision, namely CMv2.9 and CMv4.0. CMv4.0 uses an improved algorithm and a superior tone curve that allows for better mapping and more controls during the Dolby Vision trim pass process.

More info about the different Dolby Vision Versions: Dolby Vision Versions - CMv2.9 vs. CMv4.0

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