Posted by: tranquilpc | August 4, 2011

AVA Media Video Transcoder (WHS V1) for free

What is it?

The AVA Media Add In for WHS (V1) is a useful tool for transcoding ripped video discs to a format suited for streaming to DLNA devices, such as a DLNA TV / PS3 etc – additionally Apple TV.

Most, if not all, WHS V1 machines however are powered by Intel Atom CPUs, and Atom CPUs are not really ideal for transcoding video (they will transcode a DVD folder at approx. 1/10th of real time, meaning a DVD could take a full day to transcode. But if you have a powerful CPU, ie a new Intel i3 / i5 then the transcoding speed can be 4-6x real time, meaning a DVD can be processed in 30-45 minutes!


The Add In (free) is very simple to use, and just requires the user to point to a source folder and one or two (new) targets. The first target is normally for DNLA devices (ie original screen format), and the second if selected could be used for Apple TV.

You can even delete the original film (folder) after conversion!

Note : One known issue, is that if the server is re-started half way through a transcode, then that film will not be completed, neither will the film be processed at a later time.

How To Get the Add-in

To get this great free Add-in, send an email to and within a few minutes you should get back an email with a download link.

Tranquil do not ask for any payment, but they welcome any donations to their chosen charity MacMillan – and they welcome you to send a small Paypal donation to,


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