H.264 vs 10-bit H.265 (HEVC) – DS218+ or not

I’m thinking of buying a Synology DS218+ for better performance and upgradability – when compared to models DS218 and DS218play.

But my only reservation before going ahead with the purchase is the slight difference in the hardware transcoding engine specs, which I’m a little confused about. The hardware transcoding engine specs for the DS218+ model doesn’t mention MPEG-4 (and I have a lot of MP4 video files – is this the same thing?) and also refers to a max frame rate limit of 30 FPS vs 60 FPS, and H.265 (HEVC) vs 10-bit H.265 (HEVC), as per the other two models (DS218, DS218play). But I’m not sure how much this even matters? I’ll be wanting to play multimedia from the NAS on my Oculus Go VR headset and Plasma HD TV (via Apple TV4) and Apple iPhone and iPad, so I’m keen to know if there’s any need for concern with the differences. What are your views on this.

DS218+
H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30

DS218 and DS218play
10-bit H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 60

There is no reason to think that ds218+ is a worse NAS because it is actually a better one. Synology have confused many people with their transcoding compatibility sheet. DS218 and DS218play feature Realtek processor which is very geared towards a few tasks only. It is a quiet week processor and works pretty much only with Synology own created apps. Yes, it transcodes some 4K 60fs as long as it is encoded in H265. It will struggle with older h264 encoding though.

H.265 (HEVC) vs 10-bit H.265 (HEVC)- the only difference is 10-bit color depth. If you own a new generation HDR TV you can store and stream compatible 10bit color videos (more different color shades for each pixel). On none compatible TVs you won’t see a difference.

If you have 4K h265 60fps collection and you only want to use DS Video station – DS218play will be a good choice (I can see all devices are 1080p). But 60fps video is quite rare and I don’t think you will need that. Instead with DS218+, you can transcode both – h264 and h265 videos. Also, you can use third-party video organizing apps like PLEX which is not possible with other mentions NAS models. DS218+ can be expanded with extra drives (separate volume), upgraded with extra RAM and used among much more users.

Is mp4 and mpeg4 the same thing?

Is MP4 and MPEG4 the Same. Many people are confused about the mp4 and mpe4, they thinking these two format are same, but they are not. … According to an internet search result, we can see that mp4 is a container to store video and audio, subtitles. But the mpeg is the major standard of video image compression.

What is the difference between mp4 and MPEG 4?
MPEG4 is a video encoding algorithm that is responsible for how the images are compressed and converted to data. 2. MP4 is a container format which is designed to store the data that is encoded by an MPEG4/H.264 and other relevant data like audio, subtitles, images, chapters, etc.

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