Plex has launched a new option that allows you to bypass the end credits on the content in your personal library, a move that is likely to irritate the thousands of people whose names appear at the end of our favorite movies and TV series.
Given that most paid streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video already permit this, the functionality functions similarly to its Skip Intro option, which is significantly less contentious. Using Skip Credits, the Plex Media Server employs an algorithm to distinguish between a screen that is entirely made up of rolling text and one that is entirely made up of, well, not text.
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Oddly (and possibly on purpose), Plex chose to illustrate the new feature with an animation from the conclusion of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a film whose credits are infamous for rolling along with the story’s closing coda; you probably wouldn’t want to miss those credits. Yet, Plex has also been quite clear about its intended audience for Skip Credits. Credit detection will even recognize and let you skip directly to mid- or post-credits scenes (looking at you, MCU) with the same single click, according to a blog post revealing the new feature.
While I watched the final episode of Disney’s Andor’s first season, I recently found myself wishing there was a Skip Credits option. I should not miss the post-credits sequence, according to a pal. I ended up hating my Apple TV remote as I unintentionally started the program again from the beginning in my feeble attempt to skip the credits.
Plex has acknowledged that it could not function flawlessly every every time given the wide range in how credits are presented inside media. Credit identification research and implementation are done locally on your Plex Media Server. Depending on the size of your library, it can require a lot of computing time to examine all of your content. Plex cleverly uploads a duplicate of the analysis data to its cloud servers so that in the event that your media server should become corrupted or require a reinstall for whatever reason, you can save yourself the hassle of having to re-analyze your content by just pulling it from the online backup.
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Subscribers to Plex Pass are the only ones who can use Skip Credits for media that is kept on and controlled by a Plex Media Server instance. Plex has also included it in its whole library of free on-demand streaming content, so you can try it out if you’re curious about how it works.