If a transcode is "throttled", is that bad?

If you see that a transcode is reported as "throttled", that's actually a positive indication. What that means is that your Plex Media Server is able to perform the transcode faster than is necessary. Once the transcode gets ahead, the Server is able to "throttle down" and take a short break before it needs to do another small chunk of transcoding.

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