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This section covers topics and guides covering playing videos, the video library, video management, scanning content in, playing video content off the internet, and more. The Video Library allows the organization of your video content by information such as genre, title, year, actors and directors, smart playlists, advanced search and filtering, custom sections, etc. XBMC will search the internet and download rich metadata for your videos, such as cover art, summaries, and cast credits.

1 Topic navigation

icon Video management
To use your video files with "metadata" like summaries, cast info, DVD covers, thumbnails, and more, you need to add those video files to the video library.
icon Video playback
The main feature of XBMC is playing back videos. This page describes the controls, features, and settings related to video playback.
icon Video navigation
The library organizes your videos into three basic categories, Movies, TV Shows and Music Videos. Further these categories are divided into sub-categories, allowing you to find a specific video through criteria like genre, actors, directors, year, or even custom video nodes. Navigating the video library deals greatly with various views, the sidebar menu, and context menu.
icon Live TV
This section covers topics and guides on how to configure Kodi, including Live TV with video recording (DVR/PVR) functions, internet content, and more. There are a couple of ways to configure Kodi so it can stream TV content, Since the introduction of XBMC(Kodi) v12 Frodo, Kodi now comes with a powerful integrated PVR (Personal Video Recording) which can connect to one of the many "backend" TV servers that are available. Another option is to use one of the many add-ons that are avaialble these are also listed below:
icon Music videos
XBMC has the ability to include Music Videos in the Video and Music libraries. All scanned music videos will show up in both. Music Videos can also be part of Party Mode and Smart Playlists. Playlists containing both music and music videos should be stored in the mixed playlist subfolder under the userdata folder.
icon Add-ons
Add-ons are packages that add features and functions not normally included with XBMC/Kodi. Add-ons are developed by people on Team XBMC/Kodi and third-parties. XBMC/Kodi has a growing list of community driven add-ons for online content like YouTube, Hulu, Grooveshark, Pandora Radio, as well as skins (themes) and more available from a common official repository, while still enabling third-party developers to also host their own unofficial repositories for add-ons that any user can choose to add themselves if they like.
icon Video library settings
The main Video Library settings can be accessed from the Library tab in Videos Settings. Those can be accessed either from the Settings menu from the home screen, or via the context menu as seen above.

2 How-to's

Assorted how-to's related to the video library that have been added to the wiki:

This page is a collection of tips, tricks, advice, and links relating to anime and XBMC. This includes anime-specific add-ons, common file names and scraping of anime into the video library, and more.
HOW-TO:Backup the video library
This guide will show you how to backup the video library using NFO files and local images. These NFO files are little text files that save all the "metadata" (summaries, credits, playcount, and other library data) for each individual video that are then placed along side the actual video files. These act as a backup for each entry, and can also be used as a way of changing library information or for scanning files that are not recognized by a scraper website. This also saves any changes you've made in XBMC, such as changing the title, sort title, selecting specific images/artwork, movie sets, video library tags, watched history, and resume points.

Backing up the video library is a good idea for several reasons: rebuilding your library in case of damage to your main HTPC, mistakenly removed library entries, duplicate the same library on other XBMC installs, or let you to easily move your video files without losing special changes or your watched history. It also allows for off-line library scanning or if a scraper website goes away.

Custom home items
A common question people have after setting up their library is how can they separate their library so not everything is just in one big section, and how to have that as an option on the home screen in XBMC/Kodi.

XBMC/Kodi can already filter and separate library items using a number of methods mentioned above, and combined with a skin that supports custom home items, the library can be laid out exactly was you want, right from the home screen.

DSPlayer is a DirectShow based player for XBMC. DSPlayer support DXVA hardware acceleration (works in Windows Vista and higher), as well as any custom DirectShow filters (e.g. LAV filters, ffdshow, ac3filter).
Edit decision list
An edit decision list (EDL) contains information about edits that should be made to the video during playback. Edit decision list information is contained in a separate file to the video that is read by XBMC Media Center just before the video is played. Examples of use include can be to skip commercials, cut out content inappropriate for children, or skip over the half hour acid trip in 2001: A Space Odyssey .
HOW-TO:Modify automatic watch and resume points
This page describes three advancedsettings.xml settings that can be used to modify when "watched" and "resume" marks are saved. These settings can also be used to prevent automatically saving watched and resume points. A watched point records if a video has been watched or not. A resume point records where in a video file playback has stopped, so it can be resumed later.
HOW-TO:Modify the video cache
This page describes three advancedsettings.xml settings that can be used to maximize the video playback cache. You can use all or just a couple of these settings to see significant improvements in cache performance, should you require it (most users will not require these modifications). This can help with intermittent network issues, buffering, reduce how long the network is tied up, and sometimes improve battery life.
HOW-TO:Modify time seeking
This page describes various advancedsettings.xml settings that can be used to modify the default seek "steps" in XBMC/Kodi, commonly mapped to the directional keys during playback (left, right, up, down). By default, up/down is "BigStepForward/Back" +/- 10 minutes, and left/right is "StepForward/Back" +/- 30 seconds. There is also "SmallStepBack", which is -7 seconds. All of these options can be modified.
HOW-TO:Set episode bookmarks
Starting in XBMC v13, you can set "episode bookmarks" for video files or ISOs that contain multiple episodes. This will allow you to jump directly to the point when a given episode begins, from the library, even if it is in the middle of the video file.
HOW-TO:Set up subtitle services
Starting in XBMC v13 "Gotham" subtitles are now built into XBMC, and instead of downloading the subtitle download add-on, you install specific subtitle services.
HOW-TO:Share libraries using UPnP
UPnP sharing between two XBMC/Kodi devices is the easiest way to share a library. You can also share multiple libraries, one from each XBMC/Kodi device, to all the other devices on the same network. UPnP also takes care of file sharing, so you do not need to do anything extra even if your files are added locally to XBMC/Kodi.
HOW-TO:Update librtmp
librtmp is a library made from RTMPdump, a toolkit for RTMP streams. XBMC comes with a copy of librtmp (compiled specifically for the OS XBMC is installed onto) for accessing streams, and often used in several add-ons. Sometimes, when websites that host the content for those add-ons change things, a new version of librtmp is needed for the add-ons/streams to work again.

XBMC only updates librtmp when there is a stable version available. While nightly versions of XBMC may contain new stable librtmp, stable versions of XBMC are normally only released about once a year. However, you do not need to update all of XBMC to update librtmp, but just replace one file within the XBMC application.

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