|General topics||Video library|
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. Kodi will search the internet and download rich metadata for your videos, such as cover art, summaries, and cast credits.
| 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.There are a couple of important parts to getting things imported into your Kodi library. First, the metadata for the video file should exist someplace (the metadata are things like the title of the show, the plot description, the season and episode number if the video file happens to be an episode of a TV series, the actors, the director, cover art and episode art, etc.) The second part is naming the video files so the file gets matched up with the metadata available online.
| Video playback|
The main feature of Kodi is playing back videos. This page describes the controls, features, and settings related to video playback.
| 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.
The use of artwork takes pride of place in Kodi. The artwork will transform your mundane media player into a showpiece to be proud of, especially when teamed up with your favourite skin. Kodi will allow you to display Movie Posters, Fanart, Album Covers, Actor and Artist images to name a few. Install the Kodi slideshow add-on, and you will have a constant display of video or music fanart to brighten your entertainment room.
Assorted how-tos 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 Kodi. This includes anime-specific add-ons, common file names and scraping of anime into the video library, and more. 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 Kodi, 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 Kodi 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.
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 Kodi. 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.
This same idea can also be applied to add-ons, programs, and anything else you might want to place on 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). Kodi v18 introduces limited support for reading of embedded tags and images in *.mkv and *.mp4 video files. A very sought after feature for many members. 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. 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. Kodi has the ability to display information and artwork for your video collection. As this information and artwork comes from 3rd party sites, video files must be placed in a certain folder structure and named correctly so accurate matches can be made with those 3rd party sites. This page, and following pages, will instruct on the correct methods to use for the most reliable scraping process. This page will describe the Kodi recommended method to name Movie files and create the folder structure to save them in. Your folder structure and files will be placed within your Source folder which was detailed in the previous page of the guide. Setting up TV Shows correctly is a little bit more involved than the Movies section, but not more difficult. This page will describe the Kodi recommended method to name TV Shows and Episode files and to create the folder structure to save them in. These methods are proven to be the simplest, most accurate and robust methods which provide the most accurate scrape. Starting in 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. As per Kodi v13 "Gotham", subtitles support is now built into Kodi. And instead of downloading a full subtitle download add-on, you now install one (or more) specific subtitle services. UPnP sharing between two Kodi devices is the easiest way to share a library. You can also share multiple libraries, one from each 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 Kodi. librtmp is a library made from RTMPdump, a toolkit for RTMP streams. Kodi comes with a copy of librtmp (compiled specifically for the OS Kodi 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.
Kodi only updates librtmp when there is a stable version available. While nightly versions of Kodi may contain new stable librtmp, stable versions of Kodi are normally only released about once a year. However, you do not need to update all of Kodi to update librtmp, but just replace one file within the Kodi application.