Archive:HOW-TO:Play music with background video
Due to the nature of Kodi, there currently isn't an easy way in the interface to play a muted video and have a different music file play at on top of that. However, a clever trick with the karaoke feature has given one possible way to do this to hold us over, as described on this page.
This is basically a hacky workaround and not a "normal" feature.
- Why would I want to do this?
- Choosing a default background video for karaoke, which is what this feature was originally added for.
- An alternative to music visualizations
- Waterfalls? Waterfalls.
- Christmas music while showing a video of a log fireplace
|1|| Enable karaoke support|
|2|| Prepare a background video|
To make it easy to figure out the file path to your video, go ahead and copy the video to your userdata folder. Note the name of the video for the next step, as you will need to note this in the
|3|| Prepare your advancedsettings.xml file|
Create a plan text document called advancedsettings.xml and save it to your userdata folder. Copy and paste the following into your advancedsettings.xml file:
Where it says
<advancedsettings> <karaoke> <defaultbackground type="video" path="special://profile/karaokevideobg.avi" /> <!-- Sets default background mode. Type could be "none", "vis" for visualisation, "image" or "video". For image/video types the "path" parameter should specify the image or video file to play. --> </karaoke> </advancedsettings>
|4|| Create dummy lyrics files|
In order to use the karaoke feature in Kodithere must be lyric files along side the music files. Since we don't actually need to see the lyrics, and we're just tricking Kodiinto using the karaoke feature, we can just make dummy files instead.
These files can be simple plain text files that are named after the song file, but with the
for f in *.mp3; do echo "$f.lrc" | echo " " >> "`sed -e 's/.mp3//g'`"; done
|5|| Add songs into the music library|
Now you just need to scan the music into the library. If you haven't done this before, see adding music to the library. The short version: Kodi-> Music -> Files -> select the folder that contains the music you want to add and bring up the context menu (c on a keyboard or on a remote) and select "Scan items to library".
The songs with lyric files will automatically be seen as karaoke songs.
|6|| Play songs and enjoy|
When you play any of the songs with the dummy lyric file, the video will play in the background.
- The video will restart each time a new song is played, so it won't be "seamless".
- Thanks to leechguy from the xbmc.org forums for the original how-to.