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(List and links compiled and maintained by @hdmkv)

Kodi users are a demanding bunch when it comes to media players with Kodi & having as-close-to-perfect video playback capabilities as possible. All videos should play smoothly and w/o distracting artifacts such as stutters, frame skips, improper framerates, macroblocking, and audio drop-outs.

Below is a collection of a/v clips for testing, pushing media player capabilities. Not all types, but the most widely used or critical types for home theater enthusiasts. Fair use is claimed on all non-copyleft clips, as their the purpose is only for testing, technical evaluation, and documentation.

1 3D Test Clips

  1. 3D MVC ISO Sample #1 (1080p/23.976)
  2. 3D MVC ISO Sample #2 with 3D Subtitles (1080p/23.976)
  3. 3D MVC ISO Sample #3 for Pop-out & Depth Evaluation (1080p/23.976)
  4. 3D MVC ISO Sample #4 for Proper Lip-synch & Clean Render Check (1080p/23.976)
  5. 3D MVC Resolution Pattern (1080p/23.976) (Per @wesk05 (thanks), pay attention to the alphabets and the vertical & horizontal bars. If you see gray lines in the vertical resolution boxes, it's an indication that either the playing device or the display is not showing full 1080p resolution in 3D mode)
  6. 3D MVC ISO Barco Stinger Trailer (1080p/24)
  7. 3D MVC ISO Dolby 3D Glasses Return Clip (1080p/24)
  8. 3D Immersive MVC Sample (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  9. 3D MVC IMAX Countdown (MKV @ 1080p/23.976 with DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  10. 3D MVC DTS Paint Symphony (MKV @ 1080p/23.976 with DTS-HD MA 7.1)
  11. H(SBS) Alita Battle Angel Trailer (side-by-side) (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  12. H(TAB)/HOU (top-and-bottom/half-over-under) (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)

2 HD/object-based Audio Test Clips

Note: To download, hover over link:

  • If demo-world, click to go to site, then right-click thumbnail of video there & choose 'Save link as...' to download
  • For rest, just click
  1. Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3) 7.1 (M2TS @ 1080p/29.97) (thanks @wesk05)
  2. Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3) 7.1 Channel Check (MKV @ 1080p/29.97)
  3. Enhanced AC3 with Joint Object Coding (EAC-3 JOC) ATMOS Sample (MKV @ 4K/23.976 HDR10)
  4. Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (use clip #9 in 'Codecs' section below)
  5. Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Channel Check (MKV @ 1080p/29.97)
  6. Dolby ATMOS 'Amaze' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/24)
  7. Dolby ATMOS 'Helicopter' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/29.97 with DD+ 7.1 secondary track)
  8. Dolby ATMOS 'Audiosphere' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/24)
  9. Dolby ATMOS 'Silent' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/24)
  10. DTS-HD HRA 5.1 (MKV @ 1080p/23.976 VC-1)
  11. DTS-HD HRA 7.1 (MKV @ 1080p/29.97)
  12. DTS-HD MA 5.1 Channel Check (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  13. DTS-HD MA 5.1 THX Deep Note Genesis (MKV @ 2160p/24)
  14. DTS-HD MA 7.1 'Dredd' Audio Channel Check (M2TS @ 1080p/23.976) (thanks @looun)
  15. DTS:X 'All Around Us' Demo (MKV @ 1080p/23.976) (thanks @wesk05)
  16. DTS:X 'Gravity' Demo (MKV @ 1080p/23.976) (thanks @wesk05; modified to only retain the X track)
  17. DTS:X 'Sound Unbound Callout 11.1' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/24)
  18. DTS:X 'Listen X Long' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/24)
  19. DTS:X 'Movement' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/23.976) (thanks @wesk05)
  20. LPCM 5.1 (MKV @ 1080p/23.976) (thanks @wesk05)
  21. LPCM 7.1 (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  22. AAC 5.1
  23. FLAC 5.1 and 7.1 audio-only samples

3 Codecs, Framerates and Subtitles

  1. H.264 1080p/23.976 (MKV)
  2. H.264 1080p/24 (MKV)
  3. H.264 1080i/25 (MKV)
  4. H.264 1080p/25 (MKV)
  5. H.264 1080i/29.97 4:2:[email protected] 26Mbps (C-Band satellite capture in MKV w/DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio, converted from E-AC3) (thanks @alanisrox69)
  6. H.264 1080p/50 (MKV)
  7. H.264 1080p/59.94 (MKV)
  8. H.264 1080p/60 (MKV)
  9. VC-1 1080p/23.976 (MKV w/TrueHD 5.1 audio)
  10. VC-1 1080i/29.97 (MKV w/DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio)
  11. MPEG2 1080i/29.97 (U.S. ATSC OTA capture, muxed into MKV w/DD5.1 audio)
  12. MPEG2 4:2:[email protected] 1080i/29.970 36Mbps (C-Band satellite capture in TS w/DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, converted from E-AC3) (thanks @alanisrox69 for #12-14)
  13. MPEG2 4:2:[email protected] 720p/59.94 20Mbps (C-Band satellite capture in TS)
  14. MPEG2 4:2:[email protected] 1080i/29.97 35Mbps (C-Band satellite capture in TS w/DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, converted from E-AC3) (many media players can't play this)
  15. Hi10 Anime Samples (thanks @Morien)
  16. H.265 1080p (medium bitrate) Test #1 in ISO, and in MKV (thanks @Mike)
  17. 2D Forced Subtitles Sample #1 (SRT)
  18. 2D Forced Subtitles Sample #2 (PGS)
  19. 3D Subtitles (use clip #2 in '3D Test Clips' section above)
  20. 'Interstellar' Black Level Test Clip (30-second MKV clip from Blu-ray) (thanks

4 4K (UltraHD) and HDR Formats

Note: To download, hover over link:

  • If demo-world, click to go to site, then right-click thumbnail of video there & choose 'Save link as...' to download
  • For any YouTube video, use this free tool to download in original quality
  1. H.264 29.97fps, 51Mbps (in mov, @hdmkv's iPhone 6S raw 4K footage)
  2. H.264 30fps (in MP4, 4K Test Patterns) (YouTube) (thanks @hansolo)
  3. H.264 50fps (in MP4, Astra DVB satellite capture sample)
  4. H.264 59.94fps (in MKV)
  5. HEVC 8-bit 29.97fps (in MP4)
  6. HEVC 10-bit 23.976fps (in TS)
  7. HEVC 10-bit 59.94fps (in TS)
  8. HEVC 10-bit 59.94fps (Korean ATSC 3.0 satellite TV capture sample)
  9. HDR 10-bit HEVC 24fps (in MP4, 'Exodus' and 'Life of Pi' samples)
  10. HDR 10-bit HEVC 25fps (in TS, Astra DVB satellite capture sample; no audio) (courtesy WeTek)
  11. HDR 10-bit HEVC 59.94fps (in MP4, Camp by Sony)
  12. HDR10 HEVC 59.94 (in mov, @hdmkv's iPhone 11 Pro Max raw 4K footage using 4K HDR Video Recorder app)
  13. HDR10+ HEVC 10-bit 23.976 Sample (in MKV with Dolby ATMOS audio)
  14. HDR10+ Dynamic Metadata Test 60fps (in MP4)
  15. Dolby Vision w/embedded HLG HEVC 59.94 (in mov, @hdmkv's iPhone 11 Pro Max raw 4K footage using 4K HDR Video Recorder app)
  16. Dolby Vision 10-bit HEVC 23.976fps (in TS, LG Comparison Demo) (thanks @soyhakan)
  17. Dolby Vision 10-bit HEVC 23.976fps (in TS, LG Trailer) (thanks @soyhakan)
  18. Dolby Vision MKV Test Samples (hosted by MakeMKV)
  19. Dolby Vision MP4 Test Samples (hosted by Demolandia)
  20. VP9 (open-source alternative to HEVC) (YouTube)
  21. VP9 Profile 2 HDR 24fps The Redwoods (in MKV) (thanks @wesk05)
  22. VP9 Profile 2 HDR 59.94fps The World in HDR (in MKV) (thanks @wesk05)
  23. ProRes HDR DCI-P3 Strobe Scientist
  24. 5K (5120x2700) 60fps (in MP4) (YouTube)
  25. HEVC 10-bit 23.976fps (in MKV)
  26. 8K (7680x4320) 29.97fps (in MP4) (YouTube)
  27. 8K Dolby Vision 60fps (in MP4) (YouTube)

5 Bitrate Test Clips

Media players should be able play 70Mbps or better smoothly, w/o stutters for full 1080p, and 108-128Mbps for full 4K

6 Resources for Additional Test Clips or Samples

Note: can even be added to Kodi as a video source, for easy loading, if you have a fast enough connection.

7 Library samples

7.1 Ned's fake movie library

A zipped collection of 1,000 empty movie files, with NFO files, poster, and fanart for each entry. Various movies from different years, including sequels/sets, remakes, movies named the same but unrelated, various genres, and so on. Useful for testing things like library scanning speed, library navigation, filtering, etc.

7.2 Music library

Just the one album for now but hope to increase this over time. It's a complete album in MP3 format, tagged with Musicbrainz Picard ID3v2.3 (ID3v1 ID3v2.3) with extra genre, comment and composer tags for testing. Coverart is also included as a folder.jpg file. The album is licensed "Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons license" by the artist. You can download or pay for the album here if you like it.

7.3 Fake Sports TV Show library

Here is a fake sports TV show library for use with the Kodi sports scraper. It includes a number of sports folders broken down into seasons and then events. This should work nicely with the current Sports TV scraper on the Kodi forums.

7.4 Homebrew Games and Game ROMs

These are locations to find a number of freely licensed "homebrew" games for classic consoles and stand-alone games that can be downloaded for testing with Kodi's upcoming RetroRlayer feature. They include some homebrew games for NES, SNES, and GameBoy emulators, as well as a few homebrew game titles, such as; Cannonball, xrick, ChaiLove games and Lutro games.

8 See also