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List and links compiled and maintained by @hdmkv. Last updated March 28, 2024

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.

For any YouTube video, use 4K Video Downloader or JDownloader2 to download and save.

4K (UltraHD) Formats

  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. HEVC 10-bit 59.94fps (Korean ATSC 3.0 satellite TV capture sample)
  4. HDR 10-bit HEVC 24fps (in MP4, 'Exodus' sample)
  5. HDR 10-bit HEVC 25fps (in TS, Astra DVB satellite capture sample; no audio) (courtesy WeTek)
  6. HDR 10-bit HEVC 59.94fps (in MP4, Camp by Sony)
  7. HDR10 HEVC 59.94 (in mov, @hdmkv's iPhone 11 Pro Max raw 4K footage using 4K HDR Video Recorder app)
  8. HDR10+ Int'l Space Station Sample (in 24fps TS)
  9. HDR10+ Profile A HEVC 10-bit 23.976 Sample (in MKV with DTS:X audio)
  10. HDR10+ Profile B HEVC 10-bit 23.976 Sample (in MKV with EAC-3 JOC ATMOS audio)
  11. HDR10+ Dynamic Metadata Test 60fps (in MP4)
  12. Hybrid HDR10+ with Dolby Vision Sample (in MKV with TrueHD 5.1 audio)
  13. 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)
  14. Dolby Vision w/embedded HLG HEVC 60fps (in mov, Photography Blog's iPhone 13 Pro raw 4K footage)
  15. Dolby Vision 10-bit HEVC 23.976fps (in TS, LG Comparison Demo) (thanks @soyhakan)
  16. Dolby Vision 10-bit HEVC 23.976fps (in TS, LG Trailer) (thanks @soyhakan)
  17. Dolby Vision FEL Test Samples (shared by @markswift2003; see instructions on how to assess)
  18. Dolby Vision Mystery Box (Profile 5)
  19. Dolby Vision 'Glass Blowing' Test Samples (Profiles 5 & 8.1) (hosted officially by Dolby Developer)
  20. Dolby Vision Color Accuracy Sample (Profile 7) (assess proper color rendering, flesh tones)
  21. Dolby Vision MP4 Samples (hosted by Demolandia)
  22. LG Dolby Vision Demo Clips (change extension from .lge to .mkv after downloading)
  23. VP9 (YouTube)
  24. VP9 Profile 2 HDR 24fps The Redwoods (in MKV) (thanks @wesk05)
  25. VP9 Profile 2 HDR 59.94fps The World in HDR (in MKV) (thanks @wesk05)
  26. ProRes HDR DCI-P3 Strobe Scientist
  27. AV1 8K 60fps HDR Alaska
  28. AV1 12K 60fps HDR Deepest Blacks

HD/object-based Audio Test Clips

  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 #10 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)
  15. DTS:X 11-channel Object Emulator (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  16. DTS:X 'Gravity' Demo (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  17. DTS:X 'Movement' Demo (M2TS @ 1080p/23.976) (thanks @wesk05)
  18. LPCM 5.1 (MKV @ 1080p/23.976) (thanks @wesk05)
  19. LPCM 7.1 (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  20. AAC 5.1
  21. FLAC 2.0 to 7.1 Test Files
  22. FLAC 5.1 and 7.1 audio-only samples

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. 'Avatar: The Way of the Water' 3D ISO & SBS Trailers
  7. 3D MVC ISO Barco Stinger Trailer (1080p/24)
  8. 3D MVC ISO Dolby 3D Glasses Return Clip (1080p/24)
  9. 3D Immersive MVC Sample (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  10. 3D MVC IMAX Countdown (MKV @ 1080p/23.976 with DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  11. 3D MVC DTS Paint Symphony (MKV @ 1080p/23.976 with DTS-HD MA 7.1)
  12. H(SBS) Alita Battle Angel Trailer (side-by-side) (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)
  13. H(TAB)/HOU (top-and-bottom/half-over-under) (MKV @ 1080p/23.976)

Codecs, Framerates, Black-levels and Subtitles

  1. RTINGS 24p Judder Test (H.264 1080p/24.000) (MP4) (this is failing, and this is passing)
  2. H.264 1080p/23.976 (MKV)
  3. H.264 1080p/24 (MKV)
  4. H.264 1080i/25 (MKV)
  5. H.264 1080p/25 (MKV)
  6. H.264 1080i/29.97 4:2:0@High 26Mbps (C-Band satellite capture in MKV w/DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio, converted from E-AC3) (thanks @alanisrox69)
  7. H.264 1080p/50 (MKV)
  8. H.264 1080p/59.94 (MKV)
  9. H.264 1080p/60 (MKV)
  10. VC-1 1080p/23.976 (MKV w/TrueHD 5.1 audio)
  11. VC-1 1080i/29.97 (MKV w/DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio)
  12. MPEG2 1080i/29.97 (U.S. ATSC OTA capture w/DD5.1 audio, muxed into MKV)
  13. MPEG2 4:2:0@High 1080i/29.970 36Mbps (C-Band satellite capture in TS w/DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, converted from E-AC3) (thanks @alanisrox69 for #13-15)
  14. MPEG2 4:2:0@High 720p/59.94 20Mbps (C-Band satellite capture in TS)
  15. MPEG2 4:2:2@High 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)
  16. Hi10 Anime Samples (thanks @Morien)
  17. H.265 1080p (medium bitrate) Test #1 in ISO, and in MKV (thanks @Mike)
  18. 2D Forced Subtitles Sample #1 (SRT)
  19. 2D Forced Subtitles Sample #2 (PGS)
  20. 3D Subtitles (use clip #2 in '3D Test Clips' section above)
  21. Black Level Test #1 Sample (evaluate quality of your display's blacks in SDR) (1080p MKV) (thanks
  22. Black Level Test #2 Sample (evaluate quality of your display's blacks in HDR) (4K MKV)
  23. Dolby Vision Test Pattern Suite

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

Resources for Additional Test Clips or Samples

Library samples

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.

Fake TVShow library

A zipped collection of 1,273 empty tvshow files and various show artwork. Contains 20 popular TVShows.

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.

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.

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.

See also