Player process info

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1 Introduction

Kodi can display information about the system and the media that is currently being played. This information is available through a number of on-screen overlays.

The first two overlays below are new for Kodi v17 and above. In v16 and earlier, the Codec Info screen was used.[1]


2 Player Process Info

The Player Process Information OSD details the static information (metadata) of the Audio and Video streams in use.

The OSD can be activated using one of the following methods...

  • Pressing o on a keyboard
  • Pressing the equivalent key on your remote control. This is not a standard button press and will need to be mapped to your remote control. See: Keymap Editor
  • Using one of the remote control Apps, special functions are available to activate and deactivate this OSD

The following is a brief description of the information being displayed:

Video decoder
Describes the video decoder currently in use. The decoder will vary depending on operating system. See... Intro to FFmpeg Decoders
The item in brackets indicates whether decoding is currently being performed by Hardware (HW) or Software (SW). See... Platform Specific Hardware Acceleration settings
Pixel format
The pixel format in use.[2] [3]
Deinterlace method
The method used to deinterlace the currently playing video stream, if required.
Video stream
A number of items detailing the properties of the video stream. The values shown in the image are an example and will vary with the media being played.
720x576 px - Resolution of the image in pixels. Based on the Storage Aspect Ratio (SAR)
1.78 AR - The aspect ratio of the image. Based on the Display Aspect Ratio (DAR)
25.000 FPS - The frame rate of the video stream
Audio stream
A number of items detailing the properties of the audio stream. The values shown in the image are an example and will vary with the media being played.
FL,FR,FC,LFE,SL,SR - The audio channels in the audio stream
ac3 - The audio coding format
32 bits - The bit depth of the audio stream
48,000 Hz - The sample rate
System memory usage
The memory currently being used on the system. This is a total usage by all processes, not just Kodi
System CPU usage
The CPU currently being used on the system. This is a total usage by all processes, not just Kodi


3 Player Debug Info

The Player Debug Info screen displays real-time dynamic data of the current audio/video streams.

The OSD can be activated using one of the following methods...

  • Pressing ctrl+ Shift+o on a keyboard
  • Pressing the equivalent key on your remote control. This is not a standard button press and will need to be mapped to your remote control. See: Keymap Editor
  • Using one of the remote control Apps, special functions are available to activate and deactivate this OSD

The following is a brief description of the information being displayed:

Line 1
aq:87% - The audio queue saturation
Kb/s:4355.67 - Current audio bitrate reported by the player
Line 2
vq:99% - Video queue saturation
Mb/s:25.83 - Current video bitrate reported by the player
fr:23.976 - Source frame rate
drop:0 - Number of dropped frames
skip:0 - Number of skipped frames
pc:1 - Pullup correction pattern length
Player
a/v:0.023 - Audio/video sync difference in real time
forward:0.000000 - Cache amount in MB [4]
100% - Percentage of cache in use
VSyncOff
Indicates the offset between the vertical sync signal of the display and the timestamps of the video frames. [5]
This offset is used for audio visual synchronisation.
If VSyncOff is greater than zero and constant, then synchronisation is all good.
If the value shows 0.0, the framerate (fps) of the video does not match the refresh rate (Hz) of the display which may cause micro-stuttering of the video, especially during panning shots.
Latency
0.066 - Adjustment in seconds required to sync audio and video


4 Video Debug Info

This display is available on MS Windows systems only.

The Video Debug Info screen displays additional video stream and HDR metadata, shader and swapchain information (flip, discard / sequential), Windows HDR state, all of which are not available elsewhere in Kodi[6]

The OSD can be activated using one of the following methods...

  • Pressing alt+o on a keyboard
  • Pressing the equivalent key on your remote control. This is not a standard button press and will need to be mapped to your remote control. See: Keymap Editor
  • Using one of the remote control Apps, special functions may be available to activate and deactivate this OSD



5 Display Info

The Display Information screen displays the View Mode, Aspect Ratio and other display related data.

The OSD can be activated using one of the following methods...

  • Pressing z on a keyboard
  • Pressing the equivalent key on your remote control. This is not a standard button press and will need to be mapped to your remote control. See: Keymap Editor
  • Using one of the remote control Apps, special functions are available to activate and deactivate this OSD

The following data is displayed

View Mode
The zoom/crop/stretch mode currently in use. For available options see: Video Settings.
Sizing
Information about the output display of the video stream
(720,576)->(1920,1080) = (Resolution of video)->(Output resolution) Reveals any upscaling or downscaling. The example shows upscaling by Kodi and your TV may further upscale. eg in this example a 4K TV will upscale from 1920x1080 to 3840x2160.
(Zoom x1.00) Reveals if any zoom has been applied
AR:1.78:1 Aspect Ratio of video
(Pixels: 1.00:1) Pixel ratio in use
(VShift: 0.00) Amount of Vertical Shift applied
See: Video Settings for more information.
Screen resolution
Reported resolution to Kodi. Usually the resolution set on the graphics card, and the TV may then further upscale. Also displays the type of Full Screen in use.



6 Debug Mode

Although normally used to enable debug logging in the Kodi log files, the overlay provides additional useful information.

LOG
Reveals the location of the debug log
MEM
System memory available / Total system memory in Kilobytes
FPS
The refresh rate of the display
CPU
#The CPU thread : The work load on the thread as a percentage of maximum rated


7 References



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