Settings/System/Display

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1 General

1.1 Monitor

Settings level: Basic
Description: Select which screen Kodi is displayed on (for multi-screen setups).


1.2 Display mode

Settings level: Basic
Description: Changes the way Kodi is displayed on the selected screen. Either in a window or fullscreen.


1.3 Whitelist

Settings level: Expert
Description: Whitelisted modes depending on the connected screen/monitor/TV which are allowed to be switched to when changing resolution and refresh rate.


1.4 Resolution

Settings level: Basic
Description: Changes the resolution of the User Interface. Has no effect for playback. The ideal setting is the highest resolution your hardware supports and/or what the TV/Monitor is capable of. Be aware that reducing the resolution will pixelate the interface but it will not reduce the display size as the TV will always zoom the image to fill the screen. This setting is not available if you selected "Windowed" at the setting above.


1.5 Use fullscreen window

Settings level: Basic
Description: If enabled, fullscreen mode will be applied by using a window instead of the real fullscreen mode. This mode uses more resources so playback may be less smooth on lower powered hardware.

This setting is available when Kodi is installed on MS Windows. The main benefit is for multi-screen configurations, so that other applications can be used at the same time more easily. It does not use the DirectX fullscreen mode and prevents automatic minimising of the screen when Kodi loses focus.


1.6 Blank other displays

Settings level: Standard
Description: In a multi-screen configuration, enable this setting to black-out the monitor that is not displaying Kodi. Occurs on Kodi startup and requires a restart of Kodi when changing the setting.


1.7 Delay after change of refresh rate

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Delay a reset event after a change of refresh rate. Available options are:
  • Off
  • 0.1 - 20.0 seconds in 0.1 second increments

When a Refresh Rate change occurs, there is a period of time when there is no video and audio available. This is defined by the video driver and display device and affects VideoPlayer and PictureViewer and other components.
This setting allows you to delay the reset event and is useful for momentay refresh rate changes that then return to the previous refresh rate. This is not normally an issue with normal video playback, but can be experienced on multi-screen configurations where other work is being conducted on the second screen.
This setting works in conjunction with Adjust display refresh rate
Note: All TV's will pause and blank when there is a change of Refresh Rate. This is not a problem with your TV or attached hardware.


1.8 Dithering

Settings level: Expert
Description: Eliminate banding caused by RGB level conversion or other processing by adding a small amount of noise to the picture. This can be disabled for slower systems, or when Kodi is set to limited range RGB output and no video processing is needed.


1.9 Colour management

Settings level: Expert
Description: Reproduce video colours accurately using a display profile or a 3D lookup table.


1.10 Use limited colour range (16-235)

Settings level: Expert
Description: Use limited colour range (16-235) instead of full colour range (0-255). Limited range should be used if your display is a regular HDMI TV and does not have a PC or other mode to display full range colour, however if your display is a PC monitor, then this setting should be disabled for correct Blacks.

If blacks are more like grey, there is a Colour Space error in the Kodi -> Hardware -> TV display chain. Read the following guides to help understand and locate the incorrect setting.

See Also: Setting Correct Colour Space
See Also: Colour Spaces Explained


2 Stereoscopic 3D

This section relates to playing 3D content


2.1 Stereoscopic 3D mode / Current

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Set the preferred 3D mode for the User Interface. Available options are:
  • Disabled
  • Over / Under
  • Side by Side
  • Anaglyph red / cyan
  • Anaglyph green / magenta
  • Anaglyph yellow / blue
  • Interlaced
  • Checkerboard
  • Monoscopic / 2D
See Also: Kodi and 3D


2.2 Preferred mode

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Set the preferred for when stereoscopic 3D media is played. Available options are:
  • Same as movie
  • Over / Under
  • Side by Side
  • Anaglyph red / cyan
  • Anaglyph green / magenta
  • Anaglyph yellow / blue
  • Interlaced
  • Checkerboard
See Also: Kodi and 3D


3 Calibration

This section provides basic tools that allow you to check and calibrate your display. As the topic of calibration is a complex issue and affects the Screen display and not Kodi it is outside the scope of this wiki. If you are unsure how to use these tools, then an online search should return numerous guides.


3.1 Number of buffers used by graphics driver

Settings level: Advanced
Description: Defines the number of presentation buffers used by the graphics driver. Select 2 if the driver uses double buffering or 3 for triple buffering. You should consult the vendor for information on which buffering method your system uses. The default setting is 3. If tearing is visible in the display, adjust this setting.

Triple buffering is termed Fast Sync by Nvidia. Other vendors may refer to it as Page Flip and Render Ahead

See Also: Graphic Driver Buffers
See Also: Double & Triple Buffering


3.2 Video calibration

Settings level: Expert
Description: Calibrate the user interface by adjusting the overscan. Use this tool if the image being displayed is too large or small for your display.

Note: Always adjust the TV display settings first. Most issues are due to overscan and similar settings being enabled on the TV/monitor. Trying to adjust this setting in Kodi while these settings on the TV are enabled will have you running in circles and never being able to fix the issue.
Use this tool if the image being displayed is too large or small for your display. Simply adjust the screen so that the arrows are in the top left and bottom right corners and that the entire frame is visible on screen.

It offers the ability to adjust:

  • The overscan of the video - How close to the edges of the screen that the image is displayed.
  • The position where subtitles are displayed (default 1042 for 1080p, 694 for 720p and 463 for 480p).
  • The pixel ratio allows you to calibrate the aspect ratio at which videos are played.


Press ENTER on your keyboard / remote for the next section of the calibration. Use the +++ keys to make adjustments. Press Esc or back to return to the Settings page.



3.3 Test Patterns

Settings level: Expert
Description: The test patterns used in Kodi are PLUGE patterns, which stands for Picture Line-Up Generation Equipment and are used to adjust the black level (brightness) and contrast of the TV/Monitor. These patterns are only accurate if the setting Use limited color range (16-235) is active.

Referring to the image below:

Top left and bottom right quadrants- are used to set the brightest part of the video. It consists of a black (0,0,0 or 16,16,16 for broadcast video) area with a white (235,235,235) block in the center and a blinking circle in the very center. The circle blinks alternately between 255,255,255 and 222,222,222. On a properly calibrated display you should be able to see the 222,222,222 circle as dimmer than the surrounding rectangle. But the 255,255,255 circle should look the same as the 235,235,235 surround.

Top right and bottom left quadrants- are used to set the darkest part of the video. It consists of a white (235,235,235) area with a black (16,16,16) block in the center and a blinking circle in the very center. The circle blinks alternately between 0,0,0 and 28,28,28. On a properly calibrated display you should be able to see the 28,28,28 circle as brighter than the surrounding rectangle. But the 0,0,0 circle should look the same as the 16,16,16 surround.

The thin frame line denotes a 10% overscan area.

See Also: AVSHD Calibration Tutorial



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