XBMC Setup

Kodi Media Center

 

Contents:

About KODI
Using KODI for the first time.
Using the Remote
Playback local media files – If content is on a USB HDD
Playback local media files – If your media files are stored in SD Card
Playback local media files – If your media files are stored on a local network
Playback media from internet using Add-ons
Changing the view with View Options.
Play Options.
Video Options
Audio Options

About Kodi

Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages.

IMPORTANT:
The official Kodi version does not contain any content what so ever. This means that you should provide your own content from a local or remote storage location, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other media carrier that you own. Additionally Kodi allows you to install third-party plugins that may provide access to content that is freely available on the official content provider website. The watching or listening of illegal or pirated content which would otherwise need to be paid for is not endorsed or approved by Team Kodi.

 

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KODI Media Center allows you to play and view most videos, music such as Podcasts from the internet, and all common digital media files from local and Network storage media.

Using KODI for the first time.

When using KODI for the first time if you have a customised KODI with extra add-ons repositories. KODI should be started and then left for 5-10 minutes. this will allow KODI to update itself and the add-ons repositories

Using the Remote

The keys listed in bold are the main keys to use in KODI .  If you want to back out of any menu/screen press the Back button. If you press the home button on the remote you will leave KODI running in the background and go to back to the Android OS

Some remote are  a different Design
Most Button Symbols are the same.

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[02] Mouse

[03] Mute

[04] Up

[05] Left

[06] Right

[07] Down

[08] Enter/OK

[09] Exit/Back

[10] Home

[11] Switch

[12]Menu/Submenu

[13] Volume +

[14] Notifications

[15] Page up

[16] Volume –

[17] Page down

 

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Playback local media files

Under Videos (same as Music and Pictures) there are 2 options, Files & Add-ons. To playback local media files, select ‘Files’ and enter Files interface, as shown in the picture:

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Select ‘Add Videos…’ and a pop up window “Add Video source” will comes out.

Select ‘Browse’ and a list of devices will comes out.

If content is on a USB HDD

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Go to Video then below that will be word “files”.

Select Files.

If at the top of the list has files select Files from list. If not press the back button.

The HDD will be listed there as udisk0

If your media files are stored in SD Card

Go to Video then below that will be word “files”.

Select Files.

If at the top of the list has files select Files from list. If not press the back button.

The SD card will be listed there as sdcard1

 

If your media files are stored on a local network

Scroll down and select ‘Windows network (SMB)’ this is the easiest and best way to see files on a shared network.

This option will browse your network for a workgroup then a server. Then you select your server and then you select the folder you would like to add.

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See the below video to help you.


Playback media from internet using Add-ons

The real power of KODI comes from the vast selection of user created Add-ons that are available though our repositories. There are Add-Ons for popular web services, applications and scripts.

 

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KODI comes with some free internet podcast channels, to view these channels,

go to Videos (or Music) and select Add-ons.

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Once you enter Add-ons, you will see a list of different channels. These channels are in alphabetical order, browse through the list and select the desire channels and start playback the internet media.

 

Note: On new installations/setups this list will be empty. All you will see is ‘get more’ and you have to install your required add-ons. This list is called the add-ons repository.  See how to install add-ons by checking our guide to installing Add-ons.

KODI Add-ons How to Guide LINK

Changing the view with View Options.

In the default view. Item are in a list as shown below.

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You have options to change this. On most screens there are options. To see if there are options will see and arrow on a side bade as shown below.

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To access this you will need to click to the left(or up depending on your current view). This will open the view options.

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You can change the view to you what you like.

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This also applies to movies and TV shows.

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Play Options.

When a movie is played you will have play options. Ie Pause/Play/Stop etc.. To bring these up you will need to press the ‘OK’ button and it will bring up the below bar. To hide this bar press the back button.

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Video Options

The video options are accessible via the Play Options.

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Audio Options

The Audio options are accessible via the Play Options.

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Final notes:

KODI is a large program with many features. Sometimes this can make it a little harder to use but it will open up a new world of entertainment. There are many more guides around the internet on KODI. Uncle Google will help you find them.