Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center) 14.0
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What's new in Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center) 14.0:
- THE NEXT GENERATION OF VIDEO CODECS:
- To begin, Kodi has been updated to use FFmpeg 2.4.4. For users, this means Kodi will now be capable of playing back h.265 (also known as HEVC) and VP9 video codecs. The use of HEVC and VP9 could result in dramatically smaller video files sizes with exactly the same level of quality. A 40 GB file could be compressed to 20 GB. Users with particularly large libraries or interest in 4K video may be especially likely to appreciate this update. Software support for the VP9 video codec is also included.
- The caveat to this update is that the decoding of h.265 is entirely software based. This means most low power systems, such as those operating Android or iOS, may struggle compared to the heftier HTPCs or Intel NUCs and ZOTAC ZBOXes that are running desktop and laptop processors.
- LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS:
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User-friendly media hub
From Kodi’s main window you can quickly and effortlessly play films, home made videos, music, podcasts and all sorts of digital media files stored on your local or network drive and even from the Internet.
Kodi comes with support for MP3, FLAC, WMA and WAV file formats, offers a cue sheet, smart playlists, tagging support and cue sheet that offers you total control over your music library.
As expected from a media hub, Kodi provides support for almost all popular video formats, including streamable online media. You can easily import, browse and play various videos from your Movie collections.
Pictures and TVShows
What is more, you can import pictures into the library and navigate through your collection using different view modes, sort and filter the displayed images and start, pause and stop a slideshow using your remote control.
Thanks to the TVShows library you can view your episodes and seasons along with their posters and banners, descriptions and cast. The watched tags help you keep track of all viewed episodes and pick up from where you left off.
Personal Video Recorder
Another useful feature is Kodi’s ability to display and record live TV directly from within the app. You can enjoy this feature in the combination with various backends like MythTV, MediaPortal, Tvheadend, NextPVR and many others.
Extendable through Add-Ons
On top of that, you can explore the comprehensive and vast selection of user-created add-ons that can be used to access and use popular web services, applications or scripts. Moreover, you can completely change Kodi’s interface and use the desired colors, backgrounds and menu structures.
Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center) was reviewed by George Popescu, last updated on December 23rd, 2014
Runs on: Mac OS X 10.5 or later (Intel only)