XBMC Media Center 13.2 / 14.0 Beta 3
User-friendly media hub
From XBMC Media Center’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.
XBMC Media Center 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, XBMC Media Center 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 XBMC Media Center’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 XBMC Media Center’s interface and use the desired colors, backgrounds and menu structures.
Reviewed by George Popescu, last updated on November 20th, 2014, 10:44
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- The Next Generation of Video Codecs:
- To begin, Kodi has been updated to use FFmpeg 2.2.4. For users, this means Kodi will now be capable of playing back h.265 (also known as HEVC) and VP9 video codecs. This 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. A 1 GB file could be compressed to 500 MB without any loss in perceivable quality. 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.
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