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Solve Kodi 17 won’t play MP4 Issue

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Why Can’t Play MP4 on Kodi 17 Smoothly?

Kodi provide you a chance to puts your smart TV to shame. Good news, Kodi 17 is coming. Most Kodi fans start to upgrade Kodi 14/15 to Kodi 17 for better playback. Kodi works good and plays a few pieces from films and similar in AVI, all working well, until user tried to play an MP4 video: Kodi 17 won’t play MP4 well, for example: When user play MP4 in Kodi 17, Kodi 17 can’t recognize this file, some user is watching MP4 in Kodi 17, about 5 min into a movie the audio would start to stutter and lose sync, after that the video would start to show what looked like really bad compression artifacts and finally the playback would start skipping forward through the movie like fast forwarding. So terrible.

Why Kodi 17 won’t play MP4 well? Even though MP4 is the most popular video format that can be supported by many media players, at the same time, it also cause many troubles. MP4 is a video contaniner which holds different video and audio codec, at the same time, some other vidoe parameters are different too, such as: Video bit rate, video frame, video resolution, audio codec, audio sample rate, and so on, This factors also can affect user to enjoy MP4 on Kodi 17 happily. Whatever you are a video expert or a beginner, the best way to play MP4 on Kodi is to convert MP4 to other Kodi supported video formats, of course, you can edit the MP4 coedc and other video factors to Kodi 17 best supported parameters.

Best Way to Play MP4 on Kodi 17 Happily

From the constant software test and verify, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows is worthy having a try, which is clean and safe, to PC and software beginner, learn this video converter just need 2 minutes. What’s more, this software can supprt Windows and Mac operating system.

First, user can convert MP4 to Kodi 17 supported video format, like: WMV, MPEG, AVI, FLV, etc. If just can provide the simple MP4 video conversion, it’s hard to say this vidoe converter is your best assistant. user can upscale video to 4K resolution and play 4K video in Kodi. In addition, Kodi 17 can support 3D SBS, TAB, anaglyph, do you want to change 2D to 3D video and play 3D video on Kodi? Here, you can convert common vidoe to 3D easily.

Except the powerful video conversion, video setting and editing features are excellent too, the video setting feature can help user to solve most video incompatibility issue, take MP4 as the example, user can change the MMP4 video and audio codec to KOdi 17 best supported codec, about the video out-sync condition, user can adjust the frame and bit rate. More information, this review can tell you.

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MP4 Conversion Steps for better Playing MP4 on Kodi 17

Step 1. Import MP4 Movies files

User can have a try, download the Trial version which is free. Launch the application on your computer, click “File” > “Load Video/Audio” or “Load from Folder” to import MP4 files to this MP4 video converter. By the way, this software can support DVD and Blu-ray import and conversion.

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Step 2. 2 Options for Playing MP4 on Kodi 17

Option 1. Choose MP4 to Kodi 17 Best Video Formats

MP4 is a good video format, when you meet the MP4 trouble in Kodi 17, you can drop this video and choose another video format that is supported by Kodi 17. such as: WMV . Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down option, select to output Kodi best playable video formats by following “HD Video” > ” WMV HD Video(*.wmv)”.

HD WMV

Option 2. Adjust MP4 Video Parameters

To some video expert whi know the Kodi and MP4 video well, this option is easy to do, user can click "Setting", in this window, user can adjust the video and audio codec, video size, frame, resolution, bit rate, etc. If user don’t know the right data, the best way is to keep the original setting.

AVI settings

Step 3. Start MP4 to Kodi 17 Conversion

After all the setting is done, go back to the main interface, then click "Browse" to choose output video save location, the hit "Convert" to begin the magic vidoe conversion. When you are waiting the result, you can watch the video at the preview window.

Is it easy? When user meet any video trouble in Kodi, this video converter is your video doctor and help you to play video in Kodi without any worry. Hope this article can solve your MP4 in Kodi issue.

How to Play MKV VOBSubs/PGS in Kodi?

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MKV is a container in which there can be many different kinds of ‘streams’ including video, audio and subtitle. One MKV may look great in Kodi while others may not depending on what is inside. For example, when your MKV has DVD VOBSubs or Blu-ray PGS subtitles, your subtitles on MKV will look bad in Kod.

"I’ve got an .mkv file with embedded subtitles, but when I play the movie they look like crap. When I play other movies and DL the subs from OpenSubtitles or whatever, they look way better. Anyoone have any ideas on how to fix this? I’ve not found anything online, and it’s driving me crazy. Thanks for any help!"

Some subtitles are text based (like .srt and .ass) which means KODI renders them onto the screen. These often look great. Other subtitles are graphic /video based (like original DVD VOBSUB and BluRay PGS subtitles) and can look pretty bad as KODI has no control over them (they are simply a video containing the subtitles to be overlaid onto the picture). So when your MKV video is played with bad subtitles in Kodi, you can do as below shown.

Step 1: Check MKV subtitle format

You can use a program like Media Info to check what type of subtitles they are. You can enter into Media Info official site from here: https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo

Step 2: Add Subtitle Add-on in Kodi

If your MKV subtitles are VOBSub and Blu-ray PGS graphic subtitles, you should use SRT subtitles. You can try downloading and installing any of the Subtitle add-ons that will download new .srt in the same folder as your movie in Kodi. OpenSubtitles.org is suggested here.

To install this add-on you must do so from the Add-on manager from within Kodi by going to:

  1. Settings
  2. Add-ons
  3. Install from repository (v15/v16) / Get add-ons (v14)
  4. Kodi add-on repository
  5. Subtitle services
  6. OpenSubtitles.org
  7. Install

Apart from installing subtitle add-on, you also can download subtitles from subtitle sites online on your own and name the subtitle files as the same name as the video files then put the subtitle files in the same folder as your movie manually. Below are some eputable Subtitle Download Sites.

Top 10 Subtitle Download Sites

No.

Subtitle Sites Overview

1

    Moviesubtitles.org

This site has the biggest advantage of offering many languages for movies subtitles. If you want the latest one in the market, the search options allow for that as well as those that have been downloaded for many times.

2

    Subscene.com

The search for subtitles in this site is very simple once you know the right name and title. Furthermore, you will have the choice of using language to sieve your results to a manageable number. If you want to upload a movie subtitle or even rate it, subscene.com will allow for all that.

3

    Download.hr/subtitles.html

This site has subtitles arranged in an orderly manner. There are those from 0-9 in the numerical order while others are arranged alphabetically from A-Z. You will have the freedom to choose the one that suits your movies.

4

    DivXSubtitles

It is well detailed with crucial information on all the latest movie subtitles in the market. There is the date of release, title of the movie, language used and its uploader. That makes it easy for you to choose the best subtitles to download.

5

    OpenSubtitles

There are thousands of movie subtitles that you will come across at Opensubtitles.org/en. Language is the most effective option for making searches and downloading is done in a direct manner. It is also possible to upload fresh movie subtitles using this site.

6

    All 4 DIVX

All 4 DIVX does not link directly to subtitle files, it provides links to other independent web page that host subtitles files. This is a perfect subtitles download site, worth to have a free trying.

7

    SubsMax

At SubsMax, there are over one million subtitles that you can use for thousands of movies. You just need to make searches using the right language and names to end up with the most suited one for your use. This site allows for uploading of new subtitles.

8

    Subs4free.com

This is a more limited site form where you can download subtitles for movies and TV series. They have only two languages; Greek and English with the common format being DVDrip.

9

    Addic7ed.com

This is one of the popular sites where TV shows and movies subtitles can be downloaded for free and in a stress-free manner. They always have the most popular links and other relevant links to use in downloading suitable subtitles.

10

    SubtitleSource

This site supports three main formats namely XviD, DivX and x264. They are all well suited for TV series and movies so make sure your searches are precise in relation to quality and language.

When you download subtitles and want to attach external subtitles to videos, you can refer to these guides:

Convert MKV PGS subtitles and VOBSub to MKV SRT subtitles

Apart from download subtitles from sites, you also can directly convert MKV PGS subtitle and DVD VOBSub to srt subtitles directly with some subtitle converter. SupRip lets you OCR and detect text within subtitles as used by HD-DVD and Bluray movies. You can then save the text as a SRT file to be included in reencoded movies.

Download: Download SupRip 1.16

Step 1. Start SupRip, load the SUP file with the “Open” button.

Step 2. Click “Auto-OCR” to automatically scan the whole file and leave any unknown characters alone.

Step 3. Go to the SRT tab.

Step 4. Review the subtitles and statistics. Change some options there if you want.

Step 5. Save the SRT file with the “Save” button.

How to name multiple srt files so that the language shows to select:

1. name the subtitles exactly as the video stream. E.g. 00033.m2ts-> 00033.srt
2. give an id to subtitles with different languages. E.g. name English subtitles xxx.en.srt and German subtitles xxx.de.srt

Learn More:

If your MKV is ripped from Blu-ray and DVD, Pavtube ByteCopy/Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac can directly help you extract SRT subtitles from Blu-ray and DVD movies and it also allows you to add external srt/ass/ssa subtitles to Blu-ray and DVD movies. It can directly convert Blu-ray to lossless MKV with converting Blu-ray PGS subtitles to DVDSUB. If you only want subtitles when actors are saying a foreign language, you also can rip Blu-ray and DVD with forced subtitles.

 

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How to Play H.265/HEVC on Kodi flawlessly?

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More and more video files have popped up in x265/HEVC format recently and some have trouble getting the HEVC/H.265 files to playback in Kodi. From time to time, you might found that you can play a whole bunch of x265 files in VLC happily and smoothly but when open Kodi through and then it’s laggy, out of sync and drops more frames than it shows.

H.265/HEVC to Kodi

Does Kodi support H.265/HEVC? Actualy, the short answer should be YES. Kodi gives its explanation about HEVC supporting on Wiki as below:

H.265/HEVC Support in Kodi

Kodi v14 introduced software decoding support for HEVC. Kodi v15 introduced limited hardware decoding support for some devices, such as a few Android-based video decoders, for Linux on Amlogic SoCs and for Windows via DXVA. Kodi v16 further improved hardware decoding on Android and Windows and introduced it via VAAPI and VDPAU API on linux. Most HTPCs do not have hardware decoding support for HEVC, so they will need a fairly powerful desktop class CPU in order to playback HEVC videos.

So, the reasons for Kodi H.265/HEVC playback issues will be various.When you can’t play H.265/HEVC files on Kodi, you can try the mothods below.

Method 1: Upgrade older Kodi version to the latest Kodi v16/v17 beta

Kodi uses ffmpeg as its video decoder, so I’d guess that whatever version of Kodi you are running is using an older version of ffmpeg. Try using the latest Kodi v16 beta (beta 2 currently) which may have improved performance. You might also give OpenELEC a try if you don’t need Windows, since it’s far more optimal than Windows for running Kodi (esp the Intel/VAAPI/EGL builds)

Method 2: Set the video cache 

If you have some issues popped up – got a bunch of HEVC/H.265 files and the audio was severely behind and your PC has no hardware support either. You can drop a RAM in it and set the video cache to something like 4 or 5 GB. Afterward, the video playback / audio sync was a non issue again. Audio sync seemed to be more prevalent in movies than tv shows encoded.

Method 3: Install Hevc Bluray add-on in Kodi

Hevc Bluray is a new add-on that is available through the Entertainment repo. It​ is a great add-on for Movies new & old in HD 720p, 1080p & 3D in High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). Also has some 1080p tv episodes. Read Top 15 Addons for kodi 2016

This add-on is not supported by the KodiTeam or XBMC foundation. Please do not post questions on the forum.kodi.tv website relating to this add-on

  • Open Kodi
  • Select SYSTEM > File Manager
  • Select Add Source
  • Select None
  • Type the following EXACTLY http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and select Done
  • Highlight the box underneath Enter a name for this media Source & type fusion
  • Select OK
  • Go back to your Home Screen
  • Select SYSTEM
  • Select Add-Ons
  • Select Install from zip file
  • Select fusion
  • Select xbmc-repos
  • Select english
  • Select repository.entertainmentrepobackup-x.x.x.zip
  • Wait for Add-on enabled notification
  • Select Install from repository or Get Add-Ons on Helix
  • Select Entertainment Repo
  • Select Video Add-Ons
  • Select HevcBluray
  • Select Install
  • Wait for Add-on enabled notification

HevcBluray is now installed and ready to use. As usual the add-on can be accessed via VIDEOS > Add-Ons > HevcBluray

Method 4: Transcode H.265 to H.264 for Kodi

If you tried all the ways above and still can’t play H.265 videos with Kodi, this way must be effective. You can re-encode H.265 video to H.264 video for Kodi playback. With Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, you can easily convert H.265/HEVC video to H.264/AVC files. This video transcoder can transcode H.265 MKV, H.265 MP4 and other H.265 files to H.264 MKV, H.264 MP4 for Kodi playing. It even can convert 2D video to SBS 3D for Kodi 3D playback. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is also a Blu-ray Ripper that can bypass Blu-ray AACS, BD+, up to MKV V61 and MKB V62 to convert H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC Blu-ray to H.264 MP4/MKV for Kodi.

          

Step 1. Import H.265 video files.

Launch H.265 to H.264 converter on Windows. click “File” to import your H.265 video files. If you want to convert H.265/H.264 Blu-ray to Kodi, you need a Blu-ray drive to read Blu-ray disc.

Step 2. Choose target format

Click “Format” bar to open the format profile list, you can choose H.264 video from “Common Video” and “HD Video” categories. Each category contains many format, like MP4, MOV, AVI, etc. You can choose any one you need. Here, we take H.264 MP4 as instance.

Tip: You are allowed to adjust video and audio parameters if you are not satisfied with the default settings. Presets like size, bitrate, frame rate, audio channels, etc. can be customized in your own way.

Step 3. Start transcoding H.265/HEVC video files to H.264/AVC MP4 for Kodi

Now hit on the “Convert” button on software main interface to start the H.265 to H.264 conversion. When it finished, just open the output folder to find the generated video.

If your Kodi and hardware is normal, there won’t be any issues to play H.264 video on Kodi. In addition, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate also can convert VC-1 MKV to Kodi, compress 4K to Kodi and even rip any DVD to Kodi.

Hope you can solve your problem of Kodi can’t play H.265/HEVC files here.

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    Copy DVD to Computer for Kodi Streaming Around House

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    There are lots of reasons why you might want to rip and copy a movie from a DVD and store it on your PC. One of the reasons is that by ripping DVD to PC, you can stream your DVD collection around your house. If you store them on a shared folder for some media server such as Plex, you will be able to stream the DVD movies throughout the house through Kodi via the server. Is it attractive?

    DVD to PC for Kodi

    So how to rip DVD to PC for kodi streaming around house? Of course, you need a DVD Decrypter in that standard commercial DVDs have protection. DVD Ripper can remove DVD copy protection and convert DVD to Kodi supported media. Web searching "DVD to Kodi converter", you will be recommended many softwares.

    Through comparing and testing, we finally suggest you  Pavtube ByteCopy, I remove the copy protection from DVD and backup DVD to PC in Kodi format like MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, etc. It can quickly remove DVD encryption including CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney x-project DRM, etc and copy, rip, convert DVD to computer hard drive for kodi streaming throughout the house.

    Main features of ByteCopy:

    • Best DVD ripping software on the market
    • Rip DVD to Kodi supported file formats
    • Rip and convert DVD movies to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV,etc with high quality.
    • Makes 1:1 copy of original DVD Disc without quality loss with all audio streams, subtitle tracks, extras, etc.
    • With CUDA/AMD GPU acceleration, and you will take short time of converting and get hours of enjoyments.
      It’s simple to use and well worth the investment.
    • Also supports to rip Blu-ray to Kodi.
    • Rip DVD to lossless/uncompressed MKV
    • Convert DVD to multi-track MP4 for Kodi.

    You can free download and install here:
              

    How to Rip DVD to PC for Kodi Streaming Around House?

    Step 1: Install ByteCopy and Load DVD.

    Free download Pavtube ByteCopy, install and launch it. Insert DVD into disc drive, click the “Load file(s)” icon to browse to disc drive and import DVD into this app.

    Note: If you are using a Mac, Please download Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac.

    Step 2: Select video format and set profile.

    Choose from “Format” menu for Kodi playable video. In order to get Kodi file, you are suggested to follow the path “HD Video” > “MP4 HD Video(*.mp4)” as output format.If you want to rip DVD to Kodi with multiple subtitle and audio tracks, you can choose multi-track MP4 from "Multi-track Video".

    Tip: Parameters including video codec, video file size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channels, and more in Settings can be reset to get a satisfying video/audio enjoyment on Kodi. 

    Step 3: Start to backup DVD to PC for Kodi

    Click the big “Convert” to start the conversion. The conversion speed also depends on your computer configuration. My suggestion is not to play nor edit videos when it’s converting. After conversion, click “Open” or “Open output folder” to quick locate converted files.

    Once you have ripped your DVD movie to PC hard drive in MP4, it is time to add it to your Kodi movie library as the part one steps. After that, you just can freely enjoy all your DVD movies on Kodi around your house.

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    VC-1 mkvs playback in Kodi

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    Usually, when you ripped Blu-ray to MKV, you can play these Blu-ray MKV rips in Kodi successfully. But there is an exception that you can’t play the MKVs in Kodi, under which condition the Blu-ray is encoded with VC-1. Say it, Kodi can’t play AC-1 MKV files.

    Similar Search: Blu-ray to Kodi | 4K to Kodi | DVD to Kodi | iTunes to Kodi

    Problems of VC-1 mkvs playback issue in Kodi

    “Hi all, I’m experiencing issues with mkv files encoded in VC-1 (Blu-ray rips) in Kodi. Playback’s fine for a few minutes then it gets all jittery/stuttering.” –  From wetekforums.com

    “I have a kdlinks a300 and am having issues playing blu-ray rips in Kodi 15.2. All of my files were created with Make MKV, but I’ve noticed that the ones that are h.264 seem to play fine, while the ones that are VC-1 stutter and artifact and play at a low frame rate – around 13 fps or so – making them unwatchable. The audio seems to work okay, but the video looks terrible.” – From forum.kodi.tv

    “I have recently built a HTPC in which I’m using the on board Intel 4600 graphics. All my blu rays are folder rips , the majority of which play perfectly OK. However, all the VC1 format movies are unwatchable in Kodi with severe blocking and flashing artefacts.” – From forum.kodi.tv

    “Hi, I am experiencing playback problems with VC1 mkv’s using XBMC. I have tried same source files in powerdvd and they work fine.” – From forum.kodi.tv.

    From all the AC-1 MKVs troubles in Kodi, you can see when you change changed Kodi to PowerDVD, your AC-1 MKVs can be played fine. So the main reason is likely Kodi problem. When you meet AC-1 MKVs playback issue in Kodi, you can download MX Player App and try playback from a USB stick to Eliminate Kodi from the equation.

    Or software decoding should be used to change AC-1 to H.264 cause Kodi can play H.264 MKV finely.
    Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is recommended here to help you convert AC-1 mkvs to H.264 for Kodi/XBMC playing. This video encoder/decoder can convert AC-1 MKVs, even AC-1 Blu-ray to H.264 MP4, MKV to play in Kodi on Amazon Fire TV (2015), Open Hour Chameleon, Nvidia Shield, etc. It allows you to adjust video bitrate, frame rate, codec, size and audio channel, bitrate, sample rate, codec so that you can change your 23.976 AC-1 MKVs to lower 24 fps for Kodi. It has more other functions, you can read its review.

    If you are using a Mac, please turn to the equivalent Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac which can help you remux AC-1 MKVs to H.264 video for Kodi on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard.  learn >>the top 5 reasons to choose Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac. 

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    How to Convert AC-1 MKVs to H.264 for Kodi?

    Step 1. Import AC-1 MKV videos

    This program offers you two ways to upload your AC-1 MKV videos. You can either click the “Files” button to browse your hard disk or local directories and load the target files or simply drag your localAC-1 MKV videos onto the interface. The software supports batch conversion.

    Step 2: Choose H.264 Codec vidoe for Kodi

    Click “Format” to open the drop-down list. Here you can choose HD MKV or HD H.264 MP4 video for Kodi playback.

    Note: The newest Kodi version supports H.265, so you can choose “Format > HD Video” to select “H.265 Video (*.mp4)” as the output format.

    Step 3: Custom Video (Optional)

    If needed, you can open “Settings” window. Here you can make sure the output video size to be 1080p. And you can adjust video frame rate from 30 to 24 or other number.

    Step 4. Convert AC-1 MKVs to Kodi

    Click the “Convert” button at the bottom-right corner of the interface to convert the AC-1 MKV files to your Kodi. This Video Converter will finish AC-1 MKV video to Kodi supported video conversion in just a few minutes.

    After transcoded AC-1 MKVs to H.264 video, your Kodi on Amazon Fire TV, Open Hour, Samsung TV, Nvidia Shield, etc should be able to play them finelly.

    Hot News!!: Pavtube Studio is holding on Summer Vacation Promotion. In the promotion period, you can get $10 Amazon gift card only if you are the first 30 people to buy Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. You can contact our customers service staff after you purchased the software at support@pavtube.com.

    Warm Tip: If you use Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac, you can directly rip Blu-ray to H.264 MKV then you won’t have MKVs playback issue in Kodi.

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    Kodi Supported QNAP NAS

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    QNAP, Inc. today announced that its NAS officially supports Kodi (formerly XBMC) Entertainment Center. Users of x51, x53, x70, x71, x79 and x80 series NAS now can install Kodi in HD Station to enjoy an improved entertainment experience.

    As of version 14, XBMC has been renamed “Kodi”. If users have XBMC v13 installed, they can install Kodi separately to use its beautiful unified interface to enjoy pictures, videos and music. Both versions can be installed to provide users with greater choice.

    “Multimedia entertainment has become a major part of QNAP NAS, and we will continue to offer up-to-date applications and technology to provide our users with the best multimedia experience,” said Ken Cheah, product manager of QNAP.

    QNAP will also rename XBMC v13 to “HD Player” in its HD Station platform. HD Player introduces a revamped user interface for more intuitive operations and integrates the QTS Media Library and user authentication for securing NAS data.

    HD Station is a free app available in QTS, and integrates multiple applications including Kodi, HD Player, YouTube, Spotify, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, DeaDBeeF, and more. By installing HD Station and connecting the QNAP NAS to an HDMI display, users can directly enjoy the video, music and photo collections stored on their QNAP NAS, surf the web, and even control the entire experience from their mobile devices.

    Availability

    Kodi is available for the following QNAP NAS models:

    TS-251, TS-451, TS-451S, TS-651, TS-851, HS-251, TS-253 Pro, TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro, SS-453 Pro, SS-853 Pro, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC1080 Pro, TVS-EC880, TVS-EC1080, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-471, TVS-671, TVS-871, TVS-871U-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TS-470, TS-670, TS-870, TS-470 Pro, TS-670 Pro, TS-870 Pro, TS-879U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP, TS-879 Pro, TS-1079 Pro, TS-470U-RP/-SP, TS-870U-RP, TS-1270U-RP, IS-400 Pro

    Kodi for TVS-x63 series will be available in end of this April.

    Go to the App Center to download from the QNAP website

    For more information regarding the full QNAP NAS lineup, including where to buy, please visit www.qnap.com.
     
    About QNAP Inc.

    QNAP, Inc., as its brand promise “Quality Network Appliance Provider”, aims to deliver comprehensive offerings of cutting edge network attached storage (NAS) and network video recorder (NVR) solutions featured with ease-of-use, robust operation, large storage capacity, and trustworthy reliability. QNAP integrates technologies and designs to bring forth quality products that effectively improve business efficiency on file sharing, virtualization applications, storage management and surveillance in the business environments, as well as enrich entertainment life for home users with the offering of a fun multimedia center experience. Headquartered in Taipei, QNAP delivers its solutions to the global market with nonstop innovation. More information is at www.qnap.com.

    Source: https://www.qnap.com/i/useng/news/con_show.php?op=showone&cid=416

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    Play 4K on Kodi – Install 4K Media Add-On for Kodi

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    Here is a guide for installing the 4K Media add-on for Kodi. As the name suggests the add-on is focused on 4K content, but 3D & HD content is also available through the add-on.

    The content is dual audio. There is a link at the top of each section saying click to change audio. If that doesn’t work then you can change the audio stream when the content is streaming via the context menu.

    To Install:

    ● Download the Pipcan Repo and save to a location you can easily access from your Kodi device
    ● Open Kodi
    ● Select SYSTEM



    ● Select Add-Ons



    ● Select Install from zip file



    ● Navigate to where you downloaded the zip in the first step and select repository.pipcan-1.0.1.zip



    ● Wait for Add-on enabled notification



    ● Select Get Add-Ons or Install from repository on Isengard



    ● Select My Kodi Repo



    ● Select Video Add-Ons



    ● Select 4K Media



    ● Select Install



    ● Wait for Add-on enabled notification



    The 4K Media add-on is now installed and ready to use. As usual the add-on now can be accessed via VIDEOS > Add-Ons > 4K Media from your home screen.

    Src: https://seo-michael.co.uk/tutorial-how-to-install-4k-media-add-on-for-kodi/

    Best 4K to Kodi Converter to Compress 4K to 1080P for Kodi

    If you don’t insist on 4K resolution on Kodi but just want to play your 4K source on Kodi, there is a another way to help you – compress 4K to 1080P for Kodi with Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate:

    Features

    • Compress 4K to 1080P, 720P video for Kodi
    • Batch convert 4K MP4/MKV/AVI, etc to Kodi supported MP4, MKV, AVI format in 1080p
    • Add SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle to video while transcoding 4K to Kodi
    • Cut out unwanted segment in 4K video
    • Enables users to get rid of the black edges and unwanted area of the 4K file
    • You can add images or videos as watermark onto selected 4K video file. The location can also be set by dragging on the preview screen.
    • Compatible with Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
    • Has the equivalent Mac version which can make you compress 4K to Kodi supported 1080p on Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, etc.


    >> Read in-depth tutorial 

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    Download links:

    – Pavtube new official address: http://www.multipelife.com/download/video-converter-ultimate/video_converter_ultimate_setup.exe
    – Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
    – Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Ultimate/3000-2194_4-75938564.html

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    Rip and Backup Family DVD to NAS for Viewing via Kodi on Samsung TV 55 inches

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    People have higher and higher demand on DVD playback. At the beginning, people play DVD with heavy DVD drive and player. Later, people want to put DVD to NAS so that they can play it at anywhere with multiple devices:

    “I want to convert family DVD to MP4 video film to be put on a NAS for Media playback into the entertainment room, on the TV, at my house (personal use). Also, some commercial DVD that we bought and want to make them available also on my NAS so that I can play them with Kodi Media Player on the Samsung TV 55 inches connected directly to the NAS thru HDMI..”



    If your DVD have no copy protection, Handbrake would be a nice choice for its free. But for commercial DVDs, you have to search for a powerful enough DVD Ripper that can succeed in breaking down the DVD encryption. Pavtube BDMagic should be your first consideration. It can convert any commercial and region-locked DVD to NAS with both Kodi and Samsung TV supported format. What’s more, it has optimized preset for Samsung TV so that you needn’t adjust video/audio size, bitrate, frame rate, channel on your own in “Settings”. 

    Hot Search: Sony 4K XAVCS on Samsung TV | Blu-ray on Samsung 4K TV | MKV to Samsung TV 

    Free download and install: 
              

    Other Download:
    – Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-ripper/
    – Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-BDMagic/3000-7970_4-75922877.html

    How to Convert Family DVD to NAS for Viewing via Kodi on Samsung TV 55 inches?

    Step 1. Add DVD disc movies.

    Insert yourDVD disc into an DVD drive, run the program on your computer, on the main interface click “File” > “Load from disc” to import the DVD disc to the program.



    Step 2: Specify output file format.

    Click “Format” drop-down bar, scroll down to select “TVS” > “Samsung TV (*.MP4)” as the output file format for directly playing on Samsung TV.



    Step 3: Start DVD to Samsung TV format conversion process.

    One click the big button “Convert” on bottom-right corner to start conversion.

    After the conversion, click Open button to find the output files. Make sure the wireless network connection is accessible among the NAS and Samsung TV. Then just enjoy the high quality DVD movies with Kodi player on Samsung TV. 

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    Top 15 Addons for kodi 2016

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    My best live tv and best music add-on pages proved to be very popular and for some unknown reason I have not, until now, done a list of the best movie add-ons for Kodi.



    As with the other ‘best of’ pages this will be a constantly updated page where I will add any new add-ons that come along and remove any old ones that go down.

    Genesis – An add-on that everybody knows. This is without a doubt the most popular add-on for Kodi. Great features include: integrates well with Trakt and IMDB; Kodi Library integration; add accounts from Real Debrid, Ororo TV and many more; allows downloads

    SALTS – Another of the more popular movie add-ons for Kodi. Features include: Trakt integration; Kodi Library integration; allows downloads; enable/disable scrapers

    123Movies – A nice one click and watch movie add-on from the Mucky Duck repo

    1Channel – One of the oldest movie add-ons but still going strong and very popular. Features include: Kodi Library integration

    Movie Night – A decent source for one click movies. Available through the Metal Kettle repo

    HuluBox – For fans of the one click and watch type add-ons this is a good choice. Categorised in genres and recently added.

    IceFilms – Everybody nows IceFilms, nothing really needs to be said about this except for you will find everything you want. Features include: Add Real Debrid account; Downloads; Create watch queue; Resume support

    Latest Dude – A relatively new add-on but a nice option for 1080 and 720 movies

    Movie4k.to – Nice movie add-on that gets content from the Movie4k.to website. (Updated Dec 4th)

    Movie Hut – Another relatively new movie add-on. Nothing great but something you can fall back on for reliability.

    Navi-X – You can search for any movie on here and find lots of different versions including 3D, 4K, 1080

    Phoenix – One of the most famous Kodi add-ons. This has various sections ran by different members of the Kodi community. The Rockcrusher section is constantly updated with high quality movies. The Her Place section offers a more female-friendly choice of movies (I know you ladies like the same as us but there are some which you definitely prefer more), there is also a kids section in Her Place too. The One242415 section offers a nice set of collections for those who like to browse by genre. The Staael section offers HD movies from 2013, 2014 & 2015 (Updated Dec 4th)

    UK Turks – There are 2 sections in here dedicated to movies: Classic Movies and Turkish movies. The classic movies section offers classic movies from various genres and decades and the Turkish section offers Turkish movies

    Yify Movies HD – The name of the add-on is slightly misleading as it’s not HD quality, it’s good and movies load quickly and it is a one click and watch rather than click and pick a source. A decent add-on to have.

    XMovies8 – A nice one click movie add-on from Metal Kettle. Gets content from the xmovies.co website (Updated Dec 4th)


    Source: https://seo-michael.co.uk/the-best-movie-add-ons-for-kodi/

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    Watch 3D Movies on 3D TV via Kodi

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    Whether you bought a 3D TV but never play 3D movies on it? If so, you can consider to install an add-on on Kodi that you can watch 3D movies without buying premium Blu-rays. One of the best add-ons for Kodi is Phoenix. Now, learn how to install Phoenix 2.0 add-on in Kodi for watching 3D movies on 3D TV.

    Tutorial How to Install Phoenix Kodi XBMC

    • Open Kodi
    • Select SYSTEM > File Manager

    • Select Add Source

    • Select None

    • Type the following EXACTLY http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and select Done

    • Highlight the box underneath Enter a name for this media Source & type fusion

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    • Select OK

    • Go back to your Home Screen then slect SYSTEM.
    • Select Add-Ons

    • Select Install from zip file

    • Select fusion

    • Select xbmc-repos

    • Select english. Select repository.xbmchub-x.x.x.zip

    • Wait for Add-on enabled notification

    • Select Get Add-Ons or Install from repository on Isengard

    • Select TVADDONS.ag Addon Repository

    • Select Video Add-Ons

    • Select Phoenix

    • Select Install

    • Wait for Add-on enabled notification

    Phoenix is now installed and ready to use. Once you have it installed, check out the 3D movies on Kodi that Phoenix and staael2014 have available. Access Phoenix from your video add-ons and then go into the staael2014 section and then click on the 3D Movies section.

    When you hit the 3D button on your TV Remote (if you run Kodi off a Kodi box through your TV) or enable 3D on whatever display you use, your side by side image will convert into a properly 3D overlay and you can put on your 3D glasses and watch! This is a great solution to make use of your 3D TV.

    From the feedbacks in koditips.com, many people respond that after they installed the add-on, they get something like stream unplayable. Some even can’t load the 3D movies at all. Please ensure that your Phoenix must be 2.0 or higher and make sure your internet connection runs well. After that if you still have the problem with 3D films, maybe you should try a video converter.

    With Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, you can convert any 3D films to Kodi supported 3D format with excellent video quality. You can download some 3D movies to hard drive from some torrent sites and transcode them to 3D SBS MP4 for Kodi. This won’t cost you any money on Blu-ray disc cause you can download Blu-rays in “FHD3D” format from internet.

    For Mac users, the equivalent product is iMedia Converter for Mac, which has updated to support OS X El Capitan.

    Free Download Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate:

     

    Other Download:

    – Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
    – Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Ultimate/3000-2194_4-75938564.html

    How to convert 3D movies to Kodi with 3D video converter?

    Step 1: Add source video

    For disc users, click “Load from disc” to insert your Blu-ray/DVD movies to the software while you can simply drag and drop the 3D movies on computer hard drive to the app.

    Step 2: Select output format and folder

    For outputting 3D SBS MP4 for playing 3D via Kodi on 3D TV, you can choose “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mp4) ” under “3D Video” category. Then turn to “Browse”to decide the output folder.

    Tip: The most common Side-by-Side 3D TV format is the Side-by-Side Half where each sub-frame occupies just half the horizontal resolution of a full HD frame, resulting in a 3D image with 960pixels by 1080 lines instead of the 1920×1080 required for full 1080p content. This simplifies the electronics while making it compatible with HDMI 1.3 devices. So click “Settings” to make sure the video size is 1920×1080 for Half SBS.

    Step 4; Finish the conversion

    Simply click “Convert” on the interface to finish the 3D video conversion for 3D TV. You can locate the generated 3D content in output folder.

    Add 3D Movies to Kodi

    Step 1: Download and install Kodi on your computer. After that, open Kodi.

    Step 2: Select “Videos” in the home screen menu.

    Step 3: Seclect Files, then select “Add Videos”.

    Step 4: Click on “Browse” button. From This requester you can select the location where your Movies are located on your system. You can also choose a network drive if your Movies are there, this tutorial will use the network drive option and we will select “Windows network (SMB)”.

    Step 5: In the next screen you should see the directories within your selected directory. If this is the right directory select “OK”. If all is ok then select “OK” again. In the next screen is where we tell Kodi what our source directory contains, in this case its “(Movies)”. When your happy with the settings select “OK”.

    Step 6: Next screen is refresh info for contents of selected directory, select “Yes”. When you’ve selected ok you will be presented with this next screen, keep an eye on very top almost to the right as this updates the database with info about the films it finds. This item can take a long time depending on how many Movies you have in your collection.

    Step 7: When finished, some your movie library should be listed on the interface.

    Now, try play 3D movies on Kodi and it should work.

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    Play iTunes Movies/TV Shows with Kodi/XBMC Media Player 

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    XBMC is a free and open-source media player software which allows users to play and view most videos, music, and podcasts from online services such as YouTube, Spotify, Grooveshark, Pandora Radio and all common digital media files from local and network storage media. Currently XBMC is compatible with Android, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, iOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. 

    Many of you may wonder why there’s no iTunes movie channels available on Kodi. Here in the following article we’ll introduce a simple way for you who like to buy movies and TV shows from iTunes to stream iTunes videos via XBMC for watching. 

     

    Although XBMC supports most common audio and video formats, we can’t deny the fact that it won’t play any DRM-protected videos purchased from iTunes Store since the iTunes movies are protected-M4V files and restricted to be played on Apple’s devices only. See video formats supported by XBMC as below. 

    XBMC Support Video Formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak. 

    Hot Search: Best Home Media Servers in 2015 | Blu-rays to XBMC | HD Videos to XBMC | Video_TS Folder to Kodi | 

    Top Solution to View iTunes Movies via XBMC(Kodi) 

    To accomplish this goal, Pavtube best DRM Converter and Removal – ChewTune is highly recommended for its easy-to-use interface, straight workflow and reliable video quality. It can easily get rid of Apple’s DRM protection from those iTunes downloaded m4v video, and transfer it to various video formats including MP4 profiles for XBMC. (Here is the review). 

    Step by Step Guide on Converting iTunes DRM M4V for Kodi(XBMC) Player 

    Step 1. Download Pavtube ChewTune as the Best DRM removal software. 

      

    There would be a command window pop up during the installation to install specific soundcard drive for DRM Removal, please do not shut down it and let it running until the installation completed. 

     

    Step 2. Run Pavtube ChewTune, drag and drop the source iTunes video and music from local computer to ChewTune. Or hit the “Add Video” button to import your iTunes DRM contents. 

     

    Step 3. Let’s click the drop-down-list besides “Format” and move to “Common Video” column and choose “H.264 Video(*.mp4)” as output format for your XBMC. 

     

    Step 3. You can click “Settings” to enter Profile Settings window and customize target video spec, you can find settings for video size, codec, bitrate and frame rate. 

    Step 4. Click the big “Convert” button on software main UI to start iTunes to XBMC conversion. After the conversion completes, you may find the iTunes movies in MP4 format and add them to XBMC as freely as you like. 

    Tips: 

    1. The DRM removing process may mislead your anti-virus software to falsely report virus/worm. Please ignore the report to keep on ripping. 

    2. This product cannot convert unplayable video (damaged, unauthorized, etc). 

    After that, you can directly play the movie on your PC or you can stream the movie to your HDTV for playback with families and friends via XBMC home theater system. 

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    How to Add Videos and DVD Movies to Kodi (XBMC) Movie Library?

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    Recently, I got a e-mail in which the sender asked me how to setup Movie Library in Kodi. So, I decided to go deeper in this subject by adding movies and DVD to Kodi to composite your movie library in Kodi. With an endless range of remote controls, beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, Kodi feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for home theater. That’s the reason why people would like to add movies to Kodi for a movie library.



    Considering although Kodi can play many kinds of movies, it has difficulty of streaming encryption DVD disc for getting stuck. So the above operation have to be devided into two parts: part one,add videos and unencryption DVD movies to Kodi; part two, stick encryption DVD to Kodi.

    Now you can set up movie library in Kodi as below:

    Part one: Add videos and unencryption DVD movies to Kodi

    Step 1: Download and install Kodi on your computer. After that, open Kodi.

    Step 2: Select “Videos” in the home screen menu.



    Step 3: Seclect Files, then select “Add Videos”.



    Step 4: Click on “Browse” button. From This requester you can select the location where your Movies are located on your system. You can also choose a network drive if your Movies are there, this tutorial will use the network drive option and we will select “Windows network (SMB)”.



    Step 5: In the next screen you should see the directories within your selected directory. If this is the right directory select “OK”. If all is ok then select “OK” again. In the next screen is where we tell Kodi what our source directory contains, in this case its “(Movies)”. When your happy with the settings select “OK”.



    Step 6: Next screen is refresh info for contents of selected directory, select “Yes”. When you’ve selected ok you will be presented with this next screen, keep an eye on very top almost to the right as this updates the database with info about the films it finds. This item can take a long time depending on how many Movies you have in your collection.



    Step 7: When finished, some your movie library should be listed on the interface. 

    Part two: Stick encryption DVD into Kodi

    For sticking encryption DVD into Kodi, you can use Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/for Mac to remove the copy protection from DVD and backup DVD to Kodi in a normal format like MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, etc.

    You can free download and install here:
              

    Other Download:
    – Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy/
    – Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-ByteCopy/3000-7970_4-76158512.html

    Step 1: Install ByteCopy and Load DVD.

    Free download Pavtube ByteCopy, install and launch it. Insert DVD into disc drive, click the “Load file(s)” icon to browse to disc drive and import DVD into this app.



    Step 2: Select video format and set profile.

    Choose from “Format” menu for Kodi playable video. In order to get Kodi file, you are suggested to follow the path “HD Video” > “MP4 HD Video(*.mp4)” as output format.



    Tip: Parameters including video codec, video file size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channels, and more in Settings can be reset to get a satisfying video/audio enjoyment on Kodi. 

    Step 3: Start to backup DVD to Kodi

    Click the big “Convert” to start the conversion. The conversion speed also depends on your computer configuration. My suggestion is not to play nor edit videos when it’s converting. After conversion, click “Open” or “Open output folder” to quick locate converted files.

    Once you have ripped your DVD movie to the hard drive in MP4, it is time to add it to your Kodi movie library as the part one steps. After that, you just can freely enjoy all your DVD movies on Kodi.

    In addition: More features about Pavtube ByteCopy (Read comparison: ByteCopy vs DVDFab vs MakeMKV)

    • ByteCopy also exports H.265, M3U8, lossless MKV format for your need.
    • Enables you to rip backup the latest and region-locked DVD/Blu-ray to many other devices, like WD TV Live Plus, iPhone 6, Surface Pro 3, etc.
    • Unique feature to perfectly create a single .srt subtitle file with chosen subtitle track from original movie.
    • Free to choose wanted language and subtitle tracks from source Blu-ray and DVD movies for better movie enjoyment.
    • Various video editing functions are available in this app to assist you with creating personal movies with customized adjustments. It allows you to trim, crop, split, merge, insert subtitles, add video effects, adjust volume, etc.

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    How to Watch Encrypted Blu-ray on Kodi via USB Flash Drive?

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    Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Kodi even can play CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray directly from the disk or image file. But you should know, the Blu-ray here, means unencrypted one. Kodi claims in their official site, that it only supports unencrypted Blu-ray playback. So what about your commercial Blu-ray disc? How to play these encrypted Blu-ray movies on Kodi?

    Watch Blu-rays on XBMC with ByteCopy

    That is a easy job! You can change the commercial, encrypted Blu-ray to unencrypted one. With Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (Review), you can full copy Blu-ray, directly copy Blu-ray and transcode Blu-ray to common MP4, AVI, MOV format supported by Kodi. Each way of these can remove Blu-ray copy protection to achieve the goal of playing Blu-ray on Kodi. As Kodi supports different codec, such as H.263, H.264, H.265(as from Kodi 14), MPEG, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate allows you to change the codec in profile settings. 

    Just get Video Converter Ultimate on your Windows for free:
              

    Other Download:
    – Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
    – Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Ultimate/3000-2194_4-75938564.html

    Step-by-Step to Remove Blu-ray encryption to play on Kodi

    Step 1: Import source Blu-ray to the program

    Click “File” to find “Load from disc” to import source Blu-ray movies to Encrypted Blu-ray to Kodi software. In fact, this app not only can deal with Blu-ray, is also works in DVD/4K/HD/SD video and TV Programmes, Music Drama and other videos. 



    Step 2: Remove Blu-ray encryption

    Option A – Full Disc Copy

    Full disc copy allows you to keep the whole file structure in your Blu-ray disc complete without any quality loss. Click the “Copy the entire disc” button on the top menu to start Blu-ray full disc copy.



    Option B – Directly Copy

    If you want to reduce the time consuming, you can try copying Blu-ray main movie only which will leave out any extras for you. Click the format bar to follow “Copy” > “Directly Copy.”



    Option C – Rip Blu-ray to MP4/MOV/AVI

    if you want the generated movies can be used on more multimedia players, you can choose backup encrypted Blu-ray to MP4/MOV/AVI. Click the format bar to pick the HD Video. In the drop-down list, you can choose HD AVI, HD MP4, HD MOV…

    Note: On Windows, when you backup Blu-ray to H.264 videos, the app can provide you 6X fast ripping speed with GPU Acceleration




    Tip: All formats here are set with optimized video/audio codecs, bitrates, frame rates, etc. But you can still specify as you like by clicking Settings button. In the Profile Settings window, you can choose or specify exactly the parameters you like. And in the Task information section, you can compare the detailed information of the source video and the target video.

    Step 3: Start Blu-ray encryption removal process

    If you choose the second or third way to copy DVD movie, you need to hit the “Convert” button in bottom right corner to start Blu-ray main movie copy or Blu-ray to MP4, MOV and AVI conversion. When the process is completed, open output folder and find the ripped Blu-ray file.

    After you ripped encryption Blu-ray to unencrypted one, you can insert your USB Flash drive and open it. Then transfer the ripped Blu-ray movies into flash drive. Afterwards, you can play this Blu-ray movies on Kodi smoothly. Just enjoy!

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