Settings for the video features are found here. Manage your video library, set video playback options, change video listing options, set subtitle fonts, etc.
- Show plot for unwatched items
- Shows plot information for media in the Video Library that is not marked as watched.
- Download actor thumbnails when adding to library
- Gets thumbnails for actors when scanning media.
- Flatten TV Shows
- Removes the TV show season node, toggles between "If only one season" (default), "Always" and "Never".
- Group movies in sets
- Enables movie sets
- Update library on startup
- Checks for new media files on XBMC startup.
- Hide progress of library updates
- Hides the library scanning progress bar during scans.
- Clean Library...
- This function will perform a number of 'cleanup' tasks on your video database and can be run if you have moved, deleted or renamed files.
- Removes any videos with invalid paths and all information tied to these files.
- Removes all removable media (example: DVD) without checking for existance + all information tied to these files.
- Export Video Library
- Exports the Video Library database to XML files.
- Import Video Library
- Imports a XML file into the Video Library database. If the entry does not exist it is appended.
- If it exists:
- It removes all current info for that entry from the database.
- Inserts the info for that entry from the XML file.
- Play next video automatically
- When selected this enables automatic playback of the next file in the list
- Render Method
- Controls the method used by the player to process and display the video, (which is called rendering).
- Allow hardware acceleration (various options)
- Enables hardware decoding of video files e.g. VDPAU
- Adjust display refresh rate to match video
- Defines when the refresh rate adjustments should take place.
- Pause during refresh rate change (default off)
- Enables the playback to pause for x amount of time during refresh rate change. Range 0.1 milliseconds to 20 seconds.
- Activate to automatically set the refresh rate which is best matched with the video that is playing (default off). This potentially allows for perfectly smooth video reproduction, as video material can be recorded in a variety of frame rates (23.976fps, 24fps, 25fps, 29.97fps, 30 fps, etc.) which need to be properly matched by the refresh rate of the display, in order to be displayed smoothly.
- Pause during refresh rate change
- Inserts a pause for the computer to adjust refresh rate. Sometimes needed to prevent things like slight stuttering when a video starts.
- Sync playback to display
- This setting enables syncing the video to the refresh rate of the monitor.
- A/V sync method [Audio Clock, Video Clock(resample audio) or Video Clock(Drop/Dupe Audio)]
- Audio has to stay in sync, this can either be done by resampling, skipping/duplicating packets, or adjusting the clock if it gets out of sync too far. Resampling has the advantage that the speed of the video can be changed considerably, so 24 fps can be sped up to 25 fps to play at PAL speed. The disadvantage of resampling is that it doesn't work with passthrough, and there is a slight loss of audio quality. Skipping/duplicating audiopackets has no loss of audio quality, but the speed of the video can only be changed a little to avoid doing a skip/duplication too often, most of the time it's inaudible, but it can produce a very audible click. Adjusting the clock has the best audio quality, but some extra video jitter can occur, also the speed of the video can't change much, as the audio will sync the clock more often the more the speed of the video is changed.
- Allowed error in aspect ratio to minimize black bars (%)
- Allow video player to try to fit video to screen by ignoring aspect ratio by a certain amount.
- Display 4:3 videos as
- Determines the zoom level that 4:3 videos are shown on widescreen displays.
- For zoom settings best is wide zoom
- Vdpau studio level conversion (leave unchecked because hardcoded settings are incorrect)
- VDPAU studio level conversion provides a way for advanced applications like XBMC to influence the conversion.
- Currently colorspace is detected by the dimensions of the input material SD is assumed when width < 1000, HD when width > 1000.
- Vdpau does not know about the color space it can't apply the proper conversion matrix.
- Activate Teletext
- Enables Teletext when watching a live TV stream.
- Scale Teletext to 4:3
- When selected scales Teletext to 4:3 ratio.
3 File lists
- Default select action
- Lets you toggle between Choose, Play, Resume and Show information. Choose, will select item, eg open a directory in files mode On resume XBMC will automatically resume videos from the last position that you were viewing them, even after restarting the system. Default is Play.
- Extract thumbnail and video information
- When enabled, XBMC will extract thumbnails from videos that have no thumb in the library and information such as codecs and aspect ratio to display in Library Mode.
- Replace names with library titles
- When a file is scanned into the library it will display the metadata title instead of the file name.
Lets you change how XBMC renders subtitles (not including DVD subtitles)
- Font to use for plaintext subtitles.
- Font size for plain text subtitles.
- Color used for plain text subtitles.
- -Character set
- Override ASS/SSA subtitle fonts
- Force the options for plaintext subs on ASS/SSA stylized subtitles.
- Subtitle folder
- Set a custom directory for your subtitles. This can be an smb share.
- Subtitle location
- Location of subtitles on the screen. This does not effect stylized subs such as SSA/ASS. Options are:
- Fixed position (default) - Use the position defined in the video calibration screen. By default this is near the bottom of the video.
- Above video - Place subtitles in the black area above the video when the video doesn't fill the top and bottom parts of the screen (letterbox).
- Below video - Place subtitles in the black area below the video when the video doesn't fill the top and bottom parts of the screen (letterbox).
- Top of video - Show subtitles near the top of the video.
- Bottom of video - Show subtitles near the bottom of the video.
- Play DVDs automatically
- Autoruns DVD video when inserted in drive
- Forced DVD player region
- Forces a region for DVD playback.
- Attempt to skip introduction before DVD menu
- Attempts to skip 'unskippable' introductions before DVD menu