At first it is not very apparent how to clean up your video library (i.e. remove duplicates are deleted items), despite the Update Library button being so visible. (Hint, standard settings mean that the Update Library action doesn’t actually clean the library).
No, to clean your library you will need to go to Settings via the main menu options, and from there head over to the Videos section, and finally the Library option.
The trick here is to then spot the label reading either Basic Settings or Standard Settings, and click on it until it reads either Advanced Settings or Expert Settings.
Once this is done, you can now scroll down the main menu item list and you should spot a item marked Clean library… which wasn’t there before.
Needless to say, clicking it will result in a shiny clean library, free of duplicates and missing items!
I did however encounter a small problem.
I’ve moved things around a little, shifting the Kodibuntu linux box away from the TV and closer to the router so that a) it’s out of the way, and b) it gains from the better Ethernet connection. This simple old PC box hosts all of our media content, which is then shared via UPnP and Samba shares. I’ve installed Kodi on both Chantelle and my laptops (both are Windows 10), and set their movie and TV sources to the SMB shares. (Works a charm!)
Also, the two laptops and one desktop all have static IPs assigned through my ancient Mega 105WR Telkom router (you know, I really should get that upgraded some day…).
Anyway, the problem is that Kore can see the Kodibuntu box with no hassle, but not a chance can it spot either of the Windows 10 laptops on the network – which is exactly what this post is all about solving then!
Kodi and Kore require Zeroconf (aka Bonjour), a group of technologies to “automagically” discover systems and services on a local area network, to communicate with one another, and naturally (because Bonjour is an Apple implementation) Windows doesn’t have Zeroconf support out of the box.
Now some popular applications ship with it slipped in for their own purposes, and installing them should technically grant you access to Zeroconf on your system (like Skype, iTunes and Photoshop), but if you’re just looking for a basic, older version without the need to install yet another unused full application on your system, your best bet would be to download the small Bonjour Print Services for Windows v2.0.2 package from Apple.
Install that, ensure that the Zeroconf option is enabled under Kodi’s services/network menu option, and you should be good to go: Kore will now quite helpfully pick up your Kodi instances in its search!
I’ve mentioned that I’ve been running a XBMC (Kodi) media server at my house for quite some time now, and in fact, I just upgraded to the relatively recently renamed Kodi version of this venerable media server a couple of days ago.
Now although a wireless keyboard and mouse works perfectly fine for controlling the Kodi media server, sometimes you don’t really want to sit will all that bulk lying about your coffee table (not that I have one mind you), which is exactly where the cleverness of remote control apps come into play.
Sadly, the first iteration of the the official XBMC remote control Android app wasn’t a particularly well written, or well supported venture, meaning that the need and thus door for good apps was there – resulting in quite a few being written by enterprising individuals. Indeed, one of the standouts is/was Tolriq’s Yatse XBMC Remote, a fine piece of app development in its own right.
However, the newly refreshed Kodi team saw the lack of love for the official Android remote app and approached developer Synced Synapse with the request for their Kore remote app to become the Kodi project’s new official remote control app – and after downloading and playing with it for a day I can see why!
From the official download page, the Kore team describes the app as:
“Kore is a simple, easy to use and beautiful Kodi / XBMC remote that lets you control your media center from your Android device.
With Kore you can:
I’ve been a fan of, and have been using XBMC (now known as Kodi) for a couple of years now, and if you aren’t yet familiar with this great media server project, then here’s the official blurb taken from their website:
“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.”
It is a great way of organising and watching media, can stream and be streamed to via UPnP, completely customisable in terms of theme and settings, supports a massive amount of media formats (movies, television, pictures, music and even supports PVR live TV functionality), and is extendable through a myriad of add-ons.
Anyway, I run an XBMCbuntu install on an old desktop machine sitting next to my 40 inch Samsung LCD television in the lounge, and seeing as it has been quite a while since I last updated the software, I thought I would take the jump and upgrade from XBMC to the newly renamed Kodi.
As it turns out, upgrading from a new-ish version of XBMCbuntu to the latest stable release of KodiBuntu is pretty simple.
First, fire up a terminal, either via SSH (if remote – as in my case), exiting XBMC and entering XBMCbuntu itself, or by hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 to fire up a ‘virtual terminal’ on the machine itself.
From the terminal, run:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install kodi kodi-bin
Once all of that is completed, a simple restart should reveal the new Kodi instance running on your machine.
Side note though: If Kodi doesn’t startup when you switch on your machine, you need to make a change in the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf:
//change user-session=XBMC to user-session=kodi
So ideally your lightdm.conf should now look something like this (obviously with your chosen username though):
[SeatDefaults] xserver-command=/usr/bin/X -bs -nolisten tcp autologin-user=kodi autologin-user-timeout=0 user-session=kodi greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter allow-guest=false default-user=kodi
Now restart the lightdm service:
sudo service lightdm restart
This seems to sort out the issue without fail.
(Also, if you’ve only ever run with the default but great Confluence skin on Kodi/XBMC, do yourself a favour and give Eminence a shot – what a fantastic looking theme!)
Related Link: http://kodi.tv/