How to improve your Kodi library

Kodi impresses its consumers with unbounded facilities being is a specially created platform that functions both as a storage and a media player. Now you are given a great opportunity to create your own unique library with music, series, movies, TV shows, images and photos. It is possible to fill in it with the content to your own taste.


What sources to use?

Having heard that Kodi app is used to store audio and video files, one may think that a smartphone, a personal computer, a tablet (or any other gadget) is the only source to enrich Kodi library. In reality it is common misconception because the sources are diverse.

In case Kodi app is installed on your personal computer or a laptop, all the stored there data can be used to inflate your Kodi library with the content of this device. This way is among the most popular, as modern computers and laptops are able to keep gigabytes or even terabytes of information. Thus, you will definitely find something for your library there. One more impressive place for keeping data is Network Attached Storage device or system. Being a 5-level computer storage server it can become a great source for your Kodi library. To enrich Kodi library, NAS system should be able to support SMB (a protocol which allows sharing files of any kind) file sharing.

Nevertheless, the most popular way to enrich Kodi library is to stream directly from the Internet. It is so wide-spread because of several reasons. The Internet has already become some kind of library. Everything you are to do is to find the required movie or TV show. It is important to note, that streaming from the Internet is very a convenient and fast way. This is the reason why the Internet is the most popular source for Kodi app.

CDs and DVDs can also be good sources to add your favourites to your personal Kodi library. But the process of adding files from DVDs or SDs is more time-consuming as compared with previously mentioned. To import something from your CD/DVD it is necessary to load it on your computer or laptop (with the disk drive), and only after this action you have an opportunity to add it to your Kodi library. Nevertheless, it is a good way for those, who can’t find something in the world wide web.

There are also other ways to expand your Kodi library. But we have mentioned the most popular.


How to add various material to Kodi library?

Having investigated in the sources of video and audio files, it is high time to study how to add these files (songs, videos or photos) to Kodi library.


Your device

The first thing that needs to be done after successful downloading and installing Kodi app is to choose the category on the Home menu of the application and select ‘Enter files section’.


After it you are to select ‘Add music/movie/pictures …’.


Then you will see the window, which is called ‘Add music/movie/pictures source’, select ‘Browse’. Next you are to choose the path. If you select ‘My music/movies/pictures…’, the app will start scanning the files of your device to add them to your personal Kodi library.


After scanning, your files will be added to the library.


Now you have the access to your files via Kodi library. A number of options is given here. You can sort the files by name, size, date, title, album, artist, year or duration. Also it is possible to choose the order for audio and video files: descending and ascending. Besides you can search files by name.


The Internet

It is beyond question, that the Internet is the most diverse source to choose if you want to add to your Kodi library files to watch or listen to. To stream from the Internet successfully it is required to install apt addons for your Kodi app.

  Do it in the following way:

Primarily all select ‘Add-on’ on the Home menu.

Then choose the category: Video add-ons, Program add-ons, Android add-ons, Music add-ons or Picture add-ons. Let’s imagine that we want to add new songs to the library. In this case you are to select ‘Music add-ons’. After that you will see the menu, where it is required to select ‘Music add-ons’. Then it is necessary to choose Kodi addon, which takes your fancy.

It works in the following way: for example, if someone wants to browse files from the website http://www.popcornflix.com, it is necessary to install Kodi addon Popcornflix. After successful installation one will get the access to the content of Popcornflix with its numerous videos.

To sum up, there is a child’s play to add necessary files to your personal library in Kodi app. Follow the instructions described above and you will not face any troubles.


Kodi supported formats

From time to time it happens that added to Kodi library files don’t “work”. The reason is that not all formats are supported by Kodi app. Enlisted formats for audio, video and images are the most common.

The list of supported formats for audio, video and images

Formats

Audio  MIDI, AIFF, WAV/WAVE, AIFF, MP2, MP3, AAC, AACplus (AAC+), Vorbis, AC3, DTS, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, Monkey's Audio (APE), RealAudio, SHN, WavPack, MPC/Musepack/Mpeg+, Shorten, Speex, WMA, IT, S3M, MOD (Amiga Module), XM, NSF (NES Sound Format), SPC (SNES), GYM (Genesis), SID (Commodore 64), Adlib, YM (Atari ST), ADPCM (Nintendo GameCube), and CDDA


Video

 

MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), H.265 (as from Kodi 14) HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak


Image

 

BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, MNG, ICO, PCX and Targa/TGA



Study the world of Netflix with Kodi

Being a modern Internet user, one surely knows about Netflix and its unlimited content. In case this person is an advanced user, he or she has already installed Kodi on a device as Netflix is one of the most striking ways to enrich user’s Kodi library. Working in tandem, Netflix and Kodi will give you access to the world of entertainment. Many people tend to think that Kodi and Netflix are web sites with numerous movies, series, music and what not. As for Netflix, it is true, while Kodi app is some kind of media player that allows storing data.


To get access to Netflix library for Kodi users it is necessary to install addon Netflix. Unfortunately, this useful Kodi addon is not available for the residents of some countries. In this case it is recommended to use a VPN, which masks your IP from the Internet Service Provider and changes your location.

As Netflix is a US web site it is necessary to change your IP into an American one. In addition to the access to the services which are blocked in view of your location you will benefit from reliable privacy and security. Using a VPN (a paid version) all your transferring data are cyphered protecting you against adversaries.


While choosing a VPN it is recommended to pay attention to two main factors:

  • Data transferring rate.

It is the fact that a VPN (especially free ones) can decrease your Internet speed. In this connection it is important to give preference to those which don’t influence data transferring rate. Otherwise, you will be deprived of the opportunity to enjoy all the facilities of Netflix.

  • Servers location.

In case you are interested in Netflix content pay attention to the VPNs with the servers located in the USA.

Apart from super-speed and absence of geographical or censorship restrictions with a decent VPN you will get access to the unlimited Netflix content.

Now you will appreciate the world of music, TV shows and movies with Netflix addon.


To sum up

Thus, taking into account all probable sources and variant to enhance your Kodi library, it will be a piece of cake even for any kind of user.


In conclusion, it should be pointed out that created by own strength digital library in Kodi app will become a real treasure for its creator as what can be more convenient than collecting all your favourites in one reliable place!

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