Player Settings Controls and Icons
Player Icon Settings can vary from one skin to another. In a perfect world these would all be the same. Sometimes the changes can appear to be drastic and complicated. Due to the design the developer of the Skin, these settings can be either very complex, or very simple.
In Part Two of our series of Tasso’s Tips©®, our focus will be showing you the reader, where each Skin’s Player settings are. Most of all, showing you how to access some underused player controls. For more info on Kodi player settings, see this link. Part One of this series can be found here.
Black Glass Nova Player Settings
The player settings found in Black Glass Nova skin look rather extensive and confusing for the first time user. But once you get thru what each Icon does you will discover that 50% are really not needed. Because we all know what the Pause, Play, Fast Forward, etc. stand for I’ll only show what the others are. Starting with Section A in the photo:
- Volume Down.
- Volume Up.
Section B, moving left to right: Subtitles, Video, Audio and Subtitle, Bookmarks, Playlist and Media Info Settings.
First of all I must say that there are far too many settings that really aren’t needed in this skin. And subtitles is prime example. It’s a shame because I really like this skin and the only downside at least for me is the overkill of player icons. But this is why we do these reviews to show you what to expect and decide for yourself if it’s best suited for you.
As a result of clicking on Subtitles, a new list of Icons will appear below:
- Enable Subtitles– Because Subtitles Enabled is the default setting, you must select this to disable. However, once disabled, you will be left with Download Subtitles and Audio Language. Another example of overkill in my opinion.
- Download Subtitles– Photo B is the screenshot of what you will see after selecting this icon.
- Offset Subtitles– Use this option to adjust the speed of the text as it appears.
- Subtitle Language– Just a reminder of the language set for subtitles.
- Audio Language– Same as the above, but once again a feature that came done in Kodi settings. Go to System–Player Settings– Language– and make the adjustments there.
Video and Audio Player Settings
Photos C and D are examples of the Video Settings and the Audio and Subtitle Settings.
Bookmarks and Playlists
Photo E gives a wide selection of where to Bookmark this media file if you need to save it for viewing at a later time. Photo F, Playlists, baffles me to be honest. I really do not see a need for this option at all. To exit any of the these settings, use the back button on the remote, right click if using a mouse or hit the ESC key on the keyboard.
Finally, the Media Info icon. This provides a brief description of the Move file as well as Resolution, Video ratio, Audio for example. Once you get used to settings icons, you’ll find it’s a decent player to use.
Metropolis Player Settings
The Metropolis Skin is one of my top 5 Skins to use, for many reasons. But the player settings icons are probably the main reason. very easy to use, understandable, and only the ones (in my opinion) that we all use the most are available.
Maybe it’s the layout and presentation you see once a movie file starts, just like the example shown above. As we’ve mentioned in previous skin player reviews, we’ll pass on the description of the usual most common settings:
- Playlist. This icon is disabled and really isn’t needed so you can skip past that one.
- Random. This icon is primarily used when playing Audio files, unlike Playlist, this is enabled and can also be set for Repeat as well. Using this setting for a movie file is a personal choice.
- Video Settings.
- Audio Settings.
Bookmarks and Subtitles
Another reason I enjoy this skin is how transparent the settings are when selected. I guess it’s more of a personal choice here, but I find it easy on the eyes. Photo A is an example of Bookmarks. Photo B is Subtitles, if you do not have a service for subtitles enabled, follow this link to find out how. This must be enabled in kodi prior to searching for any subtitle.
Video and Audio/Subtitle Player Settings
Photo A- Video Settings allows you to alter anything that will affect how you view a media file. Brightness, Contrast, etc.
Photo B- You can adjust the Volume as well as enable/disable Subtitles as well as correct the offset or sync the text if needed.
Media Info or in this case Debug is a favorite of mine. This is an underused or misunderstood setting that many overlook. I use it to confirm what the description of this file is when it comes to the resolution. For example, you may think you’re streaming a 1080p file when in fact it may only be 720 or it may read as 5-1 Audio. In this example it is 5-1 as well as showing me that it is using the H.264 Codec. To initiate this option, hit the Up button on the remote or if using a keyboard, use the Up Directional Arrow. Another way to get the same info is to hit the letter O on the keyboard. Most noteworthy is this can only be done if you are using a keyboard connected to your device (Android Box, Tablet, Laptop or PC) either wired or wireless.
Rapier Player Settings
The Player Icon Settings in the Rapier Skin is somewhat similar to Metropolis with the exception of where some of the “Specialty Icon settings” are located. I love this setup to be honest. First of all, you have the icons you would be using more often in a central location, easy to find and use. The rest are off to the side, where they should be :
- Exit. I fail to see why this option is even offered when the same affect is achieved by selecting Stop.
- Info. Your one stop icon for all the info available for a stream. More about this shortly.
- Audio and Subtitle Settings.
- Video Settings.
This feature is only found (so far from all skins that I’ve researched) in the Rapier Skin. To open this feature, click on the i , as shown in Photo A. Rather than showing you one option to view, it actually supplies Three (3) These are :
- General Information. Photo B has the example of that, basic description of the movie file and the Resolution plus Audio etc. settings.
- Technical Information. See below.
- Debug Information. See below.
- Photo C – Technical or as I like to call it the Codec information. This provides more information about the actual stream itself. If you are using a keyboard, you can get the same info by hitting the Letter O.
- Photo D – Debug, for those of you who are into the real technical aspects of streams then this is for you. Long story short, this info basically provides what is happening to your device and kodi, plus the “load” on the CPU.
Bookmarks and Subtitle Settings
Photo E– Bookmarks, from here you may select where to restart the movie file if you have to stop for a period of time.
Photo F– If you have a Subtitle Service enabled in Kodi, this is what you will see.
Audio and Video Player Settings
- Photo H– Audio and Subtitle Settings.
- Photo I– Video Settings.
An excellent Player to use, nothing fancy or complicated about it. All you need is right there in front of you, another favorite of mine. Give it try and see how you like it.
SiO2 Player Settings
The SiO2 Player has a different way of accessing the settings. While most other players have the settings visible along the bottom of the screen, SiO2 as shown in Photo A, requires you to select an Arrow (#2) to open a pull down menu. Option #1 has the basic everyday icons we all know about. Photo B shows what settings are located within the pull down menu:
- Info– A very brief description of the movie file as you can see in Photo B.
- Audio & Subtitles.
- Video Settings.
- Video Codec.
Audio and Subtitle Settings
Photo C – Audio and Subtitle settings also allows you to adjust the Audio offset as well as the Subtitle offset if either one is “out of sync”.
Photo D – Video Settings where you can change the brightness/contrast among other options.
Probably the easiest setting of all to use.
Video Codec Player Setting
Finally, one of my favorite settings, as you can tell from my other articles. Once you get to know what each section stands for, I think you will agree. This will show you the exact Video Codec, Resolution, Number of Audio Channels and most importantly the CPU load on the device.
I hope you have enjoyed reading part two of Player Icon Settings as much as I have in creating this article. Part Three will be looking at Titan, Transparency, Unity and Aeon MQ7 Skins Player settings. Understanding how a Skins player settings work is just as important as the Skin itself. Probably the most used feature of any Skin. Not only do you use it for Movie Files, there are TV Shows and Audio Files being played as well. Especially relevant is Part One, if you have missed it, you can see it here.