Player Icon Settings
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 Three 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. Part Two is here.
Titan Player Icon Settings
Because there are the standard icons that are self explanatory, we’ll stick to the ones that the user may not know or understand. Moving from left to right as shown in the red highlighted area above:
- Repeat – Not used by many but handy for short movies to keep the young ones busy.
Since many of us expect to sit down and view a media file in it’s entirety, occasionally there are interruptions. If you need to stop playing the file but wish to return to the last place saved, you may select bookmark icon and create a bookmark.
Audio and Video
In Photo A after selecting the Audio player icon, you will have the option of adjusting the Audio Volume, Enable or Disable Subtitles. Depending on the stream source you may also be able to change the Audio Stream. These are just a few of the settings available.
Photo B is the settings for Video. Where, among others, you can alter the Brightness or Contrast, View Mode and Zoom.
Subtitle and Information
Photo C indicates what you will see after selecting the Subtitle Icon. If you have a Subtitle Service enabled in Kodi, you will see the available subtitles for the media file being viewed at the time. For more information on enabling Subtitles, please see this link.
Photo D, shows the information about the media file itself when selected.
Video and Audio Codec
First of all, this is one of my favorite and easy to access bit of information about the stream itself. By simply hitting the letter O on a keyboard (if enabled either via wireless or if connected to the device being used) you will see 3 sets of information.
- Video Process Information– I zero in on the resolution. In this example it’s 1920 x 800 px.
- Audio Process Information– Both of these confirm you are streaming a file labelled as 1080p @ H.264 codec and with AC3 Audio 5.1. Not all sources come a advertised, this is an excellent way to confirm what’s been labelled.
- System Information– A great indication what loads are on the device being used. This is very helpful for those of you viewing 4K Streams. If the loads are higher than normal (and they usually are with 4K) you may make adjustments within Kodi to prevent buffering.
Transparency Player Icon Settings
In addition to the standard controls shown at the left side of the photo above, you’ll find moving from left to right:
Audio and Audio
In Photo A, much like other players, you may alter the Audio/Volume settings as well as Enable/Disable Subtitles. One exception in this example is the Audio Stream. There is only one version of English AC3 5.1 and can not be changed.
Photo B, Video settings is where you may, if needed, tweak the settings to your personal choice.
Bookmarks and Subtitles
Photo C, Bookmarks– If you need to stop playing the file but wish to return to the last place saved, you may select bookmark icon and create a bookmark.
Photo D, Subtitles– As mentioned earlier, if a service is enabled in kodi, you can find subtitles for the media file being viewed. Use this link for more Info.
Information and Codecs
Photo E– Information provides a description of the media file. But in Photo F Codecs, you’ll notice the layout is slightly different from other players. It still provides the codecs for the stream but in a different layout.
Unity Player Icon Settings
Our final player is found in the Unity Skin. Bright, clear and easy to read and use. As I have described in the other reviews about the letter O to find the codec details, it’s not necessary here. As you can see once you have clicked anywhere on the screen, the player settings menu will appear. Providing you with the needed player icons you are able to use, including the Resolution, Video codec (H.264) and Audio. Of course if you’re like me, you may still select the letter O on the keyboard (if provided) to confirm the settings.
Video and Audio Settings
Photos A & B are not unlike the other player settings found in other skins, these all do the same job. Albeit in a different layout from each other, but basically the same.
As a result of selecting the Bookmark icon, the panel will appear to the right as opposed to others that take the full screen.
If you wish to enable Subtitles, please ensure you have a subtitle service setup and enabled in Kodi before continuing.
Since all the other players I have reviewed and tested had an Information icon, I was puzzled why Unity skin did not. Well, by mistake and by experimenting I tried using the i key on my keyboard. Surprise ! It Worked. Not a must have icon to use to be honest, but it’s always handy to have.
While each skin is different in not only their appearance and ease of maneuvering within, the player and icon location/function may also be different. Other than the Fast Forward/Fast Reverse or Pause/Play/Stop, etc. the other player icon vary in function and location. Hopefully these reviews have provided you the user an insight to how a skins player icons apply to you. Thank you for taking the time to read these, it was fun and enlightening creating them. Please stop by GeekCorner for more related topics.