Kodi 21.0 "Omega" arrives with improvements for Retroplayer, support and more

Kodi 21.0 "Omega"

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The new version of Kodi 21.0 has already been released and in this new release Released under the codename “Omega”, the adoption of the core FFmpeg codebase, support for high dynamic range (HDR10) metadata and the AVIF image format, as well as significant improvements to AV1 video playback, improvements were implemented. support, stability and more.

For those who do not know about Kodi, you should know that It was previously known as XBMC (since its inception as a media player for the Xbox console) Kodi has grown to become a leading multi-platform media center. Kodi's key features include the ability to watch live TV, manage a media library ranging from photos to music and movies, navigate TV shows with a built-in e-guide, and organize video recordings on a schedule.

What's new in Kodi 21.0 "Omega"?

Among the new features that stand out in this new version of Kodi 21.0 "Omega", one of them is the adoption of the main FFmpeg codebase, which simplifies updates and improves compatibility with different video formats (the base version is FFmpeg 6.0, since v7 was recently released).

In the edition for Linux, improvements have been made to the integration with Pipewire, a technology that has been gaining ground in Linux due to its ability to manage audio and video in an efficient and modern way. Besides, Added support for DTS-HD and TrueHD audio formats and Kodi's ability to work with displays and audio devices has been improved, the libdisplay-info library is used to analyze EDID information, which provides data on the capabilities of the connected display.

Another change that stands out in Kodi 21.0 "Omega" is the improved support for hardware acceleration of the VP9 format (an advanced video codec that offers high compression efficiency and image quality, and hardware acceleration via VAAPI) In addition, a command line option has been added «--gl-interface=<interfaz>» which allows users to select the OpenGL interface used by Kodi, supported options include glx, egl and egl-pb.

In Kodi 21.0 "Omega" too Retroplayer support has been expanded (a platform for enjoying retro games within Kodi), as a new "Player Viewer" window has been introduced, which contains settings for game controllers and options for opening games (for example, allowing you to define dead zones on the screen ).

It has also been added support for high dynamic range (HDR10) metadata and AVIF image format, As well as significant improvements to AV1 video playback, support for accessing external storage using the NFSv4 protocol has been improved.

In addition, there have been improvements in software stability and efficiency, such as stabilizing access to external storage via NFSv4 and cache optimization to speed up loading of images and covers of albums. Changes have also been made to the user interface for a more intuitive and customizable experience.

In the version of Android, detection of content encoded with Dolby Vision and HDR10 is now included, as well as an option to sleep when the app is minimized to save power. It also allows conversion of Dolby Vision content to standard formats for playback.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • Redesigned the playback control dialog in the Estuary theme.
  • Reading and writing playlists in M3U8 format is now supported, including support for UTF-8 characters in lists.
  • Improved cache efficiency to speed up loading of images and album covers.
  • The dialog box for managing favorite content (Favorites) is now displayed in a separate window.
  • You can now select an action when starting playback, such as continuing from where you left off.
  • Videos can now automatically rotate based on available metadata.
  • You can now download your own fonts from the skins/fonts directory and use font collections in »ttc» format when displaying subtitles
  • The buffer filling method has been modified to account for CPU load, thereby minimizing the impact on performance on systems with low-resource CPUs.
  • It is now possible to navigate directly from musicians to compositions without having to go through albums, similar to the experience on Spotify.
  • Added support for using the Page Up, Down, Home, and End keys while browsing lists.
  • On Linux and FreeBSD, the “–audio-backend” option has been added to select the audio backend from the command line.
  • Added support for the webOS platform.
  • The minimum requirements for the Windows version have been increased to Windows 8.1 and for macOS to 10.14.
  • Added support for compiling using Python 3.12.

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