How To Watch Movies on Kodi
Kodi is a free media center available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Raspberry Pi, iOS, and even more environments. It is a terrific media centers that is hard to beat when it comes to watching movies or video files. Kodi enables you to watch films from video files, CD or DVD, and streaming add-ons that stream them from other sources. As such, you can watch a variety of films in Kodi even if you don’t have a huge movie library of your own!
As of summer 2018, the stable release build of Kodi is version 17, code name Krypton. (Version 18, code name Leia, is in alphatest.) This tutorial will use Krypton for its examples; Leia shouldn’t change much, if any, basic functionality. If you don’t already have Kodi, you can download Krypton for Windows from this page. Click the Windows icon there and press Installer to save the media center’s setup wizard to your hard drive. Then open the installer to add Kodi v17 to Windows. Thereafter, you can set up your very own home cinema with movie files, DVDs and streaming add-ons.
Watching Movies From CD, DVD or Blu-ray Discs
Kodi supports CD, DVD and Blu-ray so that you can watch moves in all those formats. To watch a movie from disc in Kodi, first open the media center and insert the CD, DVD or Blu-ray into your PC. Hover the cursor over Disc on Kodi’s sidebar as in the shot below. Then you can press the Play disc button to watch the movie.
You can also configure movies to play automatically in Kodi after inserting the disc. Click the cog icon at the top of Kodi’s sidebar and select Player settings. Select Discs on the Kodi sidebar to open the settings shown in the snapshot directly below.
Those options include DVD and Blu-ray settings. Play DVDs automatically is one option you can select under DVD. Click Play DVDs automatically to activate that setting. Now when you insert a DVD, its movie will start playing automatically in Kodi.
When a movie is playing, you can select the playback controls shown in the snapshot directly below. They include a Video menu button that opens the movie’s menu from which you can select film chapters. Press the Subtitles button to download subtitles for the film.
Press the Settings button at the far right of the playback controls to open further options. Then click Video settings to open the options shown in the snapshot directly below. There you can configure the viewing mode by clicking View mode. To remove any black bars that might still be around the film, select Zoom to crop the film. Or you can select Zoom amount and drag the bar to configure that manually. If the movie is a little dark, click Contrast to boost its contrast.
To configure the volume, select Audio and subtitle settings from Settings. By default, volume is usually at a maximum setting; but you can further increase it by dragging the Volume amplification bar. Click Enable subtitles and Browse for subtitle to select a subtitle file for the movie if required. Click Set as default for all videos to save the selected options as the default for all movies.
Add Movie Video File Sources to Kodi
You can also add movie video files to Kodi and play them in the media center. You can download movies from numerous websites. However, not all of them are legal as some include copyrighted movie content. So stick to downloading public domain films from websites such as The Internet Archive, PopcornFlix and Retrovision. As Kodi supports most video file formats, it shouldn’t matter greatly what format you save the film as.
To play a movie file in Kodi, add its source by clicking Videos on the sidebar > Files and Add videos. That will open an Add video source box from which you can add source content by pressing the Browse button and selecting the folder that includes the movie video files. Click OK to open the Set content window shown below.
Next, you can click This directory contains and select Movies. Kodi’s default Movie Database scraper will find fanart, rating and other details for the film. Press OK to add the movie video folder to Kodi, which you can then open by hovering the cursor over Videos on the home screen and selecting it under Media sources. Click a movie in the folder to watch it on the media center.
Streaming Movies With SALTS
Streaming add-ons give you another way to watch movies in Kodi. These are add-ons that stream films and TV shows from other sources so you can watch them in Kodi. There are numerous streaming add-ons for the media center such as Exodus, which this Tech Junkie article tells you how to install in Jarvis. However, SALTS, otherwise Stream All The Sources, is a good alternative streaming add-on for the media center. This is how you can watch films with SALTS in Kodi v17, but note that Tech Junkie does not endorse the streaming of copyrighted movie content in any form.
First, select Add-ons on Kodi’s sidebar and click the cog icon at the top of the Add-ons sidebar. Then click Unknown sources on the Add-ons tab to switch that setting on. Press the Yes button to confirm the selected setting.
Next, you will need to find the SALTS download on the Internet. GitHub removed SALTS so the software has been having a little trouble finding a stable home. You can try looking here; otherwise you may have to do a Google search to find the latest repository. Once you have SALTS, open Kodi again, click Add-ons on the home screen and select the box icon at the top of the Add-ons sidebar. Click Install from zip file and select the SALTS zip file from the Install from Zip file window.
Now select Install from repository to open a list of add-ons that will include the SALTS repository. Click Video add-ons and select Stream All The Sources to open the add-on’s options as shown directly below. Press the Install button to add SALTS to Kodi.
Thereafter, you can open SALTS from the home screen by selecting Add-ons and SALTS. Select Settings to open further add-on options. There you can select an Auto-Configure SALTS option to automatically configure the add-on for better performance. Press the Continue button on the Auto Configuration window to confirm the settings.
Press the .. button to return to the add-on’s main index, and select Movies to open the film categories in SALTS as in the snapshot below. Then you can click Search and enter a movie title to find it. When you click a movie to watch, SALTS will find available streams. Select a stream source to watch the movie with. Then the film will start in Kodi with the standard playback controls.
That’s how you can watch movies on Kodi v17 and set up your very own cinema with DVDs, movie files and SALTS. Note that there are quite a few other streaming add-ons for Kodi, and this article tells you about some of the best movie and TV apps for the media center.