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Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” Release. AV1 software decoding, HLG HDR, and more

After a long time, we have lived to see the official version of Kodi 19.0 “Matrix”Kodi team announced that Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” has just been formally released on all supported platforms.

Kodi 19.0

New Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” introduces a lot of new features, including playback. Depending on the hardware, supports AV1 software decoding, HLG HDR and static HDR10 playback on Windows 10, static HDR10, and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android. More features Below.

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Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” Playback Features

For audio and music lovers, there are significant improvements across the board to metadata handling: library improvements, new tags, new displays, improvements to how Kodi handles release dates, album durations, multi-disc sets, and more. There’s a new, Matrix-inspired visualization, there are improvements to display when fetching files from a web server, and several changes to how audio decoder addons can pass information through to the Kodi player.

Playback

For video, most of the changes are more technical, and may depend on your hardware: AV1 software decoding, HLG HDR and static HDR10 playback on Windows 10, static HDR10, and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android, and more OpenGL bicubic scalers.

Database and metadata display improvements mean that Kodi will now fetch and display related album and artist information from the music library, where appropriate. There are also new features around grouping videos by the artist (not just album), support for.NFO files that list all performers instead of just the main artist, plus better search links to return related albums and videos by the same director.

AV1 codec sample
Screenshot, sample Summer in Tomsk 3840×2160, AV1 codec, video bit rate 8.5 mbps source: www.elecard.com

And, finally, if your definition of “play” is more game-related, we’ve implemented integer scaling to improve the viewing quality of Pixel Art games across the board, while iOS gets support for Xbox, PlayStation, and other supported Bluetooth game controllers.

The Kodi 19 changelog here. You can download Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” from the Official Kodi downloads.

More Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” features here

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