Windows - HOW TO - Configure Kodi DSPlayer with LAV Filters, XySubFilter & madVR

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DSPlayer with LAV Filters, XySubFilter and madVR Set up Guide
Last Updated: 2016-4-27

Jarvis 16.1
LAV Filters 0.68

Important Notice: The developer of DSPlayer has decided to step away from this project due to personal reasons. As long as the links remain active, this set up guide will remain in place.

Jarvis 16.1 should be stable for most users and will work with madVR v0.90+.

Isengard 15.2 is compatible with madVR v0.89.13.


Visit Troubleshooting Tips for an in-progress list of known fixes for current DSPlayer issues.

New to Kodi? Try this Quick Start Guide.

Guide: Building a 1080p madVR HTPC | Building a 4K madVR HTPC

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This tutorial is dedicated to the set up of DSPlayer as a primary video player using madVR as the video renderer. This is Windows-only software.

The DirectShow Player (DSPlayer) branch of Kodi has been active for several years. Using popular DirectShow filters such as LAV Filters, FFDShow and ReClock, DSPlayer has traditionally provided an alternative to Kodi’s FFmpeg-based DVDPlayer. However, with the addition of madVR video rendering, this branch has the potential to be the premier way to enjoy high-quality audio & video playback with Kodi.

What is madVR? madVR is a GPU-assisted video renderer known for its advanced scaling algorithms and quality-at-all-cost approach to video presentation. madVR integrates into the Kodi interface by combining it with DSPlayer and a DirectShow filter pack such as LAV Filters. This eliminates the drawbacks associated with external players as the Kodi GUI remains accessible during playback and start and resume points work as they do with the default player.

The quality of madVR with LAV Filters is capable of besting even high-end Blu-ray players such as the Oppo BDP-103D with a capable graphics card and some knowledge of correct set up. It should offer an immediate advantage over DVDPlayer, where output is done at 8-bits though DXVA scaling logic. madVR offers full 16-bit processing dithered to 10-bits or less avoiding the GPU's low-quality hardware scaling regions. The software is known for its advanced image scaling such as Jinc, super-xbr and NNEDI3, which possess lower levels of ringing and aliasing compared to traditional resizers. Its high bit-depth, dithered output will produce a more precise image with fewer rounding errors and less overall noise, while its upscaling is capable of rendering a cleaner, sharper image. This should even be apparent with content displayed at its native resolution.

Other advantages of DSPlayer come from access to features in the DirectShow library. This could include the use of ReClock or FFDShow to perform audio post-processing and channel mixing; the use of specialized video decoders such as the Strongene Lentoid HEVC/H.265 decoder; or the addition of frame interpolation provided by the Smooth Video Project (SVP). DSPlayer offers access to the full suite of DirectShow filters.

Click here for an introduction to what madVR scaling can do for video content.

Screenshot comparison of DSPlayer and MPC-HC with LAV Filters & madVR.

List of scaling algorithms used by Kodi DVDPlayer.

This DSPlayer Configuration Guide Includes:
  1. Introduction to DSPlayer & List of Required Software;
  2. DSPlayer Set up;
  3. LAV Filters, XySubFilter & ReClock Set up;
  4. madVR Set up;
  5. Other Resources;
  6. Troubleshooting Tips.
1. INTRODUCTION TO DSPLAYER & LIST OF REQUIRED SOFTWARE

A complete media player is comprised of many parts. Understanding these components is useful in understanding DSPlayer set up.

The process of decoding and rendering a media file can be split into three components:
  • Audio & Video Filters
  • Video Renderer
  • Audio Renderer
Audio & Video Filters – Component 1

Source Filter: Reads source files and generates the appropriate output pins for the file type to be read by the splitter.
  • e.g. LAV Source
Splitter Filter: Used to demux media files into their separate elementary audio and video streams for decoding.
  • e.g. LAV Splitter
Video Decoder: Decodes the video stream based on its video codec to be processed by the video renderer.
  • e.g. LAV Video
Audio Decoder: Decodes the audio stream by either unpacking the bitstream into multi-channel PCM or passing the bitstream intact to the audio renderer.
  • e.g. LAV Audio
Subtitle Filter: Decodes the subtitle stream and renderers the subtitle on the screen.
  • e.g. XySubFilter
Video Renderer – Component 2

The video renderer receives the output from the video decoder and deinterlaces, upscales, converts to RGB, resizes and applies any post-processing before rendering an image to the display.
  • e.g. madVR
Audio Renderer – Component 3

The audio renderer receives the output from the audio decoder and communicates with the audio device. This can lead to further post-processing or bit-exact delivery of the audio streams.
  • e.g. Sanear or ReClock
Introduction to Kodi DirectShow (DS)Player

DSPlayer is a media player designed to take the place of the default Kodi player codenamed DVDPlayer. It is a complete media player with player controls and an integrated OSD. The player distinguishes itself from DVDPlayer by using its own set of DirectShow filters as defined in mediasonfig.xml and filtersconfig.xml. The player also uses its own custom video renderers.

Set up in this guide focuses on using LAV Filters as the filter set, XySubFilter as the subtitle filter, madVR as the video renderer and ReClock as the audio renderer. Completing set up requires access to the following:

Required Software:
  • DSPlayer Installer
    includes LAV Filters & XySubFilter;
  • madVR;
  • ReClock audio renderer (optional).
A/V filter selection:
  1. Internal filters: Use the filters installed with DSPlayer.
  2. Media rules and Filters configuration: Use mix of internal/external filters with manual configuration.
  3. System filters (DirectShow merits): Use existing system filters, ignoring the filters installed with DSPlayer.
Before continuing, you must first obtain a DSPlayer Kodi installer. The installer is necessary to integrate DSPlayer, LAV Filters and XySubFilter into the Kodi GUI. For configuration purposes, we will rely on these Internal Filters.

Instructions:
  1. Run the Kodi installer to overwrite existing copies of Kodi on your system and replace with the integrated DSPlayer.
  2. Install madVR: http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=146228 (v0.88.21 & later)
    To install madVR, extract the zip file to the Program Files directory and run the "install.bat."
  3. Optional – Install ReClock: http://www.videohelp.com/software/ReCloc...how-Filter
  4. Open Kodi and navigate to DSPlayer settings (Video -> DSPlayer).
  5. Select madVR as the Video Renderer.
  6. Set Filters management to Internal filters.
  7. Configure each filter to your personal hardware: - Splitter, - Video decoder, - Audio decoder, - Subtitle filter.
  8. Play a test video to configure madVR. Test the performance of your settings using Cntrl+J.
DSPlayer Installer

DSPlayer installers are released in concert with official releases of Kodi. This installer is identical in appearance to the default Kodi installer and will remove old versions of Kodi and integrate DSPlayer and its setup menus into Kodi.

DSPlayer installers are released by the branch’s maintainer aracnoz. The most recent link is always available in the first post of the DSPlayer official forum.

Setup.exe:
[Image: Installer-2_zpsese7zbcv.png]

DSPlayer Installer: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=...pid1972183

MediaPortal and Argus TV – Live TV Users

Built-in support is available for live TV streams using the rtsp protocol. This service has been tested with MediaPortal and Argus TV PVR backends. Instructions and required add-on settings are found here: MediaPortal and ArgusTV PVR.

NextPVR – Live TV Users

Support for NextPVR using the http protocol is also possible. Instructions for NextPVR are found here: NextPVR Directshow Filter for DSPlayer.

Video Add-ons – Streaming Content

Playback of most http/https streams from video add-ons is possible with DSPlayer using LAV Splitter Source. The odd incompatibility may be encountered where add-on links are loaded instead by DVDPlayer. The use of DSPlayer for streaming sources does come with limitations. Currently, buffering issues, failure to load streams and slow navigation may be experienced with some add-ons. If you find playback or navigation is suffering, it is possible to substitute DVDPlayer as the video player.

A copy of playercorefactory.xml is linked below, which contains instructions pre-configured to reroute all Internet protocols (e.g. streaming content) to be played with DVDPlayer.

Move the included playercorefactory.xml from DVDPlayer merits to:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\userdata

DVDPlayer merits: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2LAr9I...sp=sharing

Emby for Kodi Users

Emby for Kodi users must configure Emby Server for compatibility with DSPlayer. Compatibility requires path substitution is used for folders on the server. This entails converting the path of each Emby folder into the folder's actual path on the computer. A direct Windows path is needed for DSPlayer to correctly read and play each file.

An example of path substitution is shown below:

Emby Server -> Library -> Path Substitution

[Image: Emby-for-Kodi_zpssqcqosjf.png]

Each media source listed in the Folders tab requires its original path.

DSPlayer Backup

If using external filters and customized configuration files, it may be desirable to back-up your DSPlayer settings. When using the Backup add-on for system backups, you must select the dsplayer folder in the userdata directory as a custom directory. This folder is not backed-up by default by the add-on.

Kodi Backup add-on:
To back-up the DSPlayer configuration files, select the dsplayer folder as a custom directory.
[Image: Backup-Utility_zpsf1u7mv2p.png]

ReClock Audio Renderer

The purpose of the ReClock DirectShow Filter is to get rid of jerky playback of video material (AVI, MKV, DVD, Blu-ray, etc) on a PC or a PC connected to a TV or Projector. This software includes an audio renderer supporting WASAPI Exclusive playback. WASAPI provides applications with exclusive access to audio devices so bitstreams are passed directly to the audio output device without any interference from the audio driver or Windows Mixer. Use of Reclock is optional but recommended due to its breadth of audio customization options and performance.

ReClock set up is covered at the end of Section 3.

Summary of Required Software

With all software installed, you should be set up with the following components:
  • Frontend – Kodi DSPlayer Edition
  • Audio & Video Filters – LAV Filters and XySubFilter
  • Video Renderer – madVR
  • Audio Renderer – ReClock
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2. DSPLAYER SET UP

DSPlayer is configured from the Kodi GUI (System -> Video -> DSPlayer). Ensure Internal filters is selected from this menu to leverage the installed LAV Filters and XySubFilter. To confirm the correct filters are being loaded during playback, press O while playing any video.

[Image: DSPlayer-Settings-1_zpshsjm16pg.png]

[Image: DSPlayer-Settings-2_zpsqmevphgx.png]

Summary of DSPlayer Settings

Use as the default video player

Checking this box replaces DVDPlayer when the Play command is issued for all media. If this box is not checked, DSPlayer can only be accessed from the Context Menu, C, by selecting Play using -> DSPlayer.

- DVDPlayer merits

This setting allows rules to be created governing what media should be played by DVDPlayer. DSPlayer may not be a perfect replacement for DVDPlayer in all circumstances. For example, video add-ons containing Internet streams may be more stable when played with DVDPlayer. For TV streams and Internet-related content, rules set for Protocols and the checkbox Internet streams can ensure web content is played with DVDPlayer.

Rules created in DVDPlayer merits are saved in userdata/playercorefactory.xml. Kodi must be restated for changes to take effect.

Video Renderer

DSPlayer offers a choice of two video renderers: madshi Video Renderer (madVR) and Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR).

Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) is a very basic renderer with no additional set up requirements beyond configuring DSPlayer's internal filters. When EVR is selected, XyVSFilter is substituted for XySubFilter as the subtitle renderer.

madshi Video Renderer (madVR) is a more robust, fully-customizable video renderer offering scalable performance. madVR must be installed manually before playback. Configuration is possible during playback by choosing the madVR tray icon from the Windows Taskbar.

- Manage settings with Kodi

These settings determine the way madVR settings are managed:

[Image: Manage-Settings-with-Kodi_zps3me19v1a.png]

Never: The Kodi madVR GUI is disabled and all madVR settings are loaded exclusively from the madVR control panel.

Load and Save with DSPlayer database: Enabling this option allows basic configuration of madVR from within Kodi. These settings are accessed during video playback by selecting Video Settings. Video settings are set on a per video basis but can be saved as a global profile for all videos. DSPlayer will create its own DSPlayer Profile Group in the madVR control panel when this setting is enabled. This is a dummy profile intended to separate DSPlayer settings from existing madVR profiles. This dummy profile is not meant for external configuration. Internal settings tables are saved by Kodi – no settings are saved in the madVR control panel.

Load from madVR active profile: Upon playback, the appropriate profile is loaded from madVR for the selected video. Changes made from within Kodi will change the same value in the madVR control panel. No dummy profile is created. These changes only impact the active madVR profile and profile rules cannot be created or saved. This is the best choice for those who have set up profiles in madVR. Any changes made to the active profile are saved externally by madVR. External settings are always loaded in place of internal Kodi tables.

- Delay madVR playback until render queue is full

Delays the start of video playback until the amount frames set in the pre-buffer are rendered. This can help with crashes caused by the Kodi refresh rate change mechanism interacting with madVR.

- Use madVR in fullscreen (exclusive mode)

Checking this box makes use of madVR’s fullscreen exclusive mode, which takes full control of the display during playback making it impossible to take screen captures or steal focus away from the player. This may reduce screen tearing and improve player stability slightly but can cause compatibility issues with many graphics cards. If checked, the Kodi GUI is forced into windowed mode at all times to accommodate the player during playback. If you encounter a black screen after playing a video or random presentation glitches, your graphics card likely isn't compatible with fullscreen exclusive mode.

- Force madVR to exit fullscreen before stop

This setting should only be used if experiencing problems when stopping playback. Black screens and failure to return to the Kodi menu can often be countered by forcing madVR to exit fullscreen before stopping. If problems during playback stop remain persistent, it is advised to follow the instructions in Troubleshooting Tips.

Audio Renderer

The choice of audio renderer in this menu overrides the same setting in System, Audio output. Keep in mind, any DirectShow audio renderer such as ReClock can be used with DSPlayer.

Filters management

Defines the source of audio & video filters:

[Image: Filters-Management-Internal-rules_zps4vscq9fm.png]

Internal filters

Enable to use internal copies of LAV Filters and XySubFilter in place of external filters. When selected, the creation of media rules is not required as compatible media is pre-configured to use these filters.

It may also be desirable to add an external filter to take advantage of features not provided by DSPlayer's internal filters. Three external filter slots are available. A common example of this is FFDShow, which can be added as an extra filter to use features such as the SmoothVideo Project (SVP).

- Spiltter: Configure (i) LAV Splitter.

- Video decoder: Configure (i) LAV Video.

- Audio decoder: Configure (i) LAV Audio.

- Subtitle filter: Configure (i) XySubFilter.

- Extra external filter: Add an external filter to be used by all media.

Media rules and Filters configuration

This setting overrides DSPlayer's internal filters, which can be useful for those wishing to use external filters with customized configuration. External filter rules are defined in mediasconfig.xml and filtersconfig.xml. It is not enough to install the external filter and play a video – DSPlayer must be manually configured to use it. It is possible to mix-and-match internal and external filters.

- Media rules

Media rules are used to provide instruction on what combination of filters and shaders are used when a media file is played. The player is pre-configured to use system filters. Using any combination of custom filters requires the creation of player rules from this menu.

Created Media rules are saved in userdata/dsplayer/mediasconfig.xml. Once saved, rules will appear in a list that can be revised and added to in the future.

- Filters configuration

Filters configuration provides a master list of all filters available to DSPlayer. Like Media rules, Filters configuration relies on system filters by default. Adding custom filters is a manual process.

Filters declared in Filters configuration are saved in userdata/dsplayer/filtersconfig.xml. Once saved, a filter will appear in a list that can be revised and added to in the future.

System filters (DirectShow merits)

Enabling this option uses the default filter rules installed with DSPlayer. Unchecking this is necessary to use DSPlayer's internal filters or the filter rules set in mediasconfig.xml. It is important to uncheck this option when using custom filters such as LAV Filters or XySubFilter.

Show Blu-ray titles and Matroska Editions choice dialog

A selection of video streams with Blu-ray folder structures (BDMV) is possible with this option enabled. Also, some MKV files contain multi-chapter list support. The Matroska Edition choice dialog allows a choice between the various chapter lists. LAV Filters supports multiple chapter files through Matroska Editions.

Min. Blu-ray title length (min.)

Sets the minimum title length for a video stream to appear in the list of selectable titles when playing Blu-ray folder structures (BDMV).

Preferred external subtitle language

Select a default language for external subtitles (e.g. .srt) in the event multiple external subtitles are available.

Use menu audio selector

Adds an option in the Audio Settings menu during playback allowing the selection of an audio stream for the current playing video.

Use menu subtitle selector

Adds an option in the Audio Settings menu during playback allowing the selection of a subtitle stream for the current playing video.

Show stream details from selected splitter

Stream details from LAV Splitter provides more accurate and detailed information about the audio stream including the codec, channel layout and bit rate. This information is provided by DSPlayer by default. By comparison, DSPlayer is localized for the selected language, but may lack information such as the codec and bit rate. This setting also impacts the information displayed when pressing O (codec info).

Move OSD into active video area

This setting may be useful for users of projectors with a Constant Image Height (CIH) setup. Constant Image Height projection attempts to show all content on a 2.35:1 ratio (extra wide) screen. Content with a 16:9 (1.85:1) ratio fills the height of the screen but not its sides. While movies with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 are zoomed to fill both the height and width of the screen. Thereby, all content fills the height of the screen but not its width.

madVR offers automatic zoom control and black bar detection to work with CIH setups. However, the Kodi OSD will remain outside the active screen area during playback. Enabling this setting moves the OSD into the active video area. This only impacts GUI elements during fullscreen playback and does not change the default 16:9 aspect ratio of Kodi.

madVR zoom control settings can be adjusted during playback from the Kodi madVR GUI found under Video Settings.

Define visible screen area

This setting is best used alongside Move OSD into active video area for users of Constant Image Height (CIH) setups. The defined screen size permanently changes the position of Kodi and the active skin for menu navigation. This can be used to position the skin inside the 2.35:1 rectangle used by CIH projection.

Adjust display refresh rate

This setting is located under Video -> Playback. When using DSPlayer, display refresh rate selection can be applied to both players or to each player independently. This way, one player can be set to auto-change while the other is disabled. This is especially useful when Kodi is set to use a fullscreen window because DVDPlayer will display vertical tearing when playing content at refresh rates other than the display default. DSPlayer, on the other hand, is best used with auto-change enabled when using madVR regardless of the Kodi window state.

[Image: DSPlayer-Adjust-Refresh_zpsobo037nb.png]

DVDPlayer merits – Assigning Content to DVDPlayer

DVDPlayer may still serve a useful role in a DSPlayer setup. Video add-ons containing Internet streams may be more stable when played with DVDPlayer. DSPlayer is capable of playing http/https content with LAV Splitter Source but can suffer from buffering issues and sometimes slow navigation. Rerouting all non-live TV network protocols to DVDPlayer is possible by adding a rule to DVDPlayer merits.

Note: This rule is pre-configured in the supplied playercorefactory.xml in section #1. This example should only be followed to assign additional content to DVDPlayer.

1. Select DVDPlayer merits from the DSPlayer menu. Choose Add new merits rule...

2. Delete any existing fields. Only one line is to be added to the Protocols field.

3. Insert the text below as written:
daap|rtv|rtmp|http|https|rtmpe|mms|rtp

[Image: DVD-Merits-Rule_zpsus9ztmmo.png]

4. Select Save rule changes.

5. Kodi must be restated for changes to take effect. All Internet sources should now be played by DVDPlayer.

Adding Custom Filters – Filters configuration

Filters management must be set to Media rules and Filters configuration for the following to apply.

Using external filters with DSPlayer is a manual process. Custom filters are added in Filters configuration and assigned to content through media rules. This process can be automated by first installing the filter in Windows.

1. Install the filter.

2. Under Filters management, toggle Media rules and Filters configuration:

[Image: Filters-Management_zpskmiplwrv.png]

3. Choose - Filters configuration.

4. Select Add filter.

5. Choose System filters list, and select the desired filter from the drop-down.

[Image: Filters-System-List_zps1ro3r0qg.png]

6. All fields should populate except Filter type.

[Image: Filters-Complete_zpsbi6nx5x6.png]

7. Choose the filter type from the drop-down, and click Add filter.

[Image: Filters-Type_zpsy0pswg8z.png]

Filters declared in Filters configuration are saved in userdata/dsplayer/filtersconfig.xml. Once saved, a filter will appear in a list that can be revised and added to in the future.

Adding Playback Rules – Media rules

Filters management must be set to Media rules and Filters configuration for the following to apply.

External filters are assigned to content by creating media rules. Media rules specify the circumstances when a specific filter should be used. It is possible to incorporate internal versions of LAV Filters and XySubFilter with selected external filters.

1. Under Filters management, toggle Media rules and Filters configuration:

[Image: Filters-Management_zpskmiplwrv.png]

2. Choose - Media rules.

3. Select Add new rule…

4. Complete the desired fields:

[Image: Media-Rules_zpsd4p0inw9.png]

Rule name

Name as it appears in the list of Media rules.

Priority order

Order in which rules with overlapping criteria are applied to media from 0 to 9. The first rule in a list will take precedence over the last.
  • e.g. 0
- File types

Specify the file types (containers) compatible with the rule.
  • e.g. mkv|avi|divx|ogm|mp4|mov|m4v|flv|m2v|mpeg|mpg|mts|m2ts|vob|bdmv
- File name

Play items containing this string found in the filename.
  • e.g. blu-ray
- Video codec

Play items compressed with the following codec.
  • e.g. hevc
- Protocols

Play items with the following network protocols. This can be used with or without the Url checkbox to route live TV and video add-ons containing Internet streams.
  • e.g. daap|rtv|rtsp|rtmp|http|https|rtmpe|rtsp|mms|rtp|pvr
- Url

Play items that are Internet streams.

Source filter

Select the source filter.
  • e.g. LAV Source (lavsource)
Splitter filter

Select the splitter filter.
  • e.g. LAV Splitter (lavsplitter)
Video filter

Select the video decoder.
  • e.g. LAV Video (lavvideo)
Audio filter

Select the audio decoder.
  • e.g. LAV Audio (lavaudio)
Subs filter

Select the subtitle filter.
  • e.g. XySubFilter (xysubfilter)
Extra filter

Select an extra filter. The filter’s role is determined by its type. Adding more than one extra filter is possible.
  • e.g. FFDShow RAW (ffdraw)
Shader Id

Apply post-processing. Shaders do things such as add sharpening, remove grain or apply color correction. Using shaders will impact madVR performance, so only use if your GPU has the processing power to accommodate it. Shaders can be applied to the pre-resized or post-resized image. Although, adding shaders to the post-resized image is recommended. It is possible to use custom shader files, which is explained here.
  • e.g. Sharpen complex 2 (18)

5. Save rule changes.

Created Media rules are saved in userdata/dsplayer/mediasconfig.xml. Once saved, rules will appear in a list that can be revised and added to in the future.

A sample of rules from mediasconfig.xml is shown below:

<rules>
<rule videocodec="hevc">
<source filter="lavsource" />
<splitter filter="lavsplitter" />
<video filter="lentoid_hevc_decoder" />
<audio filter="lavaudio" />
<subs filter="xysubfilter" />
</rule>

<rule filetypes="mkv">
<source filter="lavsource" />
<splitter filter="lavsplitter" />
<video filter="lavvideo" />
<audio filter="lavaudio" />
<subs filter="xysubfilter" />
</rule>
</rules>
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3. LAV FILTERS, XYSUBFILTER & RECLOCK SET UP

We will now configure LAV Filters & XySubFilter. Internal copies of these filters are installed with DSPlayer. Set up assumes internal filters are used.

Pressing O during playback brings up a list of filters loaded with each video. This can be useful to ensure the correct filters are being loaded. Titles of internal filters start with an i (e.g. (i) LAV Splitter Source).

Configure LAV Filters: Video -> DSPlayer -> Filters management -> Internal filters

[Image: Filters-All-Filters_zpsprd4by0a.png]

The recommendation is to configure each filter with its standard configuration panel as opposed to the Kodi GUI.

Select Open property page to access the configuration panel:
[Image: Internal-Filters-Property-Page_zps9ykk4knk.png]

LAV Splitter (- Splitter)

In LAV Splitter, we are primarily concerned with delivering the correct subtitle stream with each video. Specify a default audio and subtitle language. Then choose a default subtitle selection mode (e.g. forced for English speakers). Leave Blu-ray Subtitles (PGS) checked. PGS subtitles are embedded in Blu-ray rips (mkvs).

[Image: LAV-Splitter_zpsak9sdxxa.png]

LAV Video (- Video decoder)

The main setting to be concerned with in LAV Video is the type of hardware acceleration to be used. Hardware acceleration impacts video decoding alone and is not important to the performance of madVR. However, it can significantly reduce the load placed on the CPU. Setting hardware acceleration to None means all video will be decoded using software decoding. This can be good or bad depending on the power of your CPU. The recommendation for hardware acceleration remains the same across hardware manufacturers:
  • Intel: DXVA2 (copy-back) or Intel QuickSync
  • AMD: DXVA2 (copy-back)
  • Nvidia: DXVA2 (copy-back)
*NVIDIA CUVID is known to be less efficient with regards to performance and power consumption. The justification for this claim comes from this post.

*DXVA2 (copy-back) can be used by any hardware that supports DXVA2. This uses more memory bandwidth than DXVA2 (native) since every video texture is copied back from GPU memory to CPU memory after decoding (hence the copy-back in name). However, DXVA2 (copy-back) has fewer playback limitations than DXVA2 (native).

Hardware acceleration reduces the load on the CPU by offloading video decoding to the GPU. The use of a fixed-function hardware decoder should have minimal impact on madVR.

Leave the deinterlacing options alone, as deinterlacing will be be handled by madVR.

HEVC (H.265) Decoding:

Hardware decoding of HEVC is only recently supported by video card manufacturers. Owners of most cards manufactured before 2016 will be left to decode HEVC with software. Software decoding of high bit-rate HEVC requires a very fast modern CPU.

[Image: LAV-Video_zpsb2mchj1w.png]

Users struggling with x86 decoding of HEVC content with LAV Video may want to substitute the Strongene Lentoid HEVC/H.265 Decoder, which offers a significant performance boost. This would require the use of Media rules and Filters configuration instead of Internal filters.

LAV Audio (- Audio decoder)

Audio codecs are the focus of configuring LAV Audio. The items that are checked will be bitstreamed. Those left unchecked will be unpackaged and sent as PCM streams. What can be bitstreamed depends on the audio equipment used (e.g. AV receiver or television) and the type of output (HDMI or S/PDIF). Users of S/PDIF are limited to Dolby Digital (AC3) and DTS and should leave all other boxes unchecked.

Note: If using ReClock for media speed correction, it advised all audio be output as PCM (uncheck all boxes).

Use Legacy 5.1 channel layout
Check this box if your surround speakers are in the back as opposed to the sides. The default configuration is to have the surround speakers at the sides. This only impacts audio decoded by LAV Audio. Bitstreams are passed through.

Mixing
When bitstreaming is disabled, LAV Audio does the decoding. The Windows Mixer is not useable in WASAPI exclusive mode. So using the Mixing tab opens the possibility to add mixing: converting the output to different channel layouts, altering the volume of specific channels and matrix encoding to Dolby Pro Logic II. These options should be left alone for most users unless you know what you are doing.

[Image: LAV-Audio_zpscsvikvfd.png]

XySubFilter (- Subtitle filter)

XySubFilter is used to render subtitles. XySubFilter does not render subtitles directly over the video. Instead, it communicates with the video renderer allowing it to do what it wants with the subtitle. The is all done in high definition. Subtitles are enabled in Kodi from the Audio Settings menu, which is accessible during playback.

Configure XySubFilter: Video -> DSPlayer -> Filters management -> Internal filters -> - Subtitle filter

Loading:

Load when needed: Load only when specified by the subtitle selection mode in LAV Splitter.
Always load: Load any subtitle track matching the default language.

VobSub Settings:

VobSub/PGS subtitles are embedded in mkvs from DVD and Blu-ray rips. The lone setting to be concerned with is Only show forced subtitles. Only subtitles marked as forced will be displayed when checked. PGS subtitles must be enabled in LAV Splitter for this setting to be functional.

Tip: From experience, use of XySubFilter will slightly reduce the performance of madVR. This is likely due to the fact subtitles are added to the pre-resized image making madVR work harder. To reduce this impact, check the box optimize subtitle quality for performance instead of quality in the trade quality for performance section of madVR's settings.

[Image: XySubFilter_zpshjexj9ck.png]

- Extra external filter

Additional filters can be added to the filters covered above. It is possible to include up to three external filters that will be applied to all media. The role of the extra filter is determined by its type (e.g. audio decoder, video decoder, etc.). The purpose of adding an extra external filter is to use features not offered by LAV Filters or XySubFilter.

The most common extra filter used with DSPlayer is FFDShow. Adding FFDShow RAW (ffdraw), for example, makes it possible to use FFDShow-compatible applications such as the SmoothVideo Project (SVP).

ReClock

Installation Link: http://www.videohelp.com/software/ReCloc...how-Filter

ReClock set up will be kept simple. To be functional, ReClock must be selected as the audio renderer under DSPlayer settings. The main benefit of ReClock is WASAPI exclusive support. WASAPI exclusive mode gives applications exclusive access to audio devices so audio streams are passed directly to the audio output device without any interference from the audio driver or Windows Mixer. Conversely, DirectSound (or shared mode) adds the Windows Mixer between the media software and output device to enforce its own channel mixing and output format.

It is recommended to select WASAPI Exclusive mode to ensure the audio output is untouched by Windows when it reaches the audio output device (e.g. AV receiver).

Audio can be output in two formats:

Bitstreaming:

Bitstreaming is the simplest form of audio output. The encoded audio stream (DTS, AC3, TrueHD, etc.) is sent as it was packaged to a device capable of decoding it. Without decoding, the output can be considered bit-exact — untouched as it arrived from the source.

Check all supported formats in LAV Audio. In ReClock, enable:
  • Accept bitstream formats
  • Disable media speed correction with bitstream audio
The main drawback of bitstreaming is a lack of control over the output. This can be troublesome when dealing with HTPC oddities such as clock jitter, where drifts between the audio and video clocks creates frame drops. These occasional dropped frames will be imperceptible to most but can be corrected with PCM output.

Other users may want to avoid bitstreaming due to an inability to decode the output or because of a desire to apply audio digital signal processing (DSP) such as equalization, bass management, distance, delays, volume normalization, channel mapping, mixing or resampling.

Multichannel PCM:

Decoding bitstreams to multichannel PCM is the other option. This allows for more control over the output. PCM can also be considered bit-exact, but this is not always the case. PCM streams may be subject to a range of digital signal processing intended to improve playback quality.

ReClock uses raw PCM to adjust media speed to remove clock jitter and playback annoyances such as PAL Speedup. Clock jitter is the primary concern, which is caused by a lack of synchronization between the playback clocks. Three clocks govern playback: the system clock, video clock and audio clock.

The system clock always runs at 1.0x. The audio and video clocks tick away independent of each other. Having three independent clocks invites of the possibility of losing synchronization during playback. These clocks are subject to variability caused by differences in A/V hardware, drivers or software. Any difference from the system clock is captured by the display and clock deviation in madVR's rendering stats.

Let's use an example:

display (video): 23.97142 Hz

With an ideal value of 23.976 Hz, the 23.97142 Hz rate of the video clock means it is slower than the system clock.

clock deviation (audio): 0.00217%

With a deviation of 0.00217% (23.976 * (1 + 0.00217 / 100) = 23.97652 Hz), the audio clock is slightly faster than the system clock. This would be acceptable if the audio clock randomly matched the video clock. However, this is not the case:

audio/video synchronization: 23.97652 Hz (audio) - 23.97142 Hz (video) = 0.0051 Hz (deviation)

The audio and video are out-of-sync. This small deviation would lead to a slow drift between the audio and video during playback. The video clock yields to the audio clock — a frame is dropped or repeated every few minutes to resynchronize.

reported display rate < (movie frame rate * (1 +/- clock deviation / 100)) = dropped frames
The smaller the refresh rate, the larger the repeat frequency = too fast


reported display rate > (movie frame rate * (1 +/- clock deviation / 100)) = repeated frames
The larger the refresh rate, the smaller the repeat frequency = too slow


ReClock synchronizes the clocks by speeding up or slowing down the audio. The audio stream is resampled as multichannel PCM and set to match the video clock (audio slowed by -0.213% to 23.97142 Hz). ReClock will completely eliminate dropped frames, even if the dropped frame estimator says otherwise. The loss of a single frame every few minutes is unlikely to be noticed by most viewers, but clock jitter will still take place.

Bitstreaming must be disabled in LAV Audio for media speed correction to function.

PAL Speedup is removed by first reducing the speed of the video to 24 fps with madVR (display modes).


A properly configured set up should match the images below. The ReClock tray icon will light up green when media speed correction is working correctly.

Note: ReClock is known to produce inaccurate clock deviation figures, even when bitstreaming. For an accurate clock deviation, try Sanear or the default audio renderer.

Audio Upsampling:

When employing media speed correction, ReClock must resample the audio. Rather than resample at the same frequency and bit depth of the source, ReClock offers the ability to upsample using an approach similar to Dolby TrueHD 96K Upsampling. Audio upsampling applies a default sampling frequency (e.g. 96,000 KHz) and bit depth (e.g. 24 bit) to all input sources. A typical lossless Blu-ray audio track is mastered to 48,000/16-bit or 48,000/24-bit to save storage space. ReClock can take a 48,000 KHz track and upsample it to 96,000 KHz. This allows for the use of more gradual low-pass filters to cut-off certain frequencies, which should improve the overall shape of the waveform. This is like image upscaling applied to a video. While perhaps inaudible to most, upsampling is intended to reduce the chance of quality deterioration when resampling and may actually enhance audio quality.

Those curious about ReClock's use of resampling and upsampling should read this thread. It is inaccurate to believe that trading bit-exact bitstreaming for resampled PCM output must involve a tradeoff in audio quality.

Unchecking Disable media speed correction with bitstream audio will use the drop/dupe method of matching the display refresh rate. Audio packets are dropped/repeated to keep time with playback. If the source frame rate is a match for the display refresh rate, this may work fine. However, the loss or repetition of too many packets can lead to audio dropouts or distortion. This limitation is why bitstreaming is not recommended when enforcing clock corrections.

Note: I have experienced some added judder in panning scenes with 23.976 fps content using bitstreaming with media correction enabled. So use this combination at your own discretion.

ReClock Detailed Set up (with technical explanations):
http://www.ezoden.com/684/tutorial-htpc/15

[Image: Reclock_zps31wrd7an.png]

Custom Resolutions

If you insist on bitstreaming, audio/video clock synchronization issues can be dealt with using custom resolutions. This method is unlikely to completely eliminate the problem like ReClock but it can improve the accuracy of the stock video clock.

Custom Refresh Rates

Custom Resolution Utilities

Optional – External Filters

Installing and configuring external filters is manual process from the one described above. With Filters management set to Media rules and Filters configuration, any combination of external filters can be added and applied to media as desired.

The filters below are popular additions to DSPlayer: That concludes filters set up. So, on to madVR...
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4. MADVR SET UP

Installation Link: http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=146228

*To install madVR, extract the zip file to the Program Files directory and run the "install.bat."

madVR can be configured in two ways:

Detailed Configuration – madVR control panel

madVR is designed to be configured during playback through its own set of configuration menus. It is recommended to complete initial set up via these default panels. This should be done before adjusting any settings in Kodi, due to the fact several menus are located here, which remain inaccessible from Kodi.

The default control panels are available during playback by minimizing Kodi and selecting the tray icon from the Windows Taskbar.

Minimize Kodi, and select Edit madVR Settings… from the madVR tray icon.
[Image: madVR-Settings_zpsanyssdgd.png]

The madVR control panel should appear:

[Image: Devices_zps5q85dk7k.png]

madVR Set up Guide

Completing initial madVR set up will be left to an external guide. This will take you through each menu in the madVR control panel to get madVR up and running.

madVR Set up & Configuration Guide

*It is recommended to use the guide above for detailed set up of madVR on all systems.

Basic Configuration – Kodi GUI

After completing initial set up, it is possible to finetune madVR processing features directly from DSPlayer.

The DSPlayer madVR GUI is especially useful when used alongside rendering stats (Cntrl + J) to dial-in settings and experiment with the various processing features. Opening this menu forces madVR into low latency mode, which temporarily reduces the present queue from 7-8/8 to 1-2/2 to reduce the impact of madVR's pre-rendered frames on GUI performance.

Load and Save with DSPlayer database or Load from madVR active profile must be checked in DSPlayer settings for the menu below to be accessible.

To adjust these settings, access the player controls during playback and select Video Settings.

madVR Video Settings window:
[Image: Video-Settings-GUI_zps2xylwhlb.png]

The madVR GUI is divided into seven categories:
  1. Deinterlacing
  2. Artifact Removal
  3. Scaling Algorithms
    chroma upscaling
    image upscaling
    image downscaling
    image doubling
    upscaling refinement
  4. Zoom Control
  5. Image Enhancements
  6. Smooth Motion
  7. Dithering
Manage settings with Kodi

Video -> DSPlayer -> - Manage settings with Kodi

DSPlayer offers three options to manage madVR settings:

[Image: Manage-Settings-with-Kodi_zps3me19v1a.png]

Never: The Kodi madVR GUI is disabled and all madVR settings are loaded exclusively from the madVR control panel.

Load and Save with DSPlayer database: Enabling this option allows basic configuration of madVR from within Kodi. These settings are accessed during video playback by selecting Video Settings. Video settings are set on a per video basis but can be saved as a global profile for all videos. DSPlayer will create its own DSPlayer Profile Group in the madVR control panel when this setting is enabled. This is a dummy profile intended to separate DSPlayer settings from existing madVR profiles. This dummy profile is not meant for external configuration. Internal settings tables are saved by Kodi – no settings are saved in the madVR control panel.

Load from madVR active profile: Upon playback, the appropriate profile is loaded from madVR for the selected video. Changes made from within Kodi will change the same value in the madVR control panel. No dummy profile is created. These changes only impact the active madVR profile and profile rules cannot be created or saved. This is the best choice for those who have set up profiles in madVR. Any changes made to the active profile are saved externally by madVR. External settings are always loaded in place of internal Kodi tables.

madVR Content Profiles

With Load and Save with DSPlayer database selected, it is possible to save groups of settings based on the content resolution. Settings profiles created in Kodi function independently of any profiles created in madVR.

The resolution of a video influences the usefulness of madVR settings such image enhancements, upscaling refinement and image doubling, which is why profiles are commonly set in this manner. It is also possible to set profiles for specific TV Shows to reflect the large variability in the quality of TV broadcasts.

To create a profile, adjust the settings to your liking, select Save settings... and choose the appropriate category.

The hierarchy of settings created by the Kodi GUI can be confusing. When a video is loaded, the table of settings goes through a progression as follows (Load and Save with DSPlayer database must be enabled for this rules hierarchy to apply):
  • Load settings for the current video;
  • If no settings are found, load the resolution profile;
  • If no resolution profile is found, load global settings.
madVR internal profiles dialog:
[Image: madVR-Profiles_zpsrjncspz6.png]

Summary of Rules governing the madVR Kodi GUI:
  • Settings made from the Kodi GUI override those made in madVR. Keep in mind, these settings are saved and madVR will revert to the Kodi GUI when started.
  • Settings apply on a per video basis but can be saved as a default for all videos.
  • External madVR profile rules only apply when the GUI is disabled or Load from madVR active profile is selected.
Load from madVR active profile is the preferred method of handling madVR's settings. This allows control from both the control panel and DSPlayer GUI without having to save any data in the Kodi DSPlayer database.

Note: The Kodi GUI is starting to become outdated with madVR development. As as result, some settings found in the madVR control panel are missing from the DSPlayer GUI. Those settings that remain can be adjusted without issue and use of the GUI is still recommended.

Those wanting to add current madVR features to the DSPlayer GUI are advised to follow the instructions in this post.

Set up Tip: Installing a desktop media player such as MPC-HC can make madVR set up an easier task. MPC-HC set up is covered here.

[Image: 3-Filters_zpse978f03b.jpg]
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5. OTHER RESOURCES

Keyboard Shortcuts – Player Controls

Hotkeys are a handy way of accessing the player control menus (e.g. video settings). A combination of native keyboard commands and Kodi actions defined in a keyboard.xml are all that is required to access almost any menu during playback. Creating direct shortcuts to these menus can make menu navigation less tedious. Examples of common actions are shown below:

Keyboard Controls:

Subtitle Selection -> L (NextSubtitle)
Toggle Subtitles On/Off -> T (ShowSubtitles)
Audio Delay -> A (audiodelay)

Action IDs:

Video Settings -> ActivateWindow(123)
Audio Settings -> ActivateWindow(124)
Audio Selection -> AudioNextLanguage
Subtitle Offset -> subtitledelay
Video Bookmarks -> ActivateWindow(125)
Subtitle Search -> ActivateWindow(153)

Example keyboard.xml:

<keymap>
<FullScreenVideo>
<keyboard>
<home>ActivateWindow(123)</home>
<end>ActivateWindow(124)</end>
<s>AudioNextLanguage</s>
<c>subtitledelay</c>
<w>ActivateWindow(125)</w>
<u>ActivateWindow(153)</u>
</keyboard>
</FullScreenVideo>
</keymap>

Configuring a Remote Control

HOW TO - Configure a Logitech Harmony Remote for Kodi

Kodi Beginner's Guide

Kodi Quick Start Guide

HTPC Updater

This is not a DSPlayer tool. But, rather, it is an automated means of downloading and installing the latest version of madVR. This tool is designed to download and install updated copies of MPC-HC, LAV Filters and madVR.

For this program to work, 32-bit versions of MPC-HC, LAV Filters and madVR must be installed on your system. Running the program will update copies of each program. The benefit for DSPlayer users is this avoids the process of manually extracting and re-registering madVR with each update.

Note: madVR components are dropped into the Local Disk C: folder. This is the default behavior of the program. If one component fails, try updating it manually before running the program again.

HTPC Updater

MakeMKV

MakeMKV is pain-free software for ripping Blu-rays and DVDs into an MKV container, which can be read by Kodi. By selecting the main title and an audio stream, it is possible to create bit-for-bit copies of Blu-rays with the accompanying lossless audio track in one hour or less. No encoding is required — the video is placed in a new container and packaged with the audio and subtitle track(s). From here, the file can be added directly to your Kodi library or compressed for storage using software such as Handbrake. This is the fastest way to import your Blu-ray collection into Kodi.

Tip: Set the minimum title length to 3600 seconds (60 minutes) and a default language preference in Preferences to ease the task of identifying the correct video, audio and subtitle tracks.

MakeMKV Homepage (Beta Registration Key)

Launcher4Kodi

Launcher4Kodi is a HTPC helper utility that can assist in creating appliance-like behavior of a Windows-based HTPC running Kodi. This utility auto-starts Kodi on power on/sleep resume and auto-closes Kodi on power off. It can also be used to ensure Kodi remains focused when loaded fullscreen and set either Windows or Kodi to run as a shell.
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6. TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
  1. If you encounter any problem files that result in a black screen while seeking (this should be rare), it is advised to remux these files to a new container or assign them to another player. For mp4 files, MP42MKVac3 offers quick and painless conversion of mp4s into an mkv format with no alteration to the audio or video streams.
  2. Occasional black screens on load or stop can be caused by a failure of the player to switch to the correct refresh rate. Try swapping madVR's refresh rate switching for Kodi, or Kodi for madVR. To use Kodi, leave the display modes field blank in madVR and set Kodi to Adjust display refresh rate under Video settings. To use madVR, disable refresh rate switching in Kodi and configure the textbox in display modes to include all compatible display modes.
  3. If the player fails to load or crashes on stop:
    - Ensure Use system filters (DirectShow merits) is unchecked in DSPlayer settings
    - Ensure the content path is a SMB (Windows) share
    - Disable any custom resolutions
    - Disable fullscreen exclusive mode from Kodi
    - Do not disable present several frames in advance in madVR windowed or exclusive settings
    - Check to determine if the madVR folder was deleted at some point
    - Update madVR to the latest release
    - If using external filters, make certain XySubFilter (32-bit) was installed successfully
    - Turn off Hardware Acceleration in LAV Video (particularly if using Direct3D 11 for presentation in madVR general settings)
    - If the player is crashing on stop, enable - Force madVR to exit from fullscreen before stop in DSPlayer settings
    - Uninstall ReClock and try another audio renderer
If you are still experiencing problems, it is advised to capture a debug log of the issue in Kodi and post it to the official forum.

How to Capture a Debug Log in Kodi:

Turn on dubugging in System -> Debugging. Restart Kodi and recreate the circumstances leading to the error. Close Kodi. Navigate to kodi.log in the AppData\Roaming\Kodi folder. Copy and paste this log to Pastebin or xbmclogs and provide a link in the DSPlayer forum.

It is possible to enable silent debugging by creating an advancedsettings.xml and placing it in the userdata folder. This bypasses debugging settings in Kodi. Add the following to advancedsettings.xml:

Code:
<advancedsettings>
    <loglevel>1</loglevel> <!-- Setting this to "1" hides the on-screen debug log text -->
</advancedsettings>

How to Capture a Crash Report for madVR:

Crashes likely caused by madVR should be logged via a madVR crash report. Crash reports are produced by pressing CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+BREAK when madVR becomes unresponsive. This report will appear on the desktop. Again, copy and paste this log to Pastebin or xbmclogs and provide a link in the DSPlayer forum.

Not all keyboards contain a Break/Pause key. On my wireless Logitech keyboard, Break/Pause is accessed by FN+P. So a madVR crash report is produced by pressing CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+FN+P.

Kodi.pdb:

When debugging, it is recommended to download the PDB file on the DSPlayer download page, rename it as Kodi.pdb and place it in the same folder as Kodi.exe (the Kodi executable). The PDB assists in tracking debug logs and madVR crash reports. Each PDB is directly associated with the accompanying DSPlayer installer.

Please describe your personal settings and the circumstances leading to the problem:

Windows 10
madVR v0.88.21
Direct3D 11 for presentation
fullscreen exclusive mode
Kodi set to Adjust display refresh rate
madVR display modes: 1080p23, 1080p60
Kodi madVR GUI enabled

Playback is started and the video fails to select the correct refresh rate. Playback remains stuck at 60 Hz.

Questions and concerns should be forwarded to the Official DSPlayer Forum!
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I did a test using my laptop with an HD 3000 as the renderer comparing the image output by DSPlayer and MPC-HC with madVR. As you can see, the images are identical.

These are JPEGs not uncompressed TIFFs, so this comparison is not of rendering quality. Also, the images were saved for web performance, so minute differences may exist between the two due to the use of dithering. But the takeaway is there appears to be no limitations or unwanted modification of the image by DSPlayer when rendering an image versus the reference player, Media Player Classic. Both rendering performance and image quality remain intact.

Intel HD 3000 madVR settings:
  • Chroma: Bicubic100 + AR
  • Image: Lanczos3 + AR
  • Luma Doubling: Off
  • Artifact Removal - Debanding: Off
  • Dithering: Ordered

DSPlayer & madVR
[Image: madVR-DSPlayer_zpsl4ms695q.jpg]

MPC-HC + LAV Filters & madVR
[Image: madVR-MPC-BE_zps37xu0ro9.jpg]

DSPlayer & madVR
[Image: madVR-DSPlayer-2_zpsvgwjau1s.jpg]

MPC-HC + LAV Filters & madVR
[Image: madVR-MPC-BE-2_zpstpya5mym.jpg]
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Kodi DVDPlayer Video Rendering

This is a compilation of DVDPlayer rendering settings to assist in understanding the difference between Kodi DVDPlayer and other renderers:

[Image: DVDPlayer-Rendering_zps8ue4thvt.png]

Note: Only Intel DXVA rendering appears to use an anti-ringing filter. All rendering is done at 8 bits, regardless of the chosen settings.

Enable HQ scalers allows the use of Pixel shaders when DXVA is selected. This may be desirable when using DXVA scaling with AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, which use lesser scaling algorithms under this setting.
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Nice guide - may have missed it, but might be worthwhile adding that both mediasconfig and filtersconfig, once configured to your satisfaction can be saved to a DSPlayer folder in C:\User\Username\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\userdata thereby negating the need to change/re-add them each time a new version is installed.

EDIT

Sorry had missed that part entirely. Has something changed with the introduction of menu based alteration, that saves the changes to the userdata installation.
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(2015-03-28 01:38)steelman1991 Wrote:  Nice guide - may have missed it, but might be worthwhile adding that both mediasconfig and filtersconfig, once configured to your satisfaction can be saved to a DSPlayer folder in C:\User\Username\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\userdata thereby negating the need to change/re-add them each time a new version is installed.

EDIT

Sorry had missed that part entirely. Has something changed with the introduction of menu based alteration, that saves the changes to the userdata installation.

Yes, the new menu-based rules system saves changes to the userdata folder.
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Amazing! Thank you for this fantastic Howto Wink
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Warner306, amazing guide. Such a comprehensive work must be commended. Hats off!

For troubleshooting and bug reporting please make sure you read this first.
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(2015-04-04 13:05)ashlar Wrote:  Warner306, amazing guide. Such a comprehensive work must be commended. Hats off!

Thanks, there is a lot to cover and many topics that have not been covered in this guide. My concern now is about bugs with the player. I have experienced some instability during playback that I'm hoping will be addressed. There is also a new profiles feature that has been added.
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(2015-03-27 09:33)Warner306 Wrote:  7. TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
[*]Users of SVP (SmoothVideo Project) should substitute lavfsplitter as the Source Filter in place of lavsource when using FFDShow for the filter to work as designed.
[/list]

This is totally wrong. You can use any combination of source / video decoding filter with SVP. SVP injects avisynth script into FFDShow to do the job. All you have to do is add FFDShow RAW as extra filter. And SVP would inject code on the fly.

The information you recieved, it's just that example filterconfig / mediaconfig xml SVP team provided is different in filter naming. It's kinda outdated anyway.
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Hello,
I tried to follow your guide to make it happen, unfortunately video playback does not start with dsplayer.Sad
log file
Thank you
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