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Win Intel HTPCs/NUCs & Kodi-native 3D MVC Playback
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Updated March 16, 2019: With @afedchin "currently focused on solving issues in Leia", @Morpog has stepped in (see discussion from this point), with guidance by @afedchin, to offer new Kodi 18-based Windows 3D MVC builds. We know that Intel h/w with HDMI 1.4 will work, but @afedchin has mentioned that "pure HDMI 2.0 should work, [but that] DP->HDMI2.0 may not work".
 
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Kodi Windows MVC Builds by @afedchin and @Morpog

Download latest Kodi 18 Windows MVC builds by @Morpog (test builds)
(Kodi v18.2-RC1 MVC WIP)

Download last Kodi 17 build by @afedchin: 8-December-2017 Windows MVC build (recommended)
(Kodi v17.6 MSDK MVC WIP)

Previous Kodi 17 builds here (search for "MVC")


Important Points about MVC Windows Builds from its Original Developer @afedchin:
  • As it stands, there is no possibility to merge MVC into mainline as MVC feature requires a patched build of ffmpeg, which unfortunately is not acceptable for mainline
  • Given above, Kodi MVC Windows will remain as a fork (similar to MrMC on Android/iOS)

Important Points about Compatible Hardware:
Overall 3D MVC Options, Formats, Tips and Titles: Please see this thread

Purpose of Thread:

This thread and spreadsheet linked above are (were) for compiling user-verified Intel hardware w/Intel Graphics working reliably, with issue-free playback of MVC 3D ISO's, preferably w/HD audio bitstreaming. By 'issues', we mean(t) avoiding include lip sync error, tearing, wobbly/wavy/shaky video, blurriness or other unwanted artifacts. Most of these artifacts are related to incompatible graphics drivers.

Above spreadsheet and this post do NOT cover AMD h/w as it's a software-only MVC solution, and there are more reports of failures than successes. Also, it doesn't focus on non-Intel graphics like nVidia. However, there's confirmation from @brazen1 that the later MVC builds do work well on systems w/nVidia GPU's. This file (libmfx32) must be downloaded and extracted to the installation folder (usually at C:\Program Files (x86)\Kodi\).

Steps to Take for MVC with your NUC/HTPC:
  • Use Windows 10. If you're continuing to have graphics driver issues even after trying below, see if Windows 8 (and driver for it) may resolve issues.
  • Use Intel's Driver Update Utility to scan your HTPC/NUC and download/install the latest suggested drivers, especially graphics, audio, LAN and BIOS. This utility seems to point to the most ideal drivers (in most cases, not all) vs. simply downloading latest from Intel's website or using Windows update. But, Intel's website or doing update via Device Manager may work better for some h/w (example).
    - Alternative driver app is Driver Booster. @sarcoptic has let us know "their database has quite a few new drivers over what Microsoft Update and Intel Update utilities could find."
  • Make the necessary Windows, Intel graphics and Kodi settings as shown below in the photo slideshow!
  • If you're installing another Kodi MVC build, uninstall the existing version first (but, you can leave your profile folder by not checking the box to delete it when prompted during uninstall).
  • [Optional] Use Launcher4Kodi to get that OpenELEC-like experience.

Necessary and Recommended Settings:

Tips & Other Considerations:
  • Blu-ray menus are not fully supported; may work with some titles. If you need full BD-Java menu support w/your HTPC, an external player solution is still necessary. See @brazen1's excellent guide here
  • Dolby Digital Plus is broken, it seems w/Kodi 17 builds in general. Workaround: Disable DD+ under passthrough so you'll at least get multichannel 5.1 out of 5.1/7.1 DD+
  • For uninstalling whichever Kodi Windows build you have in order to install the latest build, just
    1. Uninstall existing Kodi using its uninstaller (in Windows Settings > System > Apps & Features > Kodi)
    2. During uninstall, when you're prompted if you want to delete your profile folder, do this
    3. Install new build
    4. When you run new version of Kodi, your media files and settings should all be intact

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Hi, back from the "Work in Progress - Windows 3D MVC Bluray test builds" Threat, I am very confused. I have ordered a Intel NUC DN2820FYKH and now i read that there are problems with lip sync errors with 3d isos and hd audio. Ok now i have time to cancel my order and switch to another nuc. But witch kind of nuc should i buy. HDMKV wrote that he will favors a i3! But there are many generations of i3.
Please, what kind of i3 should i buy. I need everything (passthroud, hd audio, full hd 3d iso playback, mkv etc.) except 4k.
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INTEL NUC CHART


Find the Right Intel NUC for You


Quote:Intel NUC: Consumer Processor SO-DIMMs M.2 2.5” SATA WiFi/BT HDMI Mini-DP VGA Analog Audio Optical Audio SDXC Slot
NUC6i5SYH 6th generation Intel Core i5-6260U processor with Intel Iris graphics 2x DDR4 Yes Yes Yes Full Yes 1 Yes
NUC6i5SYK 6th generation Intel Core i5-6260U processor with Intel Iris graphics 2x DDR4 Yes Yes Full Yes 1 Yes
NUC6i3SYH 6th generation Intel Core i3-6100U processor 2x DDR4 Yes Yes Yes Full Yes 1 Yes
NUC6i3SYK 6th generation Intel Core i3-6100U processor 2x DDR4 Yes Yes Full Yes 1 Yes
NUC5i7RYH 5th generation Intel Core i7-5557U processor 2x DDR3L Yes Yes Yes Mini Yes 1
NUC5i5RYH 5th generation Intel Core i5-5250U processor 2x DDR3L Yes Yes Yes Mini Yes 1
NUC5i5RYK 5th generation Intel Core i5-5250U processor 2x DDR3L Yes Yes Mini Yes 1
NUC5i3RYH 5th generation Intel Core i3-5010U processor 2x DDR3L Yes Yes Yes Mini Yes 1
NUC5i3RYK 5th generation Intel Core i3-5010U processor 2x DDR3L Yes Yes Mini Yes 1
NUC5PGYH quad-core Intel Pentium processor N3700 2GB DDR3L Yes Yes Full Yes Yes 2 Yes Yes
NUC5PPYH quad-core Intel Pentium processor N3700 DDR3L Yes Yes Full Yes Yes 2 Yes Yes
NUC5CPYH dual-core Intel Celeron processor N3050 DDR3L Yes Yes Full Yes Yes 2 Yes Yes
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(2016-03-28, 15:48)DeejayT Wrote: Hi, back from the "Work in Progress - Windows 3D MVC Bluray test builds" Threat, I am very confused. I have ordered a Intel NUC DN2820FYKH and now i read that there are problems with lip sync errors with 3d isos and hd audio. Ok now i have time to cancel my order and switch to another nuc. But witch kind of nuc should i buy. HDMKV wrote that he will favors a i3! But there are many generations of i3.
Please, what kind of i3 should i buy. I need everything (passthroud, hd audio, full hd 3d iso playback, mkv etc.) except 4k.

If money is not an issue I will look into i5 4th/5th, but if you are looking into i3 then the 4th/5th gen should do,I have Blurriness issue with the i3 6th Gen, so I don't know if I will advise that, but you can still try,it could be something that I was doing wrong.
MY CURRENT MEDIA PLAYER | MY HOME THEATER
MINIX NEO U9-H LIBREELEC v18 Leia | EGREAT A5 | NVIDIA SHIELD
SAMSUNG QLED QN65Q7 | Sony 43 Android TV HDR
XBOX ONE X UHD BLU-RAY | PS4 PRO 4K w/PSVR
ONKYO SBT-A500 DTS X | ATMOS 3.2.1
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(2016-03-28, 15:51)movie78 Wrote:
(2016-03-28, 15:48)DeejayT Wrote: Hi, back from the "Work in Progress - Windows 3D MVC Bluray test builds" Threat, I am very confused. I have ordered a Intel NUC DN2820FYKH and now i read that there are problems with lip sync errors with 3d isos and hd audio. Ok now i have time to cancel my order and switch to another nuc. But witch kind of nuc should i buy. HDMKV wrote that he will favors a i3! But there are many generations of i3.
Please, what kind of i3 should i buy. I need everything (passthroud, hd audio, full hd 3d iso playback, mkv etc.) except 4k.

If money is not an issue I will look into i5 4th/5th, but if you are looking into i3 then the 4th/5th gen should do,I have Blurriness issue with the i3 6th Gen, so I don't know if I will advise that, but you can still try,it could be something that I was doing wrong.

yes no blurriness here at all so it could have been a NUC issue or something else, just perfect crisp video with i3 6300(6th gen) so imo i'd go 6th gen, the only reason to go for old hardware would be cost..
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Thanks for that Intel NUC link @movie78. Added to post #1.
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(2016-03-28, 16:09)hdmkv Wrote: Thanks for that Intel NUC link @movie78. Added to post #1.
Add this to page 1
InDepth Reviews NUC's
Now the question is buy a Skylake NUC or wait for KabyLakeHuh
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XBOX ONE X UHD BLU-RAY | PS4 PRO 4K w/PSVR
ONKYO SBT-A500 DTS X | ATMOS 3.2.1
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Think I'll use audio delay (actually audio advancement using minus 500ms) adjustment for now w/my Celeron NUC for 3D ISO's, then wait for Kaby Lake... hopefully we'll see NUC's w/it by Holidays.

@brazen1, re: the audio offset via Kodi, does it affect all videos? Wouldn't want that as 3D MVC & 2D MKV's are playing w/o audio sync error.
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(2016-03-28, 15:56)dukester Wrote:
(2016-03-28, 15:51)movie78 Wrote:
(2016-03-28, 15:48)DeejayT Wrote: Hi, back from the "Work in Progress - Windows 3D MVC Bluray test builds" Threat, I am very confused. I have ordered a Intel NUC DN2820FYKH and now i read that there are problems with lip sync errors with 3d isos and hd audio. Ok now i have time to cancel my order and switch to another nuc. But witch kind of nuc should i buy. HDMKV wrote that he will favors a i3! But there are many generations of i3.
Please, what kind of i3 should i buy. I need everything (passthroud, hd audio, full hd 3d iso playback, mkv etc.) except 4k.

If money is not an issue I will look into i5 4th/5th, but if you are looking into i3 then the 4th/5th gen should do,I have Blurriness issue with the i3 6th Gen, so I don't know if I will advise that, but you can still try,it could be something that I was doing wrong.

yes no blurriness here at all so it could have been a NUC issue or something else, just perfect crisp video with i3 6300(6th gen) so imo i'd go 6th gen, the only reason to go for old hardware would be cost..

Ok, but why should i buy a 6th gen and not a 5th or 4th gen. What are the benefits of 6th gen that justifies the more costs?
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If you can get a 6th gen for about the same price as 4th/5th, I'd get it... but, as for being 4K-proof, better to wait for 7th gen in Q4 of this year.
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(2016-03-28, 16:26)hdmkv Wrote: Think I'll use audio delay (actually audio advancement using minus 500ms) adjustment for now w/my Celeron NUC for 3D ISO's, then wait for Kaby Lake... hopefully we'll see NUC's w/it by Holidays.

@brazen1, re: the audio offset via Kodi, does it affect all videos? Wouldn't want that as 3D MVC & 2D MKV's are playing w/o audio sync error.

Question, do you have at every movie you play the broken audio/video sync? Then you are right and you can adjust it for every movie. But if its only a 3D Iso problem how would you adjust this in kodi? Is there a option to say only XXXms adjust for 3D Iso files?
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Just a quick FF is working for me on the NUC DN2820
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(2016-03-28, 16:37)movie78 Wrote: Just a quick FF is working for me on the NUC DN2820

Sorry, FF? What do you mean?
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(2016-03-28, 16:30)DeejayT Wrote: Question, do you have at every movie you play the broken audio/video sync? Then you are right and you can adjust it for every movie. But if its only a 3D Iso problem how would you adjust this in kodi? Is there a option to say only XXXms adjust for 3D Iso files?
It's just 3D ISO's... which is why I was asking @brazen1, who suggested the audio delay in the dev thread. Maybe there's a way to have audio delay apply just to ISO's via advancedsettings.xml?
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(2016-03-28, 16:42)DeejayT Wrote:
(2016-03-28, 16:37)movie78 Wrote: Just a quick FF is working for me on the NUC DN2820

Sorry, FF? What do you mean?

FF= Fast Forward >>
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