v18 Music fullscreen: return back to list takes a lot of time
#1
Hello,

when changing from Kodi 17 to 18 (and I was an early adopter tryinig all the prereleases also), I am experiencing the following issue on both Amazon Fire TV stick as well as Raspberry Pi 3:

I usually playback music in "File mode", so I have some mounted folders on my NAS, where I access MP3 files. Usually one album (10 to 20 songs) persist in one folder. When I playback music, everything works smoothly. But as soon as I enter fullscreen mode (for example to display lyrics using the CU lyrics plugin, but also without lyrics, only displaying a black screen), switching back from fullscren to the folder list takes up to 10 seconds, and this is really annoying because on Kodi 17, switching back from fullscreen to the music list was really instantly, using the same hardware setup.

Can anybody explain why enetering fullscreen and then getting back to the file list takes such a huge amount of time in Kodi 18?
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#2
Can nobody at least reproduce this behaviour?
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#3
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@Jackie78 not sure what you mean by switching from the file list to full screen, can you explain more (preferably doing it without involving any plugin)?
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(2019-08-11, 08:35)DaveBlake Wrote: @Jackie78 not sure what you mean by switching from the file list to full screen, can you explain more (preferably doing it without involving any plugin)?
Sure. Here are the steps to reproduce:
1.) Open any music file in folder-mode for playback (brwose to that folder, and select the file of your choice by pressing "Enter")
2.) Go to fullscreen mode
3.) Exit from fullscreen mode back to the file list by pressing the back-button

Point 3 takes several seconds on my fire tv (sometimes only 2 or 3, sometimes 5 or 6), which is significantly longer than in previous builds. However, on the Windows-verison this is still quick, so I expect this to be somewhat specific to the ARM implementation?
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#6
Sorry but I have no idea what you mean by "go to fullscreen mode". Kodi is always full screen on a RPi, although you can switch on Windows and OSX to run in a smaller window, but I don't think you mean that. Perhaps a screenshot would help?
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#7
(2019-08-12, 00:07)DaveBlake Wrote: Sorry but I have no idea what you mean by "go to fullscreen mode". Kodi is always full screen on a RPi, although you can switch on Windows and OSX to run in a smaller window, but I don't think you mean that. Perhaps a screenshot would help?

in the music playlist, bring up the side menu [views - lock - search - refresh - playlist etc...] Bottom option (or Far right option for some skins), fullscreen mode (Its the same screen you get if when playing music you back all the way up as far as you can go)
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#8
@DaveBlake fullscreen mode = visualisation window
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#9
Ah right, slowness when going back off the visualisation screen. I think it is an unwanted side effect of the major application/GUI interaction changes that were made in v18, and it is not something trivial to unpick and fix. Despite the list of things to display being cached already they get fetched again and re-cached which takes time. It is something I hope to look at for v19, and if my some miracle I find a fix for v18 I will of course try to backport. But it is an area where half-arsed changes are more likely to break other things.

Sorry, I'm sure not the response you wanted @Jackie78. I would encourage you to do 2 things: use the music library, and possibly use a remote app like Yatse to drive Kodi (it has all the filtering faciliities that make the library nice to use and none of the slow issues the Kodi GUI has).
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