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Library backup tip and Kodi Chef fork

Jean Mowberry:
Library backup tip and Kodi Chef (wizard already installed) 18 fork APK links.



If you are getting Chef Wizard error try this :)

Jean Mowberry:
Open File Manager in Kodi, click Home/Userdata/addon_data. Delete plugin.program.thechef. Try reopening the wizard.

Kodi game emulation does not work with Xbox

Leroy Brown:
Ok guys, just want to clear up the situation with Xbox and Kodi game emulation. Gaming emulators with Kodi on Xbox will never work because Microsoft wont allow it. Heres a statement from Kodi team. "There will be no emulators inside Kodi for UWP, just like there are no emulators in the Windows store. Microsoft doesn't allow emulators in their store, so in order for Kodi to be in the store (and on the XBOX), the UWP builds very likely won't ever have the retroarch support for retroplayer (maybe not even retroplayer). Thus, any of the rom browsers/downloader add-on for Kodi are pointless on the XBOX"😔

Movies/Series not marked as watched fix

Leroy Brown:
Ok, for those having issues with Movies/TV shows not being marked as watched, I found a bad acting Repo with a broken dependency. Do the following. Go to My addons/Repositories. DELETE rocks repo. Then go to Settings/System/Addons/Addon Dependencies. Update Metahandler to version 3.03

Please don't ask where to find movies/series

Bill Everly:
Please DO NOT ask where you can find X movie or X TV show - search within the addon's. This is a build group not tv guide.

Retro Gaming On The Shield The Easy Way

Aldren Mayfield:
https://youtu.be/hh57NFKKBAc

Where did my Kodi 17 go?

Aldren Mayfield:
https://youtu.be/5wa8vHV0kzo

Leroy Brown:

Thanks for video previews by Aldren Mayfield, Stephen Cornelious

FYI, thanks to the videos by guys like Aldren Mayfield, Stephen Cornelious. Video previews of the builds can be viewed in chefs wizard by clicking on each build.

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RetroQuest: Whats It All About

Aldren Mayfield:
https://youtu.be/5QuC-kzsKNE

RetroQuest XC App: Major Update!

Aldren Mayfield:
https://youtu.be/v_wvl2c17n8

Chef 18 Leia Wizard: How do I get it?

Aldren Mayfield:
(This video includes the latest Kodi installation guide for firesticks and shields, and build installation guide.)
https://youtu.be/nP_K079GTZU

How to import your Trakt TV collection to your library (using Xenon 19.2).

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2435573033337400/
How to import your Trakt TV collection to your library (using Xenon 19.2).

You have to use your favorite addon, authorize it with Trakt and go to the Tools / Library section (usually) and select eg "Import TV Collection", then the collection will appear in your library. Before doing that you could remove from trakt.tv site huge series (like the 3.606 episodes of The daily show, and keep the last episode you saw), that will make importing a lot quicker. (pic 1, Scrubs).

If you click on Library and select TV shows after importing there would be several options to play with (Titles shows all). (pic 2, Library / TV shows options)

If your default addon can't find streams or you just want another addon to play an episode, just right-click (or hold click for a bit on shields) and select Open Meta, and on the next menu choose the proper series (if more than one with the same name) and the addon to play the episode. (pic3, Open Meta)

If you watch new series, and want an easy TV guide about the next episode(s) try TV Show - Next Aired. (pic 4, TV Show - Next Aired)


Recommended Trakt addon settings (Rating disabled, Sync enabled, Remove deleted Movies/TV Episodes from Trakt collections should ALWAYS be DISABLED to avoid losing your entire collection in Trakt.tv site).


It seems that a few members managed to get duplicates in their library trying to add series using 2 addons, OpenMeta and another one. Unless both addons have an option "Avoid creating duplicate content" like the IT addon has by default, don't use both, OpenMeta doesn't have that option so if you have to use it, use it alone. Or else, duplicates. Furthermore, you can disable OpenMeta's library updates to avoid that message on startup -if you don't add anything from OpenMeta to the library you'll be safe to authorize Trakt on it like on all addons.

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If you click on a series on favorites, add it on library and marks are not there, go to the library, right-click on any series, click on Trakt options, and then click on Synchronize library.

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If you have trouble with wrong names you can go to your library, find the series with the wrong name, right-click on it, click Information, click on Refresh, click Yes 2 times, and select the correct name of the series, or click on Manual and type the proper name you found in imdb.com, and select the correct one from the new list, for example type: The Twilight Zone (2019), and a new list will appear.

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When you sync your addon with Trakt any lists in your trakt.tv account are synced as well.
Go to your addon, to your My Movies or My TV Shows folder and select Movie Lists, then select the list you need to add, long press or right-click and select Add to Library.

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If new episodes don't appear in library, if you use IT try updating library from it, not from Kodi's Update library.
Eg open IT, go to Tools / IT: Library, and click on IT: Update library... (I created a shortcut of this in my library section).
For other addons, check the settings for similar Update library options.
You have to use "Sync collection on library update or cleaning" in Trakt addon settings (see pics above) for sync to work automatically.

This is how I synced Fen's subscriptions with Kodi library.
After the initial scan at the end of the video, you click Yes on the popup, and go to Library, and click on Update library and all your shows will sync.
Fen has a lot of options, so grab a cup of coffee and go slow to make the most of it. Use the Help files in Tools section too.
Click here to watch the video.

Some peeps asked how do you add a series in your subscriptions/library with Fen so here's a video.
Use search to find and install the "Fen Context Menu" addon.
First I check Trakt options to be proper (Trakt resets them to default after authorizing, I never use Rating).
Then I go to Fen where I add the Update subscriptions to the TV Shows section for easy access -use this button after adding all series.
Then, since Trakt options are correct everything is done automatically.
I stopped the library scanning just to show you how faster is Video Database Cleaner than Kodi's -then click on update to resume.
Video Database Cleaner:
https://github.com/the-black-eagle/script.database.cleaner

Click here to watch the video.

Removing, editing, and adding new shortcuts to RedBolt v1.0

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2459354670959236/
This small video will show you how to remove, edit, and add shortcuts from RedBolt.
Simply choose a menu and Customize Submenu to edit it. Be careful, once exiting Skin Settings, changes are written (wait for it) and are permanent.
In this video I used a menu I created for custom items, and deleted a couple of dead addons from it.
Then I added Locutus (Destiny) to the Search menu.
Following this train of thought you can change everything and remove dead shortcuts.
Click here to watch the video.

Removing and adding addon shortcuts in Xenon v19.4

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2459625244265512/
Click here to watch the video.

Removing and adding addon shortcuts on Eminence v18.2

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2467912540103449/
You may add backgrounds and icons to the shortcuts, I didn't to keep this video short.
Click here to watch the video.

Adding your movies, music, and pictures to a custom section on RedBolt v2

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2469169206644449/
Adding a video source is shown in this video, but music and picture sources are just below it, and you add them the same way -for music sources use the music tab in Kodi settings but don't import to your library for speed and because some of your music may not be added.
Click here to watch the video.

Xfinity fix to remove site blocking

Costas Ganis:
If you use xfinity the Diggz repo might be blocked -it will show nothing instead of the contents of the repo in your browser, phone or android device.
You have to use xfinity xfi to disable security, in order to install the wizard.
Click on the link below and read "Disabling and Re-Enabling Advanced Security" to learn how:
https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/using-xfinity-xfi-advanced-security

Kodi Krypton for all platforms

Costas Ganis:
If you want to install the new Krypton build Xenon PLUS Redbolt you will need Kodi v17.6 which is available for:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2473126999582003/
If you want to install the new Krypton build Xenon PLUS Redbolt you will need Kodi v17.6 which is available for:

Android:
http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/
Short links are here.
There is also a fork called Xebolt in Diggz fan store: 28002962

Linux:
Most distros default is 17.6, use apt-mark to keep 17.6 before adding the deb multimedia repo that has Kodi v.18.3. You can build from source as well.

iOS:
http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/darwin/

macOS: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/osx/

Windows: It's only available for 32bit. http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/windows/

Source: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/source/

Buffering tip

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2473792772848759/

Buffering.jpg


If you want to quickly check if a source is buffering you might use CTRL + Shift + O (or map this to a key on your android remote).
After the word forward, it will show how many MBs the source has buffered, a cache percentage, and milliseconds of movie/episode remaining.
This can be done while playing the movie/episode or you may pause it. If it stays 0 or it moves really slow, you might have to get another source.

Glossary:

aq = Audio queue saturation
Kb/s = Current audio bitrate (reported by player)
att = Attenuation / gain added by player
vq = Video queue saturation
Mb/s = Current video bitrate (reported by player)
fr = Source framerate
drop = Number of dropped frames
skip = Number of skipped frames
pc = Pullup correction pattern length
a/v = Audio/video sync difference (real time)
forward = Size of cached data and % of cache utilized
VsyncOff = Indicates the offset between the vertical sync signal of the display and the timestamps of the video frames

https://kodi.wiki/view/Video_playback#Player_Debug_Info
https://kodi.wiki/view/Codecinfo

Redbolt v2 Real Debrid authorization

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2482020415359328/
Use the Real Debrid section and click on the first three shortcuts to get codes (pic 1), login to real debrid site and use https://real-debrid.com/device to enter the codes one by one -you may use your phone/laptop.
Check ResolveURL and URLResolver settings to be like in pic 2.
Check the settings of the addons you use that Torrents are enabled, and RD providers and Torrent providers are enabled as well (pic 3).
These are about RedBolt v2.



Whitelisting

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2442599385968098/
Using addons whitelisting before a fresh install.
You might already know about the Save Data section in the wizard where you can choose to save your RD and some Trakt info before doing a fresh install of a build.
Here's how you can select all your already authorized in Trakt addons to keep before a fresh install. So, you will not have to reauthorize those addons after your fresh install.
You can also keep new repositories or addons you added over a build -no need to select extra stuff like Scrubs Fanart etc.
Remember to do a Force update addons, or a manual Check for updates before the fresh install so all your kept addons are up to date.

Of course, whitelisting should be used with common sense.
If for example you whitelist Diggz Favorites, after a fresh install half your build might not work.
If the dev says he made custom changes to an addon for the next build update, do not whitelist that addon.
Whitelisting is a great tool if used with caution, and you may always turn it off if problems arise and do a full fresh install.
If you manage to damage things and menus don't show up after a fresh install, go to device Settings / Apps / Kodi, clear data, and do a fresh install.
Click here to watch the video.

Changing home items in Als Xperience v1.0

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2502507069977329/
Click here to watch the video.

Changing widgets and menu addon actions on Als A.M. Smooth v1.0

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2502492593312110/
Click here to watch the video.

Changing widgets and menu actions in AlsFlix v1.0

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2502527993308570/
Click here to watch the video.

Router issues tip

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2503327959895240/
Kodi stopped working?
More network issues?
Here's why we have kept telling you to unplug device and modem/router for 5 minutes.
(Much more info inside.)
https://highspeedexperts.com/home-networking/router-keeps-shutting-off-randomly-fix
Linux users may find this useful:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/236119/how-do-i-troubleshoot-problems-with-my-wireless-connection

Playing trailers from Movies widgets in Xenon v19.8.3

Leroy Brown:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2504899723071397/
For those that like the trailers in the Movie widget, guess what, they are still there in case you didnt know......
Click here to watch the video.

Speed up sources scanning in addons

Costas Ganis & Leroy Brown:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2504626956432007/
Well, IT addon seems to get the most sources (and shows all episodes in library) but it seems it takes 1-2 minutes to scan them.
This is for Real Debrid, Premiumize, AllDebrid, or similar only.
See the pic below and set Providers Timeout to 10, for a 10-second sources search - thanks Leroy Brown.
Restart Kodi after changing settings.



Redbolt skin settings and color theme backup tips

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2508136939414342/
Since it first came out Redbolt has been my favorite, here's how you can backup your color theme and skin settings changes.

1 After using Custom color settings to change colors to your liking, click on Color themes / Manage color themes.

2 Click on Create Color Theme -after a fresh install just select Import Color Theme here. Your theme will be created in the userdata/addon_data/skin.titan.mod.beta.leia/themes folder and you'll have to copy that folder and paste it outside the Kodi folder before a fresh install.
If you have multiple themes they'll all be in the same folder.

3 I heavily edit skin settings and Redbolt's skin lets you backup and restore your skin settings changes.
First go to Backup and restore / Manage skin backups.

4 Click on settings and choose the Default backup path. Here's where you'll find the zip file that you'll have to place outside Kodi like the themes folder above before a fresh install.

5 Click on Backup the skin settings. Now the zip file is in your selected backup path. To restore it after a fresh install, choose a default backup path like above, place the zip file in that folder and click on the Restore the skin settings button.



Enable / disable startup videos in Diggz builds

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2521678688060167/
Redbolt and Seren Builds don't have a startup video set, but you may use the videos below or your own.
If you enable/disable a startup video for eg Eminence in Planet Diggz and use another skin, then you must enable/disable the startup video for that skin.

The videos are usually in the /addons/ folder in appropriate skin folders:

Xenon: /addons/skin.xenon18/extras/Intro/KODI-Intro-Video.mp4
Eminence: /addons/skin.eminence.2.mod/extras/backgrounds/emINTRO.mp4

Pic 1. Redbolt and Seren Skin settings.
Pic 2. Xenon Skin settings.
Pic 3. Eminence Skin settings (Settings / Interface / Configure skin).



Debug logging popup removal

Costas Ganis:
If you get an annoying message on top-left (debug logging pic 1) here's how to remove it and what to do to avoid seeing it again.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2524505977777438/
If you get an annoying message on top-left (debug logging pic 1) here's how to remove it and what to do to avoid seeing it again.
Use CTRL + Shift + D, or go to Settings / System / Logging, and disable debug logging (pic 2).
Always wait for a build to update fully after a fresh install (2-3 minutes).
If you're using a build with multiple skins, don't change to another skin while the previous is "busy".



New Releases, HD movie search tool, and new HD movies in your library

Costas Ganis & Leroy Brown:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2517533088474727/
For members that fall for the fake torrent sources of new movies (pic #1) it seems Mr. Diggz put a new shortcut in Movies called New Releases.
That's in Xenon v19.8.4 -the standalone version.
You can add those in your build using Tips from announcements/wiki and pic #2.
Now you can avoid those fake torrents easily.
New Cams/HDTS Releases is in the Magic Dragon addon.
Latest HD releases Multi Link is in The Red Queen addon.



Leroy Brown posted a while back a good way to search for new HD movies.
https://koditips.com/hd-movie-search/

A nice easy way to get new HD movies in your library, or your addon library list.
To add to library eg using IT, first go to trakt.tv and "like" the Latest Releases list as mentioned on the site below, open IT and go to My Movies / Movie Lists, long press or right click on Latest Releases and "Add to Library", and they will be automatically be added to your library when updated.

https://koditips.com/hd-movies-in-kodi-trakt/



Changing widgets, adding addons, personal movies and music folders to menus in Diggz XenoX v3.0

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2534042746823761/
What is happening in the video:
1 Changing New Releases section widgets to The Crew (New Movies).
2 Adding IT - 1 Click Collections to New Releases section (Select item on the left and click on the X to delete).
3 Adding your Videos and Music folders (you choose your own folders) to New Releases section.
Based on the above you can change / add anything to anywhere.
Click here to watch the video.

How to backup your build with Chef wizard

Costas Ganis:
1. Go to Chef wizard / Maintenance and click on Backup Location. Navigate to Maintenance / Choose Backup Storage Location, choose a folder outside Kodi and remember it for later.
2. Click on Backup Build, choose a name, and select Include Data. When asked later on, select Add Skin. That's it, to restore your build read 3, keep both zip files together.
3. Select Restore Local build (navigate to the folder from 1. and choose the file.zip you named in 2.) -have both zips in the same folder.
4. Don't use Restore External build.
Click here to watch the video.

If after a while you have problems playing Real Debrid (RD) sources, log in to the RD site, go to https://real-debrid.com/devices and delete all authorizations.
Then authorize RD again via Kodi.

You may use 5 different devices with the same RD account on the SAME IP at the same time.
If you use different IPs at the same time you might get a warning email and all your authorizations will be disabled, and you will have to delete them like mentioned above.

Change widgets on Xenon v19.8.6

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2565946013633434/

Simply find your favorite addon's section and Add to favorites, then use Skin settings to change the widgets.

Do the same for anything like TV Shows selecting the appropriate menu item in Skin settings (see pic).
Click here to watch the video.



1 Click Movies with free sources

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2568336836727685/

For those that can't afford RD or similar, Mr. Digzz before the 4 major free providers RapidVideo, Openload, Streamango, and Verystream shut down gathered all 1 click free addon sections in one section in Xenon under Movies called...
1 Click Movies

(pic #1 - 1 Click Movies)
(pic #2 - Example from 7 of 9, see pic #3)
(pic #3 - 1080p movie playing with a free source)
Hopefully we may have less peeps asking now.



If Real Debrid is buffering read this

Costas Ganis:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2572401776321191/

Real Debrid added a CDN disable button in Account (uses RD EU servers instead).
If your RD buffers, try it in:
https://real-debrid.com/account



Quick Configure AdvancedSettings.xml


You don't need any other wizard than the one in your build to tweak your advanced settings -that's why I didn't approve your Ares wizard youtube link.
If you do a simple group search you'll find many posts about buffering.
The simple and recommended way is to open your chef wizard, go to Maintenance, click on Quick Configure AdvancedSettings.xml (pic #1), and click on Write File (pic #2).
That's it.
If you don't use Real Debrid or a similar service (Premiumize, AllDebrid, etc), you might have to deal with a lot of slow free sources and you might want to experiment with the first bar a bit -do not set it to max since it might crash your Kodi if you have other apps open.
A bit over 1.000 MB should be enough for the whole movie if necessary, so next time you get a really slow source, just click on Pause and wait for the buffer to fill up before playing (pic #3).

To make sure it's a slow source that causes buffering you may use the Buffering tip.

Installing Diggz Xenon v19.9.3


https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2595300770697958/

This covers installing Xenon from a blank Kodi.
(To install Kodi read wiki / Kodi https://diggz.miraheze.org/wiki/Kodi )

Note after Kodi shuts down and I restart it I stop the video (you don't have to) and then I do nothing until the update is finished, that is until Xenon changes section to Movies, the widgets appear, and all addon update activity on the bottom right ends.
Click here to watch the video.

Youtube quota exceeded error fix


https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2598435683717800/

If you get a Youtube quota exceeded error, and nothing plays, open Youtube's settings and do this until the next update:


Using above solution doesn't let you log in, to be able to login and avoid similar future issues make your own youtube API following dev's instructions here:
https://github.com/jdf76/plugin.video.youtube/issues/700

You may click on Defaults and try another API key set if #3 doesn't work, or even go to your /userdata/addon_data/ folder and delete plugin.video.youtube folder to fully reset Youtube addon.

Adding / Removing shortcuts to Diggz FENtastick Real Debrid and Trakt v1.2


I'm adding Venom and Venom's Trending Movies to Fentastick's Fen Movies.
You may add icons too -I didn't.
Then I'm deleting those 2 shortcuts.

(FB blocked this video as spam AND the archive.org link, so you may only watch it here.
Click here to watch this video.

Fen shows many links while scanning but few when done


https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2597246590503376/

If Fen shows many sources while scanning but few on the results table it's probably the Remove Duplicates feature of Fen -disabled in latest Xenon. Disable it and try again.

Enable CAM too for prerelease sources (optional).

[Edit]
More testing indicated that you have to log in to RD site, go to https://real-debrid.com/devices and delete all authorizations, then open Kodi and authorize RD again.

If problem insists Clear All Cache in Fen:
Fen / Tools / Tools: Clear List and Data Info / CLEAR ALL CACHE.

https://github.com/Tikipeter/repository.tikipeter/issues/56

Authorizing Real Debrid or a similar service in Diggz Xenon Debrid v1.0


https://www.facebook.com/groups/2017565358471505/permalink/2616680695226632/

You may use your phone or a PC to log in to RD site and go to https://real-debrid.com/device and use the codes you get from the links in the video.
Click here to watch the video.