I’ve posted a previous article to help minimize buffering while streaming with Kodi using the Easy Advenced Settings add-on. Now, with Kodi Krypton in full effect, there appears to be an even easier method to resolve this issue. If you are currently experiencing buffering while running Kodi, this tutorial is for you. Here is a quick and easy, step-by-step guide to help resolve this issue. Please note: the Ares Wizard will be required for the second part of this tutorial. Without further delay, let’s begin…
From the home screen, select the System icon at the top of your screen
The first menu icon is the Player Settings icon. Select this.
At the bottom of your screen on the left side, you will see your Player Settings. By default it will be set to Basic. Select and scroll through until it says Expert
Now, staying on this screen at the top of your Player Settings menu, you should see Videos. Select this
On the right side of your screen, scroll down until you see -Enable HQ Scalers for scaling above. By default this will be set to 20%. Increase this value to 80%-100%
Directly below -Enable HQ Scalers for scaling above, you should see;
- Allow hardware acceleration – MediaCodec (Surface) – For Android Users
- Allow hardware acceleration – MediaCodec – For Android Users
- Allow hardware acceleration – DXVA2 – For PC Users
Depending on what device your using, Allow hardware acceleration should be enabled by default. If it for some reason is not, make sure this is set to On
Head back to your home screen and select
- Add-ons (menu to the left of your screen)
Once in your Add-ons Browser, select;
- The Box Icon (top left corner)
From here, select;
- My add-ons
Scroll down and select;
- VideoPlayer InputStream
Look for and select
- InputStream Adaptive
By default, the InputStream Adaptive is disabled. We need to enable it by selecting the Enable icon to the bottom right of your screen
Return to your home screen and select;
- Program add-ons
- Ares Wizard
As mentioned at the start of this tutorial, the Ares Wizard is required. If you have not installed it, best do that now before we proceed any further.
Once the Ares Wizard opens, from the menu at the top, select;
Select the following;
- Advanced Settings Wizard – top left
- Next – bottom right
- Generate Settings – bottom right
Here you will be presented with 4 settings. The settings you choose should be based on the capabilities of your device. If for example, you have an older android device with 8G hard drive and 1GRAM or less, you will want to keep your settings at the default. If however, you have a newer device with 8G hard drive and 2G or more RAM, I would suggest the following;
- Video Cache Size: 75-100%
- CURL Timeout: 10s
- Read Buffer Factor: 5
- Buffer Mode: 2 Recommended
Once complete, select Apply these settings at the bottom. You will then be asked to restart Kodi.
Select the Close button at the top right.
Head back to your home screen and restart kodi. That’s really all there is to it. I hope this was helpful!