Buffering

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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…

Step 1:

From the home screen, select the System icon at the top of your screen
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Step 2:

The first menu icon is the Player Settings icon. Select this.
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Step 3:

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
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Step 4:

Now, staying on this screen at the top of your Player Settings menu, you should see Videos. Select this
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Step 5:

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%
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Step 6:

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
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Step 7:

Head back to your home screen and select

  • Add-ons (menu to the left of your screen)

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Step 8:

Once in your Add-ons Browser, select;

  • The Box Icon (top left corner)

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Step 9:

From here, select;

  • My add-ons

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Step 10:

Scroll down and select;

  • VideoPlayer InputStream

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Step 11:

Look for and select

  • InputStream Adaptive

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Step 12:

By default, the InputStream Adaptive is disabled. We need to enable it by selecting the Enable icon to the bottom right of your screen
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Step 13:

Return to your home screen and select;

  • Program add-ons
  • Ares Wizard

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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.

Step 14

Once the Ares Wizard opens, from the menu at the top, select;

  • Tweaks

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Step 15:

Select the following;

  • Advanced Settings Wizard – top left
  • Next – bottom right
  • Generate Settings – bottom right

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Step 16:

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.
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Step 17:

Select the Close button at the top right.
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Step 18:

Head back to your home screen and restart kodi. That’s really all there is to it. I hope this was helpful!
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