Kodi 19 "Matrix" Final has been released

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 20, 2021
Music and Video

The final version of the multimedia application Kodi 19, codename Matrix, has been released to the public. The new version is available on the official project website for all supported operating systems.

Kodi is an entertainment application that is available for desktop systems, mobile devices, and Raspberry Pi. The software has many appeals, from managing all entertainment needs, music, movies, TV, photos Internet radio, and more, to customization options and an extensive add-ons system to add features that you require to the system.

The official announcement on the Kodi blog provides insight on the changes that went into the new release. According to the information published there, "some 600,000 lines of code" were added, changed or removed since the release of Kodi 18.

Existing users need to be aware that the team moved to Python 3 when it comes to add-ons because of Python 2's end of support. Many add-ons have or will be updated, but there is a chance that some won't and that means that these add-ons cannot be used anymore in Kodi 19.

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As far as other changes are concerned, there are plenty. Here is a quick list of important changes that stand out:

  • Video playback:  AV1 software decoding, HLG HDR and static HDR10 playback on Windows 10, static HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android, and more OpenGL bicubic scalers
  • Audio playback: improved metadata handling, library improvements.
  • Games: integer scaling implemented to improve pixel-art games. Kodi on iOS gets supported for Xbox, Playstation and other Bluetooth game controllers.
  • Theme: music screen redesign, image file improvements, updated graphical user interface controls.
  • Subtitles: option to set an opacity for captions, fixed timestamp overlay.
  • PVR and Live TV: PVR reminders, home screen widgets, channel number and sorting, performance improvements, and more.
  • Security: improved add-on installation to avoid "third-party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons". Broken and deprecated add-ons are now highlighted and new default requirement to password protect Kodi's web interface.
  • Platform-specific: Support for tvOS and single Linux binary for multiple windowing systems (Wayland, X11 and GMB) instead of the previous three binaries.

The full changelog has not been published on the official Wiki website yet but it will be published eventually.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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