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    Hi Guys,


    I'm seeing lots of great feedback on the Kodi app and my experience has been pretty positive as well. I have noticed it can take a while to load the contents of a large playlist (~700 movies - thumbnail view). It seems slower than when just using the native upnp folder support in Kodi, but I'm still ruling things out.

    Even with the plugin I do miss the native kodi experience for browsing movies/shows/etc. I understand that Emby has a kodi plugin that replaces the local kodi database and does some type of syncing to keep it up-to-date from the upnp source. Have you guys thought about this approach at all? I know my wife and kids would prefer to continue using the main kodi ui functions and not have to work within the mezzmo addon.

    just a thought! keep up the good work!


    Thanks!

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    Hi,
    thanks for the feedback, the reason you see a difference in response times between the Mezzmo addon and the native upnp support in Kodi is that Kodi caches the response it gets from the Mezzmo server whereas the Mezzmo addon gets the list from the server each time. This allows the addon to always show any new files that have been added to the library while Kodi is running, the native upnp support does not detect new files well when using it's cache.

    We considered Emby's approach but it relies upon the Kodi sorting and this does not respect the order in which Mezzmo delivers the items. There were also issues with keeping the database synced with the Mezzmo library and how often to update so instead we decided to get the list each time from the Mezzmo server.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
    Wiki: User Guides & Reference Manual at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mezzmo.DLNA.Server
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/conceiva_mezzmo
    Web: http://www.mezzmo.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by twochannel View Post
    Hi Guys,


    I'm seeing lots of great feedback on the Kodi app and my experience has been pretty positive as well. I have noticed it can take a while to load the contents of a large playlist (~700 movies - thumbnail view). It seems slower than when just using the native upnp folder support in Kodi, but I'm still ruling things out.

    Even with the plugin I do miss the native kodi experience for browsing movies/shows/etc. I understand that Emby has a kodi plugin that replaces the local kodi database and does some type of syncing to keep it up-to-date from the upnp source. Have you guys thought about this approach at all? I know my wife and kids would prefer to continue using the main kodi ui functions and not have to work within the mezzmo addon.

    just a thought! keep up the good work!


    Thanks!
    I am curious about what you mean by "native kodi experience". For us, I favorited the library from the Kodi Plugin and then stuck the favorited link on the Kodi Blade. The default skin, Confluence, won't let you do this but most of the add-on skins will let you stick a favorite on the blade. Makes it a one-click and in experience. I have found that the Plugin seems to update the library much more reliably than the DLNA source.

    I do notice a difference between Kodi on my Chromebox and Kodi on my RaspPi2. The Chromebox definitely has more glitches, screws up the poster and fanart, fails to update, etc. on a much more regular basis than the RaspPi2 does. Both run the latest non-beta version of LibreELEC.

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    Have this problem too.. Pretty much can't use the addon because of it. To slow

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    Peter,

    I wonder if changing the requestedCount variable we discussed would help with the speed. I noticed a difference with the addon when I increased it to 1000 but I don't have any folders with 700 items in them. My largest is closer to 300. I realize local caching will always be faster than the network but this might help. I also saw moving my Mezzmo database to an SSD helped too. One option might be to make this a variable option where folks can either enter a value or have radio buttons for settings like 500, 1000, 2500 etc... Then folks can tune their experience.
    Last edited by jbinkley60; 12-11-2016 at 08:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitbret View Post
    I am curious about what you mean by "native kodi experience". For us, I favorited the library from the Kodi Plugin and then stuck the favorited link on the Kodi Blade. The default skin, Confluence, won't let you do this but most of the add-on skins will let you stick a favorite on the blade. Makes it a one-click and in experience. I have found that the Plugin seems to update the library much more reliably than the DLNA source.

    I do notice a difference between Kodi on my Chromebox and Kodi on my RaspPi2. The Chromebox definitely has more glitches, screws up the poster and fanart, fails to update, etc. on a much more regular basis than the RaspPi2 does. Both run the latest non-beta version of LibreELEC.
    Am I understanding you that you are using the favorite approach to get to the addon ? If so, you might try the Autoexec.py approach which will autostart the Mezzmo plugin when Kodi starts. I use it with the default Confluence skin. The contents of my Autoexec.py file are:

    import xbmc
    xbmc.executebuiltin("RunAddon(plugin.video.mezzmo) ")


    I use this on LibreElec and Kodi running under Windows 7.

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    I have found that the Plugin seems to update the library much more reliably than the DLNA source.

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    We tested browsing the Mezzmo server using the Kodi plugin here and the delay did not seem too great, we are using the plugin version with the 1000 items request that jeff mentions. You can download the latest version of the Kodi plugin from https://github.com/Conceiva/MezzmoKodiPlugin and this has the 1000 items request.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
    Wiki: User Guides & Reference Manual at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mezzmo.DLNA.Server
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/conceiva_mezzmo
    Web: http://www.mezzmo.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitbret View Post
    I am curious about what you mean by "native kodi experience". For us, I favorited the library from the Kodi Plugin and then stuck the favorited link on the Kodi Blade. The default skin, Confluence, won't let you do this but most of the add-on skins will let you stick a favorite on the blade. Makes it a one-click and in experience. I have found that the Plugin seems to update the library much more reliably than the DLNA source.

    I do notice a difference between Kodi on my Chromebox and Kodi on my RaspPi2. The Chromebox definitely has more glitches, screws up the poster and fanart, fails to update, etc. on a much more regular basis than the RaspPi2 does. Both run the latest non-beta version of LibreELEC.
    ...bit late replying to you - apologies.
    I think we're on the same page. 'native kodi experience' meaning the left/right slide menu. I like how it graphically handles movies/tv/shows/music, recently added, and so on. It's a nice, polished UI experience and the family is comfortable with it.

    I appreciate everyone's suggestions and feedback. I still have more testing to do.

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