Fast forward with Kodi 17 – Updated

Kodi 17 Krypton

A while back in a previous blog I’ve pointed out some new features of Kodi 17. One thing I really love is the fast forward feature. It was a bit of a letdown Kodi did not integrate this into the new skin so more people can make use of it.

Here’s how to use it.

According to Kodi’s GitHub they have mapped the new feature technically called ‘PlayerControl(tempodown) / PlayerControl(tempoup)’ to the left and right Alt keys on your keyboard. to the left and right keys with the Alt key being pressed.

First thing you need to change in Kodi is to enable Sync playback to display. You can find that in the Settings menu located under Player and then Videos.

For some reason those keys aren’t working on my laptop and workstation. This could be fixed in feature releases but for now as it looks with the initial 17.0 release on Windows they don’t work for everyone. But no worries, Kodi offers you the option to rework the keyboard mapping to your own preference by creating a keymap.xml file.

Keymap.xml should be created in the %appdata%\Kodi\userdata\keymaps\keymap.xml location if you are running on Windows.

Android Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/keymaps
Linux ~/.kodi/userdata/keymaps
Windows %appdata%\Kodi\userdata\keymaps

You can use notepad of any other simple text editor to create the .xml file.

I used the following settings to remap the tempo up and down to the [ and ] keys on my keyboard.

<keymap>
 <FullscreenVideo>
  <keyboard>
   <opensquarebracket>PlayerControl(tempodown)
   <closesquarebracket>PlayerControl(tempoup)
  </keyboard>
 </FullscreenVideo>
</keymap>

The square brackets [] are normally used to make a big step forward or back (10 minutes if your video is longer then 20 minutes) but since Kodi also haves incremental steps when using the arrow keys I feel no need to preserve those keys.

After you created the keymaps.xml at the right location you need te restart Kodi to make use of your new defined keys.

Because this tempo function is not integrated in the skin the official Kodi Remote app Kore does not have the ability to easily make use of the tempo feature. Kodi is working on a new app, perhaps this one will have the option.

I still need to rework my tv remote on my Raspberry Pi solution to use the tempo function, I’ll cover that in another post when succesful.

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