Recommended Kodi Settings


Below are the video settings which we recommend for Kodi v18 Leia, by default our builds will use these settings unless you have changed them.

Settings > Player > Videos

  • Adjust display refresh rate => On start / stop
  • Sync playback to display => disabled

Settings > System > Display

  • Whitelist => de-select all options
  • Resolution => 1920x1080p

Whitelist: When this feature was first introduced into Kodi it was very problematic for Amlogic devices and would cause playback issues if you did not select all the resolutions/refresh rates that your display was capable of, however the code has since been refined and by not selecting any resolutions the old behaviour of Krypton is enacted.

If you have a black screen when playing 4K/HDR content then whitelist 3840x2160 and below, leaving 4096x2160 unselected as sometimes Kodi will choose this resolution for 4K content which can cause problems with some setups.

Resolution: It is very important that if you plan to watch HDR content that you do not select a 4K resolution here as tempting as it may be :yum:, the reason for this is that it will break the HDR auto switching code. The automatic colour space/depth function requires a change in resolution on Amlogic devices to become active and if you select 4K content whilst your GUI is already running at 4K then this will not happen.

Problem devices!
We have also added some custom settings to Kodi for problematic devices.

If you have ghosting/smearing then disable noise reduction.

Settings > System > CoreELEC

  • Disable noise reduction => enable

If you have red/green lines then disable deinterlacing, this is mainly only an issue for S905W and S912 devices.

Settings > System > CoreELEC

  • Disable deinterlacing => enable

For recommended audio settings, please refer to the following here.

Slight Playback Stutter
No video when playing HDR content
Screen 5% Too Big for Videos Only
X96 mini freezing
9.0.1 Discussion
9.0.1 Discussion
Auto display resolution change to use a better TV 4K upscaler

I write my first question in the forum, I hope you have patience.
My configuration is: CoreELEC 8.95.7 SD boot on Amlogic 912 device (Beelink GT1 Ultimate), Screen 4kHDR 75 inch (Samsung QE75Q7FNATXZT)
For me it is very tempting to have both the 4k GUI (in such a big screen you can really perceive the difference in definition of the GUI, eg movie posters) and delegate any upscaling to the TV.
Could the following configuration work?
Whitelist: select all
Resolution: 4k @ 24fps
in this way I fall into the problem of not activating the HDR or having whitelisted the 4k resolution solves the problem?

Otherwise what specific configuration would you recommend (I read from my NAS mainly 4khdr, HD, and ISO DVD-Video)?
thank you


@Freitag73 no I’m sorry that will not work, HDR will not activate with the above configuration.

On a side note you are incorrect, your TV will only upscale if Kodi resolution is 1080 or below, if you are running Kodi at 4K and watch some 1080 content then Kodi will handle the upscaling which is bad because generally your TV will upscale better than Kodi will.

The settings we recommend for most users are listed above, the only exception to these would be users with very old displays and using CVBS.


thanks, now everything works as I wanted. I had to remember to force the TV screen adaptation function (from Auto to On). last brief note: the restore to default command of the video section has no effect on: whitelist, resolution, frequency, calibration. restores only double buffering selection


Thanks adamg, I’ve been a bit confused about the whitelisting feature, never knew how to configure it! So now we shouldn’t select anything in there at all right?


It was necessary to define a whitelist in earlier releases but you do not need to any more unless your TV can’t handle certain resolutions or refresh rates.

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