Zidoo Releases Kodi Source Code Modifications for Rockchip RK3368 and Allwinner H3

Kodi is a popular open source media center, but many companies will not simply install the version released on Kodi.org, and instead modify the source code to bring their own improvements. However most companies never release the source as they ought to as per the GPL license used by Kodi. The good news is that Zidoo released their modifications for Rockchip RK3368 and Allwinner H3.

Zidoo_Kodi_Atmos_PassthroughTheir modifications include support for 3D MVC,7.1 Channel HD Audio pass through, and HW decoding for Rockchip RK3368, and 5.1 audio pass-through, 4K @ 30 fps, and H.265 hardware video decoding for Allwinner H3.  You can read the announcement on Kodi forums for RK3368 (Kodi 15.1) and H3 (Kodi 14.2).

Kodi 15.1 source code for Rockchip RK3368 can be found on github (make sure to use zidoo-15.1 branch, and not master). In order to build Kodi yourself, you’ll however need the latest version of Rockchip RK3368 SDK, which Zidoo is not allowed to release themselves [Update: Based on Koying’s comment below, you don’t really need the SDK, but only rkffplayer.so].  You’ll also need to apply “kodi-ffmpeg-patch-20150910.patch” to ffmpeg library, before building Kodi. They recommend their own Zidoo X6 to run the apk, as it has not been tested on other devices yet. Some Kodi developers already had a quick look at the code, and they seem OK with it.

There’s been less interest in Allwinner H3’s source code, but you can also get it on github.

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