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How to Add Blu-ray DVD and Any Videos from Home Network to Kodi Library for Playback Smoothly

This article give you the ultimate solution to backup all your media files, including the Blu-ray and DVD you have purchased for years, the videos you create by yourself, to your home network with the Kodi supported format, so that you can add them to your Kodi library for playing anytime as you like.


From Official Kodi WiKi, the Kodi support format list as below:

Container formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV/MKA (Matroska), QuickTime, MP4, M4A, AAC, NUT, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia RAM/RM/RV/RA/RMVB, 3gp, VIVO, PVA, NUV, NSV, NSA, FLI, FLC, DVR-MS and WTV

Video formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), H.265 (as from Kodi 14) HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, RMVB, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak.

Generally speaking, almost video files on the internet, or you are using now is in common codec, such as H.264 MP4, MKV, AVI… However, some of the video you create by your camera or camcoder is in the MXF, or AVC, or MTS/M2TS codec or format is unsupported by Kodi. And the Blu-ray and DVD contents is unsupported by Kodi, too.

For backing up Blu-ray DVD and any videos to Kodi supported format for Home Network. You need a third part program, to remove the copy protection of Blu-ray and DVD disc, rip the movie contents to Kodi compatibel digital format, and convert the unsupported video files to Kodi supported format. Here  Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate (for Windows) | iMedia Converter (for Mac) should take into your consideration, it can convert, edit video and rip, backup Blu-ray and DVD movies to 250+ formats (including Kodi supported format) with ultra-fast encoding speed, ZERO quality loss!

The other key features list below:

The software is a total video converter suite to handle conversions between video, audio, DVD and Blu-ray discs. It comprises video converter, Blu-ray ripper, DVD ripper. This total video converter suite could convert all video/Blu-ray/DVD files to video in various popular formats for different uses. The internal video editor and 2D to 3D converter make this program user-friendlier.

Enjoy Blu-ray, DVD and HD movies at will

Convert video, Blu-ray and DVD in high quality, with video and audio parameters adjustable for convenient enjoyment.

Convert HD videos with high quality

Easily convert HD videos to / from various formats like MKV, WMV, MP4, AVI, FLV, 3GP, MP3, etc. for playing on multiple players and devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android tablets and phones, Windows phones, etc.

Enjoy Blu-ray/DVD movies freely

Convert DVD/Blu-ray movies to 4K/1080P/720P HD videos in various HD formats like MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, etc. Supporting audio decoding technologies like Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD.

Professional parameter settings for target devices

To meet target devices or players more, video and audio parameters in output files are adjustable, including: video codec, audio codec, video size, bit rate, sample rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, etc.

Edit videos for personal customizations

Practical video editing features provided for video customizations, including: trim video length, crop video size, adjust video effects, add watermark.

2D to 3D converter

Easily create 3D movies from 2D videos/DVD/Blu-ray with abundant 3D effects: Red/Cyan, Red/Green, Red/Blue, Blue/Yellow, Interleaved, Side by Side. 3D depth is adjustable.

Rip Blu-ray/DVD/videos to Home Network for playing on Kodi

The trail-before-purchase version availabel for you, the watermark is the only limitation between the trial version and full version. Here in this article, Windows version screenshots were taken as example, the Mac version shares the same steps, just keep in mind you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files cannot be installed on macOS – and vice versa.

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Step 1: Add source files (Blu-ray/DVD/videos)

Load Discs: Insert the Blu-ray disc to the Blu-ray Disc drive or DVD to the DVD-ROM and click the “Load Disc” button to have movies uploaded to the Program. You can also import ISO files, IFO files or Blu-ray/DVD folder for conversion.
Add Videos: Click “Add Files” or “Add From Folder” button to load video or audio files.


1. Before loading Blu-ray content, a BD drive is needed
2. Computer should networked so that the Program can access key for cracking the copy-protections of Blu-ray or DVD disc.

If you need to backup Blu-ray/DVD with wanted subtitles and audio track, you can click the drop down menu after “Subtitles” and “Audio” to select your desired tracks. What’s more, it also offers an option called Forced subtitles, which enables you to see subtitles only when actors are speaking a different language.


Step 2: Select output format

Click Format (located below where your source files are displayed) and select the format you want from the drop-down list.

If you want the generated movies can be played with Kodi you can choose backup Blu-ray/DVD/videos to MP4/MOV/AVI. Click the format bar to pick the Common Video/HD Video. In the drop-down list, you can choose HD AVI, HD MP4, HD MOV…


Tips: Adjust video/audio Settings (Optional)
If you want to customize output video quality in further, click Settings button to customize video quality like resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio channel, etc.


Step 3: Start to convert

After above settings, click the big Convert button to start to convert Blu-ray/DVDs or video/audio files.

As soon as the conversion is done, simply click Completed to back to main interface, and click Open button to find generated videos.

Tip: If conversion takes long time, you can set auto shut down by checking the box of Shut down computer after conversion.

Then transfer the ripped Blu-ray and DVD movies (in MKV, H.264 MP4 foramt) to your Home Network, follow the steps to add the movies from network to your Kodi library:

1. open Kodi.

2. Select “Videos” in the home screen menu.

3. Seclect Files, then select “Add Videos”.

4. Click on “Browse” button.

This requester you can select the location where your Blu-ray movies are located on your system. You can also choose a network drive if your transfer the rippedBlu-ray and DVD movies to there, this tutorial will use the network drive option and we will select “Windows network (SMB)”.

5. In the next screen you should see the directories within your selected directory.

If this is the right directory select “OK”. If all is ok then select “OK” again.

In the next screen is where we tell Kodi what our source directory contains, in this case its “(Movies)”. When you are happy with the settings select “OK”.

6. Next screen is refresh info for contents of selected directory, select “Yes”.

When you’ve selected ok you will be presented with this next screen, keep an eye on very top almost to the right as this updates the database with info about the films it finds.

This item can take a long time depending on how many ripped Blu-ray movies you have in your collection.

7. When finished, the ripped Blu-ray and DVD movie library should be listed on the interface.

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