This Tech Junkie post told you about the open source Kodi media center. A resource is a link to any media you need to open in this software. You can add video, picture and music sources to Kodi from your hard drive, CD/DVDs and even remote network storage devices. You have to add your content manually as Kodi will not automatically scan images, music or videos on your HDD. This is how you can add media to recent Kodi v17.1 (otherwise Krypton) which is pretty much the same as adding sources to Kodi 16.1.
If you haven’t installed v17.1 yet, you can add it to Windows or other platforms from this page. Click on Windows on this page and press the Installer button to save the setup wizard in one of your folders . Open the Kodi setup wizard to add the software to your desktop or laptop. If you are updating Kodi, choose to install v17.1 in exactly the same folder path as 16.1. Then you can open the home screen of Kodi shown in the image directly below.
Adding Image Sources to Kodi
First, you can add images to Kodi by clicking Pictures in the left sidebar . Then select Add image to open the window shown directly below the photo . Press the Browse button and click the C: drive to select a folder containing your images. For example, this could be the default Pictures folder in Windows. Press the OK button to confirm the selection .
By default, the title of the media source will be the same as its folder, but you can edit the file if necessary. Then hit OK to add the selected media source to Windows . Note that you can also hit the Add button to add another media folder to Kodi . This allows you to merge media from one or more separate folders into one Kodi media source.
Adding Music Sources to Kodi
To add music from your hard drive to Kodi , select Music in the left sidebar and click Files . Click Add music to open the window shown below . You can select the music source in the same way as the pictures by pressing the browse button. Press OK and click the Yes button to confirm your selection . You can then select newly added albums from Kodi’s home screen by hovering the cursor over Music in the sidebar.
Adding CD/DVD Source Content for Kodi
If you have many music albums on CD/DVDs, you can also rip them from discs. You can then play these media sources in Kodi without adding the CD or DVD. However, adding music sources from CD/DVD requires some configuration of Kodi’s default settings.
First, click the gear icon at the top of Kodi’s sidebar and select Player settings to open Settings / Player options . Then hover the cursor over the Disk to open the options shown in the image below . Click the Add audio CD action and select Export . Then click Saved music folder and choose a path to save the ripped tracks. You will also need to click on Encoder and select an audio encoder which can be either WMA or AAC.
Now when you add a music CD/DVD, Kodi will automatically copy its contents to the designated folder. In the upper right corner of Kodi’s window, it shows the ones watching the rip as below. It will take about 10-20 minutes to copy all the parts, but it depends on how many you have. You can then play the album without CD/DVD by adding the media files to Kodi.
Adding Video Sources to Kodi
There are several video sources you can add to Kodi, including your recorded clips, movies, TV shows, and music videos. So, when you add videos to Kodi, you also need to select some additional options to clarify what kind of video media is in the folder. Moreover, Kodi also scrapes various metadata from web sources along with scrapers that provide fanart, posters, trailers and summary details for movies, music videos and TV shows in libraries. Therefore, video media sources have extra scraper settings.
To add videos to Kodi, click Videos in the sidebar and select Add video . Then press the Browse button to select a HDD folder containing videos . The title for the media source will be the same as the folder, but you can edit it in the text box in the Add video source window. Press the OK button to open the Adjust content window in the snapshot directly below .
You can now select the type of video contained in the folder this directory contains . Then select Movies , TV shows , Music videos or None if the directory contains your own recordings . If the videos are movies, music or TV shows, you can choose a scraper by clicking Choose info provider . Movie Database is the default scraper for movies, but you can select others by pressing the Get more button in the Movie info window . Just as you can only choose one type of media scraper, make sure that all selected sources contain the same type of content.
Click Settings under Select information provider to open the window directly below . This window contains a few extra options for the film scraper. For example, you can choose whether to download YouTube trailers and fanart, and select sites to get movie ratings.
The set content window also has some scanning options. You can select Recursive Scan , which will scan subfolders in the main selected folder . The option to exit library updates excludes selected paths from updates. Press the OK button in the Set content window to add the video source to Kodi .
So you can add new media sources to Kodi from your hard drive and CD/DVDs. You can now build your Kodi media libraries by adding music, movies, TV shows, and image sources to them. You can also add a large library of media to Kodi as well as streaming addons like Exodus. In this way, you do not need to add your own sources from HDD or DVD in your channels and TV series from many sources. You can find more detailed information on how you can install Exodus on Kodi in this Tech Junkie article.