The Unity Skin

The Unity Skin is an adaptation of Confluence based on a material design. Originally made for Kodi 13 Gotham by Eddage. Reconfigured in 2017 by Bumpaneer, version 0.6.3 now works on Kodi Krypton. Unity Skin is the latest in our series of Skin Reviews. Our goal is to provide you with an insight on what a Skins appearance and functionality is before you install it. If you have a clean 17 install, you will have to enable unknown sources first.
  • Click Settings (cog)
  • Choose System Settings
  • Select Add-ons
  • Toggle Unknown Sources
  • A warning pop-up will appear
“Add-ons will be given access to personal data stored on this device. By allowing, you agree that you are solely responsible for any loss of data, unwanted behaviour, or damage to your device. Proceed?” This is your choice, if you wish to install 3rd Party add-ons you must agree.  We strongly advise against installing headline grabbing “the best add-on ever….” etc. and use only official developers with a proven track record.  

Installing Unity Skin

  • System.
  • Interface.
  • Skin, click to open installed Skin Menu.
  • Click Get more…..
  • Scroll down to Unity Skin.
  • Select to Install.
  • Select Yes when prompted “to allow this change”.
  unity   The above photo will be the next screen you will see. Because the Unity Skin can be used with a RemoteMouse or Keyboard you can use the Back Button, Right Click on Mouse or hit the ESC Key to continue.  

Main Menu Screen

  unity   Pictures: The top Photo is what the Main Menu or Home Page looks like. There are Five (5) options Pictures (as shown in the lower photo) Videos – Music – Programs – System. To access each Sub-menu, move the cursor down and click to open.   unity Videos: By selecting Add-ons in the Sub-menu, you will be taken to the folder of Video Add-ons installed. unity Music: By clicking on Music, you will have access to either Files or Music Add-ons. This can be done to all Main Menu Options. I have no Music add-ons installed so I chose this configuration to show you in the lower photo. unity Programs: Selecting Programs will open the Program Folder showing you the List of Programs installed.  

System

  unity System: Five (5) options here in the Sub-menu; Skin – File Manager – Profiles – System Info – Profiles. The lower photo shows the Skin Settings.   unity Moving Clockwise from the top left:
  • File Manager- See next section below.
  • Profile Settings – This is best explained Here.
  • System Info – All you need to know about your Device including the version of Kodi installed.
  • Events – Shows you what has occurred (an event) since you first opened Kodi.
 

File Manager

  unity After selecting File manager as explained previously, Select Add source.       unity In the pop up menu, Select None.   unity Enter the URL, when completed, click OK to continue. Repeat when asked to enter a Name.  

Power Button in Unity Skin

  unity In the Unity Skin, the Power Button is located in the Top Right Corner. When selected, the above photo indicates the options available to you. Choose Wisely.  

Installing from a Repo

  unity To Access Install from repo, Select System in the Main Menu. In the next screen as shown above, select Add-ons.   unity   Scroll down to Install from repository and click to continue.   unity Blamo Repo was selected. Death Streams was the Add-on chosen to Install.   unity Click Install.   unity As a result when each Dependency is installed, a Notification will appear in the lower right corner.   unity Since the add-on install is completed, you may proceed to Configure or Open if you wish.  

Unity Player Settings

  unity Once again, I have selected the O Key first out of habit. This will always provide me the exact info about the Media File that I need to know. And OCD had nothing to do with it …sort of. Understanding what Codec and H.264/H.265 mean to you, these are best explained Here and Here.   unity Once again, Placenta was the Add-on of choice as well as Thor: Ragnarok for this review. (maybe the next group will have a new movie ! ;) ) We all know by now what the Settings/Icons do on the left. We will show you what the second group to the right. Info about the Stream are located as indicated by the red Arrow above. There is no i Icon for Information.   unity Moving Clockwise from the top left:
  • Video Settings
  • Audio & Subtitle Settings
  • Bookmark
  • Subtitle- To turn off Subtitles, simply click as indicated in Photo D. Photo C shows the subtitle before being disabled. To Download a Subtitle, you must have A service enabled in Kodi. Click Here to find out how.
 

Changing Views

  unity List is the default View in Unity Skin. To change, move the cursor to the far left and click on the small Red Arrow as shown above. To cycle thru the available list, keep clicking until you like the new view provided.   unity This is the View I chose. Not all Metadata provide the information as shown under Studio above other than it is a H.264 Codec.  

In Conclusion

Not sure I would keep this but that’s my personal choice. It is certainly easy to use no matter if you have a mouse or not. It’s probably the Art work used for the Background Images, but that’s easily fixed by adding your own. Give it a try and let us know in Streaming World Forum.