f4mTester-What is it and do I need it ?
f4mTester What, Where and Why ?
The What :F4mTester was created by the developer Shani, (you may remember the now dead Zen Add-on) where it was placed in their Repo as a dependency. In a nutshell, f4mTester decodes various types streaming video files. That includes HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) and Real-Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP) streams that are displayed in media players, including Kodi. When you open a streaming video in your media player, it needs to be decoded to view. The F4M manifest file helps your media player understand and decode the video stream. Since this file contains info about the stream, f4mTester helps Kodi read those F4M files and decode them in a way that makes sense. So simply put, f4mTester locates the F4M files and helps Kodi display the live streams that you want to watch. Without it, many live streaming Kodi addons would not work or would have serious issues displaying a large amount of content.
The Where:Normally, we would have shown you the url for the Shani repo to install f4mTester. However, due to it's popularity, many of the most used Repositories have added it to their list. Therefore, it's a simple step of just selecting the add-on in Video Add-ons and selecting Install. In the example above, the MaverickTV Repo was used. Once opened, go to Video Add-ons, scroll down to f4mTester and click to proceed. Click on Install and that's it ! all done. The number of Repositories that have this Add-on included are to numerous to mention. Rather than name them all, here's a brief list of some of the popular repos : The following is a short list of popular Add-ons using f4mTester :
- Rising Tides
- Boom! Gold
- Death Streams
- Neptune Rising
- UK Turk Playlist