SMB browsing is disabled for security reasons, but you can enter the path to the root of the share and create a source, and then the Kodi file browser will work fine. This is how I watch my TV shows, but I use the full Kodi metadata scraping system for movies.
Yes to both.
No, the Vero outputs SDR as SDR, and up-convert in Kodi is not very good, so it’s always best to output at the file resolution, and let the TV do any up-scaling.
It’s best to run the GUI at 1080p, as most skins are set up for that. You can do what you want, but it’s not really necessary, as the player switches to the appropriate mode.
You can with a little bit of python programming (Kodi has an autoexec.py), but if the home menu only has one selection (a file browser source), then it’s only one key press after boot to get into the file browser.
It will decode all audio formats other than 3D audio (Atmos, DTS-X) and output up to 7.1 channels over HDMI. Toslink is limited to 5.1, and requires a decode/re-encode, but that’s a limit of all Toslink, not just the Vero.
The lask of SDR/HDR upconversion is a no no for me unfortunately. I have a Dune Pro, which has several annoying problems that previous ones did not, but its conversion is not something I want to give up. It makes HD looks much better than native. Not as good as UHD of course, but the dynamic it ads to the image looks very natural, and I would not go back on that feature.
If the 4+ someday implements it, if if you remember, please post an update.
If there is no HDR metadata, the Dune is obviously just artificially changing the picture in some way. I don’t suspect many Vero users would want that, even as an option. I’m sure every display will have such a picture-altering feature in the next year or two.
I’m not speaking about upscaling 2K to 4K, but adding dynamic range from black to white.
If you watch an UHD/HDR program with full whites subs (0xFFFFFF) they look blinding. It’s an error many providers do.
On my setting, the average light is set up to a reasonable 16FL, but full white is 120FL which I only get with HDR highlights. That concerns maybe only 1% of the image (it would be unbearable otherwise), but gives it a remarkable “pop”.
I make custom grey subs for all my MKS (0xff919191 for native UHD and 0xffAEAEAE for SDR upconverted which has less dynamic range).
That should give you an idea about what the Dunes does, using a gamma curve that make white witers when the TV is in HDR mode, and mapping REC.709 into BT.2020 (without changing the colors saturation, that would be wrong of course)