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Open Source A Question About XBMC.

Discussion in 'Software' started by KidMod-Southpaw, 5 Jan 2012.

  1. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    Hi guys,

    I'm in the process of putting together a HTPC for my room, it will run XBMC. So my question is:
    When searching for information for the TV shows using TVDB, will it be able to correctly identify the information from shows downloaded with a Youtube downloader? I'm just not sure of it's capabilities and it would be nice to have the nice tiled effect with all the library info.
    So, a second opinion will be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers

    PS: I have no current experience with XBMC.
     
  2. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    I have used it in the past but got bored of fixing and updating it, I now just use the explorer :D
     
  3. deadsea

    deadsea What's a Dremel?

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    Provided the files are named correctly and XBMC is able to play that video format, it should go fine. Ideally the files should be sorted into directories too.

    Eg:

    >Dexter


    >Season 1

    >Episode_name - S01E01

    >Blah blah....


    >Season 2

    > S02E01-02

    Important thing is the Season and Episode numbering. The rest not so. Including the year (2001) in the main show folder name helps in the case of remakes. Even without that, it's just a one time manual selection.
     
  4. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    Naming of the episodes and folder structure is key to XBMC working correctly.

    There's a nice little tool that will do it for you www.therenamer.com
     
  5. Kaze3

    Kaze3 What's a Dremel?

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    +1

    However, if it still gets it slightly wrong (say, picks a movie up as the original rather than the re-make, for example) then you can go to the series/movie info and choose 'Refresh' which will let you select the correct option. The info pane also lets you select alternative artwork for posters/fanart etc.
     
  6. Lorquis

    Lorquis lorquisSpamCount++;

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    Or append the year of release in the filename, I do this for any remake, As of a year ago, I tend to leave it in regardless.
     
  7. xion

    xion Minimodder

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    I have to say, XBMC is a real cleaver bit of kit, as long as you follow a logical naming convention you should have no trouble.
    hint -

    tv/SeriesName/Season01/SeriesName.S01E20.mkv
    Movies/Moviename[2010]/MovieName.mkv

    I really recomend checking out the official XBMC remote app for android if you have a device. works over wifi like a charm. (even gets the gf aproval)
     
  8. NigelT

    NigelT What's a Dremel?

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    One thing that I've recently changed with XBMC is to scrape all the media info seperately, so when reinstalling or updating XBMC it doesn't have to rescrape every film. I didn;t find it a problem to begin with letting XBMC do it, but with over 200 films on there now it takes forever.
     
  9. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    I found XBMC ok for videos, hopeless for music. But as people have pointed out films usually need the year in the file name for it to pick the right film.
     
  10. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    Depends which skin and/or plugins you're using.
     
  11. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    To understand XBMC just install the windows version and play around with it and hit google very hard.

    as mentioned 'therenamer' is epic, aswell as Ember for films. I like to do all my scraping external to XBMC, its less stressful and once XBMC opens it see's everything perfectly.

    The only drawback i've had is blu-ray playback from disc, but its an annoyance not life or death.
     
  12. Bumfluff101

    Bumfluff101 Minimodder

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    Yeah, it took me bloody ages to find out how to launch powerdvd through XBMC so I could play blu ray rips - other than that it's a great bit of software
     
  13. deadsea

    deadsea What's a Dremel?

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    Actually, just let XBMC scrape the first time. Then go to the settings>video>export video library>individual files. It even keeps the watched/unwatched status. :thumb:
     
  14. Da_Rude_Baboon

    Da_Rude_Baboon What the?

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    If your ripping Blu-Rays convert them to mkv and XBMC will play them with out any issues.
     
  15. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    you may want to check out ember media manager also to rip all the Metadata as well as it uses the exact same structure as XBMC

    In the end i got tired of keep ing XBMC updated however so just stick to Ember and explorer
     

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