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[[Scraper.xml|Scrapers]] are used by XBMC to retrieve data from a webpage which is used in the [[Video Library]]. To be able to utilize them you first have to "Set Content" to the source you plan to add information on.<br>
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The Video Library, one of the XBMC databases, allows the organization of your video content by information associated with the video files themselves.
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This information can be obtained in various different ways, like through [[How To use Scrapers|Scrapers]] (ie. [[Movies (Video Library)|Movies]], [[TV Shows (Video Library)|TV shows]] and [[Music Videos]]) and [[NFO files]]. Library view allows you to browse your video content by things such as; Genre, Title, Year, Actors and Directors.
  
==Setting Contents==
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In the [[Videos#Files View|Files View]] of the 'Videos' section of XBMC, bring up the [[Videos Navigation and Control#The Context Menu|Context Menu]]. By selecting "Set Content" one can set the type of content for the chosen directory.
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The Context menu can be brought up by the 'Windows' '''Menu''' button on the Keyboard or by pressing right mouse button on the appropriate item.
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On Xbox it's the '''White''' button or '''Title''' on the remote.
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On the Mac version of XBMC, the context menu can be displayed by holding the '''Menu''' button on the Apple Remote or by pressing '''C''' on the keyboard.
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Different types of scrapers can be assigned to different directories, but be aware that 'TV Shows' scrapers must be assigned to a folder containing multiple TV shows ( or at least be one directory above the TV show folder itself) unless you select the ''Folder contains a single TV Show Option'', e.g.
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<section begin="adding videos to the library" />To use your video files with "metadata" like summaries, cast info, DVD covers, thumbnails, and more, you need to '''[[Adding videos to the library|add those video files]]''' to the [[video library]]<section end="adding videos to the library" />.
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TV Shows
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    |      |___ TV Show 1 Media files
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      ----TV Show 2
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            |___ TV Show 2 Media files
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In the above example you would assign the chosen TV Shows scraper to the ''TV Shows'' folder. Note that each TV show needs to be in its own folder for XBMC to be able to scan it into the library.
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After choosing a content type ([[IMDB|Movies]], [[TV Shows|TV shows]] or [[Music Videos]]), one can decide on a scraper to use. There are currently several scrapers available of each type. For movies, the [[IMDb|IMDb scraper]] will give the best results for most users. The other available scrapers are for example scrapers for different languages and adult movies, ie. porn.
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The main Video Library settings can be accessed from the [[Videos Settings#Library|Library]] tab in [[Videos Settings]]. Those can be accessed either from the [[Settings]] menu from the home screen, or via the context menu as seen above.
 
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===Options After Selecting Scraper===
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;Exclude folder from scans
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:Excludes the selected folder from scans, even if it's a subfolder of a folder that has contents set.
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;Run Automatic Scan
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:Runs a scan against the selected information source (scraper) on all video files contained in the selected folder after selecting 'OK'
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;Use Foldername for Lookups
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:Uses foldernames as basis for the search when scraping (instead of filenames). If folder contains IFO and VOB files, this is needed for any matching to take place.
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;Folder contains a single Video
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:The standard assumption is that the source contains multiple video files, this option dictates that the selected source or folder only contains one video.
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;Folder contains a single TV Show
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:The standard assumption is that the source contains multiple TV shows, this option dictates that the selected source or folder only contains one TV show.
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;Scan Recursively
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:Scans subfolders two levels down or more for video files. Note that TV Show scrapers always scan recursively.
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===Scraper settings===
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Some scrapers like the IMDb scraper allow the user to change options related to that scraper, see more:<br>
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* [[IMDb (Video Library)#IMDb scraper settings|IMDb scraper settings]]<br>
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* [[TheTVDB.com (Video Library)#TTheTVDB.com Scraper Settings|TheTVDB.com scraper settings]]
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===Switching Scrapers / Removing Folder Contents from Library===
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Setting the content back to '''<None>''' after previously having selected a scraper for a source, will prompt users if they want to remove the contents from the Library.<br>
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This is recommended if you wish to switch scrapers (first set content to '''<None>''' and then choose the new scraper).<br>
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Setting content to '''<None>''' also removes the contents of the selected folder from the Library altogether. This is useful if you want to remove the contents of an entire folder from the Library as [[Video_Library#Video_Context_Menu_in_Library_Mode|The Context Menu]] will only remove single items.
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==Additional information==
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On movie naming conventions for the IMDb, see the [[IMDB#Additional information|IMDB documentation page]].
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On TV show naming conventions for TV shows scraper, see the [[TV Shows|TV Shows documentation page]].
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After adding new video files, if you find that the information is incorrect then you can simply remove that lookup information from the database by switching the view to "Title" and pressing the black-button on the controller.
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[[Import_-_Export_Library#Video_nfo_Files|Nfo files]] can be used to provide data for a movie or influence the search behavior of scrapers.
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If you would like to remove the entire video database (for example after a bad scan, or you have problems with the library, or for whatever reason), then you can simply use the [[Filemanager]] or [[HOW-TO:_FTP_into_your_Xbox | FTP]], and either rename the MyVideos*.db, in directory Q:\UserData\Database, to something else (i.e. MyVideos*.db.backup) or delete it. Then restart, and the movie & TV show information gathering can be redone.
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'''*TIP!:''' If you like to use lookup to catalog off-line DVD-Video library (or other movies stored on DVD/CD media) see
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*[[HOW-TO: Catalog and use lookups on your offline DVD/CD movie library (via fake files)]]
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Revision as of 06:30, 13 June 2013

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Home icon grey.png   ▶ General topics ▶ Videos

The Video Library, one of the XBMC databases, allows the organization of your video content by information associated with the video files themselves. This information can be obtained in various different ways, like through Scrapers (ie. Movies, TV shows and Music Videos) and NFO files. Library view allows you to browse your video content by things such as; Genre, Title, Year, Actors and Directors.


Video navigation

The library organizes your videos into three basic categories, Movies, TV Shows and Music Videos. Further these categories are divided into sub-categories, allowing you to find a specific video through criteria like genre, actors, directors, year, or even custom video nodes. Navigating the video library deals greatly with various views, the sidebar menu, and context menu.

Video playback

The main feature of XBMC is playing back videos. This page describes the controls, features, and settings related to video playback.

Video management

To use your video files with "metadata" like summaries, cast info, DVD covers, thumbnails, and more, you need to add those video files to the video library.

Music videos

XBMC has the ability to include Music Videos in the Video and Music libraries. All scanned music videos will show up in both. Music Videos can also be part of Party Mode and Smart Playlists. Playlists containing both music and music videos should be stored in the mixed playlist subfolder under the userdata folder.

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Add-ons

Add-ons are packages that add features and functions not normally included with XBMC/Kodi. Add-ons are developed by people on Team XBMC/Kodi and third-parties. XBMC/Kodi has a growing list of community driven add-ons for online content like YouTube, Hulu, Grooveshark, Pandora Radio, as well as skins (themes) and more available from a common official repository, while still enabling third-party developers to also host their own unofficial repositories for add-ons that any user can choose to add themselves if they like.

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Video library settings

The main Video Library settings can be accessed from the Library tab in Videos Settings. Those can be accessed either from the Settings menu from the home screen, or via the context menu as seen above.

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