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= Aim =
<section begin="intro" />The aim of these modules is to provide the required information to enable you to correctly set up, modify, and reinstate your '''Video''' library as required. As this guide is created for the new user, most pages have been created with minimal jargon and short explanations in an effort to reduce information overload and confusion. Where extra information is provided, note is made to what can be safely ignored.<section end="intro" />
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Each page is a step in that modules particular process, and those steps have been grouped into four modules...<br />
#'''Prepare the files''' - Best practice guides to ensure your video files are correctly named and saved.<br />
#'''Creating the Library''' - Guide for the '''initial''' creation of the library<br />
#'''Modify your Library''' - Techniques to modify the information and artwork displayed by your library.<br />
#'''Safeguarding and Rebuilding ''' - Backup and Rebuild your library<br />
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The '''Nav Box''', located at the top right of the page, appears on every page listed in this guide. Use it to quickly jump between steps or return to this main page. On this page, you can click each header to jump to that page.


{{resize|1.4em|These pages describe the {{kodi}} '''''Best Practice''''' methods for the most reliable scraping process}}


= Introduction =


= Prepare the Files =
<section begin="intro" />{{kodi}} has the ability to create separate Movie, TV Show and Music Video libraries that can display your collections in an '''''[[Artwork]]''''' and information rich display. Follow these pages to step through the creation of your libraries.<section end="intro" />
This section provides information to ensure your video files are correctly named and saved in the required folder structure. This is the single, most important step, to ensure correct scraping.


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Ensure you create the correct setup from the start or you will end up wasting time down the track trying to figure out why ''nothing works'' for you.
| image 1 = Video.png
| link name 1 = Naming Video Files
| link 1 = Naming_video_files
| image 2 = Video.png
| link name 2 = Naming Movie Files
| link 2 = Naming_video_files/Movies
| image 3 = Video.png
| link name 3 = Naming TV Show & Episode Files
| link 3 = Naming_video_files/TV_shows
| image 4 = Video.png
| link name 4 =Video File Tagging
| link 4 = User:Karellen/scratchpad
}}


A quick lesson in terminology that is used throughout the wiki:
* '''Metadata'''- All the information about your movies and TV shows- eg, ''actors, directors, plot etc''
* '''Scanning'''- The process used to search for your media to add to the library. If '''''[[NFO files]]''''' and local '''''[[artwork]]''''' are found, these are ''scanned'' into the library
* '''Scraping'''- The process of matching and downloading metadata and artwork, from online sites, for your movies and TV shows
* '''Information provider site''' (''aka'' '''Scraper site''')- The sites {{kodi}} contacts to search for, and download the artwork and metadata
* '''Scraper'''- The add-on that searches the online sites for metadata and artwork




= Creating the Library =
Things you need to know about scraping:
The following two pages will allow you to build your fully functioning library.
*{{Kodi}} obtains artwork and metadata from third-party sites that {{kodi}} has no control over. As these sites are outside the control of Kodi, it is important that your video files and folders are named correctly to ensure an accurate match with the listings at the scraper sites.
*If a movie or TV show does not exist at the scraper site, then {{kodi}} cannot scrape it. If you have problems scraping always check the entry at the scraper site '''first'''
*As the information provider sites are maintained by a small volunteer community, which provides this service at no cost, it is strongly encouraged that {{Kodi}} users contribute back to those sites when discovering errors and omissions in the information.  
*For a full list of metadata downloaded by the scraper and how to create NFO files see '''''[[NFO_files|NFO Files]]'''''
*For a full list of artwork that can be used by {{Kodi}} see '''''[[Artwork|Artwork]]'''''


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| image 1 = Video.png
| link name 1 = Add Sources & Scrape
| link 1 = Adding_video_sources
| image 2 = Video.png
| link name 2 = Troubleshoot Scraping Problems
| link 2 = Incorrect_and_missing_videos
}}




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| style="width:200px; text-align:center;" | '''Previous step'''
| style="width:200px; text-align:center;" | '''Next step'''
| scope="row" rowspan="2" style=" text-align:center;" | [[File:Merge-arrow.gif|60px|link=Source_folder]]
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| style="width:200px; text-align:center;" | '''[[Video library]]'''
| style="width:200px; text-align:center;" | '''[[Source folder]]'''
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= Modify your Library =
Should you want more control over what information has been scraped, and what artwork has been downloaded, then continue with the following pages. These can be considered advanced modules and are listed in no particular order.


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| image 1 = Video.png
| link name 1 = Update Library Methods
| link 1 = Updating_or_removing_videos
| image 2 = Video.png
| link name 2 = NFO Files
| link 2 = NFO_files
| image 3 = Video.png
| link name 3 = Artwork
| link 3 = Artwork
}}
= Safeguarding and Rebuilding =
The following pages offer best practice to backup and restore your library. '''Note that these methods will not work after disaster has struck.'''
{{Index two column
| image 1 = Video.png
| link name 1 = Import & Export Library
| link 1 = Import-export_library
| image 2 = Video.png
| link name 2 = Rebuilding Your Library
| link 2 = Incorrect_and_missing_videos
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Latest revision as of 02:02, 30 January 2021

Create Video Libraries
1. The Basics
2. Source Folder
3. Movie Setup
4a. TV Show Setup
4b. Seasons Setup
4c. Episodes Setup
5. Music Videos Setup
6. Add Source & Scrape
7. Scraping Problems
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These pages describe the Kodi Best Practice methods for the most reliable scraping process

Introduction

Kodi has the ability to create separate Movie, TV Show and Music Video libraries that can display your collections in an Artwork and information rich display. Follow these pages to step through the creation of your libraries.

Ensure you create the correct setup from the start or you will end up wasting time down the track trying to figure out why nothing works for you.

A quick lesson in terminology that is used throughout the wiki:

  • Metadata- All the information about your movies and TV shows- eg, actors, directors, plot etc
  • Scanning- The process used to search for your media to add to the library. If NFO files and local artwork are found, these are scanned into the library
  • Scraping- The process of matching and downloading metadata and artwork, from online sites, for your movies and TV shows
  • Information provider site (aka Scraper site)- The sites Kodi contacts to search for, and download the artwork and metadata
  • Scraper- The add-on that searches the online sites for metadata and artwork


Things you need to know about scraping:

  • Kodi obtains artwork and metadata from third-party sites that Kodi has no control over. As these sites are outside the control of Kodi, it is important that your video files and folders are named correctly to ensure an accurate match with the listings at the scraper sites.
  • If a movie or TV show does not exist at the scraper site, then Kodi cannot scrape it. If you have problems scraping always check the entry at the scraper site first
  • As the information provider sites are maintained by a small volunteer community, which provides this service at no cost, it is strongly encouraged that Kodi users contribute back to those sites when discovering errors and omissions in the information.
  • For a full list of metadata downloaded by the scraper and how to create NFO files see NFO Files
  • For a full list of artwork that can be used by Kodi see Artwork


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