Video management

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Steps to create your Video Library
1. Video Guide Main Page
Prepare the Files
2. Naming & Folder Structure
2.1 Movies
2.2 TV Shows

Creating the Library
3. Add Sources & Scrape
4. Scraping Problems
Modify your Library
5. Update Video Library
6. Library Management
7. Artwork
7.1 Movie
7.2 TV Show
8. NFO Files
8.1 Movie
8.2 TV Show

Safeguard & Rebuild
9. Import-Export Library
10. Backup
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1 Introduction

Now that you have your library setup and have become confident with using Kodi, you can start experimenting with modifying your library so it better suits your preferences.

This page will guide you to other wiki pages that are commonly used to modify the library.

2 Common

icon Artwork
The use of artwork will transform your mundane media player into a showpiece to be proud of, especially when teamed up with your favourite skin. Kodi will allow you to display Movie Posters, Fanart, Album Covers, Actor and Artist images to name a few. Install the Kodi slideshow add-on, and you will have a constant display of video or music fanart to brighten your entertainment room.
icon Bookmarks
Video Bookmarks allow you to create Save points within movies and episodes in order to easily return to them at a later date. Episode Bookmarks allow mapping of the start of an Episode to the library entry. Useful when there is more than one episode in the video file. eg ISO files, or other full disk rips.
icon Concerts
To use Kodi with its full potential for Music concerts we are going to add these to the video library, this will allow you to use standard scrapers which will download metadata and artwork automatically assuming you have the folders named correctlyThe most important part of this process is having a standard file structure for your music concerts. The recommended way is to have a single folder with all your music concerts in sub folders.
icon Custom Home Items
A commonly asked question is how can the Movie Library or TV Show Library be separated so not every Movie or TV Show is in one big section.

It is possible to create Main Menu items in addition to the items that appear on the default Main Menu. For example, adding Home Movies, Kids Movies or Cartoons menu items. Kodi can already filter and separate library items using a number of methods. Combined with a skin that supports Custom Home Items, the library and main menu can be laid out to meet your requirements.

This same idea can also be applied to add-ons, programs, and anything else you might want to place on the home screen.

icon Edit Decision Lists
An edit decision list (EDL) contains information about edits that should be made to the video during playback. Edit decision list information is contained in a separate file to the video that is read by Kodi just before the video is played. Examples of use include can be to skip commercials, cut out content inappropriate for children, or skip over the half hour acid trip in 2001: A Space Odyssey .
icon Extras- For Movie & TV Shows
An add-on that allows you to store all the Extra content that comes with your DVD or Bluray disk to make it accessible within Kodi.
icon Filters- Advanced
Filter is a Music and Video Library feature that allows a user to quickly reduce a list of titles to a smaller list that matches a user specified criteria. For example, filter the main listing of movies to only movies whose genre is Science Fiction.

icon Media Stub Files
If you have a collection of DVD's and Bluray disks but do not want to rip them to a hard drive, then a Media Stub File allows you to add the collection of disks to the Kodi Video Library. It is a simple text based file that is added to your Source in exactly the same way as any other Movie or TV Show, which is then scanned or scraped into the library.
icon NFO Files
NFO files are used to populate the music and video library using locally stored information. They are helpful if data for your particular title does not exist, such as for home movies and sporting events. They can also be used to control the search behaviour of scrapers when problematic and ambiguous titles prevent your preferred title from being fetched.
icon Parental Controls
Links to pages that allow you to restrict access to content.
icon Playlists
Kodi supports both basic playlists and smart playlists. A basic playlist is a normal text file that lists one or more media files (Audio or Video), and plays them in succession. Smart Playlists are essentially a set of rules to limit the results from the databases.
icon Profiles
Profiles allow users to save all of settings as a profile and change them at the touch of a button. It also allows you to grant access to specific folders and network shares based on the profile being used. This is ideal for systems that have multiple users. It works much the same as setting up individual users on your home computer.
icon Stream Files
Various internet video and audio streams can be played back in Kodi as if they were locally stored on your media center by using STRM files. As long as the format and streaming-method (network-protocol) is supported by Kodi, stream can be added. These are basic text files that look like <name>.strm and contain a URL to the internet stream. STRM files can also be added to the video library and can have cover art, summaries, etc.

Some internet sites may have an add-on available that can also access these media streams, rather than having to manually create STRM files. See Add-ons for more information on how to find and install add-ons.

icon Trailers
Trailers can be scanned or scraped into the library along with the movie metadata and artwork. Watch the trailers independently or specialised add-ons can be used to re-create the cinema experience by playing trailers before viewing a movie.
icon Universes - Movie / Cinematic
Through the use of specialised filenaming and a smart playlist, Kodi can build a cinematic universe for any of your favourite movie and tv show franchises. Using this method allows correct canonical sorting, or any sorting required by the user, which cannot be accomplished with any other method. This method has the advantage of creating these universes without affecting movie sets or library listings in the movie or tv show library.
icon Video Cache
This page describes three advancedsettings.xml settings that can be used to maximize the video playback cache. You can use all or just a couple of these settings to see significant improvements in cache performance, should you require it (most users will not require these modifications). This can help with intermittent network issues, buffering, reduce how long the network is tied up, and sometimes improve battery life.
icon Video Library Tags
Video library tags, aka Tags or Keywords, can be used to further sort and organise your library into meaningful lists. Sites such as IMDB and TheMovieDB use Keywords to describe themes, plot details or character types to group and easily locate similar titles. They are generally different to the genre.
icon Video Nodes
Video nodes are defined views that are used to organize your media from the videos menu. Title, Director, Year, Studios, Countries, Genres are examples of Nodes. These Nodes can be customised using an XML file which gives flexibility in how you display your media. Custom nodes will work with any skin, but for ease of use a compatible skin is preferred.
icon Watched & Resume Points
This page describes three advancedsettings.xml settings that can be used to modify when "watched" and "resume" marks are saved. These settings can also be used to prevent automatically saving watched and resume points. A watched point records if a video has been watched or not. A resume point records where in a video file playback has stopped, so it can be resumed later.

3 TV Show Specific

The following options are specific to TV Shows

icon Linking Movies to TV Shows
A feature that allows you to list a movie in both your Movies and TV Shows listing. eg. You have the TV Show Firefly, and the movie Serenity in the respective library. Linking the movie will display the movie entry in the TV Show listing.
icon Season Rename
The Season Rename feature allows you to change the name of a TV Show Season from the default Season x format to a name of your choosing. This can be used in Anime, or those TV Shows that have special names for Seasons, like Torchwood.
icon Season Settings
The Settings page that will describe how to adjust the way Seasons are listed in your TV Shows. These are global settings and cannot be adjusted per individual TV Show.

4 Movie Specific

See Common Features above.

icon Movie Sets
A Movie Set, also known as movie collection, film or movie series, film or movie franchise, and cinematic universe is a collection of related films that are part of the same fictional universe. The normal scraper sites include metadata for Movie Sets which is scraped by Kodi and creates the Movie Set in your library. Movie sets are versatile and can be created to suit your own preferences as they are easily edited in Kodi using the built in sets editor or by using NFO files.
icon Movie Set- Settings
Modify the behaviour of Movie Sets in the main title listing. Does not affect the dedicated Movie Set node.

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