Create Video Library

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Steps to create your Video Library
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1. Video Guide Main Page
2. Naming & Folder Structure
2.1 Movies
2.2 TV Shows
3. Video File Tagging
4. Add Sources & Scrape
5. Scraping Problems

6. Update Video Library
7. Library Management
8. NFO Files
8.1 Movie
8.2 TV Show
9. Artwork
9.1 Movie
9.1 TV Show


10. Import Export Library
11. Rebuild your Video Library
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1 Aim

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.

Each page is a step in that modules particular process, and those steps have been grouped into four modules...

  1. Prepare the files - Best practice guides to ensure your video files are correctly named and saved.
  2. Creating the Library - Guide for the initial creation of the library
  3. Modify your Library - Techniques to modify the information and artwork displayed by your library.
  4. Safeguarding and Rebuilding - Backup and Rebuild your library


This guide uses the default Estuary skin. If you are using another skin, it is recommended you revert back to Estuary to ensure you are able to follow this guide easily. Location of settings and options differ between skins.
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.


2 Prepare the Files

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.

icon Naming Video Files
Kodi has the ability to display information and artwork for your video collection. As this information and artwork comes from 3rd party sites, video files must be placed in a certain folder structure and named correctly so accurate matches can be made with those 3rd party sites. This page, and following pages, will instruct on the correct methods to use for the most reliable scraping process.
icon Naming Movie Files
This page will describe the Kodi recommended method to name Movie files and create the folder structure to save them in. Your folder structure and files will be placed within your Source folder which was detailed in the previous page of the guide.
icon Naming TV Show & Episode Files
Setting up TV Shows correctly is a little bit more involved than the Movies section, but not more difficult. This page will describe the Kodi recommended method to name TV Shows and Episode files and to create the folder structure to save them in. These methods are proven to be the simplest, most accurate and robust methods which provide the most accurate scrape.
icon Video File Tagging
Kodi v18- Leia introduces support for Video File Tags using *.mkv and *.mp4 video files. They are similar in principle to the tags saved in Audio files that we are so familiar with, but only limited support is available at this time. This is a very sought after feature for many members.


3 Creating the Library

The following two pages will allow you to build your fully functioning library.

icon Add Sources & Scrape
The Source is the main folder on your hard drive which contains your collection of Movies or TV Shows or Music Videos or Music. These four classes of media cannot be mixed in the one Source. Once Kodi is pointed to the Source, it can perform the appropriate actions to display your media. There is no limit to the number of Sources that can be added to Kodi for each media class.
icon Troubleshoot Scraping Problems
No scraper is 100% accurate. Errors arise from either mistakes by the user, inherent limitations of the scraper, and/or errors at the site of the information provider. If you have followed the guide, the errors you encounter will be minimal. For those errors that do occur, this page will help correct them. Sorry, but we cannot fix stubborness or laziness for those that refuse to fix their file naming problems.


4 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.

icon Update Library Methods
This page will show you the various methods of updating library information for videos and how to remove videos.
icon Library Management
Links to pages that describe other features to further enhance your video library
icon Artwork
The use of artwork takes pride of place in Kodi. The 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 NFO Files
NFO files can be used to provide metadata to the library for video and a music files. They are helpful if the metadata fetched from a web site does not match the video or music you have, or if data for that particular file does not exist, such as for home movies. It can also be used to control the search behaviour of scrapers.


5 Safeguarding and Rebuilding

The following pages offer best practice to backup and restore your library. Note that these methods are like backups. If you have not run this prior to disaster, they will not work after disaster has struck.

icon Import & Export Library
Kodi offers the ability to import and export metadata and artwork manually into/from the Media Library, as well as importing media info automatically from .nfo files.
icon Rebuilding Your Library
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