Naming video files/Movies
|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|
|Video library||Create Video Library||Movies|
There are two methods to organise your movies:
- Movie Folders- Each movie is saved in its own folder within the Source. (recommended)
- Flat Folder- All movie files are saved in the Source folder
While Kodi can be a little bit flexible, and some users have come up with "unusual" setups for their media files, Kodi will only recommend the Movie Folder method described below.
We also recommend that your media is ripped to single files, like .mkv, rather than keeping the needlessly complex structure of Bluray and DVD folders.
The naming of your files and folders is critical to ensure the scrapers can correctly identify the movie, and it is simple to achieve.
Movie Name (Year) - This is the correct naming format for both the movie files and movie folders.
If you are unsure of the name or year, then look it up at TheMovieDB website
3 Movie Folders
This is the recommended method for organising your movies
All files and folders should be simply named with the name of the movie and the year in brackets. The name should match the name shown at the scraper site.
Each movie file is placed into its own folder which is then added to your Source.
4 Flat Folder
An alternate method of storing your movies is to save all the movie files inside the Source folder and omit the Movie folder. Also known as a flat folder structure.
This method requires that the movie file is named correctly as Kodi is forced to use the movie filename to match the entry at the scraper site.
The movie filename must contain the Title with the Year in parenthesis. The name should match the name shown at the scraper site.
5 Split Video Files
|File Stacking for ISO files, Bluray and DVD folders is currently broken and cannot be used. See Issue report: 16109|
Also known as File Stacking, allows you to combine multiple movie files so they appear and play as a single movie. No longer a common requirement, but still available in Kodi should it be needed.
To use this function the following steps are required:
1 Example of A, B, C, D flags (no space):
- Starting in v13, Kodi supports a number of passive 3D video formats such as SBS, TAB, anaglyph or interlaced. This support extends to the Kodi GUI including subtitles and on-screen-controls.
- Use one of the Extras add-ons to save related videos such as bloopers, interviews with cast and crew, production methods, behind the scenes, so they are accessible within Kodi
- Internet Streams
- 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.
- Media Flags
- Where supported by the skin, allows displaying of extra video file information through the use of modified file naming
- 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.
- 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.
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