Create Video Library

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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 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 third-party sites, video files must be placed in a certain folder structure and named correctly so accurate matches can be made with those third-party sites. These pages describe the Best Practice methods to use for the most reliable scraping process.
icon Naming Movie Files
This page will describe the Kodi best practice to name Movie files and create the folder structure to save them in. Your movie folder and files will be placed within your Source folder.
icon Naming TV Show & Episode Files
Setting up TV Shows correctly is a little bit more involved than the Movies section. The first part of this page will describe the Kodi best practice 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 and most robust method which provides the most accurate scrape.

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 the Sources are set up, Kodi 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 details the available methods to add, modify and remove videos from your existing video library. These instructions also apply to Music Videos
icon Library Management
Links to pages that describe other features to further enhance your video library
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 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.

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 has the option to Export and Import the library databases. These options may be used for a number of reasons including the following more popular ones:
  • Perform database backup and recovery
  • Reorganization of data or eliminate database fragmentation (export, clean/remove database, re-import)
  • Move data between Kodi databases on different platforms (eg Widows to Linux)
icon Backup and Rebuild your library
Like all technology, disaster can strike at any time, either due to a hardware failure, operating system crash which has corrupted Kodi data, or unexpected results from the use of a nightly or development build of Kodi. For these reasons, backups of Kodi are essential to enable you to quickly rebuild your setup.

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