NFO files/Music videos

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1 Requirements

The order of importing metadata is as follows:

  1. nfo file. If no nfo file exists, then
  2. Depending on your scraper settings for your source, either
    1. Online scraper sites- if a scraper is set in your source settings
    2. Nothing- if Local Info Only is set

When Kodi locates the nfo file it will load the *.nfo file and:

  1. If the file is a metadata nfo, Kodi will import the meta-data directly into the library from the .nfo file or
  2. If the file is a parsing nfo, Kodi will parse the nfo file for a direct URL to the scraper info page, then scrape the online metadata.
  3. If the file is a combination nfo, Kodi will parse the nfo file and scrape the online metadata, then import the metadata from the nfo file.

1.1 Known Issues

  • v18 introduced a bug where any class of nfo file can be scanned into any part of the video library. See Issue 16112

2 nfo Name and Location

Regardless of what settings you have set for the source and scraper, Kodi will always search for and scan the nfo file first where available.

Correct placement of the nfo file is essential. Failing to save the file with the correct name and in the correct location, as detailed below, will force Kodi to either:

  1. Scrape the metadata from the online source set in your scraper or,
  2. If you have Local Info Only set as your scraper, then no entry will be made into the library.

Music Videos require one nfo for each music video in the folder. These nfo files need to be named exactly as the Music Video file is named, but with the nfo extension.

The below image shows an example of correct naming and placement of the artwork alongside the nfo file and the Music Video media file.

3 Music Video Tags

A list of all available tags that Kodi recognises follows in this section.

NFO (xml) Tag Required Multiple Notes
<musicvideo></musicvideo> Yes No The top level parent tag for the nfo file. All other tags must be contained within these two tags
<title></title> No No Name of music video
<userrating></userrating> No No Personal rating applied by the user
<top250></top250> No No Not Used
<track></track> No No Not Used
<album></album> No No Name of album the song appears on
<outline></outline> No No Not Used
<plot></plot> No No Can contain more information on multiple lines, will be wrapped
<tagline></tagline> No No Not Used
<runtime></runtime> No No Duration of Music Video in minutes
<thumb preview=""></thumb> No Yes Path to TV Show and Season artwork
<mpaa></mpaa> No No Not Used
<playcount></playcount> No No Setting this to 1, or greater, will mark the Music Video as watched on import if the importwatchedstate flag is set in advancedsettings.xml
<id></id> No No Not Used
<genre></genre> No Yes Genre
<tag></tag> No Yes Video tags. See: Video library tags
<director></director> No Yes Director of the music video
<year></year> No No Year released
<status></status> No No Not Used
<code></code> No No Not Used
<aired></aired> No No Not Used
<studio></studio> No Yes Production studio
<trailer></trailer> No No Not used
No No While it is possible to manually set the information contained within the <streamdetails> tag, there is little point in doing so.

Kodi will always overwrite this data when it plays back the video file.
In other words, no matter how many times you try to manually set it, it will be overwritten the moment the video is played

<artist></artist> No Yes The artist of the song
No No Not Used
<dateadded></dateadded> No No Date the file was added to library. Can be altered in advancedsettings.xml

4 Template nfo

A template NFO File is provided below that can be copied into your own file and completed. It is a simplified file:

  • System generated tags are removed
  • Assumes local artwork is being used
  • Assumes no online information is available, so items like Ratings have no relevance
  • This will be the first time scanned into library so watched status and play counts are not required.

If any of these removed tags are required, simply add the appropriate tags, and refer to the Sample NFO File in the next section to confirm correct usage.

 1 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?>
 2 <musicvideo>
 3     <title></title>
 4     <userrating></userrating>
 5     <track></track>
 6     <album></album>
 7     <plot></plot>
 8     <genre></genre>
 9     <director></director>
10     <premiered></premiered>
11     <studio></studio>
12     <artist></artist>
13 </musicvideo>

5 Sample nfo

Sample Music Video nfo from Single File Export

6 References

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