Adding video sources

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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
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1 Introduction

This step of the guide will enable you to complete the following actions:

  1. Add Sources - Add the Source folder to Kodi
  2. Set Content - Advise Kodi what type of media is in the Source
  3. Scraper Settings - Adjust the scraper settings to your preferences, or change to a different scraper
  4. Add to Library - Scrape the media into the library

Each section is a direct continuation of the previous section, and only separated for clarity.

UPnP cannot be used to create a library. It is recommended that you share your media using another protocol such as SMB


2 Adding Sources

3 Set Content


Set Content screen for Movies Set Content screen for TV Shows
Set-content-Movies.jpg
Step 9a:
Choose information provider- used to change scraper if required
-Settings- adjust scraper settings to your requirements
Default movie scraper settings are explained here

Set-content-TV-Shows.jpg
Step 9b
Choose information provider- used to change scraper if required
-Settings- adjust scraper settings to your requirements
Default TV show scraper settings are explained here

Movies- Content scanning options

Movies are in separate folders that match the movie title

If your movies are in Movie folders, Enable this setting
  • If Enabled Kodi will use the folder name to scrape the movie
  • Kodi will load NFO files from NFO files named movie.nfo, but will fallback to <videofilename>.nfo as required
  • Kodi will load artwork files using the short format <artworktype>.jpg/png filenames, but will fallback to the longer <NameOfVideoFile>-<artworktype>.jpg/png format as required.
  • If Disabled Kodi will use the filename to scrape the movie
  • NFO files must be named the long format <MovieFileName>.nfo filename.
  • Artwork files must be named using the long format <NameOfVideoFile>-<artworktype>.jpg/png filenames.

Scan Recursively

Used for deep folder structures such as when additional Genre or Movie Set folders are used. Will allow the video scanner to search deeper to find the playable file

Selected folder contains a single video

Available only when you have selected Change content from the Context Menu on a Movie folder, instead of the Source folder. Allows you to adjust scraper settings for a particular movie which is different to the rest of the Source.

Exclude path from library updates

Prevents the Source from being scanned when an Update Library is running. When Enabled it will speed up the Update Library process in large libraries if the Source no longer has content added to it.

Skip filename matching for external audio tracks

When enabled Kodi skips name checks of external audio files in the folder and returns all found audio tracks to the player for the video. [1]
TV Show- Content scanning options

Selected folder contains a single TV show

Allows you to change the Content settings for a particular TV Show without affecting the entire Source. Disabled when a Source is selected. Becomes Enabled when a TV Show folder is selected.

Exclude path from library updates

Prevents the Source from being scanned when an Update Library is running. When Enabled it will speed up the Update Library process in large libraries if the Source no longer has content added to it.

Skip filename matching for external audio tracks

When enabled Kodi skips name checks of external audio files in the folder and returns all found audio tracks to the player for the video. [2]
Stop hand.png Do not select Local information only Scraper. Using this scraper will prevent your TV Shows from being scanned into the library when using NFO files. Kodi always scans for, and uses NFO files first, regardless of what scraper is set.


Additional scrapers are available. Before replacing the default scraper, ensure the scraper works for your version of Kodi and is suitable for your needs.

All Movie scrapers- Movie scraper add-ons
All TV Show scrapers - TV scraper add-ons


4 Add to Library


Once you press Yes, Kodi will scan your library and attempt to match each title in your library to the title at the site of the Information Provider. If a match is found, the metadata and artwork is downloaded and used for the library display. Depending upon the size of your library, this could take some time. A single movie could take approx 30 seconds, a library of 400 movies could take over an hour.

When the scraping process is complete, be sure to check the Event Log to view any titles that were not added to the library, which is normally due to incorrect naming. See... Scraping Problems


At this point, you should now have a fully functioning video library. Repeat the steps on this page to add the remainder of your media Sources.




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Episodes Setup


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