Video management

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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 Introduction

Now that you have your library setup and have become confident with using Kodi, you can start experimenting with modifying your library so it better suits your preferences.

This page will guide you to other wiki pages that are commonly used to modify the library.


2 Common

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 Bookmarks
Video Bookmarks allow you to create Save points within movies and episodes in order to easily return to them at a later date. Episode Bookmarks allow mapping of the start of an Episode to the library entry. Useful when there is more than one episode in the video file. eg ISO files, or other full disk rips.
icon Concerts
To use Kodi with its full potential for Music concerts we are going to add these to the video library, this will allow you to use standard scrapers which will download metadata and artwork automatically assuming you have the folders named correctlyThe most important part of this process is having a standard file structure for your music concerts. The recommended way is to have a single folder with all your music concerts in sub folders.
icon Custom Home Items
A commonly asked question is how can the Movie Library or TV Show Library be separated so not every Movie or TV Show is in one big section.

It is possible to create Main Menu items in addition to the items that appear on the default Main Menu. For example, adding Home Movies, Kids Movies or Cartoons menu items. Kodi can already filter and separate library items using a number of methods. Combined with a skin that supports Custom Home Items, the library and main menu can be laid out to meet your requirements.

This same idea can also be applied to add-ons, programs, and anything else you might want to place on the home screen.

icon Edit Decision Lists
An edit decision list (EDL) contains information about edits that should be made to the video during playback. Edit decision list information is contained in a separate file to the video that is read by Kodi just before the video is played. Examples of use include can be to skip commercials, cut out content inappropriate for children, or skip over the half hour acid trip in 2001: A Space Odyssey .
icon Extras- For Movie & TV Shows
An add-on that allows you to store all the Extra content that comes with your DVD or Bluray disk to make it accessible within Kodi.
icon Filters- Advanced
Advanced Library Filtering replaces the very basic filtering option which allowed users to enter a part of a media title and get a list of matching items with a much more sophisticated filtering functionality which, depending on the media type, offers filtering by title, genre, actors and much more.
icon Language Packs
Sets of language strings for Kodi v15 and later are now provided in the form of add-ons. Kodi still comes with International English by default, but does not include other languages until they are selected and downloaded. If you are doing an off-line installation of Kodi and won't have an internet connection when you change the language preferences then you will need to download the language add-on ahead of time.
icon Media Stub Files
As of v11 (Eden), Kodi has support for offline media stub files. These are files that represent a media outside of the digital infrastructure (eg, DVD's, Bluray, UHD Bluray, etc) and allow Kodi's library to catalogue your "offline" media collection, as well as ask for the media when selected for playback. They will look like any other entry in the library, but a notice box will pop requesting insertion of the disk. Messages can be displayed in the notice box, such as "DVD on second shelf in cellar".
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.
icon Parental Controls
Links to pages that allow you to restrict access to content.
icon Playlists
Kodi supports both basic playlists and smart playlists. A basic playlist is a normal text file that lists one or more media files (Audio or Video), and plays them in succession. Smart Playlists are essentially a set of rules to limit the results from the databases.
icon Profiles
Profiles allow users to save all of settings as a profile and change them at the touch of a button. It also allows you to grant access to specific folders and network shares based on the profile being used. This is ideal for systems that have multiple users. It works much the same as setting up individual users on your home computer.
icon Stream Files
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.

icon Video Cache
This page describes three advancedsettings.xml settings that can be used to maximize the video playback cache. You can use all or just a couple of these settings to see significant improvements in cache performance, should you require it (most users will not require these modifications). This can help with intermittent network issues, buffering, reduce how long the network is tied up, and sometimes improve battery life.
icon Video Library Tags
Since v12 Frodo, Kodi supports "tags" which can be applied to movies, TV shows, and music videos. They are meant to supplement Movie sets which are (by design) limited in their usage. A movie or TV show can have multiple tags attached and a tag can contain multiple tags. They can be used as keywords, categories, filters, or whatever you want. Movies and TV shows can have multiple tags. Tags can be used to filter and navigate the library. Tags can be edited and managed directly from the Kodi GUI.
icon Video Nodes
Video nodes are defined views that are used to organize your media from the videos menu. In the past Kodi has had a number of standard nodes such as Title, Director, Year, Studios, Countries, Genres that were hard coded. As of v12 Frodo, Kodi introduces the ability to customize these nodes using an XML file. Using XML files really gives great flexibility in how you display your media. Don't want your screaming kids stuff in your main movie node... exclude it. Want documentaries in a separate node, create it. Don't like how recently added is presented, change it.

To get full functionality from custom nodes, you need to use a skin that allows you to deploy them as you would like (e.g. latest builds of Aeon Nox). Confluence will show your nodes, but doesn't allow you to decide exactly where.

icon Watched & Resume Points
This page describes three advancedsettings.xml settings that can be used to modify when "watched" and "resume" marks are saved. These settings can also be used to prevent automatically saving watched and resume points. A watched point records if a video has been watched or not. A resume point records where in a video file playback has stopped, so it can be resumed later.


3 TV Show Specific

The following options are specific to TV Shows

icon Linking Movies to TV Shows
A feature that allows you to list a movie in both your Movies and TV Shows listing. eg. You have the TV Show Firefly, and the movie Serenity in the respective library. Linking the movie will display the movie entry in the TV Show listing.
icon Season Rename
The Season Rename feature allows you to change the name of a TV Show Season from the default Season x format to a name of your choosing. This can be used in Anime, or those TV Shows that have special names for Seasons, like Torchwood.
icon Season Settings
The Settings page that will describe how to adjust the way Seasons are listed in your TV Shows. These are global settings and cannot be adjusted per individual TV Show.


4 Movie Specific

See Common Features above.

icon Movie Sets
A Movie Set, also known as a Movie Collection, is a collection of movies that are, in some way, related to each other. The normal scraper sites include metadata for Movie Sets which is scraped by Kodi and creates the Movie Set in your library. Movie sets are versatile and can be created to suit your own preferences as they are easily edited in Kodi using the built in sets editor or by using NFO files.
icon Movie Set- Settings
Modify the behaviour of Movie Sets in the main title listing. Does not affect the dedicated Movie Set node.



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