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icon Guide to Create, Modify and Re-build your Video Library
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.
icon Library Management
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.

icon Video Playback Controls
A guide that describes the player controls, how to access on-screen displays, adjust settings for video, audio, subtitles and more.
icon Index of Video articles
A listing of Video library related pages



2 How-tos

Assorted how-tos related to the video library:


Adding video sources
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 Kodi is pointed to the Source, it 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.
Anime
This page is a collection of tips, tricks, advice, and links relating to anime and Kodi. This includes anime-specific add-ons, common file names and scraping of anime into the video library, and more.
HOW-TO:Backup the video library
This guide will show you how to backup the video library using NFO files and local images. These NFO files are little text files that save all the "metadata" (summaries, credits, playcount, and other library data) for each individual video that are then placed along side the actual video files. These act as a backup for each entry, and can also be used as a way of changing library information or for scanning files that are not recognized by a scraper website. This also saves any changes you've made in Kodi, such as changing the title, sort title, selecting specific images/artwork, movie sets, video library tags, watched history, and resume points.

Backing up the video library is a good idea for several reasons: rebuilding your library in case of damage to your main HTPC, mistakenly removed library entries, duplicate the same library on other Kodi installs, or let you to easily move your video files without losing special changes or your watched history. It also allows for off-line library scanning or if a scraper website goes away.

Custom home items/Aeon Nox Silvo
In a default Kodi installation, with a properly setup and scraped library, all Movies will be under the Main Menu Movie button, and your TV shows will be under the TV Shows button. All your Sci Fi movies will be mixed in with your Westerns, Animated, Romantic Comedies, Concert Films, etc. and the same for your different TV show types or genres.

This Guide explains the process of creating new Main Menu items to enable separate main menu listings. Example uses include:

  • Separating childrens movies from mature movies
  • Separately list documentaries, cartoons, sci-fi or any other genre
  • Separately list Home Movies
DSPlayer
DSPlayer is a DirectShow based player for XBMC. DSPlayer support DXVA hardware acceleration (works in Windows Vista and higher), as well as any custom DirectShow filters (e.g. LAV filters, ffdshow, ac3filter).
Event Log
The Event Log is a feature introduced with the release of v17. It is a user accessible and easy to understand log of Kodi events which will display information such as failed video library scraping, Add-on updates and PVR activities, to name a few.
Add-on:Extras
The Extras add-on allows easy access to all the bonus material that usually comes packaged with the main movie of the DVD or BluRay. Save these Extras, such as Bloopers, Cast Interviews, Production Notes, etc along with the main movie in a folder named Extras. Access theses Extras from the Context Menu of the movie.
Incorrect and missing videos
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.
HOW-TO:Install Kodi for Universal Windows Platform
Linking movies to TV shows
This feature allows you to link a Move to a TV Show without the need of keeping two copies of the video file on your system. eg, linking Serenity (2005) to the tv show Firefly.
Media stubs
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.
HOW-TO:Modify automatic watch and 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.
HOW-TO:Modify the 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.
Naming video files
Kodi has the ability to display information and artwork for your video collection. As this information and artwork comes from 3rd party sites, video files must be placed in a certain folder structure and named correctly so accurate matches can be made with those 3rd party sites. This page, and following pages, will instruct on the correct methods to use for the most reliable scraping process.
Naming video files/Movies
This page will describe the Kodi recommended method to name Movie files and create the folder structure to save them in. Your folder structure and files will be placed within your Source folder which was detailed in the previous page of the guide.
Naming video files/TV shows
Setting up TV Shows correctly is a little bit more involved than the Movies section, but not more difficult. This page will describe the Kodi recommended method 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, most accurate and robust methods which provide the most accurate scrape.
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.
HOW-TO:Set up subtitle services
As per Kodi v13 "Gotham", subtitles support is now built into Kodi. And instead of downloading a full subtitle download add-on, you now install one (or more) specific subtitle services.
HOW-TO:Share libraries using UPnP
UPnP sharing between two Kodi devices is the easiest way to share a library. You can also share multiple libraries, one from each Kodi device, to all the other devices on the same network. UPnP also takes care of file sharing, so you do not need to do anything extra even if your files are added locally to Kodi.
Updating or removing videos
This page details the available methods to add, modify and remove videos from your existing video library. These instructions also apply to Music Videos
Video File Tagging
Kodi v18- Leia introduces support for Video File Tags using *.mkv and *.mp4 video files. They are similar in principle to the tags saved in Audio files that we are so familiar with, but only limited support is available at this time. This is a very sought after feature for many members.

Note, this is a specialised feature that has been requested by some users. This step is not required to add movies and TV Shows to the library. If you arrived at this page following the guide, you can safely move onto the next section.

Video management
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.

Video playback