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 Post subject: Known Movies vs. Unknown Titles
PostPosted: November 16th, 2015, 4:35 pm 
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Known Movies vs. Unknown Titles
Media Center Master v2.14 (build 32215.810) / November 18th, 2015
Edited: November 19, 2015

  
Contents

  1.  Acknowledgements 
  2.  Purpose 
  3.  Introduction 
  4.  Settings 
  5.  Managing known movies & unknown titles 



  1. Acknowledgements  


      This guide would not be possible without the members of this community who have provided direct and indirect assistance.

        Pete
        doug2h
        And, all of the users who have posted topics, and replies to the forums.

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  2. Purpose  


      The purpose of this guide is to provide:

      1. A basic concept of how the program processes movie type media titles and determines whether the media is a known movie or an unknown title, e.g., obscure movie title, DVD magazine, sporting event video, youtube video, family video....

      2. The reasoning for why the program handles unknown titles the way it does.

      3. The required settings to manage unknown titles.

      4. Outlined steps to manage known and unknown titles.

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  3. Introduction  


      During the fetching process, Media Center Master attempts to match media folder and/or file names to movie title names listed at themoviedb and the imdb sites. If a match is found, the media is processed as a known movie title. If a match is not found, the program, simply, can not process the media, i.e., an unknown title, such as: an obscure movie title, a DVD magazine, a sporting event video, a youtube video, a family video....

      1. If a user attempts to process unknown titles through the "Watch" folder, the program notifies the user with the following messages in the log window.

        MCM: ... this file was not detectable
        MCM: I'm not sure if this file is a T.V. episode or a movie -- I can't detect it as either: hard to find movie.mp4
        MCM: The file is not named in a way I understand. If this is a T.V. episode and you have a scan folder set up for it, then you may want to add a T.V. detection override settings to manually map a series description to its ID.
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        1. This issue is intentionally caused to prevent cluttering the collection with unknown titles.

          1. The majority of users that use the program do not collect unknown titles.

            1. This leaves, only, one reason for the log message:

              • A typo error in the movie title of the file name, which needs to be corrected.

          2. If a user or another automated process has added an unknown title to the "Watch" folder,

            1. The log message is indicating the title requires user attention.

              • The user needs to provide metadata, e.g., media title, genre, plot/description..., and artwork images.

        2. The "Watch" folder is used in the automation features of the program and the program is commonly configured for automation.

          1. If the program is allowed to process unknown titles,

            1. The user could, inadvertently, end up with a collection mess.

      2. If the user adds unknown titles into a "Scan" folder and attempts to processes them with the auto-scan feature, or attempts to manually fetch them, the program notifies the user with the following messages in the log window.

        MCM: [F#1] I have no idea what movie that is, skipping it...

        1. The reasoning behind this issue is caused by a default setting for an option when the program is installed. This issue is intentionally caused to prevent confusion and disorderliness.

          1. The majority of users that use the program do not collect unknown titles.

            1. This leaves, only, one reason for the log message:

              • A typo error in the movie title of the file name, which needs to be corrected.

          2. If a user or another automated process has added an unknown title to the "Scan" folder,

            1. The log message is indicating the title requires user attention.

              • The user needs to provide metadata, e.g., media title, genre, plot/description..., and artwork images.

        2. The "Scan" folder is used in the automation features of the program and the program is commonly configured to "Auto-scan" media titles.

          1. If the default settings allowed the program to process unknown titles,

            1. The user could, inadvertently, end up with a collection mess.

      Unknown titles require the full awareness of the user to provide metadata, e.g., media title, genre, plot/summary..., and artwork images which is a manual process.

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  4. Settings  


    Additional information for other settings relating to user preferences is included in the outlined steps.

    1. Required settings

      1. If the user has not added a movie collection folder to the program, use the following option.

        Application (menu) --> Set scan folders... (4th item) --> Add new... or drag and drop

        1. Most home theater media devices and software programs require movie titles and TV series titles to be in separate locations, i.e., do not mix movies with TV series.

      2. themoviedb must be selected as a primary or a secondary metadata fetching source in order for the program to download artwork, e.g., posters and backdrops/fanart for known movie titles.

        Application (menu) -> Manage fetchers and plugins... (3rd item)

        1. Movie artwork is, only, downloaded from themoviedb.

        2. Prioritize the fetching sites per the settings selected in the Settings & Preferences Movies tab, e.g., description, genres, voted score... (trial and error).

        3. RottenTomatoes is broke and will not work. Pete is aware of the issue.

          See: "Voted score from RT (Licensed feature?)" (here) for more information.

      3. The following option is required to manage unknown titles, e.g., an obscure movie title, a DVD magazine, a sporting event video, a youtube video, a family video....

        Application (menu) -> Setting & Preferences (1st item) -> Movies (tab) -> Create blank metadata if no results are found (right side, 4th tick box)

        1. When this option is enabled, the program will create a metadata file for all movie type media titles.

        2. If you use the "Auto-scan" feature, disable the following option.

          Application (menu) -> Use auto-scan

          1. WARNING :!: : If the "Auto-scan" feature is triggered,

            • All unknown titles can inadvertently have a blank metadata file, but they will, also, be missing artwork, i.e., the poster image and the backdrop/fanart image, and the titles will be highlighted yellow in the library list.

            • All known movie titles that are missing the poster image and/or the backdrop/fanart image will be highlighted yellow in the library list.

            • The above two (2) issues results in a collection mess and is what causes a state of confusion and disorderliness. After the titles have been fetched, the mixed media titles can not be readily identified in the library list, they are all highlighted yellow.

          See: "Introduction"  (here)  for more information.

          See: "Red, Yellow, and Orange Highlights" (here) for more information.

      4. The following option is required to display highlights.

        Highlight missing meta information (bottom left of UI, under "Text filter")

      5. The following option is required to generate snapshots from a known or unknown title to use as a backdrop/fanart image.

        Application (menu) -> Settings & Preferences (1st item) -> Artwork (tab) -> When manually choosing frames extracted from video files, show a lot of frames (7th tick box)

    2. Optional setting

      1. If the following option is enabled, the program will, also, process single-file titles.

        Application (menu) -> Setting & Preferences (1st item) -> General (tab) -> Detect and automatically organize single-file titles (left side, 6th item)

        1. The program will create the top-level folder for the file and name it during the fetching process.

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  5. Managing known movies & unknown titles  


    1. If the media titles have not been added to the "Scan" folders, add them though Windows Explorer.

      1. Refresh the media list.

        Media (menu) -> Refresh the list of media (1st item)

        1. The new titles will display in your library list and be highlighted red, indicating missing metadata.

        2. All existing titles, if they are properly managed, will have no highlight or be highlighted yellow, missing artwork.

    2. If the new titles were recently added to a "Scan" folder, sort the library list by the "Added to Library" date to group the new titles at the top of the list.

      Right-click column header (context menu) -> Sort descending by 'Added to Library' (3rd item)

      1. Use the scroll bar (bottom of list) to look for the "Added to Library" column header.

    3. Fetch metadata for a red highlighted title.

      Right-click title (context menu) -> Fetch metadata (3rd item)

      1. During the fetching process, one of the following pop-ups may display.

        1. If the "Confirm which movie this is, please" pop-up displays

          1. Check the program's selection.

            • If needed, select the correct title in the list.

          2. Click the appropriate button to continue.

        2. If the "Unknown Movie" pop-up displays to enter a imdb ID

          1. If you are processing a known movie title, enter a imdb ID.

          2. If you are processing an unknown title, e.g., obscure movie title, DVD magazine, sporting event video, youtube video, family video..., click the "Cancel" button.

      2. After fetching, the title may be highlighted

        1. Yellow, indicating missing artwork, i.e., poster and/or backdrop/fanart image.

          1. Some known movies titles.

            • Artwork not available for downloading at themoviedb.

          2. All unknown media titles.

            • Artwork must be provided by the user.

        2. Orange, indicating missing the primary language audio track.

          1. Premium version, only.

          See: "Red, Yellow, and Orange Highlights" (here) for more information.

    4. Add missing metadata with the "Metadata" text editor.

      Select title (library list) -> Metadata (tab, right side of UI)

      1. The "Media title" field is what the program uses for renaming the folder and files. The entered name will be displayed in the program's library list and it is, also, used in the media devices and the media software programs as the displayed title name.

      2. Add other information or edit as needed.

      3. Be sure to click the "Save" button (top right) after adding information or making changes.

    5. Add missing images, e.g., poster and/or backdrop/fanart with the "Artwork Manager" or "Extract and choose thumbnails" tool.

      1. Artwork Manager

        Right-click title (context menu) -> Artwork manager (middle of list)

        1. Use Google to find poster and backdrop/fanart images.

          Right-click image (context menu) -> Copy image location (middle of list)

        2. Add images in MCM.

          Artwork Manager -> Add From URL (button, right side, middle) -> Select image type -> OK -> Paste image link -> OK

          1. Select the image in the list to display it in the viewer.

        3. The "Add By Browsing" button is for local or network stored images.

        4. The "Add From Fetchers" button will search and display images that are available for downloading from themoviedb.

          1. "Fetchers" is used in the button description, because the "Artwork Manger," also, fetches artwork from thetvdb for TV series titles.

        5. If you do not like an image, change the "Mode" from "Add" to "Replace" (button, left side, bottom).

          1. Notice the text change on all of the buttons.

          2. The selected image in the list will be replaced.

          3. Repeat the above steps.

      2. Extract and choose thumbnails tool

        Right-click title (context menu) -> Extract and choose thumbnails (midddle of list)

        1. Use to generate backdrops/fanart images for known and unknown titles.

        2. This process will take a while. When the images are displayed, review the snapshots and select an image.

    6. Rename the title folder and files.

      Right-click title (context menu) -> Rename (5th item)

      1. If you are processing an unknown, obscure, title, check the title name in the "New name" data entry field. The media title is the name you entered for the title in the "Metadata" text editor, step D.

      2. The renaming format is obtained from the settings in the Settings & Preferences Organization tab.

    7. Export to other metadata formats.

      Right-click title (context menu) -> Export to other metadata formats (bottom of list)

      1. Related settings for other metadata formats are found in the Settings & Preferences Metadata tab. Additional tabs will be displayed after the HTML tab if any of the following options are enabled.

        1. Generate Kodi/XBMC-compatible metadata

        2. Generate Netgear-compatible metadata

        3. Generate Popcorn Hour/Networked Media Tank-compatible metadata

    8. Repeat steps, C - G, for additional titles.

    9. Re-sort the library list by "Title" name (see step B and adapt for title names).

    10. If you use the "Auto-scan" features,

      1. Disable the option to create blank metadata.

        Application (menu) -> Setting & Preferences (1st item) -> Movies (tab) -> Create blank metadata if no results are found (right side, 4th tick box)

      2. Enable the auto-scan option.

        Application (menu) -> Use auto-scan

    See: "Movie Boxsets, Nested & Group Folders, Convert to Collection" (here) for more information.

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