You probably have a handful of movies in your collection. And because of this, you definitely would like to keep them organized – all displayed, sorted, packed with pretty fan arts and accurate information. By the end of this article, you will learn how to turn your movie collection from this
What you will need
- A PC to edit files and folders.
- Internet access.
- A machine with Kodi inside like the Vero 4K+.
- Access to your storage with the files.
What to do
Frankly, achieving that takes some work. But it’s not as hard as you think. You just have to be consistent. Here’s what you do.
1. Put your files in its own folder
Just like candy, each goodie in its own wrapper. This isn’t required, but it’s good practice. If you don’t do this, you need to rename the file itself.
2. Rename your folders
Kodi uses an addon (sort of like an app) that gets information from a website. By default, it gets its information from TheMovieDB.org. Your folder should be in this format- Title (year). Copy the title and year from TheMovieDB.org. Remove any special characters like an apostrophe (‘) or colon (:).
Example would be The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers → The Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers (2002)
3. Move these folders into a folder
It’s ideal to move all your newly created folders into one folder. Create a folder named “Movies”. You can name it anything you want, but for this tutorial, I’ll use “Movies”. Do not move any TV shows, Animes or Music files. Just the movies.
4. Set up the scraper
If you’re using an external hard drive, highlight the “Movies” folder and press the properties button on your Hub remote. Hint: It’s the button with the 3 horizontal lines. The context menu will come out.
Then, select “Set content”.
Select the following options:
- This directory contains ⇒ Movies
- Choose a scraper ⇒ The Movie Database (default)
- Movies are in separate folders that match the movie title ⇒ yes (blue)
- Scan recursively ⇒ no (grey)
- Selected folder contains a single video ⇒ no
- Exclude path from library updates ⇒ no
5. Let the machine work its magic.
You will be asked if you want to update your library. Select “Yes”. Relax. Eat some chips or drink some coffee. This will take a while.
6. Check it out.
Time to admire your library! Look around. You will see below the different views on the old Wetek Hub. You can watch by title, by actor, by genre, by year and you can group together movie sets or series.
Normally, the movie info is accompanied by media flags similar to the ones below. But in this case they are missing because I used text files as dummy files.
Frequently asked questions
Q: What if I want to add more movies?
A: Just repeat steps 1-3 and update your library. No need to do everything again.
Q: What if I want to update my library automatically?
A: You can also do that in the settings. There’s an option to update library every time Kodi starts up.
Q: Will the update also remove broken links/paths?
A: No, unfortunately. When you try to activate a dead link, Kodi will prompt you if you want to remove the link from your library.
Q: Will it always look like this? What if I want to change it up?
A: No. There are skins that can change the theme of the application.
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