Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Getting previously recorded TV into Media Center Part 2 : Media Browser take 1

Media Browser is a very popular free add-on for managing media libraries.  A lot of people seem to like it a lot, so it might be just what I'm looking for.  I must say, however that initially I wasn't terribly impressed.  When I first set it up, what I saw of course was the same old directory and file structure that I've been trying to avoid.

It would be nice if all media applications used the same metadata format, but unfortunately, that's not the case.  And it turns out that Beyond TV's naming convention isn't terribly helpful in that regard since all of the other media applications I've looked at expects to see season and episode numbers in the file names.  Beyond TV doesn't even put that information in their metadata.

It looks like if I want to get serious about this I need to bend to the demands of the software and rename and reorganize my files.

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