Test movie names in Kodi / Openelec

Posted on 2016-10-01
Last Modified: 2016-10-03
I have spent some time copying movies to an usb disk. Then try to sync Openelec / Kodi with the standard way after attaching the USB disk to the Raspberry PI that runs OpenElec. Then I see some movies get missed. I take the USB disk and attach it to my laptop. Rename the movie folders to match a matching movie name, perhaps test manually at and try to sync again at my Raspberry PI with OpenElec.

The point is that this takes time back and forth. I would like to find some tool or app that could check the movie names for me and report a total list of movies that have been resolved and movies that could not be resolved, so I can fix and test again without too much back and forth.

Anyone know any such tool / app?
Question by:itnifl
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
ID: 41824968
>> Then I see some movies get missed
Check both filename and what format is supported by themoviedb. For example "Big Buck Bunny 2008.avi" may work fine where "2008.Big.Buck.Bunny.mp4" may fail.

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ID: 41825146
That is the way I am doing now. I want a tool that does it automatically and gives me a list of misses and matches. Then I can alter the folder names and run the tool again. A lot easier. Also there is more to movie naming in openelec then just movie naming. There are rules for setting up folder structures and naming of TV-shows also for instance. A tool/app could help me with all that.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
ID: 41825538
Don't know of a tool that does what you require, OpenElec doesn't care about folders as far as I know, you just point to a base folder and tell it that it contains movies or tv series. A basic script that does searches from on the mobiedb site would not be that difficult to create. Using an api call to query tmdb is limited to a certain amount of queries: "Our current limits are 40 requests every 10 seconds and are limited by IP address, not API key.".

Author Comment

ID: 41825561
You can select to set the content search to be aware of folder names as movie names.

I think all I need is here:

They have videoes about what I need at the bottom.

There is some regex going on when OpenElec / Kodi scans media. I would have to know exactly their way of doing it to replicate it in a script the exact same way. Or else results may differ.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE earned 500 total points
ID: 41827025
You probably want to know how the Kodi scraper is working:

There are lots of programs out there that perform the lookup and rename for you.

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ID: 41827489
Wow, yes, thanks :)
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