In the fourth part of our Kodi/XBMCseries, it's finally about the content, films, series and music. Kodi or XBMC runs on the Raspberry Pi or any Windows/Linux computer, the basic settings are made, the path to the fully automatically illustrated library is only a few minutes away. Important: Kodi can of course only recognize films and episodes if the names of folders or files match. Kodi understands film names like “Indianer Jones-Temple of Death 720p German Xvid.mkv” without any problems and series numbers should exist. A folder like "The Big Bang Theory" with files like S01E02.mkv and so on would be perfect - instructions for automatic renaming can be found here. Before that, a look at the entire Kodi series:
1. What is/can Kodi actually do: concept, features, connections, hardware
2. Cheap, Silent, Tiny: XBMC (Kodi) on the Raspberry Pi
3. Basic setup: TV full screen, calibration, network, etc.
4. Media collection: Set up sources including metadata
5. Perfect sofa potato: remote control via smartphone – smartphone as TV
6. Cool Addons: Free South Park is just the beginning
7. For budding pros: advanced/optimal settings
8. Stream Android content to Kodi/XBMC with Airplay
9. Use live TV without a TV card
Setting up Amazon Prime Instant Video in Kodi
Use Kodi's smart playlists
Update Kodi on Fire TV
Share a library with multiple Kodi installations
For real Kodi nerds ;) : Kodi hack: Show plot keywords as icons in the video overview - aka visualize Christmas episodes & Co
By the way, this article is also available as a video version.
1. Create network share for Kodi media collection
Normally you will feed Kodi with media from network shares, so you start by sharing a videos/music folder. On Windows, this is easily done via the folder's context menu and the "Share" option.
2. Videos for Kodi provide
In Kodi you now switch to the video area and there to the "Files" item; proceed to Add Videos.
3. Cite source
In the next step you can enter a path directly manually, it is probably more common to click on "Browse".
4. Select network
A list of all available resources follows, i.e. networks, connected drives and also UPnP servers. Select "Windows Network (SMB)" for the network share - but the following steps apply to local drives as well. Of course, you may have to enter your login data, if in doubt your normal Windows login.
5. Choose folder
Navigate to the desired shared folder, here "Video Production" and confirm this as the source.
6. Name the Kodi share
You end up back in the previous menu and can enter an explicit name for the display of the share in Kodi.
7. Determine media type
Now comes the magic part: Now specify whether the media in the shared folder is a movie or a series. Depending on what you specify, Kodi obtains the appropriate metadata (images, descriptions, cast lists, etc.) from a series or film database, such as The Movie Database. Make sure that recursive scanning is activated so that subfolders are also included. Then open the settings below.
8. Tagging odds and ends
Two options are particularly interesting here: Instead of German titles, you can display the original titles, which is a must for real film fans. In addition, the age ratings can be changed to Germany if you have children and are not quite fit with the American ratings. This completes the source configuration and Kodi then gets started and gets the metadata - with a larger collection this can take an hour.
9. Set up servers as sources
As an alternative to shares/folders, you can also select servers from the list called up in step 4. This can be the media server of your NAS (here TwonkyMedia), your router or even another XBMC/Kodi installation - since the servers naturally have their own metadata, automatic tagging is not required here. Incidentally, this is very practical for weak computers that do not have to manage their own library (but this is only really interesting with a few thousand files).
10. The result
As soon as Kodi has finished tagging, you will see the reward for your effort: A clean, extremely attractively designed library - you can change the various views using the menu on the left edge of the screen.
11. Manual rework
Unfortunately, not all titles are always recognized correctly, in which case manual reworking helps. Simply navigate through the files view in Kodi via Videos/Files, and you can already see which series/folders are not yet tagged correctly (simply because of missing images). By right-clicking on the folder and selecting TV Series or Movie Information, you can then manually enter the name of the series or movie and Kodi will then load the metadata. This is sometimes necessary, for example, if German film titles cannot be found, there are spelling mistakes or the databases are finicky - here in the example "Dr. Snuggles" only found if you remove the "Dr."
Addendum: If you want or need to make extensive manual corrections/corrections, take a look at Media Companion. The media manager/tagger/scraper runs on the desktop but also modifies the Kodi database; we'll show you how here.