Now I am going to go into setting up the Movie Library in Windows 7. Some of this (most) will apply to the DVD library in Vista as well. This looks a little long but, I just went into every detail and once you set it up, it will be very easy to add movies.
With this being said, there are a lot of options and programs to help with this. There are also a lot of options for 3rd party Movie managers, I’m using the built in one. I have chosen one program that I have used from Vista and has worked very well for me. There are other options than this but, I find adding a movie with this, even though I have to do it outside of Media Center, I can get the image and meta-data info, very quickly and edit it to my needs.
My main Media Center system has about 70+ movies on it, most in HD (1080p/720p). I am not going to get into ripping DVDs or blu-ray. There are many 3rd party programs like AnyDVD or DVDfab that do a good job to help in these areas.
In this example I will be using 2 movies on a Computer that does not have any movies setup in Media Center. One Movie is a DVD rip (The Simpsons Movie - VOB files) and the other is a rip to a 1080P AVI file (Crank – High Voltage, entertaining flick BTW). This will cover both types that you can use in Windows 7 Media Center (Vista can only use VOB format, no video files).
To keep everything together (and give MC a place to watch), I keep all movies in a sub folder of a “Movies” folder in the root. This is the best practice to do, when you get a new movie, just drop it into this folder and Media Center will be able to see it. The movies are all stored in E:\Movies\ <movies folders here>
The general rule is for movies is, like above but, for DVD rips, have the VIDEO_TS/AUDIO_TS in the root of your named folder and for video files, just have a video file in the folder named the same as the folder Ex: E:\movies\MyCoolMovie\MyCoolMovie.mkv Each movie has to be in it’s own folder.
I am assuming you are following this format, folder structure and movies are on the local machine in this example.
Open Media Center and open the Movie Library, Right click or hit the “Info” button on your remote and select/Click on “Manage Library
A wizard will come up, Select “Add folders to the library” and select Next. Then “On this computer (includes mapped network drives)” and select Next. Browse to the folder, expanding the drive and put a check mark next to the folder where your movies are located.
After selecting the folder, hit Next. Confirm changes window, Select “Yes, use these locations” and click Finish. Now it should drop you back into the Movie Library, with your 2 movies listed by folder name with just some colored boxes (temp covers). Nothing special, so no pic for this one.
Download and install: DVD Library Manager (don’t worry about the version in the first post, it’s always updated with the same name). This is outside of Media Center. This will only work, AFTER you setup the Movie library (it wont’ find anything unless it knows where to search)
We have video files (not just DVD VOB rips) so we need to adjust for that. Open the program and select “Loading options” and check “Include Videos (One per folder) (Windows 7 and up)”. At this point you should see your 2 Movies listed, like in this case.
Now we have to setup the details of the movies (this will get the cover art and the meta data).
Now double click on a movie in the list and another window will come up (DVD Details), This is where you’ll search for your movie. You can choose from searching Amazon or IMDB for your info. In this case, I will use Amazon to search for my data (if your having problems finding data, You might need to edit the “Movie title” a little for a better search or try both, one might be better than the other). So Click on AMAZON and a “Search Amazon” window will come up.
At the top, you can select the movie, in this case, this is a blu-ray rip, so I selected the Blu-ray version. Now notice this window. This is all the data, If you don’t want it to use that data, uncheck the box next to it. You can edit parts as well, The one you will see the most is the “Synopsis” so, if you feel it looks bad, edit it or select another one from the list that fits your needs (IMDB might have a better picture or synopsis). Once you are ok with the data, Click Save from the top left hand corner.
Your now back in the DVD Details window with all the info filled out, you need to save the cover art now.
Click the floppy disk and select Save (it will save it in the right folder), Then click Save in the DVD Details window.
Now you will be back in your list but, your movie details will be filled out and your art will be shown ! That’s it, that is all you have to do for each movie you put in there, after you do it a few times, it will take under a minute for each movie. Now do this for the rest of the movies, doing a search, selecting your data and saving your art. Once you are done, close this window and open Media Center, then open the movie library.
Now your movies will be listed with cover art and the full Synopsis as you selected. Enjoy !
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