How to manage metadata for movies?

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How to manage metadata for movies?

Post by binger552 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:20 pm

I'm new to using Twonky and I need help in how to get video (movie) metadata into the twonky database. I'm looking to have better menus for the video section. I want to add genres and other items but just cannot seem to find any documentation on how to get Twonky to read the metadata (nfo) files for each of my videos. A reference on how to manage metadata for video would be great. I'm able to find this for music and pictures but not video.

Also, links to documentation on what metadata is available for management in twonky would be greatly appreciated.

Please help!

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Re: How to manage metadata for movies?

Post by phibertron » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:41 pm

Sadly Twonky does not support metadata from nfo files
But it does read embedded metadata for most file types

You can use a couple of programs to manage the metadata

TwonkyManager will do it, but it enters the info into the db directly
and does not add it to the file,
but can be useful for file types that dont support metadata
however if you ever rebuild your db, you might lose all the info

All of my videos are in mp4 format and I use mp3tag
to add cover art, genre, year, etc.

Also, recently MediaMonkey has added support for video tagging

The 3 documents linked in this post may help

http://twonkyforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9353

How to Create Your Own Custom Navigation Trees
http://twonkyforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=6219

TMS-View-Configuration.zip
http://twonkyforum.com/download/file.php?id=78

TMS-View-Configuration addendum.zip
http://twonkyforum.com/download/file.php?id=404


I know they are about navtree editing
but in doing that one would need to know what is possible
I pulled out what is kind of possible for metadata usage below

dc:date The date of the item YYYY-MM-DD
dc:description The description of the item
dc:title Main title of the item
upnp:albumArtist Album Artist
upnp:artist Name of an artist - always use with role=Performer here
upnp:author Name of an author - always use role=Composer here
upnp:genre Name of the genre to which an object belongs

I know its a lot to absorb
and kinda of all over the place
but it is what it is

PS
genre at the moment
is the only multi vairable supported one
and it only does it when they are seperated by a "," not ";"
for ex:
Action,SciFi,Funny
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Re: How to manage metadata for movies?

Post by Shockmaindave » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:43 am

I've had a lot of luck using Tag & Rename on my mp4 videos.
The bulk renaming features and variables make it fast to do a bunch at one time, but it does have to rewrite the entire file the first time it writes tags, so it can seem like it's crashed. Still, it's been worth the time for me to learn how to use. http://www.softpointer.com/download.htm
Good luck!
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Re: How to manage metadata for movies?

Post by phibertron » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:59 am

As Shockmaindave has pointed out
the first time edit of data for an mp4 in essence rewrites the whole file
which is pretty much going to be true for all the apps that do the editing
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Re: How to manage metadata for movies?

Post by GregR » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:33 am

Hi,
I use iTunes to tag my video and it works well. I arrange my TV shows into albums like "Hogans Heroes S1" and the episode number is entered into the track field, so when searching the shows display in episode order and not alpha order. If you leave the track field blank the search will sort in alpha order, which is great for features.
I followed the examples Brian provided to add genre and album searching to the video section of the XML file. If I can do it, so can you.
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Re: How to manage metadata for movies?

Post by phibertron » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:37 am

@GregR

I didnt even think of using track numbers for episodic video
I just usually added the episode into the name

For Ex:
SeriesName 101 EpisodeName ( 1 for season 1, 01 for episode 1)
SeriesName 201 EpisodeName ( 2 for season 2, 01 for episode 1)

I like the track tactic for episodes
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