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Media files and folders need to be named and organized in a proper way helpful to DVDFab Movie Server. This lets the Server fetch information about each show.
Naming Movie files
The scrapers used by DMS will work best when your major types of content are separated from each other. We strongly recommend separating movie and television content into separate main directories. For instance, you might use something like this:
Warning: DMS will do its best to appropriately find and match content. However, a failure to separate content such as movies and TV shows may result in unexpected or incorrect behavior.
Stand-Alone Video Files
Movie media files can be contained in one or more folders. To correctly name a movie file, name it as follows:
* MovieName (release year).ext
Where, ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensionsby default.)
Batman Begins (2005).mkv
Movie files can be placed into individual folders if you want, but it's not mandatory in most cases. If you have external media for a movie (e.g. external subtitles etc.) you should usually place the movie in a nested folder along with the custom media files. Name the folder the same as the movie file:
* /Movies/MovieName (release year)/MovieName (release year).ext
/Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins (2005).mp4
Batman Begins (2005).eng.srt
Naming and Organizing TV Shows
TV Shows need to be organized into a folder structure for each show. Once organized this way, DMS will recognize the shows and grab show posters, descriptions and other rich metadata.
Naming 'Series' & 'Season' Based TV Shows
Standard Television Series
TV Shows can be one-off, episode/series, or date-based shows. It is important that both the folder structure and each episode filename be correct for shows to be correctly matched. If you're not sure whether a show is episode/series or date based, check themoviedb.org and name it as it appears there.
By default, DMS matches against themoviedb.org , so you should name and organize your content based on the information on that site.
Tip: For identically-named remakes, include the year series folder name, e.g. "Battlestar Galactica (2003)" or "Dr. Who (2005)".
Series/Episode type TV Shows
To name series/episode based shows:
* TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName - sXXeYY - Optional_Info.ext
* XX is the season number
* YY is the episode number
...Optional_Info is additional optional text (e.g. episode title) that is ignored by DMS, and ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensionsby default.)
Tip: Be sure to use the English word "Season" as noted above, even if your content is in another language.
Grey's Anatomy - s01e01.avi
Grey's Anatomy - s01e02 - The First Cut is the Deepest.avi
Grey's Anatomy - s01e03.mp4
Grey's Anatomy - s02e01.avi
Grey's Anatomy - s02e02.mkv
Grey's Anatomy - s02e03.m4v
If a single file covers more than one episode, name it as follows:
* TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName - sXXeYY-eZZ.ext
where ZZ is the last episode number contained in the file (e.g. "Heroes s04e01-e03.mkv" starts with episode 1 and ends with episode 3).
Heroes - s02e05-e08.mkv
Heroes - s04e01-e02.mkv
Heroes - s04e03.mkv
Note: Multi-episode files will show up individually in DMS when viewing your library, but playing any of the represented episodes will play the full file. If you want episodes to behave truly independently, you're best off using a tool to split the file into individual episodes.
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