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Offline Nautilus2067

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PVD and MediaPortal MovingPictures
« on: June 14, 2013, 11:24:14 am »
This is going to be a little guide for people using the MediaPortal extension Moving Pictures.

Inventory
  • Introduction
  • Prerequisites
  • Export from Moving Pictures
  • Import to PVD
  • Export from PVD
  • Import to Moving Pictures
  • Conclusion
Introduction
Using MediaPortal on my HTPC I liked the extension Moving Pictures for the beginning. Building the movie database I followed Lehmden’s manual (german only). Now I have a nice collection of movies easy accessible. But I wanted to have the possibility to create lists, do mass updates, have informations about the actors and so on. So I decided to move to PVD as primary tool. What I needed was the means to get the data out of Moving Pictures into PVD and back into Moving Pictures again. I the next chapters I describe how this can be accomplished.

Prerequisites

Export from Moving Pictures
There is a tool called MovPicNFO that creates XBMC like XML files with the same name as the movie filename and the extension .nfo in the movie folder. This file follows XBMC definition but is not exactly the XBMC format.  MovPicNFO can also export posters and backdrops (screenshots) as well as the watched status. But remember that Moving Pictures has only one poster and one backdrop so it is better if all images are already in the movie folder like stated in the prerequisites.

Import to PVD
To import the movie data proceed as followed:

Export from PVD

Import to Moving Pictures
To import the movie metadata in Moving Pictures, the XBMC scraper has to be used as described in Lehmden’s manual. The watched status can be imported using MovPicNFO.

Conclusion
Thanks to the powerful customization features of PVD I have created a solution to seamlessly integrate PVD in my existing home theater landscape with the method I described above. PVD is now my primary tool to manage my movie collection. The interface to my media portal is realized via local files. They serve as a database independent backup as well. As the pictures are saved locally too, I do not have to import them in PVD which keeps my PVD database small.
The mentioned scripts and templates may have to be adapted to your situation as I have used some user defined fields.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Oliver

« Last Edit: August 11, 2013, 09:52:11 am by nostra »

Offline Dadeo

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Re: PVD and MediaPortal MovingPictures
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2013, 08:31:24 am »
I'm curious why go through all that when you can export Personal Video Database to XML and import it directly into MyFilms plugin for MediaPortal? You don't even need to move your movies to separate folders. It only takes a few minutes to create a database using the Setup Wizard and you can be using your PVD catalog in MediaPortal.

MyFilms offers so many more features than MovingPictures, such as view, sort by any field, search for related films with the same actors or crew members. And it supports PVD actors, crew and images.

Better yet, you can export your DVD/BD movies which is not possible using MovPicNFO without a lot of work to create dummy folders.

With PVD's great Export Template system you can probably easily export fields like Audio Codec, Bitrates and Languages which PVD (at least in the past) did not export by default.

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Re: PVD and MediaPortal MovingPictures
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 06:52:40 pm »
I am planning to migrate to myFilms. But I started with MovingPictures and had to get the data from MovingPictures to import in PVD. So I developed this solution. PVD is the leading system now. Having the all data stored locally in folders together with the movies has the advantage of having the data available independent of any database. By the way, I am still using MovingPictures as I haven't found the time to implement myFilms because of business matters.