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Support / 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.

  • Introduction
  • Prerequisites
  • Export from Moving Pictures
  • Import to PVD
  • Export from PVD
  • Import to Moving Pictures
  • Conclusion
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.


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.

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.


Scripts and Templates / Export Template: watched status as XML file
« on: June 14, 2013, 11:06:52 am »
Attached is a little template to export the watched status of each movie to a locally saved Moving Pictures compatible XML file.

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Support / How to group movies?
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:17:05 am »
The series and episodes feature is really helpful when dealing with real series. But what about movies like James Bond? If you use the series function, you could group the James Bond movies but you will loose the links in the filmography of the actors. For series one maintains the actors on series level not on episode level. But for James Bond movies this is not very usefull as we have different actors in every movie.

One could use a group field as described by But then one has to show all films grouped. The ones that do not belong to a set of movies will all be in one group (with empty group field). If you put the title in the group field for those movies not belonging in a set, you will receive a folder for every movie containing only one film. Not very sophisticated either.

I would like to have the possibility to keep the links to the actors filmography for episodes at least for manually added actors. Or a group field that groups sets of movies like series.

But maybe I have missed something and there is already an elegant solution for my problem. Can anybody help?


Support / Organize files / How to move videos to separate folders
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:04:55 pm »
Several movies are stored in one folder. Now I would like to create a separate folder for each movie with the movie name as folder name and then move the movie into that folder. Can that be accomplished by the function "Organize files".
If yes, how is it done?

When I use the function "Organize files" on files that have already a seperate folder, PVD moves the complete folder together with all files stored in that folder (movie, .nfo, pictures). That's pretty cool.


Development / Script or Plugin
« on: May 27, 2013, 10:22:50 am »
I have not fully understood the difference between scripts and plugins. When do I have to develop a plugin and when is a script sufficient?


Development / Picture export
« on: May 27, 2013, 08:17:46 am »
Is it possible to save posters, screenshots etc with out creating any export text file? First I have tried to export the pictures with my MovingPictures .nfo file, but I do not want to have any XML entries for the pictures in the created .nfo file. I just want the pictures to be saved in the Folder with the movie file. This I could not get done. So as a workaround I wrote another export template to export the pictures which creates a separate file called images.nfo that can be deleted afterwards. Not beautiful, but working. Is there any other way?


This is an export template to write the movie data back to an XML file for MediaPortals extension MovingPictures.

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Scripts and Templates / Import from XBMC/MovPicNFO .nfo XML-File
« on: May 22, 2013, 08:14:27 pm »
This script is for importing movie data from an XML file like the .nfo files written by XBMC and the MediaPortal extension MovingPictures (done by MovPicNFO). It is currently configured to import the .nfo file from MovPicNFO which differs slightly from the XBMC definition. But the script is highly customizable so one should be able to configure it for XMBC with low effort.
If an XBMC version is requested, I am happy to configure one and upload it.

Comments are welcome. If you need any support, do not hesitate to ask.


Current version:

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My next little script imports the viewed flag from a local file. The MediaPortal extension MovingPictures can save movie data to a local file via the program MovPicNFO and one will get .nfo files as from XBMC. The Status if a movie has been watched or not is not saved in that file, but may be saved in an extra file. For all people that do not track the viewing status via Trackt or and have the need to synchronize that status per file may find this script useful. OK, honestly, it probably turns out to be only me but who knows...

Script can be customized, read documentation in the script and have a look at,3352.msg16908.html#msg16908.


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Scripts and Templates / Import Script for locally saved images
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:30:36 am »
For all folks that store movie posters and backdrops together with their films on the harddisk, I have written a litte script to import them into PVD. The script ist customizable so that you can choose what kind of images to Import (posters, screenshots, front covers, CD labels), how many of them, how they are named and where they are stored. Even the filetypes, depicted by the extension can be configured. You can use absolute paths like C:\Data\MyMovies\Images or relative paths based on the path to the movie file.

Hopefully its any use for somebody. Comments are welcome.

If you need help to customize the script or if you need any modifications made for your configuration, please let me know.


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Support / How to load movies without pictures
« on: May 15, 2013, 03:47:56 pm »
When I select the movie folder for Import and start importing the movies, PVD automatically loads all pictures in the movie folder as covers. Is there a possibility to prevent this? I have written a script that will import only the relevant pictures later on and divides them in posters and screenshots.


Development / How to change "viewed" flag by script
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:00:37 pm »
Hi there,

I have just finished my draft version of an .nfo import script to import locally saved meta data (from MediaPortal). The watch status is stored separately in a small XML file beside every movie. I have succeded to read that file but using the AddFieldValueXML( ) function on the field "viewed" does not change the viewed flag.

Is it possible to change that field via script? If yes, how can it be done? I tried "true" and "false" as well as "0" and "1". Nothing worked.

Thanks for your help.


Support / Cannot view pictures when using DB stored on server
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:59:41 am »
Hi there,

actually I have stored the PVD DB on the movie server. PVD is installed there as well. I use TeamViewer to access that server. Everything works fine except that I am looking for a possibility to accesss the DB with a PVD installation on a local frontend. So I installed Firebird on the server and changed the path to the movie data so it uses shares instead of absolute paths.


Pictures:   \\server\public\data\PVD\posters\

The first thing that appeared a little strange to me was that you have to use an absolute path when connecting from a client to the server:   

Instead of using \\server\public\data\PVD\movies.pvd one has to link to \\server\E:\Data\PVD\movies.pvd. Once I figured that out, I could access the database. But I cannot see any pictures. If I look at the properties in the client installation (which are of course the same as on the server, because they are stored in the DB) I can see the correct path: \\server\public\data\PVD\posters\. Entering the path in an explorer window I have access to the pictures.

Am I doing anything wrong? I know I could store the pictures in the database, but for various reasons I decided otherwise.

All Computers are running Windows 7 Professional x64.
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Kind Regards,

Support / Removing of small posters not possible
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:40:06 am »
Hi there,

when uploading posters from Amazon one often cannot see how large they are. After importing them some turn out to be very small. But I cannot delete them, because the button ribbon ist not large enough to display the "red cross" button. The last icon I see is the save button.

As a workaround I copy a large picture from somewhere to the clipboard and then replace the small poster in question with the large picture. After that I delete it.


Support / IMDB [DE] instead of IMDB [EN]
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:03:49 am »

The IMDB [EN] plugin seems to work very well, but all entries are in english. For kids and wife German would be a lot better. I have noticed, that IMDB searches on If you use the same search-string but replace by you will get the results in German. Is there a possibility to adapt the plugin or to use some sort of psf script to receive something like IMDB [DE]?


P.S.: If this post belongs to the support forum, please feel free to move it there.

Support / Plugin OFDB [DE] rarely works
« on: June 07, 2012, 07:57:36 am »
Hi there,

the plugin OFDB [EN] often does not work. But it does not show the normal popup "no movies found". One entry is shown, which does not represent a movie, but a link to the news area. If I do an online search for the movie directly on the web page of ofdb the movie is recognized and results are shown. Maybe someone can have a look.


P.S.: If this post belongs to the support forum, please feel free to move it there.

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Support / Silent mode for all plugins does not import pictures
« on: June 07, 2012, 07:53:39 am »
Hi there,

I set the option "silent mode for all plugins" and "download all pictures". I then imported 200 movies. Very few movies have been recognized by the plugin. This is going to be another topic. And I had no pictures downloaded. Absolutely zero.
After that I downloaded the pictures by using the picture download plugin manually for every movie and it worked.


P.S.: If this post belongs to the support forum, please feel free to move it there.

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