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Feature Suggestions / Thanks, and a Feature Request
« on: April 30, 2010, 04:46:31 am »
Hey hey - I've just upgraded to .21, updated my custom Allmovies file and everything's working flawlessly for me ;D So I just wanted to say a big thanks to Nostra and Rick and everyone who's been testing and making the program better.

I have a (small?) request though - since I've undergone multiple changes to libraries and file structure in the last few months, my poster files have gotten lost somewhere along the way (as I never stored them in the database - they were always next to the movie file but paths have changed). Would it be possible in a future release to add a feature "Search for poster in same directory as file"? I have each movie stored in its own folder with a single poster. This would save me possibly weeks of adding them manually...

Thanks again

Support / Custom IMDb Fields
« on: April 15, 2010, 05:44:28 am »
Hi guys! Long time no see :) I've been away from the game for a bit... Now I have a few hundred new movies to catch up on!

I've been importing the IMDb Top 250 field + Votes into custom fields. I note now we can also download Technical Specs to a custom field as well. My question - what does the custom field need to be called? I've tried "Specs" and "Technical Specs" but can't seem to import the info.

Are there any other new fields which can be downloaded with the IMDb plugin that I may have missed?


Support / View episodes in people view?
« on: July 03, 2009, 06:58:58 am »
Another one from me... when I click on a person in an episode, the episode/show does not come up under their filmography. If they are credited in the actual series entry then the series will be listed (with no episodes). So if John Smith is in an episode, he has nothing listed under his filmography... is this the way it should work?

Support / Viewing Missing Episodes
« on: July 01, 2009, 09:04:51 am »
Hi there.

I was wondering if it were possible to achieve the following: I have series populated with all the episodes belonging to that series, downloaded from TheTVDb. All the episodes I have files for have the "Path" field populated. There are many episodes/seasons I am missing - naturally these episodes contain an empty Path field.

I wish to display all the episodes which I don't have files for (ie to see what I'm missing) - find movies removed from HD works well for this with movies, but isn't really helpful for episodes. It appears to look only at the "Series" level, and not at the episode level.

An example (* denotes I have a file and the path is entered into the episode reference)

American Dad
  Season 1
    1.1 *
    1.2 *
    1.4 *
    ... *
  Season 2
    2.2 *
    2.3 *

How could I get it to display only

American Dad
  Season 1
  Season 2

EDIT: I just realised I can do this with the filter "Show movies on removable drives". Thanks for being a few steps ahead Nostra ;)

Scripts and Templates / Export Template for J River Media Center
« on: July 31, 2008, 11:30:47 am »
I don't know if anyone here uses J River Media Center (, but here is an export template that will output to an MPL file. MPL is the main database format that Media Center (MC) uses. MC is great as an organisational/playback/home theatre setup, but lacks online metadata lookup for movies, so this is where PVD comes in for me :)

First of all, set up the export template in PVD-
go to tools > preferences > plugins > plain text/export > add > (call it what you want) > and then copy and pase the following:
(i pull the info from AMG, so my fields are named accordingly, but you can rename them to whatever you want)

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filter="MPL Files|*.mpl"
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?>
<MPL Version="2.0" Title="ChrisRulz">
<Field Name="Filename">{%value=27}</Field>
<Field Name="AMG Year">{%value=5}</Field>
<Field Name="AMG Genres">{%value=44}</Field>
<Field Name="Themes">{%value=46}</Field>
<Field Name="AMG Synopsis">{%value=15}</Field>
<Field Name="MPAA">{%value=6}</Field>
<Field Name="Actors">{%value=52}</Field>
<Field Name="Director">{%value=53}</Field>

You can add as many entries of: <Field Name="XXX">{%value=YY}</Field>  as you want
(just replace my ones with the names of your fields, but you MUST leave the Filename one at the top!)

XXX is the name of the field in MC (the field has to already exist in MC for this to work)
YY is the two digit number PVD uses to refer to fields:

Once you've saved the script, select the movie entries you want to export, go to tools > export > select your new template and name the mpl file.

From MC, select File > Import Playlist > Open the MPL file
The appropriate fields should now be populated in your MC database (yay!)
For this to work properly, both the PVD and MC databases need to point to the correct path and filename for your files.

Thanks to for recommending PVD to me :)

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