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Windows 7: Adding Videos to "Movies"?

10 Jan 2009   #1
mSeliga

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 
Adding Videos to "Movies"?

I like the fact that Media Center has an option to have a special Movies category, becuas eI rip alot of my DVDs. However, I haven't been able to find a way to manually add these files in. IS there a special thing the file needs to have to show up there?


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10 Jan 2009   #2
Bellerophon

Windows Se7en Ultimate x64
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mSeliga View Post
I like the fact that Media Center has an option to have a special Movies category, becuas eI rip alot of my DVDs. However, I haven't been able to find a way to manually add these files in. IS there a special thing the file needs to have to show up there?
Sorry don't have a solution, but most annoying and a little short-sighted of M$ if you ask me.

After all this is the digital age and I like you have my movies on HDD as I suspect many movie lovers will. Mine just sit in videos, the movies seems a bit redundant.


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10 Jan 2009   #3
mSeliga

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellerophon View Post
Sorry don't have a solution, but most annoying and a little short-sighted of M$ if you ask me.

After all this is the digital age and I like you have my movies on HDD as I suspect many movie lovers will. Mine just sit in videos, the movies seems a bit redundant.
Odd. Granted the only things that have shown up in that Movies area are dvds I have in the drive, I wonder if you download/recorded something it shows there...
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10 Jan 2009   #4
Bellerophon

Windows Se7en Ultimate x64
 
 
Movies

Recorded items, at least recorded TV, appears in the TV section. Yep inserted DVD's show up in movies but not really useful. I believe you can import to them to HDD but I bet that it won't be quick and DVD format is so bulky compared to divx

A really excellent extension that I would highly recommend for MCE is My Movies. It is free software and automatically catalogues your HDD movies with actors, trailers, plots etc etc. I have around 400 films and it catalogued them in 10 mins!

Here's the link if you want to take a look. If you want more add-ons for MCE their are few sites, The Green Button is quite good just google it.
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10 Jan 2009   #5
mSeliga

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellerophon View Post
Recorded items, at least recorded TV, appears in the TV section. Yep inserted DVD's show up in movies but not really useful. I believe you can import to them to HDD but I bet that it won't be quick and DVD format is so bulky compared to divx

A really excellent extension that I would highly recommend for MCE is My Movies. It is free software and automatically catalogues your HDD movies with actors, trailers, plots etc etc. I have around 400 films and it catalogued them in 10 mins!

Here's the link if you want to take a look. If you want more add-ons for MCE their are few sites, The Green Button is quite good just google it.
Thanks, I'll try that.
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11 Jan 2009   #6
dalhectar

Windows 7 Beta Build 7100 x86
 
 

There is a way to add xvid movies to the native 7MC Movie Library.

What you probably should do is place each movie in its own folder. So "Matrix.avi" "Matrix Reloaded.avi" and "Matrix Revolutions.avi" are all in their own folder. Then add the parent folder of those folders to DVD Library with Manage Library.

Now cover art and metadata. any picture labeled folder.jpg will be used as the coverart for that movie, so you can custom set the cover art for the matrix movies.

If you want metadata, a good site is dvdxml.com. Search for the right data file, download it to the movie folder and save as *.dvdid.xml, and media center should use that data for plot syonpis, actors, etc.
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11 Jan 2009   #7
mSeliga

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dalhectar View Post
There is a way to add xvid movies to the native 7MC Movie Library.

What you probably should do is place each movie in its own folder. So "Matrix.avi" "Matrix Reloaded.avi" and "Matrix Revolutions.avi" are all in their own folder. Then add the parent folder of those folders to DVD Library with Manage Library.

Now cover art and metadata. any picture labeled folder.jpg will be used as the coverart for that movie, so you can custom set the cover art for the matrix movies.

If you want metadata, a good site is dvdxml.com. Search for the right data file, download it to the movie folder and save as *.dvdid.xml, and media center should use that data for plot syonpis, actors, etc.
I'll have to try this. Thanks for the help! EDIT The cover shows up, but what should the name of the xml file be? Nothing is showing up.
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11 Jan 2009   #8
dalhectar

Windows 7 Beta Build 7100 x86
 
 

Check out the FAQ and dvdxml.com . The Name of the file should match the movie, but honestly I don't think it matters. What's key is that you have 1 xml file per subfolder. So the Ideal setup would be... C:\My Movies\Movie Name\moviename.dvdid.xml C:\My Movies\Movie Name\moviename.avi C:\My Movies\Movie Name\folder.jpg
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11 Jan 2009   #9
mSeliga

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dalhectar View Post
Check out the FAQ and dvdxml.com . The Name of the file should match the movie, but honestly I don't think it matters. What's key is that you have 1 xml file per subfolder. So the Ideal setup would be... C:\My Movies\Movie Name\moviename.dvdid.xml C:\My Movies\Movie Name\moviename.avi C:\My Movies\Movie Name\folder.jpg
So far, it's all working great. The pictures on that website are LQ so I'm grabbing them off Amazon, but it works like a charm. Thanks. +rep.
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11 Jan 2009   #10
Buckeye25

XP,Vista, Windows 7
 
 

Guys stupd question alert... So if i want to add movies to my HDD so i can view them later with out the disk. What do i need to do? can i just insert the DVD into my drive then copy the files to the folder of my choice?
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