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Tivo, pyTivo, or KMTTG issue? (episode titles)

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by jeff92k7, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. jeff92k7

    jeff92k7 Annoyed with trolls

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    Ok.

    I have recently put a lot of effort into using pyTivo and KMTTG and really like what all they do. However, there is one thing that bugs me. When browsing the pyTivo shares from my Tivo, I see all my shows, but they all appear in the list as "episode title" instead of "series title: episode title". As you can imagine, this is quite frustrating when I see a list of 5 shows all named "Pilot"

    I'm not sure where the problem lies, or if this is all by design...

    To explain in greater detail:
    I have kmttg set up to auto transfer many tv series. It is set to automatically convert them to MPEG 2 and create the metadata files. This part works well. The outputs go into the correct folder which is a subfolder of my pyTivo root share.... "g:\tivo" is my root folder and contains multiple subfolders for movies, family videos, tv shows, etc. "g:\tivo\tv archive\" is the output folder for the MPEG 2 files and the metadata files.

    When browsing the tv archive folder from the tivo, I see the MPEG 2 files, but they all show in the list as "episode name". If I select one (click into it), I see the proper metadata including series title, episode title, show descritption, and so on.

    How do I get pyTivo to show the entire list as "series title: episode title" as normal .tivo files do or at least something similar?

    On the computer, the files are correctly named... "series - episode (date).MPG" and "series - episode (date).MPG.txt"

    Alternately, is there a way in kmttg to have it output the files into another subfolder that corresponds to the series name. i.e. put episodes of Lost into g:\tivo\tv archive\Lost\" and episodes of Two and a Half Men into "g:\tivo\tv archive\Two and a Half Men\"? That would at least help to determine which shows are which when all I see is the episode name in the list.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  2. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    Play with the title, seriesTitle, episodeTitle, isEpisode, and isEpisodic metafields in the metafile. You should be able to get the listings to suit your taste. I also recommend vidmgr. It is even more flexible still.

    If you have a metafile, then the filename's only relevance is for sorting.

    Sure. You can write a simple script that does this and have kmttg call it, or else run the script periodically outside of kmttg.
     
  3. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    Why not turn on the folders? This way each pilot will be in the series folder...
     
  4. jeff92k7

    jeff92k7 Annoyed with trolls

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    Yeah, I went through the metafiles and it correctly lists the information in all those fields. When I click into a show in the pyTivo share, it lists all the information in the correct places on screen. It's only the folder content list that is showing the wrong info. Not sure why it's pulling from "episodetitle" instead of "seriestitle", "seriestitle - episodetitle" or even just showing the MPEG 2 file name.

    Yeah, I use vidmgr when pushing HD MP4 files to my tivo to avoid transcoding in pyTivo, but the logic of going to "showcases and extras" to browse for content seems to be beyond the reach of my other half. For that matter, I also think it's a waste of clicks to go all the way to vidmgr just to view the content that is available in the pyTivo link inside 'my shows'. We mostly pull DVD rips or tv content (previously from tivo) that are all in MPEG2 format, so the pyTivo link is just much easier and simpler.

    I'm not sure I follow. I have created subfolders for each series. The folders do appear correctly, and if I manually copy the shows to their respective folder, then I can browse them all just fine and the episode title showing would be less of a concern.

    What do you mean by "turn on" the folders?


    I may try writing a simple .bat script to copy shows to their respective folders, but having to maintain a script each time I add or delete an auto-transfer seems to be going counter to what I want - more automation to the overall process. It takes less than a minute to add/edit an auto transfer in kmttg. Would take quite a bit longer to add to or edit a script with all the correct folder paths, wildcards, file names, etc. Thus, if kmttg had a way to already do this, that would be great.

    Jeff
     
  5. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    In kmttg config "File Naming" if you add the following in front of whatever you are using kmttg will create an additional folder which will group each series into separate folders:
    Code:
    [mainTitle][/]
    
     
  6. jeff92k7

    jeff92k7 Annoyed with trolls

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    Really? That's awesome...I'll have to try that out today.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  7. jeff92k7

    jeff92k7 Annoyed with trolls

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    Tried it, didn't work. kmttg kept saying "error. Do you want to save these settings anyway?" and would highlight that field in red. I tried putting it before the file path as you said, tried putting it after, tried substituting [\] instead of [/], tried without the brackets...none of it worked.

    Jeff
     
  8. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    It does work - I developed it by request and tried it before posting here. Post the full setting that you are trying here and note that it is case sensitive and don't use back slash. For example, this is setting I tried before posting here that works:
    Code:
    [mainTitle][/][title] ([monthNum]_[mday]_[year])
    
    Normally setting I use is (non-subfolder mode):
    Code:
    [title] ([monthNum]_[mday]_[year])
    
     
  9. jeff92k7

    jeff92k7 Annoyed with trolls

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    OK, I see..I was trying in the ".MPG output DIR" path field and not the file naming field. I misread your post earlier. Tried it in the correct field and it works. You Da Man!!

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     

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