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#198069 25-Jun-2016 09:59
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I am finally undertaking the reorganisation of my reasonably extensive media collection. I have finished ripping all my CDs and DVDs, digitising any VHS tapes where I don't have the content in a more modern format, and putting all my Sky caps in one place etc.


I have a NAS which runs a uPnP server and Plex. Front ends are a Windows 10 HTPC (lounge), a pretty good Minix android box (bedroom), a tablet, and a WD Live (seldom used in spare room).


I'm planning to run Kodi on the Windows 10, android, and tablet machines. Among other things this will integrate with NextPVR in the living room, so I can live-stream Sky to over WiFi the tablet in the kitchen while I cook and to the bedroom etc.


I don't want to have to re-scrape metadata, fanart, trailers etc independently for each Kodi install, and I want to store metadata on the NAS not local machines. My issue at this point is how to scrape and organise the metadata. I seem to have two choices:


1.  Scrape the metadata using a media manager (Ember Media Manager, Media Commander, Tiny Media Manager etc), then point the various Kodi installs at shared folders on the NAS and force it to use local metadata.


2.  Scrape the metadata using Plex on the NAS, and use an agent (PlexBMC, or PlexKodiConnect) to link Kodi to the database.


From time to time, the database will need to be updated as I add new music, films and TV series. This will probably be done as a batch every month or so - as soon as there's enough to be worthwhile.


Any pointers or suggestions from any GZers who have had experience doing this type of exercise would be greatly appreciated.


NB: I know that whatever I do with metadata probably won't work for the WD Live. It's old and seldom used, and I'm OK with that.

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  #1579970 25-Jun-2016 10:07
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I use a central MySQL server on my PC for the Kodi database, essential so the "watched" status and progress is shared, if you want that. I also tried telling Kodi to use a network location for metadata, like show graphics, but I couldn't convince it and so gave up. I have around 600MB of thumbnails, and in these days of unlimited internet I don't worry about it any more.

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  #1579972 25-Jun-2016 10:16
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I went with option 1 using ember media manager, ( I don't use Plex.) Nextpvr is on PC with media running as server.


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  #1580206 25-Jun-2016 16:20
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Plex with plexbmc if you must run kodi. For your central collection. Use the plugins in my signature for adding nextpvr recordings to the plex library and allowing live tv off next Pvr.

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  #1581445 27-Jun-2016 20:03
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I've had a pretty good experience with (previously mediabrowser).  Fully cross-platform, there is even a Windows Media Center plugin (FTW!).




you can run the server component on windows/Linux/mac and even on a NAS.

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