TV naming

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For a simple TV folder structure, the recommended folder layout is Series\Season\Episode or Series\Episode. When setting up the library make sure to select TV as the content type.

For example:

 \TV
    \Glee
       \Season 1
          Glee S01E01.mp4
          Glee S01E02.mp4

 \TV
    \Seinfeld
       Seinfeld S01E01.mp4
       Seinfeld S01E02.mp4

Complex Folder Structure

In more complex situations where your top-level directory is further sub-divided before the show folders, the recommended option is to create a TV media folder and add the sub-folder locations instead of the top level folder.

For example:

 \TV
     \A-M
       \Glee
          \Season 1
             Glee S01E01.mp4
     \N-Z
       \Seinfeld
          \Season 1
             Seinfeld S01E01.mp4

In the above example, the recommended setup is to create a TV media folder, and then add the A-M and N-Z library paths.

It's also possible to have a sub-folder group multiple shows together in an otherwise normal directory structure. Use the metadata manager to change the content type of the sub-folder to TV.

 \TV --- content type TV
     \TV show 1
       \Season 1
     \Star Trek  --- change content type to TV using metadata manager
       \Star Trek
          \Season 1
       \Star Trek: The next Generation
          \Season 1

For more information on setting up the library, see Library Setup.

Dvd and Blu-ray episodes

Dvd and Blu-ray folder structures are also supported. The folders can have any name, but using episode numbers will improve the ability to download and display metadata.

To be recognized as a dvd structure, the folder must contain either a VIDEO_TS subfolder, or a VIDEO_TS.ifo file. To be recognized as a blu-ray structure, the folder must contain a BDMV subfolder.

 \TV
    \Glee
       \Season 1
          \Glee S01E01-E04
              \VIDEO_TS
          \Glee S01E05-E08
              VIDEO_TS.IFO
          \Glee S01E09-E10
              \BDMV

Mixed Content Libraries

TV series are supported in mixed content libraries using the Unset content type, but season sub-folders are required in this scenario.

Episode naming conventions

A number of naming conventions are supported:

  • anything_s01e02.ext
  • anything_s1e2.ext
  • anything_s01.e02.ext
  • anything_s01_e02.ext
  • anything_1x02.ext
  • anything_102.ext
  • anything_1x02.ext
  • 02 Episode Name.avi
  • s01e02.avi
  • 1x02.avi

By date

Common for long-running daily shows, you can also use the date the episode aired.

  • anything_1996.11.14.ext
  • anything_1996-11-14.ext
  • anything_14.11.1996.ext

Multi-episode files

The following conventions are supported:

  • 01x02x03 episode name.avi
  • S01x02x03 episode name.avi
  • S01E02E03 episode name.avi
  • S01xE02xE03 episode name.avi
  • S01E02-E03 episode name.avi
  • S01E02-X03 episode name.avi
  • 01x02 01x03 episode name.avi
  • 01x02 - 01x03 episode name.avi
  • 01x02 - x03 episode name.avi
  • S01x02.S01x03 episode name.avi
  • S01x02 - S01x03 episode name.avi
  • show name 01x02x03 episode name.avi
  • show name S01x02x03 episode name.avi
  • show name S01E02E03 episode name.avi
  • show name S01xE02xE03 episode name.avi
  • show name S01E02-E03 episode name.avi
  • show name S01E02-X03 episode name.avi
  • show name 01x02 01x03 episode name.avi
  • show name 01x02 - 01x03 episode name.avi
  • show name 01x02 - x03 episode name.avi
  • show name S01x02.S01x03 episode name.avi
  • show name S01x02 - S01x03 episode name.avi

Specials

Specials should be named using one of the following season folder names:

  • Season 0
  • Season 00
  • Specials

For example:

 \TV
    \Glee
       \Season 0
          Glee S00E01.mp4

Series & Season Images

Images are supported in both series and season folders. Below is a table of the supported image file names. Supported image extensions are jpg, jpeg, png and tbn.

Several image types support multiple file names. They are listed in the order that they're checked for.

Image Type Supported file names
Primary folder.ext
poster.ext
cover.ext
default.ext
show.ext (series folder only)
Art clearart.ext
Backdrop backdrop.ext, backdropX.ext
fanart.ext, fanart-X.ext
background.ext, background-X.ext
art.ext, art-X.ext
extrafanart (subfolder)/fanartX.ext
Banner banner.ext
Disc disc.ext
cdart.ext
Logo logo.ext
Thumb thumb.ext
landscape.ext

For backdrops, X represents a number, and you can have any amount of numbered backdrops. For example:

 \TV
    \Glee
       backdrop.ext
       backdrop1.ext
       backdrop2.ext
       backdrop3.ext

Season images without season folder

If season folders are not used, season images can still be supplied directly in the series folder, using a naming convention to indicate the season.

Image Type Supported file names
Primary seasonXX-poster.ext
season-specials-poster.ext
Backdrop seasonXX-fanart.ext
season-specials-fanart.ext
Banner seasonXX-banner.ext
season-specials-banner.ext
Thumb seasonXX-landscape.ext
season-specials-landscape.ext

For example:

 \TV
    \Glee
       season01-poster.jpg
       season-specials-poster.jpg
       season01-fanart.jpg
       season-specials-fanart.jpg
       season01-banner.jpg
       season-specials-banner.jpg
       season01-landscape.jpg
       season-specials-landscape.jpg

Episode Images

The following naming conventions are supported for episode images:

  • {name}-thumb.ext (in same folder)
  • {name}.ext (in metadata sub-folder)

Supported image extensions are jpg, jpeg, png and tbn.

For example:

 \TV
    \Glee
       \Season 1
          Glee S01E01.mp4
          Glee S01E01-thumb.jpg
       \Season 2
          Glee S02E01.mp4
          /metadata
              Glee S02E01.jpg

3D episodes

3D episodes files are supported. See 3D videos.

Media stubs

Media stubs are supported as episodes. See media stubs.

Strm files

Strm files are supported as episodes. See strm files.

Subtitles

Subtitles for episode files are supported. See subtitles.

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