Originally Posted by Sammy2
I run Plex on my PC but my RecordedTV content is on my HTPC. I added a section called Recorded TV (Who would have thought of that?) to the media in PlexWeb. It is mapped to the shared location (\\Htpc-pc\e\Recorded TV) where the *.wtv files are in my HTPC. Very little of the content is showing up in MyPlex for playback on my phone or over the internet at remote locations. What did I do wrong?
Originally Posted by lovekeiiy
change the library settings for movies. Yes, none of the metadata will pull, but it will just use list the files. Even under TV shows, it wouldn't pull the metadata because of the naming convention MC uses is not Plex, or XBMC, friendly.
Originally Posted by lockdown571
Plex will only add media that it can understand. I'm guessing you told plex these were TV shows? The problem is wmc doesn't name the files a way that plex (and probably any media scrapper) can understand, so plex won't find any of these files. What you can do is add them as home movies instead of TV shows, and they should appear in PMS.
Everyone, do yourselves a favor and download/set-up WTV-MetaRenamer
. This script/app will rename your .WTV files into a format that Plex is willing to work with. I believe that it parses the metadata contained within the .WTV files but also retrieves info from TVDB. It is not 100% reliable, but seems to be 90%+ for me, and for shows it gets confused by, there seems to be an ability for you to create a "helper" text file to clarify those confusions (I haven't gotten around to trying that yet). When I recommended this in the Plex forums, one (or more?) people may have commented about it not working well for people outside of the USA because of its use of TheTVDB.com. I'm not an expert on the foreign implications, so I'll just say YMMV. In any case, setting up WTV-MetaRenamer is super, super simple, but I'd be happy to post the contents of the .xml (config) file for it, if anyone runs into any difficulty.
I've also made some attempts to get pseudo-live TV working, but there are some limitations that the Plex devs would need to implement to maximize the potential here. I've posted about this (in a few places) on the Plex forums and hopefully they'll take notice.
So, a few more specifics to get you started (these are off the top of my head, so I might be missing something)...
1) Download/install WTV-MetaRenamer and configure the .xml file. Most of the detault settings are fine. I have mine looking at my C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV\ folder (or whatever the exact location is) and I have it configured to move my TV shows *outside* of that folder (to C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV Archive\) and to store TV series in series/season subfolders (you don't have to do this). If you want to keep things super-simple, you can have it rename the files right in the original folder and not move them at all, but I figured the series/season organization to ease in further archival later if I want to, or if I want to use a non-metadata-based file browser to locate/play these. The reasons for moving them *outside* of the folder that WMC writes new recordings is to ease in my pseudo Live TV support (explained below).
2) Since you'll be moving your recordings outside of the normal directory, you'll want to go into WMC and tell it about this other folder as well (under Tasks > Settings > Media Libraries). That way it should still be able to automatically delete older shows when space is needed. At this point, I should note that it's really cool that even though WTV-MetaRenamer moves and renames these files. When you bring up WMC and the Recorded TV section, all of these shows will still be there and you'll still be able to play them, delete them, etc.
3) On Windows (I'm on Windows 7, FWIW), set up a schedule to run the WTV-MetaRenamer .bat file on a periodic basis (I think I have mine set for every 15 minutes). Note: WTV-MetaRenamer will only attempt to move/rename a TV recording that has completed recording.
4) In Plex, set up a new section for "TV Shows" and point it to the archival directory that WTV-MetaRenamer has moved your shows to. I've also configured Plex to auto-scan every 15 minutes (this is the fastest that it seems to currently support.
It will find all (hopefully) of your already-recorded/moved/renamed TV shows along with the metadata!
Bonus - Pseudo-Live TV (significant caveats below):
5) You will want/need access to an EPG (electronic program guide) app on your handheld device. My house is iOS-centric and I'm using Ceton's My Media Center app on my iPhone, which costs a few bucks but works great. Note: I have a SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime - you do not need Ceton's tuner in order to use this app. They also make versions for Android and Windows Phone. There's a server component to this app you will need to install/configure (not hard).
6) In Plex, set up another section called "Live TV" and (using the "Home Videos" category) and point it to the directory that WMC uses to record new shows to. Plex will not get metadata/coverart for these shows, but you'll be able to see shows that are in-progress of being recorded and can play them.
So, in theory, you now use your smartphone to find a show you want to watch, set it to record, then locate the show in your new "Live TV" section of your Plex client. Big caveats:
A) Because Plex only auto-scans the folder every 15 minutes, you may need to wait up to 15 minutes before a show you've just triggered to record shows up here.
B) When you select an in-progress show to play, Plex will check the runtime. If you've just started recording the show 5 minutes ago, Plex will think the show only runs for 5 minutes. You can start playing it, but the timeline in Plex will end at 5 minutes. If you don't fast-forward, etc., after watching 5 minutes worth of the show, that .wtv file on your hard drive will actually now contain 10 minutes of recorded data, but the Plex client doesn't know that, and it will stop playing after the first 5 minutes. At that point, you can then select the show again to play, and the timeline will now indicate a runtime of 10 minutes.
If you're looking to play these shows on an iPhone, you could improve upon issue (A), and complicate things further, by installing something like AirVideo, which will let you get a more realtime view of the in-progress recordings. Once you set a show to record, it should appear as eligibile to view in the AirVideo iOS app within moments, but you'll still be hobbled by issue (B).
As I mentioned previously, I've posted in the Plex forums requesting that they make some easy (IMO) coding improvements to resolve both of these issues (and eliminate the need for WTV-MetaRenamer altogether). Please participate in that thread
and voice your support so that we can hopefully get their attention.