Originally Posted by Mfusick
He's probably noob like most XBMC noobs and doesn't understand season folders. XBMC was designed with the torrent downloaded in mind that just throws a bunch of random video files in a folder.
Mb3 and plex were designed for HTPC professionals that understand proper media management and organization .
Mb3 server is excellent and anyone who says otherwise is ignorant about such things.
Wow, this is one of the biggest B.S. fanboy type posts I've ever read on this forum. You are way out of line here. The fact of the matter is XBMC in it's current form is much better at scraping files that aren't in the perfect folder structure or format. For tv all it needs is the show folder and episode number in the file. For movies all it really needs is the title, the year is helpful but not really needed in most cases. Anything else can be written in the file, and any other supplemental files can be in the folder. It will either ignore them or you can tell it to ignore specific file extensions via advancedsettings.xml. I tried MB Server and it only picked up about 60% of my videos, where XBMC gets 99.99%.
You are entitled to your opinion, but you are so out of line with this topic it's not even funny, and I'm glad to see all the thumbs up in the previous posts in response to yours. I don't know why you keep preaching about having everything organized in perfect little folders and clean file names as being the "professional way". Sounds a bit OCD to me no? The fact of the matter is, in this scenario XBMC will scrape just as well if not better, but will also work if the media isn't organized in your "perfect" way. This is just a hobby we are talking about, not your personal medical records. I never even see the file names, they just show up in XBMC as the movie/tv show, so who cares what they are named? It's irrelevant if the scraper picks up the correct info.
MBT/MB3 doesn't have any where near the amount of customization ability that XBMC has, but I don't think that is really the intent of the devs either which is fine.
It's also hilarious that you mentioned Plex as being "designed for HTPC professionals" when it's just a fork of XBMC.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
There is no hope for an enlightened HTPC experience if you simply want to throw a bunch of files in a folder and let a scraper have it's way with it. While this can be supported, it's hardly worth anything for someone chasing the holy grail experience.
What in the world is this even supposed to mean?
Throwing thousands of files into a scraper and having it pick up and organize every single one of them into a coherent structure without having to do any more work sounds like a pretty good experience to me. I set all of this up to watch videos, not files sitting in a folder on my computer.
You need to let it go. Your way is not the "right way" because there is no "right way".