Originally Posted by BritInVA Attn: Navy Seal
I've installed Mezzmo and started to play around, one thing I've not yet managed to get to grips with is how best to organize Movies & TV Series. I want them separated into different searchable categories, and then further separated so movie with sequels are grouped and singles are not e.g.
- LOTR Trilogy
And for Series
- Big Bang Theory
--- Series 1
---- Episode 1
I think its done via playlists but not found any info on how best to achieve this.
I've posted in the Mezzmo forum but thought I'd see how your organizing your collection.
There are MANY MANY ways to maintain the library. I do it the most basic way you can. I believe I have mine setup exactly the way you're looking for.
I have two folders under Video. Movies and TV Shows.
inside the movie folder I have all separate folders for each movie, and within those folders I have each part if there are sequels etc.. same basic thing for TV Shows and each series, then each episode within the respective series folder. Once I added my main movie/tv shows folders in Mezzmo I no longer even need to use Mezzmo to maintain the library. It does so automatically when I copy files/folders into their respective folders on my PC.
Here is how I do it:
Within Mezzmo on the left pane under Library goto the Video section. Remove every playlist that is there by default (right click, delete). You could always recreate them in the future when you want to get more fancy. Under Video there should be absolutely nothing left (just the picture of the small icon with a film strip showing).
On your PC you should have your main Movie folder (with all your individual titles within that folder, and then each sequel/prequel within or however you do it. Next goto the left pane again in Mezzmo and right click on the Video section that remains (with the film strip). Goto Add, then in the menu which pops up goto Add Folder. Select your MAIN Movie parent folder (the main main one with in which all your separate folders reside) and click OK. A window pane will pop up which you can select the folder name (I called mine, Movies) and you want to tick the "Include sub-folders" option. I left the presets alone, if you want to add additional types there you can.
Repeat the same process for your main TV Show folder.
Now you should have two folders (with actual folder icons next to them). One for your movies, one for your TV shows. There should also be a + icon which you can click and would show you each individual folder within those. Now when you copy new movie files, or create new movie folders within your PC/HD it should automatically update within your Mezzmo library..hence why you should not have to physically do anything within Mezzmo (you could also hide folders so they do not show up on your TV interface by right clicking on the specific movie folder and UN-TICKING the "Include sub-folders" option).
By doing this it will show like this on the Samsung TV interface:
-Lord Of The Rings
---(movie file here)
--Return of the King
---(movie file here)
If you click return on your remote it would bring you one folder up
If you want to have a playlist(which would appear as a folder on the TV interface) you can do so and have recently added files show, specific genres shown, etc. There are also a plethora of ways to manage your library and thumbnails etc. I did not do anything similar for music yet, but it should follow the same general principals.
Let me know if this helps.
P.S. Also check out the Maintain Library icon on the top "toolbar" (should show a red pail looking icon on it). That will give you some more choices which are pretty straightforward.
Also up top under Media Server, click Transcoding Settings and you can choose options there if you want to even enable transcoding of your files, what path to use to transcode, etc. I choose not to use this as I do not want to lower quality, but the option is there. You can also goto the Media Devices section under Media Server and goto your Samsung Blu-Ray player, click Edit, and you'll have some more choices!