What's Up With Xbox Media Center

October 19, 2005

Big Pimpin: Movie Scanning

Getting all of the meta data and covers for your movies is key to having a complete media center, but sometimes it can get time consuming. Sure, getting the info every time you add a movie is simple enough, but what if you just started using Xbox media center and have 100 movies that need the IMDB treatment?

Well its so simple you'll laugh at yourself. Xbmc has a great little recursive function that will spider a directory and all of its sub-directories gathering all the info from IMDB for you. You'll have the cast, director, IMDB rating, etc all at your disposal.. Navigate to the root directory of your movie files (the top level). While there, bring up the guide sub menu and choose Scan. Xbmc will begin to scan every directory and sub directory from the current directory down. The key is this, when it searches IMDB, it chooses the first returned result and uses that info. So make sure your movies are named properly, but of course they are right? You're an Xbmc Big Pimp!


  • This sounds great but what is the best way to organize/name movie files for us newbies?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 AM  

  • ahh, well stay tuned thats in line for another part in the series :)

    By Blogger Jon, at 10:55 AM  

  • Did you notice that they removed the top250 rankings from the imdb query?

    By Anonymous LRa, at 4:34 PM  

  • bump comment 1.. whats the point of the article if you don't describe how it works?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:49 PM  

  • wow comment #2, you're so right. I dont know how i did this, but i managed to post this without even telling how to do it.

    LOL. sorry guys, i'll have it fixed soon.

    By Blogger Jon, at 9:57 AM  

  • How do I get this to work? It scans, but does nothing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:45 AM  

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