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V3 Movie Scraper User Guide For Mede8er X2 & X3 SeriesBased on V3 and higher Firmware
IntroductionThe V3 firmware supports Movie scraping of Images and Meta data via a free downloadable App. You must accept the on-screen Terms and Conditions in order to use the App. Once the Terms and Conditions are accepted then the App will be automatically downloaded and installed. The Scraper App uses the http://www.themoviedb.org/ api and as such we suggest you join the http://www.themoviedb.org/ and contribute in to keep all Languages and Images as up to date as possible.
This product uses the TMDb API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDb
SettingsBy default the Scraper will scrape in the Language as set in the X3D GUI.The Scraper Language can be changed to a specific Language in the Setup Menu -- Setup --> Misc --> Scrape LanguageFor Movie JukeBox operation you must enable 'JukeBox View' in Setup Menu -- Setup --> Misc --> JukeBox View
Hard Drive Name (Label)Make sure that the local HDD or USB Drive has a unique 'Name' or Label - The name should be one word without any spaces and we suggest that the name does not have any special characters. Naming examples Drive1 - Mede8er1 Drive2 - Mede8er2 etc
Preparing your collectionFor correct Scraper functionality all Movies, Documentaries and Music Concerts must be arranged in the normal Mede8er folder structure ie one video file per folder. Sub folders within a movie folder named ‘Subs’ or ‘Sample’ will not be scraped and for other sub folders that you do not want scraped you can add a file named ‘mjbignore.xml’ and it will be ignored. Any folder with a movie.name.xml will not be scraped and you can use the edit facility to edit these movies. The App uses the folder name with a fall-back to movie name for scraping purposes. For best results we suggest you name your folders ‘Movie Name (Year)’
Scanning your Library The Root folder of the Movie Collection must be write enabled. To scan your library you must focus on the Root Folder of your library and press the ‘Menu’ button and then select ‘Add to Favourite’ option. Open the Favourite screen and focus on the short-cut and press the ‘Menu’ button and select the ‘Scan’ option. The X3 will start the scan process and Scan all folders and sub folders in order to scrape images and xml files and at the same time it will build a Mede8er.db file. Progress of the scan will be displayed. If new content is added to the root folder then the scan operation must be repeated.
To update the movie sheet skin on an existing collection that was scraped in V3- Focus on the root of your movie collection and press ‘Menu’ and select ‘Clear about.jpg’- Focus on the root of your movie collection and press ‘Menu’ button and select ‘Scan’- X3D will generate new Movie Sheets with the new skin
Edit Scraped MoviesYou can edit a movie in both the Media Library and in the Movie JukeBox. To edit a movie from the thumbnail cover - focus on the Movie Thumbnail and press ‘Menu’ and then select ‘Edit’. To Edit a Movie from the movie sheet ‘about.jpg’ - press the ‘Edit’ button on the remote control. If the scraped movie results are totally incorrect you can edit the Movie name and select ‘scrape’ and the App will scrape based on the new name you made and the source folder name will not be changed, the modified name will only be used for search purposes. The search results will be displayed and you can use the Right Nav button to browse all the movies that were found. Select the correct movie and press ‘Enter’ and its details and images will be loaded onto the screen. Another method is to enter the IMDB tt ref number to find a particular movie. Look up the movie on www.imdb.com and note the tt number in the address bar and enter this into the text input on the Virtual Keyboard on the Mede8er
Search results screenAfter a search the results will be displayed showing a poster of the movie, year, plot and star rating. If there are multiple results then left and right arrows will be displayed and you can navigate all the search results by pressing the Right / Left Nav button. Focus on the correct movie and press ‘Enter’ and the images and info will be loaded onto the screen.
Select Fanart ImagesUse the Left / Right Navigation buttons to navigate the screen. When the Fanart background is highlighted in blue - press the ‘Enter’ button and a selection of available fanart images will be displayed. Navigate the fanart images with the Left / Right Navigation buttons and select the one you require by focusing on it and pressing the ‘Enter’ button.
Select Movie Poster ImagesUse the Left / Right Navigation buttons to navigate the screen. When the Movie Poster cover is highlighted in blue - press the ‘Enter’ button and a selection of available movie posters will be displayed. Navigate the poster images with the Left / Right Navigation button and select the one you require by focusing on it and pressing the ‘Enter’ button.
Change Movie Info OptionsUse the Left / Right Navigation buttons to navigate the screen. Options that are available for editing are Year, Runtime, Star Rating and Genre. To Edit a option - focus on the option and use the Up / Down Nav buttons to change the value. After editing Genre press the ‘Return’ button to return to the main screen.
Changing the Movie Sheet Skin (about.jpg)The look of the Movie Sheet can be changed by downloading and installing a skin from the Mede8erforum.com. To Install the Scraper Skin - download and unzip the skin file - navigate to the skin folder and press the ‘Menu’ button and select option ‘Set to Skin’ and the new skin will be installed. ‘Set to Skin’ function is not cumulative so if you require to install a main GUI skin and a scraper skin then copy the folder ‘scraper’ (found inside the scraper skin folder) into the GUI skin folder and use the ‘Set to Skin’ function.