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PostSubject: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:12 pm

New version 3.106

Finally, but by no means completely, TV Shows is now enabled for this build. It should be noted that the tv show and episode handling is very beta, and although it shouldn't hurt your files, their may be times when it does not behave as expected

As with gen1, tv shows can be added from the preferences by adding either the add root for folders containing multiple shows or by using the add single folder button. A separate item should be listed for each seperate tv show.

Once you have added your folders then use the tv shows drop down menu and select "Rebuild TV Shows", in the future this will be automatic, but at the moment this will add the shows to the db.

So what is working so far:

  • Shows can be added or overwritten using the TV Show selector TAB
  • From this, various preferences can be set such as sortorder, language, and episode actor source.
  • The option to download posters, season images, and fanart

  • Existing episodes will be added to the browser as long as the xml is valid.
  • New episodes can be scraped as gen1 versions, along with their screenshot

  • All image urls, including fanart are added to the nfo file for access by XBMC

  • A cache has been created so that once your library has been added the startup time is greatly reduced


What does not work

  • Editing, at the moment tv show or episode text cant be edited from the browser, although you can select to edit the nfo directly using the treeview context menu
  • Poster and Fanart Browsers have not been added yet


What other things need work

  • The adding of episodes to the treeview is only done once the scraper has finished, the goal is to have them added to the list as they are scraped.
  • I am not happy with the panel containing tvshow information. The contents of this will change once I get round to it.
  • There are still a few bugs, specifically related to how the program deals with missing folders and files, this needs tidying up a bit.


This version also brings a number of fixes for bugs reported within the movie section.

I had hoped to get a bit further than I have, but every time I sat down with this TVDB went down, I am starting to get paranoid Suspect
As I have said previously, I am going away for 2 weeks tomorrow and I won't be able to work on this, but I think that most of the work has been done now, and adding additional functionality should happen fairly quickly, not much work for the most part, I just ran out of time.
I dare say that once I get back feedback from this forum will likely give me a good idea of exactly where any problems lie.


Download Version 3.106
Looks like that is down at the moment, so here is a Mediafire mirror


Just overwrite the previous version, ( the config will remain compatible only if you are upgrading from version 3.xxx).

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:09 am

THANK YOU!

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:26 am

Hi mate,

Thanks for the great work, couple of issues though.

The settings page for TV doesn't seem to save the settings. I couldn't change download from banner to poster, had to edit the settings XML.

Of more concern, i can't add anything.

I added American Chopper which XBMC can scrape fine. However i do theshow selection and finds the show.
But adding new episodes just returns empty nfo files.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:59 pm

I think he made it clear that that part was incomplete... ABOVE>..


however... it was worked extremely well for me... its scraping without issues
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:50 pm

I believe its supposed to work, although not fully featured.

I'd say not being able to open files, edit or tool drop down menu's probably wasn't desired. Seeing as without them you can't actually add source folders.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:10 pm

HexusOdy wrote:
I believe its supposed to work, although not fully featured.

I'd say not being able to open files, edit or tool drop down menu's probably wasn't desired. Seeing as without them you can't actually add source folders.

You can add folders from the preferences

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:02 am

billyad2000 wrote:
HexusOdy wrote:
I believe its supposed to work, although not fully featured.

I'd say not being able to open files, edit or tool drop down menu's probably wasn't desired. Seeing as without them you can't actually add source folders.

You can add folders from the preferences

Yep thanks found that.

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:03 am

Got it working and seems pretty nice!

Only issue i have is with the regex, seems to be very limited.

All my TV shows scraped fine in previous versions, howvere i noticed that a lot were being skipped or else only shows episodes 10 and above were scraping.

Changing from 1x01 etc to everything on S01E01 seems to have fixed it.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:54 am

So glad to see the TV section is back in. I'd been running the last official release for a long time along side the Betas. Betas for movies, official release for TV.

I LOVE the new browser, with the expanding/collapsing. Great way to organize things, and fast too!

I haven't had any problems with it thus far. Thaks for all your hard work!
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:06 am

Ran into a minor issue. It seems when a directory is added, it creates a basic file for each show, season, episode and then populates it with the data. So if the scraping is interrupted or canceled, you're left with an empty file. Since the file exists, it won't re-scrape, leaving you with shows that display the name and season number, but all episodes in tree-view are simply numbers 001, 002, 003 etc. None of them contain any data, just the unpopulated .nfo tags.

This is all based on observation, and looking at the logs. After canceling, everything finished in the log has data, everything after that has an empty .nfo, so I'm not sure if this is really the source of the problem, it's just best guess.

You mentioned adding a cache, could that be a contributing factor in this? If so, can I dump the Cache? Is there currently a method of rescraping, overwriting the existing nfos, or should I just delete them all and try again?

Other than that, the interface is coming along nicely, and it's scraping very fast. A huge improvement over the original in terms of performance. Great work.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:48 pm

Gidday Billy. Excellent work. Found just a small glitch.

In TV Shows, if you click on 'TV Show Selector', then back to 'main browser', every time you hit the 'Search for new episodes' MC jumps back to 'TV show selector' tab as it starts scanning.

Also, very, very minor nuisance. The log that pops up at the end, show all folders that were scanned, but if you want to check what episodes have been scraped, it's a good long scroll to the bottom to check.

Can the folders scanned not be logged, and just a list of scraped or also failed to scraped episodes be logged.

The Cache is great, after I found how to enable it. And MC is very fast (if only my internet speed was). FANTASTIC progress!

Thanks for all the hard work. Hope you had a great holiday. Cheers Rob.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:48 am

Hi,

As I'm changing laptops I've not had much time but it does appear to be a big improvement with minimal glitches.

I would like to make a request though, I like the open movie folder (in explorer) option can you please do this for TV also.

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:40 am

For people having issues adding new shows, heres the problem I had, and the work-around for it.

I had a few new folders with files in them, all shows not yet in MC. I deleted all the folders in the prefs and added the root folder which contained the new show folders.

I then his the "look for new shows" button. Nothing new shows up. Then I hit "rebuild shows" under the TV Shows menu, and I see the new shows pop up, but they have no content. No amount of rescraping or rebuilding fixes it.

So here's the solution.

It seems when you scrape without having any info for the show, the scraper creates nfo files for each new ep, but they're blank. Once you've got the show folder into MC, delete those blank nfo files, and resrcape, and you should have everything in order.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
The only thinkg that bugs me about MC right now is how some shows have multiple seasons listed in the dropdown menu, even though I don't have any shows under that season. It seems like it should onl;y list season, extras, specials, etc if you actually have those files.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:17 am

toekneebullard wrote:

It seems when you scrape without having any info for the show, the scraper creates nfo files for each new ep, but they're blank. Once you've got the show folder into MC, delete those blank nfo files, and resrcape, and you should have everything in order.

You have definately picked up on a problem, and you had me excited for a while but it still doesn't work for me, I'll be waiting for the next version I think...

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:04 pm

toekneebullard wrote:


ON ANOTHER NOTE:
The only thinkg that bugs me about MC right now is how some shows have multiple seasons listed in the dropdown menu, even though I don't have any shows under that season. It seems like it should onl;y list season, extras, specials, etc if you actually have those files.

I found this also, if I had episodes from early seasons and later, ie: S01E23, then S04E01, MC would fill in the gap with Season 2 and Season 3 between Season's 1 & 4, with nothing in the 2 & 3 part of the tree.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:29 am

esra wrote:
Got it working and seems pretty nice!

Only issue i have is with the regex, seems to be very limited.

All my TV shows scraped fine in previous versions, howvere i noticed that a lot were being skipped or else only shows episodes 10 and above were scraping.

Changing from 1x01 etc to everything on S01E01 seems to have fixed it.

I've just been looking at this and I think i've solved it for the next build.

It's not at the very top of my list, but user customizable regex functionality will also be added over the next couple of weeks.

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:31 am

Vlatro wrote:
Ran into a minor issue. It seems when a directory is added, it creates a basic file for each show, season, episode and then populates it with the data. So if the scraping is interrupted or canceled, you're left with an empty file. Since the file exists, it won't re-scrape, leaving you with shows that display the name and season number, but all episodes in tree-view are simply numbers 001, 002, 003 etc. None of them contain any data, just the unpopulated .nfo tags.

This is all based on observation, and looking at the logs. After canceling, everything finished in the log has data, everything after that has an empty .nfo, so I'm not sure if this is really the source of the problem, it's just best guess.

You mentioned adding a cache, could that be a contributing factor in this? If so, can I dump the Cache? Is there currently a method of rescraping, overwriting the existing nfos, or should I just delete them all and try again?

Other than that, the interface is coming along nicely, and it's scraping very fast. A huge improvement over the original in terms of performance. Great work.

The empty nfo files is actually a bug caused by MC still saving the episode object even if it is empty, will be fixed for next release.

Rescraping episodes will is on my list of things to do over the next week or so.

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:34 am

jphoenix wrote:
Gidday Billy. Excellent work. Found just a small glitch.

In TV Shows, if you click on 'TV Show Selector', then back to 'main browser', every time you hit the 'Search for new episodes' MC jumps back to 'TV show selector' tab as it starts scanning.

Also, very, very minor nuisance. The log that pops up at the end, show all folders that were scanned, but if you want to check what episodes have been scraped, it's a good long scroll to the bottom to check.

Can the folders scanned not be logged, and just a list of scraped or also failed to scraped episodes be logged.

The Cache is great, after I found how to enable it. And MC is very fast (if only my internet speed was). FANTASTIC progress!

Thanks for all the hard work. Hope you had a great holiday. Cheers Rob.

I much needed the break, although as usual, I feel like I need another holiday just to recover from this one Smile

The folder logging is more of a debug tool at the moment, the level of logging will be reduced once I am content that there is no bugs in that section.

The other error with MC jumping to the TV Show selector tag has been fixed for the next release.

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:39 am

toekneebullard wrote:
For people having issues adding new shows, heres the problem I had, and the work-around for it.

I had a few new folders with files in them, all shows not yet in MC. I deleted all the folders in the prefs and added the root folder which contained the new show folders.

I then his the "look for new shows" button. Nothing new shows up. Then I hit "rebuild shows" under the TV Shows menu, and I see the new shows pop up, but they have no content. No amount of rescraping or rebuilding fixes it.

So here's the solution.

It seems when you scrape without having any info for the show, the scraper creates nfo files for each new ep, but they're blank. Once you've got the show folder into MC, delete those blank nfo files, and resrcape, and you should have everything in order.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
The only thinkg that bugs me about MC right now is how some shows have multiple seasons listed in the dropdown menu, even though I don't have any shows under that season. It seems like it should onl;y list season, extras, specials, etc if you actually have those files.

The issue with the empty nfo files will be fixed for the next release.

I have also redone the way that episodes are added to the treeview so that only seasons that actually have at least one episode will be listed.

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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:57 pm

Hi,
I'm having problems saving the episode.tbn files as well when scraping TV shows with this new build. In the "old" 2.291 build the episode.tbn files were scraped and saved and this is not the case in 3.106 (if I havn't missed any scraper settings).

I must say that I like this program a lot and I'm really looking forward to the next build!
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:12 pm

I Actually like the fact that it shows the seasons you don't have, reminds me what i still need to get.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:21 pm

esra wrote:
I Actually like the fact that it shows the seasons you don't have, reminds me what i still need to get.

...same here.
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PostSubject: Re: New Release Media Companion gen2 3.106   Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:48 pm

esra wrote:
I Actually like the fact that it shows the seasons you don't have, reminds me what i still need to get.

I have actually changed the behaviour now so that only seasons that have at least one episode are listed, and to be honest it is easier to see missing seasons like this than the other.

With a Show listing:
Season 01
Season 02
Season 04
Season 05
It is easy to see that season 3 is missing where with:
Season 01
Season 02
Season 03
Season 04
Season 05
It is not so clear, although the lack of the + would likely give it away.

In the future I will be looking at the possibility of checking all shows for missing episodes, but this is for the future.

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