After the initial installation you will need to create at least one Media Collection in the Media Browser Configuration Wizard (configurator for short).
A Media Collection will show up in Media Browser and contains a set of movies or TV Shows. Please keep in mind that there are a few recommended folder structures.
- Start the Media Browser Configurator from the start menu (Start > All Programs > Media Browser > Media Browser Configurator)
- In the Configurator, on the “Media Collection” tab, Click the Add button at the bottom left and browse to your folder containing your movies. (For Example:
- After selecting Ok the new Media Collection will be created with the same name as the actual folder you selected. In this case “Movies”. (see “1” in the screenshot below)
There are some optional steps you can perform now. First highlight the Media Collection you just added and:
- Click the Add button at the right to add additional folder locations that should be combined in the collection and browse to the other folder(s) containing your movies. For Example:
C:\Movies (DVD). (see “2” in the screenshot above)
- Rename the Media Collection by pressing the Rename button. For example
Movies by Name. (see “3” in the screenshot above)
Click the Change Image button to browse for a custom Icon for this Media Collection. (see “4” in the screenshot above)
If you have other Media Collections and want to change the sort order, press the ^ or v button. (see “5” in the screenshot above).
However, the first time you create your library, it may not sort properly when you first enter it. You may need to go into Media Browser, back out, and then go back in. This has to do with the timing of how we load things. We try to produce the interface as quickly as possible. So, the first time you go in the screen can come up before we've had a chance to read in the sort order information.
The end result would look similar to this:
- Exit the Configurator.
- If you are setting up Media Browser for the first time just to try it out on a small collection please be sure you un-check “Treat Multiple Files as One Movie” in the config page or make sure you have at least 3 movie folders or a TV series with 3 episodes. More details can be found here.
- A Media Collection can span across multiple folder locations of the same type. That means that you can you can have multiple movie folder across several harddrives or even a combination of harddrives and network locations in a single media collection. All media in the various locations will be shown in Media Browser when accessing the Media Collection.
- You cannot combine a location that has movies in it with a location that has TV series (with season folders) in a single Media Collection
- You can find artwork in the Fan Art Section.
Adding Backdrops to your Media Collections
It is possible to set background images for a Media Collection, similar to the way this is done for movies and series.
For detailed instructions, please have a look here.
If you have your media stored on another computer that acts as a server, please note that it’s considered a Best Practice to point your Media Collection locations to a UNC path instead of using a mapped drive letter.
Mapped drives are often marked as “disconnected” in Windows until you access them in Windows Explorer. Media Browser sometimes has issues with this and will hide the location as it’s unreachable.
So for example, if your Movies are stored on a computer called “Woonkamer” (Livingroom in Dutch) in a folder called “Movies” that is shared with that name, you would point the media location to: `\Woonkamer\Movies`
The same applies to TV Shows or any other media you have stored in on a network location.
- instead of choosing a drive letter and folder under “Computer” you will need to navigate to Network > [SERVERNAME] > Shared Folder. In this case “WOONKAMER” > Movies.
- After selecting Ok the location will de displayed as:
Please note: this will only work if the network shares are visible. You cannot configure hidden shares using the configurator.