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toxlab
November 1st, 2008, 02:57 PM
I recently became an invitee fore Boxee and have generally found it to be very useful. I had already set up a mac mini (intel) as a media server and stream content to two appletvs. I have ripped and converted most of my dvd library for the ATV, but wanted to be able to watch sme that had DTS sound on the ATVs and boxee works very well for this if I just rip the dvds and use boxee to watch them on the ATVs. What I have found is that boxee finds some of the meta tags for the movies but not for others. FOr instance, I ripped my master and commander dvd and although it plays fine i boxee, boxee does not add the appropriate tags to it whereas it did for two other movies, stargate continuum and the fifth element. I noticed that for TV shows one has a selection "Recognize" for tv shows (avis and mpgs) to allow one to manually search for these tags whereas nothing of the sort exists to manually tag the DVDs. Does anyone know if there is a way to manually search for the movie info for a ripped DVD? Thanks!

I have to say that Boxee really works well for an alpha version and I am now committed to using Boxee as a permanent addition to my ATV. Kudos to the developers!

agentlame
November 1st, 2008, 03:50 PM
are your dvds in iso format?

if so, they should follow the same rules as any other video file.
here are some naming tips: http://forum.boxee.tv/showpost.php?p=2261&postcount=5

also, iso files should also have an option to 'recognize video'.

toxlab
November 1st, 2008, 06:43 PM
The DVDs were ripped by Mactheripper to Video_ts files. Hence, whenever i play them i have to select the Video_ts file. Is it necessary that I convert them to iso files (i have done this for one and i can then get the meta data)? I would prefer just to rip them to the drive (pretty fast) and have them show up with the meta data or at least have a way to tag them manually if ossible. BTW, thanks for your quick reply to my first post agentlame.

agentlame
November 2nd, 2008, 03:26 AM
i think it should work the same, so long ast the folder is named like the movie.

ibog would know better... i'll pm him about this.

iBog
November 2nd, 2008, 10:14 AM
I use MTR as well. This rips the DVD to a VIDEO_TS file. I sometimes do the entire disc or just the main feature.

I rip the DVD to a patch like:

\media\videos\dvd\TITLE.(YEAR)

The VIDEO_TS file resides in that folder. Boxee picks it up.

knoall
November 2nd, 2008, 12:15 PM
I use MTR as well. This rips the DVD to a VIDEO_TS file. I sometimes do the entire disc or just the main feature.

I rip the DVD to a patch like:

\media\videos\dvd\TITLE.(YEAR)

The VIDEO_TS file resides in that folder. Boxee picks it up.

This is how I do my rips as well (although from windows with DVDFab) but Boxee only picks up some of my rips. I havent been able to find any pattern to the ones it decides to index. I rip them all using the same app in the same way with the same naming and the same options to rip.
Any thoughts anyone?

agentlame
November 2nd, 2008, 12:22 PM
could you post-up a few of the folder/file names?

iBog
November 2nd, 2008, 12:35 PM
The key is how you name the folder. I know MTR will automatically name the folder based on the volume label of the DVD and this isn't useful.

Rename the folder to TITLE.(YEAR)

TITLE can contain "_" for spaces and you'll have to exclude special characters like (such as :&/ and others).

knoall
November 2nd, 2008, 05:59 PM
could you post-up a few of the folder/file names?
These are all DVD rips to standard DVD file layout.
SUPERTROOPERS\VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.BUP, .IFO, .VOB, VTS_01_0.BUP, .IFO, .VOB

THREE SHEETS SEASON 2 DISC 1\
THREE SHEETS SEASON 2 DISC 2\

These names are derived directly from DVDFab and were left unaltered.
I did have DVDFab automatically generate an .xml file that it says can be used by MediaCenter to pull names out. ex...

SUPERTROOPERS.dvdid.xml
content of the file....

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Disc>
<Name>SUPERTROOPERS</Name>
<ID>72ae4cb|aa976abc</ID>
</Disc>


Does this help? Need more examples?

toxlab
November 8th, 2008, 05:30 PM
The key is how you name the folder. I know MTR will automatically name the folder based on the volume label of the DVD and this isn't useful.

Rename the folder to TITLE.(YEAR)

TITLE can contain "_" for spaces and you'll have to exclude special characters like (such as :&/ and others).

IBOG
tried your suggestion for a variety of DVDs but could not get any to work. What do you rip with MTR, the full movie or just the main feature?