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losing directory structure for TV shows

Oct 22, 2015 at 4:18 AM
Edited Oct 22, 2015 at 4:20 AM
I had tried using MCBuddy a couple of years ago, but didn't like tying up my only laptop with cpu 100% all the time (yes, I know about the scheduling feature, by this laptop is only and I3 anyway).

Now have several free old laptops running strictly to do MCEbuddy conversions. Yes, slower than before, but with 2 machines going, I will eventually work thru my back log of wtv files, while still capturing new shows.

BUT Something has changed in the configuration (I have only used default configs, and I don't know what my older version was from a year+ back).

The problem is now, all TV shows are converted into their own folder, where as my early tests with the old version organized things nicely in nested folders like 'ShowName/Season/' and the Filenames had nice information like SeasonXEpisodeY.

Now I just get Branded_WCIUDT4_2015_04_24_05_29_00.wtv-MCEBuddy_Out_MP4highQ-2015-10-12T03-46-09.2031250-05-00.mp4

I can see in this episodes log file where most of that information was retrieved in the first attempt,
015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     Title           : Branded
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     WM/SubTitle     : Yellow for Courage
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     WM/SubTitleDescription: McCord (Chuck Connors) jeopardizes his life to prevent an epidemic. Guest star: Patricia Medina.
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     genre           : Drama;General;Series
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     WM/OriginalReleaseTime: 0
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     WM/MediaCredits : Chuck Connors;;;Patricia Medina/Michael Forrest/Michael Forest
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     service_provider: WCIUDT4
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     service_name    : WCIUDT4 (WCIU-DT4)
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     WM/MediaNetworkAffiliation: Independent
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     WM/MediaOriginalChannel: 26
2015-10-12T03:46:15 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Base -->     WM/MediaOriginalChannelSubNumber: 4
but then
015-10-12T03:46:17 MCEBuddy.MetaData.VideoMetaData --> Trying to match nPVR/SiliconDust series showname -> Branded_WCIUDT4_2015_04_24_05_29_00
2015-10-12T03:46:17 MCEBuddy.MetaData.VideoMetaData --> Trying to match nPVR movie showname -> Branded_WCIUDT4_2015_04_24_05_29_00
2015-10-12T03:46:17 MCEBuddy.MetaData.VideoMetaData --> Trying to extract generic nPVR filename details -> Branded_WCIUDT4_2015_04_24_05_29_00
2015-10-12T03:46:17 MCEBuddy.MetaData.VideoMetaData --> Invalid nPVR generic filename
WARNING> 2015-10-12T03:46:17 MCEBuddy.MetaData.VideoMetaData --> No recording meta data can be extracted, using Title extracted from file name. If you are running MCEBuddy on a Windows Server, this is normal as the Media Center filters are not available on that platfom.
Hmmm I'm running on Windows XP Pro and Windows Vista Home Pro ! LOL!
Remember, I didn't have to pay for these machines, and I'm getting a lot converted. Ah, but these machines don't have Media Center installed. Is that the problem? Groan?

I'm afraid I've figured this out while typing up this message and really thinking (ouch!) about what is happening and what the error message is telling me.

Well any ideas? I believe I'm using the config file installed with V2.4 Beta 3. Should I include a log file?

Thanks for any help.

Neil M
Chicago
Coordinator
Oct 28, 2015 at 6:33 PM
About a year ago we changed the default naming mechanism to make it more universal with playback software. Sounds like you may not have been migrated to the new option when upgrading.
Easy fix though, open your Conversion Task(s) and select the option for Rename and sort checkbox and then organize by Seasons checkbox (if you want it organized by season instead of just show folders). Also ensure that your destination directory is specified otherwise it'll place the file in the original folder. Save and you're done.

Nov 2, 2015 at 4:34 AM
Edited Nov 2, 2015 at 3:38 PM
Thanks for the info.

I didn't make it clear, but I am only using MCEBuddy 4.2 Beta 3, in a mixed environment of Windows XP and Vista machines. No old versions existed there.

I just checked on 1 installation and it looks like ConversionTasks->Rename IS set to organize by seasons and sort.
Also, these files write directly to local disk on the machine (no network file system involved (not that it probably matters)).

BUT, each converted file is in a separate folder NOT organized by show or season :-(.
Are there any other check boxes? Any part (or all) of a config file I should dbl-check?

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Edit

And, I almost forgot, note my last comments above
WARNING> 2015-10-12T03:46:17 MCEBuddy.MetaData.VideoMetaData --> No recording meta data can be extracted, using Title extracted from file name. If you are running MCEBuddy on a Windows Server, this is normal as the Media Center filters are not available on that platfom.
.... these machines don't have Media Center installed. Is that the problem?

Thanks for any help.

Neil M
Chicago
Coordinator
Nov 4, 2015 at 1:19 AM
Could be if there is no metadata it may just create a folder for each file based on its name.

Go through the end log and at the end where it renames the file and moves it check for any warnings or errors.

Nov 6, 2015 at 4:28 AM
Edited Nov 6, 2015 at 4:30 AM
"Go through the end log"

Yes, I think have quoted that in my original Q and my last followup (see above).

My Question is
The error message says "No recording meta data... If you are running MCEBuddy on a Windows Server, this is normal as the Media Center filters are not available on that platfom."
I am NOT running on Windows Server BUT I am using 2 machines with XP, and 1 with Vista and NONE of the those machines have Media Center installed.

I am not a windows guru (obviously), but I'm guessing that the lack of Media Center on the conversion machines is the cause of the problem.

Maybe the error message should be changed to "If you are running MCEBuddy on a Windows machine without Media Center installed, this issue is normal, as the Media Center filters are not available, unless Media Center is explicitly installed."

Is there anything we can to to rationally test this, and confirm one way or another?

Sorry to be pendantic, but I have a lot of time invested into this setup, and it is a major disappointment (which I will accept if not fixable) that I can't get TV Shows organized by title and Season, with nice Names, including Season and Episode #. :-(

Neil M.
Chicago
Coordinator
Nov 6, 2015 at 6:57 AM
zip and attach your logs post the upload link

Nov 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM
See log at
files.mcebuddy2x.com/UPLOAD/Discussion- 646502 - losing directory struct
Thanks!

Neil M
Chicago
Coordinator
Nov 8, 2015 at 11:41 PM
Went through it and you're right Windows XP and Vista don't have the WTV filters required for extracting the metadata (they have DVRMS though). BTW MCEBuddy has officially stopped supporting Windows XP in 2.4.1 and Vista needs Media Center installed.

Why don't you use Windows 7 (which has the required filters built in). If you want to stick with Vista download the TV pack. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/960774

Marked as answer by rboy1 on 11/11/2015 at 7:05 AM
Coordinator
Nov 17, 2015 at 8:03 PM
Okay try the latest 2.4.3 BETA build, we've added support to extract the metadata from WTV and DVRMS files using ffprobe when the WMC filters aren't present (e.g. Windows XP and Vista). It's not perfect but it should do the job.
Marked as answer by rboy1 on 11/17/2015 at 12:03 PM