With Channels DVR Server, you can import your own movies, TV shows, and recordings from previous DVRs.
By simply pointing at your folders containing existing movies, TV shows, or videos, you can add these to your Channels library. Imported local content is not copied into Channels and is instead referenced and stays in its original folders.
This is a great way to add recordings from your previous DVR system to Channels.
Channels supports indexable movies and TV shows that can be matched with guide data. It also supports importing your own home videos, internet videos, or any other kind of videos you would like to add to your Channels library. You can manage these videos yourself including adding metadata and artwork.
Note: Learn more about editing the metadata of items in your library.
Importing Local Content
Start importing your local content by pointing Channels at your folders. Movies, TV shows, and Videos are imported separately so they should be kept in separate folders.
In the Settings tab, use the Local Content section to add your folder for the appropriate content. Once you add a folder, it will be indexed and added to your library.
You can add as many folders to be indexed as you want. If you have movies and TV shows across multiple locations, Channels will handle it fine.
Videos are imported into their own section just like movies and TV shows. Some examples of videos you might import are home movies, music videos, concerts, old sporting events, etc.
Videos are stored as groups, just like TV shows, but they do not participate in Up Next. When organizing your videos, you should group like videos together in a folder. For example, you might want to have a group for Peter Gabriel music videos.
Filenames and Folder Structure
Channels expects your local content to be named, stored, and organized in a structured way. Movie filenames should be a certain format and TV shows should have a specific folder structure.
Note: You should have a folder for movies and a folder for TV shows. These folders can not be in your DVR folder where Channels saves its recordings.
You can not import movies or TV shows by putting them in the
tv folder in your DVR data folder.
Name your movie files with the title of the movie along with the year in parenthesis for the best results.
Jurassic Park (1993).mkv
Movies can be in folders. The indexer will read through your folders recursively. Below are some examples of folder structures that work.
/movies/Jurassic Park (1993).mkv
/movies/Adventure/Jurassic Park (1993).mkv
Your TV shows should be nested in folders with the following structure and filenames:
/tv/The Office/Season 2/2x4.mkv
Some alternate episode filenames are supported, but this is the suggested format. The important part is the
2x4 so that Channels will be informed of the season and episode numbers. Another popular format is
Specials are supported and should be placed in the traditional
Specials folder. You should use the number 0 for the season number.
Protip: You may find that the Channels does not find a match for a special. In this case, use the Fix Incorrect Match function to try to find the match.
Videos need to be grouped together by a folder. Each of the videos in the folder will be imported into that group.
/videos/Home Movies/Day at the Beach.mp4
/videos/Home Movies/Snorkeling Trip.mp4
/videos/Home Movies/Ski Weekend.mp4
/videos/Peter Gabriel Videos/Sledgehammer.mp4
/videos/Peter Gabriel Videos/In your Eyes.mp4
When imported, videos will use their filename as the title for each video. The parent directory’s name will be used as the group name. This, along with all metadata and art, can be edited by you later.
To make organizing your videos a little easier, subsequent imported videos will adopt certain metadata items from its group such as artwork and genre.
Removing Imported Folders
You can remove an imported folders by using the Local Content section of Settings. By removing a folder, the content that was indexed from it will be removed from your library. The actual files will not be deleted.
You can force a new scan of your local content by using the
Scan Sources option in the Local Content section of Settings.
You can force content that you may have deleted outside of Channels to be removed from your Channels library by using the
Prune Deleted option in the Local Content section of Settings.
Fix Incorrect Match
There may be times that the Channels indexer will match your movie or TV show incorrectly. To fix it, find the content in your library in Channels DVR Server and choose the option
Fix Incorrect Match. It will prompt you with alternate choices for your movie or TV show.
Find the match and click it to set your content.
In the case where the options aren’t correct, you can use the search bar to enter another title to help get better options.