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December 12th, 2012, 12:19 PM
I'm trying to setup a Hierarchical Metadata Tree, but the metadata I want is not being imported from the video files. I'm using Windows Media Center to record television shows, and I would like to be able to play them on our tv in the living room hooked up to the PS3. I can do this now with KooRaRoo, but it places them all in one folder, and they all have the name of the show as the title. This makes it hard to locate a particular episode. I can manually set up separate dynamic file playlists for each show that I record, but that still doesn't get the episode title displayed in the menu on the PS3.

I think I can boil it down to two basic problems. (1) There don't seem to be enough metadata types. All I have listed in the file properties are Album, Album Artist, Artist, Creator, Genre and Studio. I'd like to see types for things like Series Title, Episode Title, Year, TV Station name and channel, etc. Maybe I'm misunderstanding how the metadata works, but the existing list seems really limited. (2) I'm not getting any metadata imported from the .wtv files, even for the Genre which does exist in the File Information window. I'll paste an example at the end of this post.

Ultimately, what I'd like to have is a Hierarchical Metadata Tree that shows subfolders for each Series, and then the files listed under the Series subfolder with the Episode title as the title displayed in the PS3 menu. And I would like it to update automatically as new shows and new episodes are added and old ones removed in Windows Media Center.

Can anyone help me with this?

Below is the File Information example that I promised. The episode name is the WM/Subtitle line. None of this seems to be getting imported except the Title.


Video, DB: 2, Thumb: 4
S [mpeg2video, 2], bitrate: 0, framerate: 59.94, level: 4, profile: 4, flags: 0x0, flags2: 0x0


ffmpeg version N-47402-g5e2be27 Copyright (c) 2000-2012 the FFmpeg developers
built on Dec 3 2012 15:16:02 with gcc 4.7.1 (GCC)
configuration: --enable-memalign-hack --arch=x86 --enable-gpl --enable-libx264 --enable-avisynth --target-os=mingw32 --cross-prefix=i686-w64-mingw32- --pkg-config=pkg-config --enable-libmp3lame --enable-version3 --extra-libs=-lws2_32 --enable-zlib --extra-libs=-lwinmm --extra-libs=-lgdi32 --enable-gnutls --enable-libass --enable-avresample --disable-w32threads --enable-runtime-cpudetect --disable-ffplay --disable-ffserver --enable-memalign-hack
libavutil 52. 11.101 / 52. 11.101
libavcodec 54. 78.101 / 54. 78.101
libavformat 54. 42.100 / 54. 42.100
libavdevice 54. 3.102 / 54. 3.102
libavfilter 3. 23.105 / 3. 23.105
libswscale 2. 1.103 / 2. 1.103
libswresample 0. 17.101 / 0. 17.101
libpostproc 52. 2.100 / 52. 2.100
Input #0, wtv, from 'C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV\Arrow_KWGNDT_2012_11_28_19_58_00.wtv':
WM/MediaClassPrimaryID: db9830bd-3ab3-4fab-8a371a995f7ff74
WM/MediaClassSecondaryID: ba7f258a-62f7-47a9-b21f4651c42a000
Title : Arrow
WM/SubTitle : Muse of Fire
WM/SubTitleDescription: Oliver meets a mysterious woman with dangerous secrets; following an unfortunate turn of events, Tommy seeks Laurel's support.
genre : Drama;General;Series;Action/Adventure;Sci-Fi/Fantasy
WM/OriginalReleaseTime: 0
WM/MediaCredits : Stephen Amell/Colin Donnell/Katie Cassidy/David Ramsey/Willa Holland/Susanna Thompson/Paul Blackthorne;David Grossman;;Jessica De Gouw/Jeffrey Nordling
service_provider: KWGNDT
service_name : KWGNDT (KWGN-DT)
WM/MediaNetworkAffiliation: CW Affiliate
WM/MediaOriginalChannel: 2
WM/MediaOriginalChannelSubNumber: 1
WM/MediaOriginalBroadcastDateTime: 2012-11-28T07:00:00Z
WM/MediaOriginalRunTime: 38925183378
WM/MediaIsStereo: true
WM/MediaIsRepeat: false
WM/MediaIsLive : false
WM/MediaIsTape : false
WM/MediaIsDelay : false
WM/MediaIsSubtitled: false
WM/MediaIsMovie : false
WM/MediaIsPremiere: false
WM/MediaIsFinale: false
WM/MediaIsSAP : false
WM/MediaIsSport : false
WM/ParentalRating: TV-14
WM/Provider : MediaCenterDefault
WM/VideoClosedCaptioning: true
WM/WMRVEncodeTime: 2012-11-29 02:58:07
WM/WMRVSeriesUID: !MCSeries!274858679
WM/WMRVServiceID: !MCService!40006990
WM/WMRVProgramID: !MCProgram!282503071
WM/WMRVRequestID: 0
WM/WMRVScheduleItemID: 0
WM/WMRVQuality : 3
WM/WMRVOriginalSoftPrePadding: 420
WM/WMRVOriginalSoftPostPadding: 180
WM/WMRVHardPrePadding: -300
WM/WMRVHardPostPadding: 0
WM/WMRVATSCContent: true
WM/WMRVDTVContent: true
WM/WMRVHDContent: true
Duration : 38925193179
WM/WMRVEndTime : 2012-11-29 04:03:00
WM/WMRVBitrate : 10.287711
WM/WMRVKeepUntil: -1
WM/WMRVActualSoftPrePadding: 412
WM/WMRVActualSoftPostPadding: 180
WM/WMRVContentProtected: false
WM/WMRVContentProtectedPercent: 0
WM/WMRVExpirationSpan: 9223372036854775807
WM/WMRVInBandRatingSystem: 255
WM/WMRVInBandRatingLevel: 255
WM/WMRVInBandRatingAttributes: 0
WM/WMRVWatched : false
WM/MediaThumbWidth: 352
WM/MediaThumbHeight: 198
WM/MediaThumbStride: 1056
WM/MediaThumbRet: 0
WM/MediaThumbRatingSystem: 9
WM/MediaThumbRatingLevel: 14
WM/MediaThumbRatingAttributes: 0
WM/MediaThumbAspectRatioX: 16
WM/MediaThumbAspectRatioY: 9
WM/MediaThumbTimeStamp: 4644182202844500612
WM/MediaThumbType: 3
Duration: 01:04:52.29, start: 1.766511, bitrate: 9722 kb/s
Stream #0:0[0x12](spa): Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, 192 kb/s
Stream #0:1[0x13]: Video: mpeg2video (Main), yuv420p, 1280x720 [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], 59.94 fps, 59.94 tbr, 10000k tbn, 119.88 tbc
Stream #0:2[0x14](eng): Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5.1(side), s16, 384 kb/s
Stream #0:3[0x15]: Subtitle: eia_608
Stream #0:4[0x0]: Attachment: mjpeg
title : TV Thumbnail
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December 12th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Would you be able to send a short recording like that (or even that one) to support (at) kooraroo (dot) com so that I could check why some of the metadata is not being processed? If it's a large file we can use Dropbox (http://db.tt/lRFZ8DfF) or any other file sharing site.

There are more metadata types that can be used to build up dynamic playlists, but not all of them can be edited currently. I'll allow editing more metadata types in the upcoming update.

I am also happy to add more metadata types (e.g. Series) to the hierarchical and dynamic playlists - I've added this to development to-do list as well.

December 12th, 2012, 11:10 PM
I can do that. I'll have to do it tonight after I get home from work. There's not enough time this morning. The files tend to be very large, several gigabytes, but I could easily create a short recording that's a few minutes long of just whatever is on tomorrow night. That should have all the metadata.

Please note that the title is wrong too. I want it to use the WM/Subtitle (the episode name) for that instead of the name of the show (or series). I can't see a way currently to change what KooRaRoo picks from the metadata to use for the title. I want it to look like this if possible on the PS3:

Recorded TV Shows
|---Show title 1
|-----Episode 1
|-----Episode 2
|---Show title 2
|-----Episode 1


December 12th, 2012, 11:37 PM
Yes, that should be do-able once I extend metadata types and hierarchical playlists with those metadata types. I'll wait for your file and start working on this.

December 13th, 2012, 03:03 PM

Actually the easiest way to do this is to re-use the existing Album criteria (it's already used to pull in series info from some metadata files). So, what you'd need to do is simply create a Hierarchical Tree playlist with Album as the keyword and "Video" as the file type.

I've sent you a patch through support that enhances WTV metadata support, please give it a try and let me know how it goes. Thanks!