Solved Issue - Option to Create Multiple Video Libraries

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Bobby Digital Offline
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initially, when I got the idea to make this thread, I'll admit that I was thinking about having a separate library for my porn stash, as it is fairly embarrassing for me when I open up my video library in front of friends, girls, my four-year-old nephew, etc. and it shows "Hot and Lusty Butthole Sluts 5" immediately after "Home Alone."

Now, I've read a few threads out there concerning password protecting shares, and using multiple profiles to restrict access and that's fine. That's not what I'm looking for. What I'm looking for is to create a third (or fourth, or fifth) video library in addition to Movies and TV Shows.

A feature like this would be useful to not just perverts like myself who want to keep their adult films separate from their feature films, but also people who want to keep their documentaries separate from their movies, or their anime separate from their other TV Shows.

I don't know Python, but I could probably pick it up on the fly, so if someone could point me in the right direction to figuring out how to code a plug-in (or better yet, if someone is willing to work with me on this project), or even if something like this already exists and I simply missed it, please let me know. Thanks in advance!
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Use Profiles within XBMC and Password Protect the Naughty one Wink

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Smartplaylists could also be usefull

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As Machine-Sanctum said you can do this with smart playlists you still have to have a main Movie and TV library containing everything but you can always hide/replace those with another playlist

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&gt;&gt;X&lt;&lt; Wrote:As Machine-Sanctum said you can do this with smart playlists you still have to have a main Movie and TV library containing everything but you can always hide/replace those with another playlist

Selection by path is the easiest one. But there are several options to do this.

Some skin allow you to point the MOVIES (or a new one) menu item to a favourite.
Add the smartplaylist to your favourites and then in skin settings point to that favourite.
So this way you can exclude the ones you don't want in movies and put those in a seperate (sub)menu item

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Would love to see this properly implemented rather than the work-around with play-lists. The issue I have with playlist is that it will not allow me anymore to further filter it. For example, I would have a playlist with horror movies. When selecting this playlist, I could then not select year=2010 anymore (not as a playlist, but as a manual sort in the same way as I would do it with the full movie library).

So, what this request is about having multiple video libraries. For example, I would love to see:

1) Movies (excl. music movies such as live concerts)
2) TV shows (excl. documentaries and own records 1)
3) TV shows (documentaries)
4) TV shows (own recordings group 1)
5) TV shows (own recordings group 2)
6) Music videos
7) Music (excl. audio books)
8) Music (audio books)

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This is exactly what I came her to ask for. I dont mind so much for my extensive tv library. I have a couple things in my movie database that I think need their own Library. My digital backups of all my MST3K movies, all my Zatoichi movies, and all my Rifftrax Dubbed movies. They muck up my Movies library so much. It really bugs me. Scrolling through 25+ Ichi movies, 100+ MST3K movies. Gets quite bothersome...

I think one of the nicest ways to set this up is being able to add a custom label when aadding a scraper to a directory. So I can select my "rifftrax" folder which holds like 60+ rifftrax movies in folders with all its supplemental files and then have it in the drop down where "movies" and "tv" have like "custom label". Then have that label saved for further use.

thats just how I think it would be best used.
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steve1977 Wrote:Would love to see this properly implemented rather than the work-around with play-lists. The issue I have with playlist is that it will not allow me anymore to further filter it. For example, I would have a playlist with horror movies. When selecting this playlist, I could then not select year=2010 anymore (not as a playlist, but as a manual sort in the same way as I would do it with the full movie library).

So, what this request is about having multiple video libraries. For example, I would love to see:

1) Movies (excl. music movies such as live concerts)
2) TV shows (excl. documentaries and own records 1)
3) TV shows (documentaries)
4) TV shows (own recordings group 1)
5) TV shows (own recordings group 2)
6) Music videos
7) Music (excl. audio books)
8) Music (audio books)

Thanks!!!

So in your case, smart playlists would do the exact job you want if one could filter within a playlist. Maybe that is something that can be added. IMO, playlists are a much better solution than multiple libraries because with multiple libraries it can segregate your items too much. What if one wants to view items from multiple libraries at the same time? Seems to me, much better is all items are in one library and then the views to what you look at are manipulated. That would give the most flexibility. If one really wants multiple libraries, then use a separate profile.
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gabbott Wrote:So in your case, smart playlists would do the exact job you want if one could filter within a playlist. Maybe that is something that can be added. IMO, playlists are a much better solution than multiple libraries because with multiple libraries it can segregate your items too much. What if one wants to view items from multiple libraries at the same time? Seems to me, much better is all items are in one library and then the views to what you look at are manipulated. That would give the most flexibility. If one really wants multiple libraries, then use a separate profile.

Agree with you, but the IF is quite a bit one... I am not a coder, but having a smart playlist behave like a playlist (i.e., making it sortable in all its beauty and complexity) is not an easy request. However, if this would be possible, it would be a great alternative solution!!!

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steve1977 Wrote:Agree with you, but the IF is quite a bit one... I am not a coder, but having a smart playlist behave like a playlist (i.e., making it sortable in all its beauty and complexity) is not an easy request. However, if this would be possible, it would be a great alternative solution!!!

You can edit smartplaylist from within XBMC so no coding skill required.

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Martijn Wrote:You can edit smartplaylist from within XBMC so no coding skill required.

Creating the issue is not the playlist, that's what I am currently doing. Issue is that playlist cannot be filtered. My comment referred to earlier post:

> So in your case, smart playlists would do the exact job you want if one could
> filter within a playlist

Issue is that you can currently not filter within a playlist. And to enable this would most likely require massive coding as it would change how playlists are currently set-up...

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steve1977 Wrote:Issue is that you can currently not filter within a playlist. And to enable this would most likely require massive coding as it would change how playlists are currently set-up...

That's probably an understatement because your asking to filter content inside already filtered content and this isn't available in main library either you can only filter all content in your library

To use your example you cant go to Genres then select Horror and then filter Horror by Year 2010, you can only filter the main library either by Genre or by Year not both

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&gt;&gt;X&lt;&lt; Wrote:That's probably an understatement because your asking to filter content inside already filtered content and this isn't available in main library either you can only filter all content in your library

To use your example you cant go to Genres then select Horror and then filter Horror by Year 2010, you can only filter the main library either by Genre or by Year not both

Exactly and that's why my initial feature request was to have multiple, separate video libraries. I believe it would be truly benefitial to have a separate library for example for documentaries!

Someone brought up smartlists and I explained why those are not a solution and what it would take for them to be an option.

Anyhow, still hope that multiple libraries will see the light one day...

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I am going through this myself right now. I've got a bunch of documentaries, OAV/Anime, and old school Kung Fu flicks clogging up my "Movies" and then I've got a bunch of Anime littered into my "TV Shows". I'd really like to separate them all completely.

I really don't care if I have to index all of them into the main group and then move them through a sub menu in the GUI or separate them by directory; It would just make things easier for me to be able to sort things how I wish.
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Simply having the ability to have more than one library of a given type, and be able to name them at the top level, would give us so much flexibility.

Especially with TV it can get rather a mess currently. And the further ability to do things like separate movies into Family/Kids/R and up or whatever your pattern is would be nice.

Then on top of this the ability to add a pin code to a given library would satisfy the needs of anyone that needs to protect family members from inappropriate content.

This seems like a big win, and depending on how the code is structured hopefully not to terribly to implement.
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