MrCrispy Wrote:Videos/Library separation has to die. We need a very generic base which can accommodate different views on top of it.
I disagree. We need to separate "how we catalog it" from "how we view it." Content is generally fairly easily distinguishable by the way it is cataloged. The following content easily translates into a TV scraper:
- Standard TV Shows
- Annual Awards Shows
- Collections of Serials (for instance the old Superman serials shown in theaters)
Because they can belong to a group with a common description and can be broken into episodes, we should get the data for these from a TV scraper. All of these should be considered TV shows from a matter of content scraping. The way to separate them is by using genres or paths. I keep serials in a separate directory structure than standard TV shows. My (heavily modified) skin uses a smart playlist as the basis of the generic TV shows collection. A separate smart playlist is used for the other items. This keeps the advantage of using common information (actors across all of them, for example) without having outliers in a particular list.
Content to scraper is one relationship. Content View/Category should be a separate relationship. Several skins already allow a smart playlist to be substituted in place of the generic Movies or TV Shows functionality. I highly encourage this design.
The other area of concern is music videos. These are music, clear and simple. A video is a song from an album by an artist or group. We have never had a reliable source of scraping info for videos separate from the music. It is my opinion that music video content should be scraped identically to music. This would help relate artists across music and video files and clean up the entire process.