XBMC TV episode xml output

Tom tsashton at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 12:00:12 EDT 2012

hello Jon

many thanks for this. I hadn't realised XBMC was quite so exacting
about folder naming.

 the following settings help (all are extracts from my
> options file, not command lines ;-):

Would you kindly point me towards the location of
this file? I'm new to this. thanks again.


On 14 June 2012 16:23, Jon Davies <jon at hedgerows.org.uk> wrote:
> On 13 June 2012 23:27, Tom <tsashton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've been wanting for a while to view saved getIplayer TV items in
>> XBMC. [snip]
>> So, any leads? thanks very much.
> I use get_iplayer with XBMC, with variable success.  First thing is to
> get files saved in a directory structure that matches what XBMC
> expects - the following settings help (all are extracts from my
> options file, not command lines ;-):
> for TV programmes:
> subdirformat = <nameshort>/Series_<seriesnum>
> --- this puts tv programmes into a subdir matching the series name
> (<nameshort>) and a further subdir reflecting the series number
> subdir = 1
> --- this says to use subdirectories
> fileprefix = s<seriesnum>e<episodenum>_<
> episode>
> --- the media file itself is prefixed with something like s1e1
> metadata = xbmc
> --- and tell get_iplayer to produce xbmc metadata
> for films I use something slightly different, again to meet XBMC's expectations:
> subdirformat = <nameshort>
> fileprefix = <nameshort>
> --- (subdir and metadata remain the same as above)
> --- this puts films into a single level of subdirectory matching the
> name of the film
> with these I find that xbmc generally finds and uses the metadata.  I
> select which set of options to use by using presets.
> your other problem was with thumbnails:
> for better or worse (ok, for worse) xbmc looks for an image file with
> the same name as the media file but with a ".tbn" suffix (not .jpg).
> You can write a script which moves or links the jpg thumbnail to a
> .tbn file with the same basename, and then run this after every
> download using the "command" option in get_iplayer.  I'm going to
> guess you're using some sort of linux, in which case you can do
> something like this:
> command = /home/media/scripts/finalise "<filename>"
> (/home/media/scripts/finalise is the full pathname to my script,
> "<filename>" including the quotes is the parameter - get_iplayer
> expands this to the full pathname of the file, in quotes to stop
> embedded spaces being a problem)
> and then in the script something like
> #!/bin/bash
> filedir=$(dirname "$mediafile")
> cd "$filedir"
> # link .jpg to .tbn if the .jpg exists
> basefile=$(basename "$1" "${mediafile##*.}")
> if [ -f "${basefile}.jpg" ]; then
>   echo Linking artwork
>   ln "${basefile}.jpg" "${basefile}.tbn"
> fi
> (which is a little clunky - this is extracted from the script I use,
> which always works in the same directory as the media file itself
> because of some weirdness that existed in an mp4 optimizer I once
> used.  I never tidied up the script on the
> it-ain't-broke-so-don't-fix-it basis.)
> Regards
> Jon
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