Organized file structure vs. Plex Library (primarily TV shows)
I have video files from two different sources: DVD and VHS (ripped with digitizer). Of course, the first category dominates the collection; VHS are mainly for nostalgic/preserving reasons. In the file system, I want to keep these these apart (let's say that I want to backup all my VHS videos, if I have a separate folder for them it will be very easy). But in Plex, I want to see them in the same library.
For movies i have a subfolder for VHS, and it works great. I.e., like this:
But, I have problems with TV shows. If I create a structure like the one above, Plex will think that there's a TV show called 'VHS', and it won't scan the subfolders.
I know that I can create separate libraries for them (I do that now), but there's starting to be quite many libraries...
Therefore, my questions are as follows:
- How can I solve my problem regarding TV shows?
- I there any better way in general for this (that also includes movies)? I've thought of alternate file naming conventions, tagging of the different sources, e.t.c. Can I use collections?
My goals are:
- Easy to separate the sources in the file system.
- As few libraries in Plex as possible (one for "Movies' and one for 'TV shows' would be optimal).
- I want to do as little work in Plex as possible - The magic should happen within the file structure/file names (If I lose my Plex database sometime, and want to rescan my library, I want the files to be as prepared as possible, so that I don't have to put a lot of time in reconfiguring my Plex libraries)
- Bonus: It would be great if it was possible to see the actual source in Plex. It would be great if it was possible to tag the files in one way or another so that Plex would understand that 'this is a VHS rip'. 'this is a DVD rip' etc., and display this in one way or another.