[HowTo] Media file prep for Concerts or similar music-related videos in Plex


#1

Hello,
i recently obtained a 2 disk Pink Floyd concert DVD and i cannot get Plex to read it correctly. here is what i gave done and perhaps someone can see my mistake and help me.

1) ripped the 2 disks to my hard drive with MakeMKV and i did it to two separate folders i called disc 1 and disc 2
2) after ripping i had a folder called disc 1 that contained 11 .mkv files called title0x.mkv (the titles went in numerical order) and a folder called disc 2 containing 16 mkv files named like the ones before.
3)i renamed the folders to Pink Floyd Pulse (2006) - DVD 1 and Pink Floyd Pulse (2006) - DVD 2
4)i fired up filebot and had it look at the folders and it renamed the files to Pink Floyd Pulse (2006).CD1 (with the numbers going up in order
5)i created a parent folder called Pink Floyd Pulse (2006) and placed the two folders Pink Floyd Pulse (2006) - DVD 1 and Pink Floyd Pulse (2006) - DVD 2 inside the parent folder
6) fired up plex and pointed it at the area where the parent folder was

what i eneded up with in Plex i see the Pink Floyd Pulse (2006) listed and it grabbed the art and says there is a 1 hour and 2o something movie but when i play it i get a 3 minute video that is not the concert but one of the bonus tracks on the disc. i also get a seperate listine where it took another bonus track and thinks it's the pixar movie "Up" and made another listing for that and when i play it i get another bonus from the disks. still can't get the concert to show up :(

can anyone assist??


#2

It all depends on whether you want to be able to pick any of the individual songs and play them solo.
Or whether you want to treat the videos more like a real concert so it plays continuously.
You can’t have both (for now, at least).

Give up the division into 2 discs. It is not necessary and does more bad than good.

Option one:

pick any of the individual ‘Song’ files and name it like it is the main item. Or you pick a sort of intro video or an interview which might be included on the discs.

Concerts /
   Pink Floyd - Pulse (2006) /
      Pink Floyd - Pulse (2006).mkv

Then take all of the other songs and rename them to their song titles. Then create a subfolder and name it Scenes. Put all of the songs into it.
You may want to make another subfolder Behind The Scenes and put all the video bonus material from the discs into it.

Concerts /
   Pink Floyd - Pulse (2006) /
      Pink Floyd - Pulse (2006).mkv
      poster.jpg
      Scenes /
         Shine On You Crazy Diamond.mkv
         High Hopes.mkv
         Dark Side Of The Moon.kmv
         ...

The result might look similar to this, but only if any of the online movie databases “knows” this concert. If they don’t know it, you must “match” it to ‘Personal Media’ and put in a textual description and a poster image yourself. You can also put a poster.jpg besides the video files as indicated above.

Second Option:

Either rip the discs again or merge the individual song files to be one big file.
Bonus point of the re-ripping option: you may get chapters from the disc which you can edit to contain the real song titles (again with MKVtoolnix).
(right now there is only real chapter support in the iOS client, but the rest of the official Plex clients will get them too, eventually)

The rest can be obtained from this post which I did earlier:

All of the above is following the rules for ‘Local Extras’ for movies. So the library must be a movie library and the ‘Local Media Assets’ agent must be active for it.


Bonus Material
#3

well.... i am not really sure how to name the files correctly at this point i would just like the concert and i guess i could trash the other stuff. it seems the concert is split in two, part is on disc 1 and the other is on disc 2. if i rip them would i have to join them for plex to know or could i just throw just those 2 files in one folder and plex will know its one?

sorry... but i really would like this to work


#4

here it is on Amazon by the way.... http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Floyd-Pulse-David-Gilmour/dp/B000BTC5LW/ref=tmm_dvd_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


#5

@Menz01 said:
if i rip them would i have to join them for plex to know or could i just throw just those 2 files in one folder and plex will know its one?

You can do that. It's called "stacking"
https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/200264966-Naming-Stacked-or-Multi-Part-Movies

The drawback of this method is that not all clients handle "stacked" content equally well.


#6

so i ended up joining the two concert files together and plex is happy with it and plays it. i noticed something though... i cant skip around or fast forward any. if i try it reloads from the start.

is that plex? the con of me joining the files? or something else?


#7

This is probably the player's fault.
Which device/software do you use to play this file?


#8

@OttoKerner said:
This is probably the player's fault.
Which device/software do you use to play this file?

i was using the web app player on my browser.


#9

you are right... just tried it on my plex app on my phone and i was able to skip around


#10

@Menz01 said:
i was using the web app player on my browser.

Which browser?
Try toggling Settings - Web - Player - "HTML 5 player"


#11

chrome browser


#12

@Menz01 said:
chrome browser

This should work, normally.
Is your server a bit weak on the cpu?
Or do you have only very few free space left on your system disk?


#13

Server is running on a windows 2012 r2 VM and the vm is spec'ed with 2 processors Intel Xeon 2.33ghz and 8GB ram


#14

Free space on the system disk of the VM?
Or did you re-route the transcoder temporary folder to somewhere else?


#15

@OttoKerner said:
Free space on the system disk of the VM?
Or did you re-route the transcoder temporary folder to somewhere else?

15.5GB free of a 40GB disk as for your second part of the question.... still too much of a noob (even after having plex for over a year now) to know how to do that or know why i would want to?


#16

@Menz01 said:
15.5GB free of a 40GB disk as for your second part of the question.... still too much of a noob (even after having plex for over a year now) to know how to do that or know why i would want to?

Should be enough, unless you are storing uncompressed BR rips in your library with file sizes over 15GB.