Use the Videos feature of MediaPortal to play all your videos and movies.For an overview, see Watch Videos: Home Theatre at its Best.
See the Movies Setup Guide to learn how to create a movies database in MediaPortal.
The Videos feature is the central point for playing all kinds of videos and movies. It will stack multi-part movies and you can also create playlists. IMDb support is built-in to automatically get movie information and DVD cover images.
You can also choose to have the movie details displayed when you select or click on a movie rather than instantly starting playback. See Videos Configuration.
Clicking this button displays a dialog/list to select the layout you prefer for videos:
Click the up/down arrow to toggle between ascending or descending sort order. Select the Sort by: button to choose the type of sort you require.
The options available to you are different depending on whether you are currently using Shares View or one of the Database Views.
Options when in Share View are as follows;
Options when in any of the Database Views are as follows;
Name-Full will sort all items alphabetically disregarding item type (folders or video files).
See also: Sort Options
Select the button for a list of supported Views:
Shares view is like a Windows Explorer view of network shares, folders and files.
Title, Actors, Directors, Genres and Years are Database Views which require that the movie titles have been added to the database.
The Index views are also Database Views. These provide a simple alphabetical search feature for you chosen view. For example if you select Title index the following screen appears:
The User groups view is similar to Title view but on top of the list are movies grouped in user defined groups. Similar to a folder however one movie can belong to several User groups.
User groups can be defined in MediaPortal Configuration or directly in this view by using the Context menu. Open the Context Menu (it doesn't matter which movie is selected). Then select Add New User group, enter a group name and a new empty User group will be created. To add movies to a User group, select a movie, open the Context Menu and press Add Movie to User group.
The final database views are Recently Added, Recently Watched, Watched and Unwatched.
Note: If you use IMDb lookup via the context menu, and the video (movie or TV series) is found, the file will be automatically added to the database. The movie or TV series will then appear in these views as well. This is true even if you lookup a movie while using Shares view.
See also: Views
Displays the current playlist and videos you have added - See Video Playlists
Display a list of playlists you have saved in the playlist folder you select in Configuration > Videos.
Scans for new movies in your movie folders. MediaPortal will scan all folders marked to be scanned in your configuration.
Takes you to the GUI-based Videos Settings .
Buttons in the Jump to section only display if you have the corresponding plugin installed.
Opens the IMDb Movie Trailers site of Online Videos plugin.
Jumps to the Trakt plugin window.
This button is only visible when the SubCentral plugin is installed. Pressing this button takes you to the SubCentral window with a search for subtitles of the currently selected movie. It is recommended to use this function from the Title database view. It is also possible, but makes less sense, to jump to SubCentral when using other database views such as Year or Genre.
Right clicking a video in the list, pressing , or the Info/More key on a remote, will display a context menu. The contents of the context menu will vary depending on your current view.
The Share View context menu changes depending on whether you have selected a single movie folder, file or your movies root folder.
The following image shows the options available when you have selected your root folder:
Let's step through the options.
folder.jpgfile. Only thumbs in the selected folder will be used (not sub-folders). If there is only one thumbnail in the folder it will be copied without any changes. If more than one thumbnail exists in the folder, it will select 4 to generate a 2 by 2 grid folder thumbnail.
The following shows the context menu which is displayed if you highlight an individual movie file or DVD folder:
All actions is the same as above except:
The Title View context menu contains the following items:
Most of the items in the list should be fairly self explanatory however, let's briefly run through each option.
Note: If you have locked some of your folders using the pin code feature the option to unlock these folders will also appear in the context menu. It will appear as option 11. All options after this will have there option number incremented by 1 e.g. Update Grabber Scripts will become option 12 etc.
Opening the context menu at the Cast list in a movie details screen will display the following dialog:
Opening the context menu at the Movie list in an actor's details screen will display the following dialog:
The User Group View context menu is similar to the Title View with the exception that is also contains options to create, remove and add movies to User Groups.
The Actor and Director Views context menu contains the following items:
The only difference between the two is the wording in option 3 (search). Clicking the search option opens the on-screen keyboard where you can enter your search string (actor or director name). Clicking on the actors' or directors' name will display a list of the movies in your database in which they appear or directed. If the actor or director only features in movies stored in your pin protected folders, you must unlock content before the information will appear.
The actor and director searches will return only the name with no information until they have been added to the actors or directors database. Once there is an entry in the database the search will display the actors name along with a picture (if available) and a fanart image chosen from a random movie in your database with which the artist is associated.
In database views now PIN locked content will not be visible anymore. To unlock content, use context menu command Unlock content and enter a valid PIN.
If more shares are protected with different PIN:s, only content with entered PIN will be unlocked.
Example: You have two shares: SHARE1 and SHARE2 with PIN:s 1234 and 4321. If you enter PIN 1234, only content from SHARE1 will be unlocked. If you want to unlock all protected content with one PIN, use the same PIN for your shares.
Unlock will be valid as long you're in My Videos screens (or in fullscreen video). To lock the content again, use the context menu command Lock content or exit My Videos.
To set the location for the files displayed in Videos, to define your own Views for Videos, as well as many more advanced options, see Configuration > Videos.
You must have the correct codec installed in Windows to play your videos. In Windows 7 most codecs are automatically installed, however some files may require additional codecs and Windows XP or Vista require you to install codecs for most video playback formats.
You may select which codecs you prefer to use using Configuration > Codecs and Renderer > Video Codecs
See also Preparing Your System > Codecs, for detailed instructions on installing codecs in Windows to play all your video files.
|Thumbnail generation rework||2013/08/02||1.5.0|
|Video Date Sort Options||2011/11/08||beta|
|Play All Videos in selected folder||2011/11/08||beta|
|Videos DB Pin Protection||2011/11/08||rc1|
|Sort Method in My Video||2014/07/08||1.9.0|
|Nfo file support||2013/03/07||1.3.0 alpha|
|Video codecs for .ts playback in Videos||2013/04/25||1.4.0|
|Subtitle button in Videos||2013/09/04||1.5.0|
|Txt file support||2013/03/07||1.3.0 beta|
|Wake On Lan feature||2014/02/08||1.7.0|
|Create folder thumb||2014/04/27||1.8.0|
|Layout and Sort By for subfolders||2014/07/08||1.9.0|
|Update video Mediainfo||2014/09/02||1.10.0|
|Reset or refresh WOL share UNC or mapped drive letter from context menu||2015/11/07|