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How To Fetch Meta Data

If you just want to fetch meta-data for a single title in your media list, simply right-click on the title from Media Center Master and choose "Fetch meta data". This will activate Media Center Master's configured meta fetcher sources to search for and download related meta data (including text, images, etc.) for the selected title.

Depending on a few possible scenarios, the following will happen:

  • If there is no existing meta data for the title (or existing data does not contain proper media IDs), then Media Center Master will begin a Fresh Meta-Data Search on this title.
  • If there is existing meta data for the title, but the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Advanced" -> "Re-use ID's found in existing meta data" is not checked, then Media Center Master will begin a Fresh Meta-Data Search on this title.
  • If there is existing meta data for the title and the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Advanced" -> "Re-use ID's found in existing meta data" is checked, then Media Center Master will begin an Update Meta-Data Fetch on this title.

Fresh Meta-Data Search

The folder that contains the title you are fetching meta data for is run through a quick process that cleans up the formatting and prepares it for searching. This process removes some stop-words such as 'the' and 'and' as well as replaces punctuation with spaces as appropriate (non-exhaustive list). Doing this provides the fetchers with an appropriate title (and potentially a release year) to search against.

However, if this search:

  • the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Advanced" -> "Respect the ForcedTitle XML tag in meta data" is checked
  • and is a movie title (not T.V. or adult
  • and has existing meta data
  • and that meta-data contains a ForcedTitle tag
  • then the title to search against will be set to the data in the ForcedTitle tag

Next, configured meta-data fetchers (listed in "Application" -> "Manage fetchers and plugins...") are given the the title to search for (as indicated above) and a release year (if one is available from parsing the title's text). The list of potential matches retrieved from the fetcher should be displayed in the log window to the right-hand side of Media Center Master during this time. After they have been retrieved, Media Center Master eliminate any matches that do not pass a title comparison check1. Depending on how the remaining list of results look, Media Center Master will then do the following:

  • If there are no results, this fetcher is skipped and the next is used (if more than one is available). If there continues to be no results, the fetch is aborted. Aborted fetches can still produce blank meta data if the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Advanced" -> "Create blank meta data if no results were found" is checked.
  • If there is exactly one result from the fetcher and the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Confirm search results" is not checked, then the most likely title will be selected automatically as the confirmed result.
  • If there is exactly one result from the fetcher and the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Confirm search results" is checked and the option under under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Confirm search results" -> "Unless there is only one result" is not checked, then a prompt will come up asking you to confirm the most likely result. If it's not the result you want, you can click "No" to cycle to the next.2
  • If there is exactly one result from the fetcher and the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Confirm search results" is checked and the option under under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Confirm search results" -> "Unless there is only one result" is checked, then the most likely title will be selected automatically as the confirmed result.
  • If there are multiple results from the fetcher and the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Confirm search results" is not checked, then the most likely title will be selected automatically as the confirmed result.
  • If there is exactly one result from the fetcher and the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Confirm search results" is checked, then a prompt will come up asking you to confirm the most likely result. If it's not the result you want, you can click "No" to cycle to the next.

If a prompt appears asking for confirmation and none of the results are ultimately selected, then the fetch is aborted. Aborted fetches can still produce blank meta data if the option under "Application" -> "Main preferences..." -> "Advanced" -> "Create blank meta data if no results were found" is checked.

The meta data fetch process continues from here as an Update Meta-Data Fetch.

Update Meta-Data Fetch

Using the meta data from the selected fetcher result, a meta-data file is created (if one already existed, it will be overwritten entirely at this point).

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