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***** Disclaimer -- read this before using Torrent Downloader *****

Media Center Master Version 2.04 and uTorrent Versions 2.2 - 3.0 should be used with this guide.

This guide is for users having experience with the uTorrent Program and media collections. It provides a basic set-up configuration for downloading Movies and TV Series Episodes with the associated meta-data for each. It does not include information for setting up an existing collection for fetching meta-data.

A detailed set of guides is available. It starts with the Installation Notes - read, before installing and finishes with How to Interpret the First Run. It includes images, details about the steps, information about how the processing of fetching meta-data, downloads, and automation works, as related to the installation. It is designed for a specific task of downloading a few episodes at a specific time for a known result to be used for testing the user's configuration and settings.

The settings used in all of the guides are not designed to be used as a real life, real time, configuration. These guides are intended to get an installation of Media Center Master functional so the settings can then be customized by the user. Jumping between the guides (attempting to shorten the length of the detailed guide) to customize a user set-up may not produce the results the user is wishing to accomplish.

The wiki guides use a different presentation for a configuration setup than what is listed in the forums (Support>(Guide) MCM & µTorrent integration). Do not attempt to jump between the wiki and the forum guide to solve a problem.

Should a user have issues with the program or any of the guides, support is available through the forum. How to access logs, support information file, and other information is listed at the end of this guide. Please send any related material, what guide was used, step number, portion of log file, support information, screen captures... along with a detailed description of the problem in you topic.

Usenet or Torrent Downloading?

The Benefits of using Usenet Over Torrent Downloading are many and this list is not exhaustive, but highlights some of the key advantages:

  • Fewer delays: release groups often post to scene FTP servers first, which typically then get uploaded or leaked to Usenet next, and then finally torrent sites last.
  • Faster downloads: files are hosted by a remote server and are not transmitted by peers, therefore you are always guaranteed full speed from the remote server without relying on other peers and seeds to send you data.
  • Safer connections: you are never sharing files, such as you would as a peer using torrents. You are only downloading from a remote server which is hosting the files.
  • Higher retention: most Usenet servers retain data for a little over three years. Torrents are usually only available for a few months, if they're very popular, and have nobody sharing them beyond that.
  • Better categorization: standard and high definition sources have their own categories, which makes it easier to determine the quality of a download before committing to downloading it.

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uTorrent Settings (Versions 2.2 - 3.0)

  1. Options Menu>Preferences>UI Settings.
    When Adding Torrents.
    Disable the three (3) options here.
  2. Options Menu>Preferences>Directories.
    Put new downloads in:
    Enable this option, enter folder location.
    Move completed downloads to:
    Enable this option, enter folder location.
    Automatically load.torrents from:
    Enable this option, enter folder location.
    If you would like to keep this folder clean, enable "Delete loaded .torrents."
  3. Options Menu>Preferences>Connection.
    Port used for incoming connections:
    Port number needed in Media Center Master for Integration Feature.
    Write this number on paper.
  4. Options Menu>Preferences>Queueing.
    If you do not wish to continue seeding after a torrent has finished downloading,
    Seeding Goal (Default Values)
    Minimum ratio (%):
    Enter "0" (no quotes).
    Minimum seeding time (minutes):
    Enter "0" (no quotes).
    When uTorrent Reaches the Seeding Goal
    Limit the upload rate to (kB/s)" [0 = stop].
    Enable this option and enter "0" (no quotes).
  5. Options Menu>Preferences>Web UI (uTorrent versions 2.2).
    Enable this option.
    Enter a username and password.
    Also, needed in Media Center Master for Integration Feature.
    Write both on paper.
  6. Options Menu>Preferences>Advanced>Web UI (uTorrent version 3.0).
    Enable this option.
    Enter a username and password.
    Also, needed in Media Center Master for Integration Feature.
    Write both on paper.
  7. Options Menu>Preferences>Advanced>webui.token_auth.
    Set to false.
  8. Click "OK" button to exit "Preferences" settings.
  9. Exit the program to save "Preferences" settings, then restart the uTorrent program.

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Media Center Master Settings (Version 2.04)

Additional options, outside of what is listed, should be added after a test run.

  1. Application Menu>Set scan folders...
    Enter folder Location/s for Media Collections.(1)(2)
    Must use separate folders, one for Movies and one for TV Series.
    For the first time run, test, purposes empty folder/s should be used.
    If a folder with an existing media collection is used for this location,
    Media Center Master will automatically start a scan of the folder contents after closing the Scan Folder List Window.
    (1) Do not attempt to use the root of a hard drive, partition, or mapped drive as a scan folder.
    (2) Do not attempt to use the "Completed Downloads" folder used in uTorrent, also known as the "Watch" or "Parsing" folder in Media Center Master, as a scan folder.
  2. Application Menu>Settings & Preferences>Organization Tab (Use to be: Renaming Tab).
    Set options as needed.
    Do enable the Folder cleaning options for this test.
    These options can be configured later, after a successful test run.
  3. Application Menu>Settings & Preferences>Downloader Tab.
    Enable, "Enable movie downloads."
    Select quality of download.
    Enable, "Enable TV downloads."
    Select quality of download.
    Skip TV episodes before:(3)
    This is a global setting. If this option is not set to a date, Media Center Master will attempt to download every episode for each TV Series added.
    "Don't download movies with an IMDB score under:"
    Setting this number to "10" (do not use quotes) will reduce the number of movie titles to be downloaded during test run.
    "Don't download movies released..."
    Setting this number to "1" (do not use quotes) will, also, reduce the number of movie titles to be downloaded during test run.
    "Don't download movies that can't be found at imdb.com"
    Enabling this option will further reduce the number of movie titles to be downloaded during the test run.
    "Look for higher definition of movies than what I have and download if found"
    This option, if enabled, will not work with this test run (scan folders should be empty).
    "Run downloaders and download parser at start-up"
    Do not enable this option for this guide. Other settings will be used, and configured below.
    (3) Episode downloads are dependent on this date setting, and the Airing Dates of the TV Series chosen in Step 9.
  4. Application Menu>Settings & Preferences>Torrent Tab.
    Enable, "Enable torrenting downloads"
    Auto-start downloaded torrents.
    DO NOT ENABLE THIS, as long as uTorrent is used with above settings and folder locations.
    Save T.V. torrent files to:
    Enter folder location where uTorrent is set to process .torrent files.
    See above, uTorrent Settings>Step 2. Options>Preferences>Directories>Automatically load.torrents from:
    Save other torrent files to:
    Not required for this configuration.
    Set other options as needed.
  5. Application Menu>Settings & Preferences>uTorrent Tab.
    Enable, "Turn on uTorrent integration features"
    If you do not plan to seed,
    Enable, "Automatically clear seeding and finished torrents"
    WebUI I.P. or host name:
    Enter localhost, if uTorrent is installed on the same computer as Media Center Master.
    Enter the I.P. address of the computer running uTorrent, if uTorrent is not installed on the same computer as Media Center Master (firewall/router exceptions should, also, be checked)
    Enter port number from uTorrent.
    See above, uTorrent Settings>Step 3. Options>Preferences>Connection>Port used for incoming connections:
    Enter username used in uTorrent Web UI.
    uTorrent versions 2.2 - See above, uTorrent Settings>Step 4. Options>Preferences>Web UI.
    uTorrent version 3.0 - See above, uTorrent Settings>Step 5. Options>Preferences>Advanced>Web UI.
    Enter password used in uTorrent Web UI.
    uTorrent versions 2.2 - See above, uTorrent Settings>Step 4. Options>Preferences>Web UI.
    uTorrent version 3.0 - See above, uTorrent Settings>Step 5. Options>Preferences>Advanced>Web UI.
  6. Application Menu>Settings & Preferences>Download Parser Tab.
    Completed downloads scanned from this folder (watch folder):(4)
    Enter folder location where uTorrent is set to move completed downloads.
    See above, uTorrent Settings>Step 2. Options>Preferences>Directories>Move completed downloads to:
    Automatically detect new video files here and process them.
    Enable this option, and
    Enable, "auto-rename"
    Enable, "auto-move"
    Enable, "auto-fetch meta data"
    Use pop-up move window for auto-move
    Enable if wanted.
    Don't allow duplicates; replace with better quality
    This will not work in the test run (scan folders should be empty)
    Bad episode downloads should be:
    Leave set to default.
    skipped (I will handle them manually)
    Move movie downloads to this folder:
    If this location is not set to the same location set in Step 1, these movies will not be processed into the collection cache.
    "Attempt to extract from archives" and "Automatically clean-up folders left behind by T.V. downloads (if no video files or archives exist)"
    If, "Allow torrents with archived files" option was enabled in Step 5 for the Torrent Tab settings,
    Enable/Disable - your choice.
    (4) Do not attempt to use a "Scan" folder, as set in Step 1, for this location.
  7. Click "Save" button to save settings and exit "Settings & Preferences."
  8. Media Menu>Add a T.V. series...
    Step 1.
    Be careful to select the T.V. folder, not the Movie folder, from list.
    Step 2.
    Enter a current airing TV Series Name, or Series ID.
    Spelling or ID must match thetvdb.com site TV Show Listing Name.
    Click "Search," or "Look Up".
    Wait for Media Center Master to respond with Selected T.V. series: information.
    Click "Next."
    Step 3.
    Double check: "Status: Continuing," and that the option for "Keep this series up to date with new episodes" is enabled.
    Click "Finish" button to close window.
  9. Auto Run.
    Application Menu>Settings & Preferences>General Tab.
    Adjust Time Frames.
    download new movies every.
    download new TV episode every.
    run download parser every.
    use uTorrent integration every.
  10. Manual Run.
    TV Series.
    Tools Menu>Download new T.V. episodes.
    Right Click on the Series in the Media Collection List.
    Download new episodes now.
    Download back episodes...
    Tools Menu>Download new movie releases.
  11. uTorrent Download Manager.
    The utorrent Download Manager is where a user can manage and view the progress of all current usenet downloads.
    If you are able to connect and see torrent downloads the uTorrent integration is correctly set.
    Tools Menu>uTorrent download manger...
  12. Additional Options.
    Search Forum, or Post Topic in Forum.
    See User Interface for Option Descriptions.
    This is a work in progress, please be patient.

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