I come to Infuse from a Kodi background, and still consistently scrape and save accurate, customized metadata (.nfo, .jpg, .srt) in the same folders with all my media files, which are stored and accessed throughout my home via shares on my Synology NAS.
Unfortunately, Infuse does not recognize local .nfo file for TV Series as it does for Movies, so none of the work I do manually gathering metadata helps when it comes to adding television series and show titles to Infuse.
Knowing this, I’ve mostly trashed the entirety of my previously acquired metadata for my television collection (which currently consists of approximately 170 different shows or series and nearly 6000 episodes all together) and re-downloaded it all exclusively via TMDB to play nice with Infuse.
I’ve also renamed my series and episodes to make Infuse’s job as easy as possible when rebuilding its libraries on my various TVOS and iOS devices.
Frustratingly I’ve found Infuse encounters very high failure rates for any series beginning with the word “The” if the folders and files are named in an alphabetizing friendly fashion: i.e. “Young Pope, The” or “Mandalorian, The” instead of “The Young Pope” and “The Mandalorian” … so I resigned myself to renaming all episodes and folders of the 40 some series in my collection which have names beginning in “The”. I’d really wish that sort of thing could easily be worked around by Infuse when scraping TMDB but sadly this does not seem to be the case.
I also find Infuse fails far too frequently when scraping TV shows where one would normally differentiate different versions of franchise properties by appending the year: For example, the original Twilight Zone and it’s THREE subsequent revivals: If I append the year to the folder and file names, no episodes are successfully identified. If I leave the year off, all are added to the 1959 edition (regardless if they are correctly part of the 1959 series or actually from the later 1985, 2002, or 2019 revivals).
I frankly can’t understand why it is seemingly impossible to correctly identify files named and sorted in this manner:
(My Network Share)/TV/The Twilight Zone (1985)/The Twilight Zone (1985) · S1E01 · Shatterday (1985).mkv
(My Network Share)/TV/The Twilight Zone (2002)/The Twilight Zone (2002) · S1E01 · Evergreen (2002).mkv
And yet, other shows REQUIRE the date: ex: Battlestar Galactica (2003), Doctor Who (2005).
And while the Twilight Zone revival episodes with dates appended wind up defaulting to “Other” and require manual identification, episodes of “Lost in Space (1965)” instead get mixed in with “Lost in Space” (the 2018 version).
I can’t get the original 1980 season of Cosmos to automatically identify as itself - it either gets thrown to “Other” if I append “(1980)”, or identified as episodes of the 2014 revival if I don’t.
Other series I can’t get to identify correctly no matter what I do and I can’t determine a possible cause — and are especially annoying since the titles delivered are so NOT the actual name provided; and the correct show actually shows up first when the title is searched both directly on TMDB or even manually via Infuse — AND the chosen shows don’t even match by year:
“Ascension” (the 2014 series) becomes “Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho” (a 2007 manga).
“Avenue 5” (the 2020 HBO comedy) becomes “Brazil Avenue” from 2012.
“Away” (the 2020 space drama) becomes 2014’s “How to Get Away with Murder”.
“Babylon 5” from 1994 becomes 2019’s “Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia”.
“The Big C” becomes “The Big Bang Theory”.
“Crusade” becomes “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”.
“The First” becomes “The First Years” or “Sofia the First”.
“Mars” (from 2016) becomes “MARS RED”.
“The OA” becomes “Locked Up: The Oasis”.
“Resurrection” becomes, bizarrely, “Prison Break”
“Sherlock” (the brilliant BBC series) oddly becomes the lame CBS version “Elementary”.
Another show that fails to connect with any title (and instead drops into “Others” with all the Twilight Zone’s and Cosmos’s is “Formula 1 · Drive to Survive”.
If anyone knows a way for me to name these files so they will always scrape correctly, I’d appreciate it.
Rebuilding the database anytime I add to my collection or update my personalized metadata is tedious, especially across all my Apple TVs.
(I understand I can save and sync my metadata through Apple — but I can’t help questioning the wisdom of utilizing such a feature; given Apple is itself a content producer and might possibly some day take interest in the titles that show up therein.)