Yes, this is more or less what we are working to implement.
This will be a smart grouping of movies which have matching metadata IDs from TMDB. This will allow for grouping of multiple copies (resolution, cut variations, or duplicates) to be grouped without cluttering up the Library.
Items with the same metadata ID will automatically be grouped while browsing the Library
Grouping will work with items from a single source or multiple sources
Pick a version to play on the pre-playback screen (similar to collections)
Metadata changes will apply to the selected item only (in case an item in a group is misidentified)
Browsing direct via folders will continue showing individual items (similar to collections)
If im understanding this right then that sounds perfect.
Just to clarify this means “Movie” that is on Plex, G-Drive and dropbox for example will show as ONE listing with the multiple versions/resolutions available within?
Does this also mean we will be able to have custom artwork and metadata for each different version so we can delineate between differences like directors cut, theatrical release, extended release, 3D, etc?
Or will we just have to look at the file name at the bottom of the pre-playback screen to see what the difference is?
Great to hear that a long long awaited feature is being implemented. Just wondering, since the title says movie and most of the discussions on this thread revolves around movies, are TV shows getting no love in this feature ? I have 4K and 720p (to stream on thinner clients used by my family) versions of most of my shows and it would be a shame not to have this awesome feature for them too! @james
Unfortunately, TV shows aren’t going to be supported at this time.
If you have duplicates of all your series the best option may be to put them in separate folders, and create favorites for each. This would allow you to browse by favorite, or add one of the favorites to the library - depending on the device you are streaming on.
I understand, but if you look over the implementation details listed above this isn’t really conducive for multiple seasons and episodes. For TV shows, these would already be grouped together under a single item in the library, you would just see duplicate episodes when entering the series details page.
Of course, if you are using something like Plex, Emby, or Jellyfin the version selection feature is handled differently (Plex is currently working, and Jellyfin/Emby support is planned).
If someone has multiple versions of the same identified film (either different edits and/or different resolutions/bitrates) and they are all collapsed to one item in the library, and the user also has custom artwork saved locally with the file to distinguish these items … how will Infuse determine which artwork is used for the collapsed library item?
Will TMDB have (and will Infuse access) updated title / plot / cast / etc. details reflecting changes between different versions; or is this simply merging library items currently recognized as the same title?
Will each items’ user-customized fanart be displayed on the details page based on whichever is selected?
Will collapsing such “duplicates” in the library views be optional?
Weird to say, but I’ve grown happy enough with my workaround and don’t want to lose the work put into it.
The main item would use artwork from the first item, but you would be able to override artwork for either using your own NFO and artwork files. Editing metadata for one item, would not affect the other(s).
Also, TMDB has hinted they may add support for multiple cuts at some point in the future and these would be available to Infuse if/when they are added.