My TVSeries and TheTVDB for series, Moving Pictures and IMDB for extras?

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    I have been transferring my physical DVD discs to HDD. For movies I use Moving Pictures plugin, and for series I use My TVSeries plugin. This works well, except now I am wondering how should I deal with bonuses/extras found on many series DVD-discs. The thing is, that TheTVDB.com does have some of those, but not nearly as many as IMDB.

    I could just use Moving Pictures for those extras, but to me it would be much clearer if I could see those extras in the same place I am seeing the series itself, and that's My TVSeries interface. For example, in Babylon 5 season box dvd:s there are maybe two specials per season, and I would like to see those specials listed with the episodes of the season.

    So I am wondering how are you people handling these extras? Apparently creating "manual" entries on MyTVSeries database is not supported at least as easily as it is in Moving Pictures, and then again I wouldn't want to use "empty" entry anyway if I could populate the entry with IMDB data, (if that was possible somehow) :)


     
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    DVD Extras to some extend are supported at TheTVdB, if you switch to "DVD Order" on their website you can see entries on a lot of series. MP-TVSeries supports those fine if you name them accordingly, as in S00E01 format, where E01 equals special "1". They just have to be added correctly, so that it does not violate their ruling for only showing "aired" episodes on regular listings. If it was not broadcast on TV then it should not be listed on the default view is a stickler for them. Considering the "TV" name in their domain that is not a bad rule as it can otherwise quickly run out of hand (as it has).

    If that still does not satisfy you due to possible "empty" entries, then simply consult the MP-TVSeries wiki on how to manually add a series entry, where you have full control on artwork & text (originally intended to cover the scenario of series not allowed on TheTVdB, such as Sports).
     
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    Thanks for the tip, I hadn't touched that "Aired/DVD-order" link before! It hasn'tbeen too much of a problem though, as I have been just manually identifying the episodes if I haven't got auto-match. But it seems to me that switching between aired/dvd does only sort the view, as when I choose "Babylon 5" for series and then select "All" episodes, it shows all the entries that TVDB have anyway. The database having mostly only aired TV episodes and such is understandable though.

    I did read the wiki, and it explains how you can add episodes that are not found at TheTVDB database. But I wonder, is it possible to add extra "seasons" and episodes manually to local database, using the series that actually is at TVDB? For example, there are seasons 01-05 and Specials in TVDB database for Babylon 5. I would like to add a special season called "Extras" and put an episode called "Making of Babylon 5" under that season. And then I would put all other various extras under that same "fake season" as episodes the same way. And then adding manually all the pictures and info when needed.

    So, I tried to import that "Making of Babylon 5" with MP-TVSeries, and manually corrected Series to "Babylon 5", Season ID to "Extras" and "Episode ID" to 01. The name of the series was matched successfully, but I didn't get to manually identify the episodes, the parsing just went through automatically when I clicked Next on that series selection screen and I got message saying "Adding 1 new file(s) to database". Still, I don't see that entry on database (and there is nothing hidden either). What I am missing here?

    If what I tried to do is not possible, then I guess I could always create a whole new series called "Babylon 5 - Extras" but I wouldn't like to have duplicate serie names like that, if I can avoid it.
     
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    The ideal way forward is to add the 'Making of Babylon 5' to the existing specials on thetvdb.com.

    However, I see that you can't as it is locked by Imzadi.

    If you go onto the tvdb.com forums and find Imzadi, you can probably get him to add it for you.
     
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