Identifying Episodes

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Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 29 Jan 2019, 06:32

I am trying to make digital media backups of some classic TV shows as found on:
"TV Favorites MEGAPACK 100 Episodes"

I have the series names, but not season number, episode number, and almost no titles. I decided to try FileBot to see if it helps identify. So far, I have not found any matches. I am not sure how it figures out the possible match. Maybe I do not have enough information to do this or just am doing something wrong. Any help is appreciated, thank you in advance!

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by rednoah » 29 Jan 2019, 07:09

Without SxE numbers nor episode titles, how would a human or a program identify the files?

You can manually match files with episodes if necessary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btNSv7A ... OpS7FfALnd
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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 29 Jan 2019, 15:43

Excellent question . . . FileBot was somehow matching up files to SxE although seemed to incorrect and not just sequentially. I have been able to identify a small percentage by watching the first few minutes and the episode showing the episode title.

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by rednoah » 29 Jan 2019, 16:06

If the file path has no identifying information, then the matches FileBot will come up with are effectively random noise.

In this case, you'll have to manually align files and episodes as show in the video tutorial above.
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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by kim » 29 Jan 2019, 17:57

"TV Favorites MEGAPACK 100 Episodes"
cant find any sources ?

1. the DL source is the best place to get that info
2. "...watching the first few minutes and the episode showing the episode title."
3. filesize search on e.g. google or https://www.opensubtitles.org
4. maybe the file hash search can help ?

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 29 Jan 2019, 20:12

rednoah: I was wondering if it was basically random noise or if it was doing something else such as length of the episode (although realizing that most of them are really close to the same length).

kim: I have found others selling the collection, but I have not been able to find the sXe or titles yet. The source is strictly from the DVDs that I have and it appears the distributor might be out of business (TreelineFilms.com), so I cannot ask them. I may have to try filesize or hash, but this seems like somewhat random depending on how the DVD was created as well as how the files are extracted . . . unless I am not understanding something.

I sure appreciate the comments.

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by kim » 30 Jan 2019, 01:21

Classic Serials Megapack: 150 Episodes
https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Serials- ... B0001HAGW4

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by rednoah » 30 Jan 2019, 03:07

At this point, example paths and screenshots would allow us to see what exactly you're dealing with, and confirm if - or if not - FileBot can help you bring order to the chaos.

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 30 Jan 2019, 15:54

Kim: Thank you for the example. That is great that the 150 episode product lists out at least some of the episode information. I have yet to find a similar listing for the 100 episode, but have found many for sale. An example is https://www.amazon.com/Favorites-Megapa ... B0001DMVW6 . The best that I have seen is what is listed on the back of the box:
Four Star Playhouse (1954-1955) === (6) 30 minute episodes
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966) === (6) 30 minute episodes
One Step Beyond (1959) === (3) 30 minute episodes
Flash Gordon (1953-1954) === (3) 30 minute episodes
Mr. and Mrs. North (1953) === (7) 30 minute episodes
Bonanza (1959-1972) === (3) 1 full-hour episodes
The Lone Ranger (1949-1956) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Burns and Allen Show (1950-1955) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Life With Elizabeth (1952-1955) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Crime Stories (various) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Dragnet (1951-1959) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Dangerous Assignment (1949-1953) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Racket Squad (1951-1953) === (6) 30 minute episodes
You Bet Your Life (1950-1961) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Red Skelton Show (1952-1970) === (6) 30 minute episodes
The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) === (6) 30 minute episodes
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971) === (6) 30 minute episodes
Trouble With Father (1950-1952) === (6) 30 minute episodes

I did name folders according to the series name, so at least have that benefit.

rednoah: I will take a look at the link and attached screenshots, etc. later.

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 31 Jan 2019, 10:14

Screenshot of the directory structure (showing through samba):
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Screenshot of the files contained within ANDY_GRIFFITH:
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Screenshot of starting the process on the same files shown above:
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Screenshot of final results (all that I checked were wrong):
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As mentioned, the directory and files are shown on Windows through a samba share on CentOS. FileBot is running through a docker container (using docker-compose) on the same CentOS machine. The end result of the path to where the files is located: "~/makemkv/output/CLASSIC_TV/ANDY_GRIFFITH". I used Andy Griffith for my test because I have the series already backed up and can verify that way. Did I get everything covered?

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by rednoah » 31 Jan 2019, 12:30

Do title01/02/03 refer to Episode 01/02/03?

i.e.

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The Andy Griffith Show - 1x01 - The New Housekeeper
The Andy Griffith Show - 1x02 - The Manhunt
The Andy Griffith Show - 1x03 - The Guitar Player
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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 31 Jan 2019, 15:30

No, I do not know the season or episode numbers. I do not even know the episode title. That is why I am trying to figure out a way to find them. I have been able to identify the small number of the 100 episodes that have a title in the first few minutes. I was wondering how FileBot was attempting to do a match as well or if it was truly random noise.

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by rednoah » 31 Jan 2019, 15:36

Sorry, in this case FileBot has no possibly way of identify the files. Looking at the screenshot, it seems the number in the filename matches either episode number or season number, which is meaningless in this particular case.
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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 31 Jan 2019, 16:54

I did not notice that, thank you. I will continue to try to find out more information so that I can name them properly. I appreciate all your help!

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Re: Identifying Episodes

Post by TBL » 01 Feb 2019, 18:28

Found a way to identify the episodes which is proving to be accurate. Search a guest on the show. If they are on a bunch, try another guest, and sometimes still watch part of it to narrow down further. Not a terribly fast process, but it works. Thank you both again for your help.

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