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  1. bergmef macrumors 6502a

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    I'm new to Plex and have a question about storing media files. I have a bunch of movies and series in iTunes. Can I:
    1. Just point Plex to the appropriate folder and see all my series or movies?
    2. should I creat a new library? Any benefit in doing so (kinda hate to move 5T of data)
    3. Still access the iTunes library so I can replace older apple TV's slower.

    I guess what I want to do is have iTunes keep everything organized (I add shows every day) but have Plex know the new stuff is there and be able to show it.

    Is this possible? Is this stupid? I love to hear all input from current Plex users.

    Thanks,
    Frank
     
  2. Phil A. Moderator

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    Yes, you can include iTunes content into the Plex Library

    You need to enable the option to Share iTunes Library XML file in iTunes preferences (Advanced Tab)

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    This will create an XML file called iTunes Music Library.xml in the iTunes folder

    Then, in Plex, enable the iTunes channel and point it to the iTunes Music Library.xml file

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    You need to click Show Advanced to see the box where you can type the Library XML path in (presumably it otherwise uses the default location)

    Once that's done, restart Plex Server and it should show your iTunes media and update whenever iTunes is updated

    Be aware, though, that it won't let you view media that contains DRM through Plex
     
  3. bergmef thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will I still see stuff laid out like plex does it (in grids)? Any benefit over just pointing plex to the folders?
     
  4. Phil A. Moderator

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    I've never done it personally (I don't use iTunes to manage my media at all), but I assume it will show it the same as any other Plex content. Not sure what benefit you get over just pointing it to the folders
     
  5. bergmef thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess the reason at the beginning would be the older apple TV's still needing home sharing. the way iflicks dumps straight to iTunes is pretty easy with iTunes creating the seasons etc.
     
  6. jdag macrumors 6502a

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    I use this 2-for-1 method and it works well. Since I had been using iTunes as my central repository before moving over to Plex, I decided to just keep doing so.

    As I put new media into my iTunes library, using iVI which is like iFlicks, the file gets named to iTunes standards and loaded into the appropriate media folder. I then have Plex pointing to those same media folders, and it picks up any new additions automatically.

    I did not do any of the XML setup as Phil A. described.
     
  7. bergmef thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    cool, that is what I was hoping for. Thank you
     
  8. bergmef thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    how long does it usually take for plex to read a library? I started at 8pm on a 2014 mini (2.6GHz) and at 5am it's still doing tv shows. Since I had everything tagged using iVI and iflick, I thought it would use that. Does plex go out and get all the artwork and stuff all over again?
     
  9. decx macrumors newbie

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    Given your library size, it's possible. In it's default settings Plex Media Server does go out and gets all the metadata and artwork again after it has analyzed each file. In addition, certain options like generating preview thumbnails, if enabled can further increase processing time when adding media. I'd let it run to see how it does. You can click on the status icon (top right in the web view) to check on the progress.
     
  10. bergmef thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I'll give it a shot when I get home. I do have a stupid question now. Is there a search button in these forums anymore? I can't find it. I'd love to search on everything about Plex but don't see a way. I miss the old search button in the upper right corner from years ago.
     
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Just make sure everything is named properly as per Plex support pages, so Plex will pick it up correctly.
     
  12. bergmef thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I just pointed to the iTunes 'tvshows' folder and the iTunes 'movies' folder. I guess I'll find out later today how it did and if I have to do it again.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Just click that looking glass icon up at the top right.

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