Often we get a lot of emails asking How I should name my files in order to be well recognized by Squire? How I should prepare my library ? What I have to do?. Answer is simple: nothing.
Like we said on many times, Squire’s file recognition is an automated system, with zero configuration. The algorithms we’re developing let us detect the movie without forcing the user to follow very hard rules or naming conventions. We know these systems are far from perfect, and we have a lot of work ahead. The intelligence inside of an algorithm is limited with a few exceptions like R2D2, C3PO, Kitt or Robocop (well, this one is half man so it doesn’t count).
But truth is we wanted to give our users an alternative way to make sure the movies or tv show will get well recognized always, using IMDB codes. Each movie, tv show and even individual episodes have one, and it can be seen at the end of the URL as the image below illustrates.
- Movies: add the IMDB code and name it like you wish (The Karate Kid tt1155076.avi).
- TV Shows: you can either add the IMDB code for the show (house 4×06 tt0412142.avi) or for an individual episode (house 4×06 tt1123416.avi). Have in mind this is part is not available on the current build.
That simple .
We don’t aim to give you some programming lessons or basic mathematics. We’ll try to not bore you with complex diagrams and how our algorithms works, we will postpone it for the day when Coca-cola share his secret recipe or Google distribute its famous PageRank .
Squire recognizer (our algorithm system) analyzes all the files in your internal, external and shared disks. Using Squire Database it filters, recognizes and separates movies from the rest of video files. Everything is done without following a naming pattern or putting your files on certain places. You just need to sit and watch.
What Can I do to help Squire?
Of course in the entire world no one is perfect. Just like your mother or wife are happy when you lower the toilet seat, Squire will also thank you with better results if you follow a coherent way to name your files:
Keep it clean. Squire loves your file names to be concise and direct. It’s better to have a file named like Inception.mkv than Inception Subt [AC3 - DTS] (2010) by BobEsponja.mkv, although it will be probably recognized anyway.
File extension. Squire recognizes and plays the following files extensions: MOV, MKV, AVI, MP4, MPG, M4V.
On TV Shows, name along with season and episode number. Following our previous point, be concise with the name: Lost 1×05.mkv. Just in case you don’t have the entire name, season and episode number in your file name we are also supporting folder naming. Read more here
We’re getting better.
This is an amazingly complex and ambitious project, and believe us when we say we’re putting all our efforts and passion on it. We have a lot of stuff to improve and implement but slowly, with your help, we will make Squire much better than it is now.