Settings / General

Media Collection

Valid Video Extensions

Enter each extension (separated by semicolon) that meta<browser/> should consider as valid media items. It will only add media items to the media collection list that have extensions that are listed in the valid extensions list.

Filter Row Update Mode

The filter row is the first row of the media collection list where the user can quickly search their media collection by entering a search term. Here you can select the method you want your media collection list updated when using the filter row.
  • When Value Changes
    • Starts filtering your media collection as soon as you start typing (can be slow on large collections)
  • When Enter Key Pressed
    • Filters your media collection after you hit the ENTER key on your keyboard

Dynamic Filtering

Dynamic Filtering comes into play when using the Advanced Filter/Saved Filters.
  • True
    • The filtered media collection list will be updated dynamically based on any changes made to metadadata that affect the currently applied filter.
  • False
    • The filter will have be applied again to show the changes in the filtered media collection list.

For example lets say you have the media collection list filtered to only show movies with the production year of 2005 and you decide to change the production year of one of your filtered movies to 2008.
If Dynamic Filtering was set to True, the movie would be dynamically removed from your filtered media collection list since it no longer fits the filter you defined. If False, the movie would remain in your filtered media collection list until you applied the filter again.

Ignore hidden folders and files

If enabled, meta<browser/> will ignore all hidden folders and files and will not add them to the media collection list even if they are considered valid media items.

Folder Monitoring

Folder monitoring, as the name suggests, monitors your media locations for any changes. If configured you can leave meta<browser/> running in the taskbar and all your newly detected items will automatically be added to your media collection list with full metadata/images with no manual intervention required from you.

Refresh media collection list on start

If enabled, will refresh your media collection list when meta<browser/> is launched to update existing items in your media collection list and add any new media items detected. Please read Options/Refresh for more details about Refresh.

Fetch metadata on first refresh

This option is only avaialble if Refresh media collection list on start is enabled. If enabled, will fetch metadata for any new items detected during a refresh when meta<browser/> is first launched.

Fetch metadata on every refresh

If enabled, will fetch metadata for any new items detected during a refresh, every time your refresh your list.

BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS OPTION, as adding a new location in options and then refreshing your list will make meta<browser/> think that new items are being added to an already existing list and will try to fetch metadata for those items.

The recommended setting for this options is False unless you know what you're doing. Performing a REBUILD will not cause metadata to be fetched.

Real Time Monitoring (NTFS File Systems)

If your media items are located on NTFS File Systems (Windows 95 and up), you can enable real time monitoring.

Real time monitoring monitors your locations in real time, meaning, that any changes or additions you make to your media will be reflected in the media collection list in real time without the need to refresh or rebuild your list.

Some examples of how real time monitoring works:
  • If you add a new media item, the new item will automatically appear in your media collection list
  • The same applies if you delete a media item, it will automatically be removed from your media collection list
  • Any manual metadata changes will automatcially be reflected in the media collection list
    • Delete a poster or backdrop through Windows Explorer
    • Rename a file/folder of one of your media items through Windows Explorer

As long as meta<browser/> is kept running your media collection list will always be up to date.

Poll Media Locations (Samba Shares)

If your media items are not located on NTFS File Systems (ie UnRaid), you can enable polling for your media locations.

Polling polls your media location for any changes once every hour. It is essentially performing the same task as a Refresh, but without the need for you manually having to click refresh to keep your media collection up to date.

Fetch metadata when new media is detected

This option is only avaialble if Real Time Monitoring or Poll Media Locations is enabled.

If enabled, will fetch metadata for any new items detected. This setting allows for a set it and forget it type environment, allowing meta<browser/> to automatically fetch metadata for your collection. Any incorrect metadata that was automatically fetched by meta<browser/> can be easly be corrected manually.

System Tray

Minimize to tray

If enabled, will minimize meta<browser/> to the system tray instead of the taskbar.

Close to tray

If enabled, will close meta<browser/> to the system tray instead of terminating the application.

Load on system startup

If enabled, meta<browser/> will automatically load at each system startup.

Load minimized to tray

If enabled, meta<browser/> will load minimized to the system tray each time the application is launched.

Save Behavior

Force save

If enabled, meta<browser/> will save all metadata when the "Save" button is clicked even if no changes have been made.

Force auto save

If enabled and you also have auto save enabled, with save all metadata whenever you move from one item to another even if no changes have been made.

It is not recommended to have these options on all the time as it causes unnecessary saving of all metadata.

Logging

Enable logging

If enabled, meta<browser/> will log activity and errors. All logs will be located in C:\ProgramData\MetaBrowser 2.0\Logs and a new log file is generated for every launch of metabrowser.

Cache

Location

Specificy the location where meta<browser/> should store all cacheable items (images/data).