So, here we are, the last big section of the guide. To recap, so far we’ve installed XBMC’s servers, XBMC Media Center, Simplicity skin, and Setup both XBMC and Simplicity.
Now, all that’s left, is adding the content we wish to use and setting up the library and view modes properly.
First off, we need to add the content we’re interested in. The process is much the same for MOVIES, TV SHOWS, and MUSIC. From the Home screen select MOVIES, at the bottom of the screen find the < View Options menu. This indicates you should push the Left Arrow key to access this menu. Do this now.
On the left hand side of the screen a menu with the SIMPLICITY logo should pop-out. This menu is typical and fairly consistent across all media types. Take moment to explore it before moving on and get comfortable accessing it and modifying it.
Selecting Add Source will bring up the Add Video source window. Select Browse and a Browse for new share window will pop-out from the right. If you have any Movie media files browse to their location and hit Enter or select OK. Doing so will then populate the file path in the Add Video source window. If you have other paths for the same content type (currently Movies) repeat this process to add them all. This will combine all the separate locations of the same media type into a single location in XBMC!
Once you’ve added the path(s) to your media files you may also want to edit the Enter a name for this media Source field. Type in whatever you prefer here. It will only be seen if you drop out of Library Mode again.
Note that the MovieDB is now selected as a Scraper and you now have a number of Content Scanning Options in the bottom pane. For ease of use Run automated scan should be enabled and the rest likely left as they are (if you have poorly name files but properly named folders you can set Use folder names for lookups).
Once this is all set properly select Settings and under the General tab note the options here. Depending on your display I recommend setting trailers to 1080p (or the highest your display / system can handle) and also enabling Get rating from IMDb.
Once set as desired select the OK button, and then once again select the next OK button to complete the adding of this content. You will likely now be notified of Change Content and asked if you want to refresh info for all items within this path? Select Yes and allow the scan to take place.
For (TV shows) the Scraper will be The TVDB. As we did with (Movies) select Run automated scan and then select Settings. Here you may want to enable Use DVD Order (as this order is most often how the directors of the series wanted the content released instead of how the Networks chose to display it). Also, you may want to enable Prefer Posters to keep Posters as the main preference over fan art and banners for both MOVIES and TV SHOWS.
For MUSIC you will have to drop back to the Home screen and select MUSIC and continue with Add source from there. There is no Set Content or Settings options for Music so this one has no additional options to configure!
Once all your media has been added to your Movies, TV Shows, and Music libraries close and reload XBMC Media center to make sure no new content is found. Once nothing new is found proceed to the next section (next page).