Month: September 2014

  • Use Filebot to rename media files (and folders)


    Since I am using Plex, I don’t spent time anymore to rename correctly the movies. I am only using their title for the parent folder. For series however I have, per PLEX requirement, to prefix each episode with the name of the serie + SxxEyy where xx = season and yy = episode number. I decided however recently to do some clean-up on the filenames (rename them with the exact movie title, the movie year, the video format, the audio format, etc…). As Plex can’t do that, I am using Filebot.

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    In the past, I was a great fan of Media Browser 2.x. I was using MetaVideoEditor to download the metadata for my movies. When MetaVideoEditor ended to work (not updated anymore to download the metadata from the providers), I looked for alternatives. Alternatives to MetaVideoEditor but also possibly to Media Browser. I found Plex, coming with a media server for Synology, a media player for HTPC or Samsung TV, and its own metadata downloader. I found Plex much more mature than Media Browser 3.x and I loved that Plex Server was running on my NAS. Plex was based on XBMC but much simpler to configure and much more user friendly, especially for kids. And its metadata downloader was perfect. There was however one difference with MetaVideoEditor: it was not renaming the media file with their title, episode number, etc…

    But that’s not an issue as I found Filebot, a TV and Movies renamer much better than any other similar software! It’s really amazing! It renames not only movies and episodes but also subtitles, audio files, poster (jpg, …), metadata file (xml, nfo) and checksum files (SFV, MD5, SHA-1, ED2K).

    Filebot can query various providers to fetch the rename of your files: TheTVDB, AniDB, TVRAge, Serienjunkies, TheMovieDB, IMBd, OpenSubtitles. And icing on the cake, it can rename those files using your own format. I.e. you can define which information must be used to rename the files including media info extracted from the files thanks to the well know library mediaInfo. You can also call functions to transform this information like removing or replacing blanks and special characters, etc…

    Ex.: if you use a format like this one to rename a file ““: {n} ({y}) {vf} {af}, the nale will become “The Man from Earth (2007) 720p 6ch” because “n” is a tag replaced by the name of the movie fetched from one of the provider mentionned above. “y” is the movie year. “vf” is the standard video format. “af” is the audio channels. See more tags here.

    Notice that you MUST install Java x64 on your machine if you have Windows x64. Otherwise, filebot will fail to load mediainfo’s libraries. You will see the following error when trying to use custom pattern to rename the files: “BindingException: “vf”: Could not initialize class net.filebot.mediainfo.MediaInfoLibrary.

    Also, asking filebot for information, in a command prompt run in C:\Program Files\FileBot, you will clearly see that there is an issue. It thinks you are on a Windows x86:

    C:\Program Files\FileBot> filebot -script fn:sysinfo FileBot 4.1 (r2245) JNA Native: 4.0.0 MediaInfo: java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: Unable to load library ‘mediainfo’: Native library (win32-x86/mediainfo.dll) not found in resource path ([file:/C:/Program%20Files/FileBot/FileBot.jar]) Jun 02, 2014 12:54:34 AM net.filebot.archive.SevenZipLoader requireNativeLibraries WARNING: Failed to preload library: java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: no mingwm10 in java.library.path 7-Zip-JBinding: net.sf.sevenzipjbinding.SevenZipNativeInitializationException: Failed to load 7z-JBinding: C:\Program Files\FileBot\7-Zip-JBinding.dll: Can’t load AMD 64-bit .dll on a IA 32-bit platform chromaprint-tools: fpcalc version 1.1.0 (C:\Program Files\FileBot\fpcalc.exe) Extended Attributes: OK Groovy Engine: 2.3.2 JRE: Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 1.7.0_51 JVM: 32-bit Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM OS: Windows 7 (x86) Done ?(?????)?

    Go to the manual download page of Java to get the x64. Otherwise, using a x86 browser, you would get the x86 version of java by default.

    1. Once filebot installed, run it and select the “Rename” tab.
    2. Drag and drop the media files to be renamed in the “Original Files” tab. If you want to renamed series, drag & drop the root folder (For Plex, this folder has the name of the serie and contains one subfolder “Season xx” per season.). Notice that it will take time to load all the files but you won’t see any progress bar or spinning hourglass. Be patient!!!
    3. Once the files loaded, you will see an icon next to each one (on the right) mentioning the type of file (jpg, mkv, nfo, xml, …). Each of those files will be renamed. This will therefore maintain the “link” between the existing metadata and the media itself, for players like XBMC, etc…
    4. Right click on the “Match” button to select “Preference”. There, select the language of your media. “Titles” will be fetched from the providers in that language.
    5. Right click on the “Match” button to select “Edit Format” (if you want to customize it). It opens a “Format” window
    6. At the bottom of that window, click on the button “Switch to …” to select the type of media you are going to rename: Movie, Music or Episode.This is important as all tags don’t works for all type of media. Ex.: the tab {e}, “Episode Numbers”, does not exist for movies or music. The type of media you have selected is display in the title bar of the window.
    7. Bellow the format, click on “(x)=” to select one sample of media. It will show you the media information retrieved with the mediainfo library. This preview can help you to find the Tag you need for you custom format.
    8. Now, type you own format. Various samples can be found here. For my series and my movies, I am using respectively:
      {n.replaceAll(/[!?.]+$/).replaceAll(/[`´‘’ʻ]/, "'").replaceAll(/[:;]/, "-")} - {s00e00} - {episode.title.replaceAll(/[!?.]+$/).replaceAll(/[`´‘’ʻ]/, "'").replaceAll(/[:;]/, "-")} [{vf}.{vc}.{ac}]
      {n.replaceAll(/[!?.]+$/).replaceAll(/[`´‘’ʻ]/, "'").replaceAll(/[:;]/, "-")} ({y}) [{fn.match(/3D/)+"."}{fn.matchAll(/H-OU|H-TAB|HSBS|H-SBS|Half-SBS|Full-SBS|F-SBS|SBS/).join('.').replace('Half-','H-').replace('Full-','F-').replace('TAB','OU').replace('HSBS','H-SBS')+"."}{vf}.{vc}.{ac}] {" CD$pi"}
    9. Once the expression to format completed, click on Use Format. This will close the window.
    10. Right click on Match and select the provider to be used (depending on the type of media to be renamed). Filebot will immediately start to fetch the meta data from that provider and display a preview of the New Names. You will see a spinning icon in the upper right corner indicating that the operation is in progress.
    11. Once completed, you can check that everything is fine in the preview before clicking on “Rename” to execute the actual renaming.

    Filebot can not only rename the files but also move them if you include a path in the format. Ex. to move Avatar.mkv into a folder like X:/Movies/Avatar Collection/Avatar (2009) /Avatar (2009).mkv, use a format like: X:/Movies/{n} ({y}).

    I use the following expression to renamed the folders of my movies:

    ../{n.replaceAll(/[:;]/, "-")} ({y})/{n.replaceAll(/[!?.]+$/).replaceAll(/[`´‘’ʻ]/, "'").replaceAll(/[:;]/, "-")} ({y}) [{fn.match(/3D/)+"."}{fn.matchAll(/H-OU|H-TAB|HSBS|H-SBS|Half-SBS|Full-SBS|F-SBS|SBS/).join('.').replace('Half-','H-').replace('Full-','F-').replace('TAB','OU').replace('HSBS','H-SBS')+"."}{vf}.{vc}.{ac}] {" CD$pi"}

    Actually the folder is not renamed, but the file is moved into a new folder instead. So, there are plenty of empty folders remaining on the system (or folder that contain only files not renamed with the movies…). To delete them run the following “groovy script” provided by filebot (in a cmd prompt run as administrator):

    c:\Program Files\FileBot>filebot.exe -script fn:cleaner "\Path\To\Your\Movies" 2> filebot-error.log 1> filebot.log

    If you don’t want to cleanup the empty folders without checking what will be deleted, run the same script in ‘test’ mode first and look at the log file…

    c:\Program Files\FileBot>filebot.exe -script fn:cleaner "\Path\To\Your\Movies" --action test 2> filebot-error.log 1> filebot.log


    Notice, “Advanced Renamer” can also do it but it’s not as easy. One has indeed to use javascript within “Advanced Renamer” to get access to the complete exif information. it means that a Filebot’s tag as simple as {vf} becomes in Advanced Renamed:

    [js]var format = ”;
    var w = item.exifToolValue(‘ImageWidth’);
    var h = item.exifToolValue(‘ImageHeight’);

    if (w == 0) {
    format = ”;
    } else if (w < 1280) {
    if (h < 576) {
    format = ‘SD NTSC’;
    } else {
    format = ‘SD PAL-SECAM’;
    } else if (w < 1920) {
    format = ‘HD 720p’;
    else if (w < 3840) {
    format = ‘HD 1080p’;
    else if (w < 7680) {
    format = ‘UHD 4K’;
    else {
    format = ‘UHD 8K’;

    return item.newBasename + ‘(‘ + format + ‘)’;




  • Asus P9X79 Pro and Surround Audio 5.1: Get sound from Side Speakers

    I have an old Creative Gigaworks ProGamer G550W – a 5.1 Surround System – connected to my Asus P9X79 Pro, and I have never been able to configure my Audio Playback Device as an actual 5.1. But I recently found a step by step procedure posted by “EomaMY” on the forum of Asus’ Republic of Gamers that works like a charm.

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    The problems with the “Realtek HD Audio Manager” (installed on a clean machine, i.e. immediately after a fresh install of Windows 8.1 x64) were:

    • I had cracking noises in the Center Speaker (See here). I had no such noises with the Microsoft default drivers.
    • with the “Realtek High Definition Audio” Speakers configured as a “5.1 Surround” in the “Playback Devices” configuration pane of Windows, I never got any sound from the Speaker Pair connected either to the Rear Speaker Jack or to the Side Speaker Jack.
    • with my Speakers configured as a “7.1 Surround“, I didn’t get sound from the Speaker Pair if connected to the Rear Speaker Jack. But I got sound from this Speaker Pair if connected to the Side Speaker Jack as far as I was disabling the “Rear Pair” in the “Speaker Setup“. Unfortunately, with such a config, I was not getting any sound from the Rear Pair when playing 5.1 movies within Plex Home Theater.

    So, I did follow EomaMY’s procedure:

    1. Try and re-plug your rear cable back to the rear port.
    2. Uninstall the audio drivers.
    3. Reboot.
    4. Let windows install the standard “windows” drivers, DO NOT install the realtek drivers yet.
    5. Reboot
    6. Now install the latest Realtek audio drivers from Asus (not Realtek, those didn’t work for me). Rear cable should still be plugged in rear port.
    7. Reboot
    8. Open up Realtek control panel. Now go and change rear cable to side. A notification should pop out.
    9. Test the 5.1 setup.

    5.1 works now fine, including with Plex, and without cracking sounds in the Center Speaker anymore  8)

    I did copy/paste here above the procedure of EomaMY. Only notice that I used the Audio Drivers found on Asus Support webpage for Notebook. This version is more recent than the Audio Drivers found on the specific Asus Support webpage for P9X79 Pro.

    Notice that it’s physically correct to plug the 5.1 “Rear Speakers” in the “Side Speaker Jack”! Indeed, “surrounds” have always been on the sides but nomenclature and general usage vary and confuses the terms. Reading information from, I keep in mind that:

    • In a 5.1 system, the ‘Surrounds’ are on the sides.
    • In a 7.1 system, the ‘Surrounds’ are on the sides while the ‘Rears’ are the ‘Surround Back’.


  • Software Uninstaller: Revo

    Revo Uninstaller
    Revo Uninstaller

    Since a long time now, I am used to uninstall software with the free version of Revo Uninstaller. First, it can remove software that do not appear in Windows’s installed software” list or whose classic uninstallation failed. Next, it comes with an advanced “Cleanup” feature to remove any registry entry or files left by the software after its uninstallation.

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    The free version does not monitor your PC to capture actions made by installer… So, it does not make your PC slower.

    Usually, I know the name of the application I want to uninstall, so I use the Search Box to find it instead of scrolling among 100th of Icons. That feature was the main reason why I started to use Revo with previous versions of Windows, in addition to the fact that the information displayed was more complete than within Windows’ native uninstaller.

    I use Revo only to uninstall apps… But the free version does a bit more:

    • With the Hunter mode, you can drag the Hunter window over desktop icons, quick launch toolbar, system tray icons, or program’s window to get access to menus to uninstall, kill, locate, … the focused application. This is unfortunately not working fine on my PC. For some reason, the Hunter window is unable to identify the focused applications…
    • It also comes with an AutoRun Manager to disable/re-enable startup applications, run them, kill, them, etc… However, I am still used to CodeStuff Starter and Procexp for such tasks.

    I admit also that with Windows 8.1, the native “Uninstall a Program” is now as user friendly as Revo. In addition, I noticed that Revo doesn’t display all the installed software anymore, at least on Windows 8.1 🙁

    The only reason why I am still using Revo is because Windows is missing the advanced “Cleanup” feature that removes orphan files and registry entries.



  • File Recovery Software: Recurva


    Recuva is IMHO the very best Recovery Software. It is user friendly and much more effective than many other freeware I have tested. And it comes with a free version that is only missing the “support” service.

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    How has never deleted files by accident and only noticed after making his Recycle Bin empty? Or how has never reinstalled Windows for formatted a drive before backuping his important files?

    With Recurva, there is still a “good” chance to recover some of the “lost files” if not all…

    Concretely, Recurva has simple wizards to

    • Undelete files on your computer
    • Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
    • Recover deleted emails
    • Recover deleted iPod music
    • Restore unsaved Word documents
    • Deep Scan for deleted files when quick methods doesn’t find them
    • Securely delete files you want to erase forever

    Recurva also comes with a portable version.



  • Install and Update All Your Programs at Once with Ninite

    Ninite Installer
    Ninite Installer

    Most of my favorite freewares can be installed at once using this great free software: Ninite.

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    I have just reinstalled one of my PC (not booting anymore after the update of NVidia graphic drivers). As usually, immediately after the fresh setup, I reinstall all my favorite pieces of software:

    1. Chrome
    2. VLC
    3. K-Lite Codecs
    4. Java
    5. Paint.Net
    6. FastStone
    7. Foxit Reader
    8. Avast
    9. FileZilla
    10. Notepad++
    11. TeamViewer
    12. Revo Uninstaller
    13. 7-Zip

    That could be a lot of work. Fortunately, I only have to tick those on the Ninite website and a get a “Ninite installer” customized for my own need. Running that one, all the selected apps are installed silently :p

    No registration, No Spam, No Adware, No Worm, No Crap 8)

    Ninite Selector
    Ninite Selector