Zappiti: How To Create A Movie Collection (Full Process)


Introduction

Zappiti Media Center is a system for managing collections of movies and TV series for MAC and PC and multimedia players (now only compatible with Zappiti 4K HDR and Zappiti Player 4K media players). Zappiti automatically analyzes your movies and TV series and collects info, summary, poster and wallpaper. All video files are organized automatically by categories. You can then sort your movies using filters and find them through a powerful search engine.

Compared to previous versions of Zappiti Media Center, the V4 offers many advanced technologies and many new features. To learn more about the power of Zappiti Media Center V4, please visit the dedicated page by clicking here.

Firstable, you must download and install Zappiti Server but If you own a Zappiti player, you do not have to install anything You can use Zappiti Cloud as server. 
Zappiti Server (or Zappit Cloud) is the heart of the Zappiti system. It collects the covers of movies and TV shows and synchronizes your collections of dematerialized video contents on all your devices (TVs trought Zappiti players, computers, tablets and smartphones. It is also thanks to Zappiti Server that Zappiti is a true multi-room video solution without loss of quality (unlike streaming).


It is necessary to distinguish the "server" part (Zappiti Server) from the "client" part (Zappiti Media Center):
> Zappiti Server: Used to store the database, download posters and wallpapers and resize them. Also used to carry out requests of the client part like the search engine, the sorting filters ...
> Zappiti Media Center V4 (client): This is the interface of Zappiti. It is through it that the user controls and configures Zappiti. Zappiti Media Center V4 can be used on a Zappiti media player, PC, or MAC.


Zappiti Server

Zappiti Media Center V4 offers several solutions:

Zappiti Server Cloud
This is the simplest solution. All the covers and also the database are online on the Internet in the Zappiti servers. Only the identification codes and the covers are stored in the Cloud in backup (the covers are downloaded into the internal memory of the player at the first display). Your movies are not sent to the Cloud.
Advantage: Easy to use - does not require server installation.
Advantage: Does not require a computer. The Zappiti player can be completely autonomous.
Advantage: Movies and episodes are automatically marked in Vu / Not seen after viewing.
Advantage: Possibility to explore and edit its collections on several Zappiti media players but also from a tablet / smartphone (iOS or Android) or a computer (Mac / PC).
Disadvantage: you need a good Internet connection on the Zappiti drive for the first display of the covers (then the covers are cached and the display is instantaneous even after restarting the drive).
Disadvantage: Be careful! The player is not able to analyze certain technical information of the files. If the technical information can not be analyzed by the media player, it can still be retrieved from Zappiti Db (technical information provided by other users or from Zappiti PC / Mac and uploaded to the Community data).

Zappiti NAS
The Zappiti NAS integrates Zappiti Server. It allows you to play the role of the Cloud Server but on your local network. The movie covers are downloaded into the internal memory of the player at the first display.
Advantage: Does not require any special installation. All configuration is automatic.
Advantage: Extreme simplicity of use.
Advantage: Does not require a fast Internet connection. It also works even without internet connection (requires in this case a router apart from your Internet modem).
Advantage: movies and episodes are automatically marked in Vu / Not seen after viewing.
Advantage: possibility to explore and edit its collections on several Zappiti media players but also from a tablet / smartphone (iOS uo Android) or a computer (Mac / PC).
Advantage: All technical information is retrieved via MediaInfo including ratio, frame rate, video resolution, main audio codec, maximum number of channels, video codec, video container, subtitles and languages. Attentions, some technical infos can be proposed by default on ISO files.
Click here to learn more about Zappiti NAS ...

Zappiti Server MAC / PC
It is a small software installed on a PC or a Mac. Zappiti Server play the role of the Cloud Server but on your local network. The movie covers are downloaded into the internal memory of the player at the first display.
Advantage: Does not require a fast Internet connection. It also works even without internet connection (requires in this case a router apart from your Internet modem).  
Advantage: movies and episodes are automatically marked in Vu / Not seen after viewing.
Advantage: possibility to recover the collections of the V3 (only for the PC version of Zappiti Server).
Advantage: possibility to explore and edit its collections on several Zappiti media players but also from a tablet / smartphone (iOS uo Android) or a computer (Mac / PC).
Advantage: All technical information is retrieved via MediaInfo including ratio, frame rate, video resolution, main audio codec, maximum number of channels, video codec, video container, subtitles and languages. Attentions, some technical infos can be proposed by default on ISO files.
Disadvantage: you have to let the computer run when you want to use Zappiti Media Center on the Zappiti drive.

Zappiti Server Synology
It is a small software that is installed on a Synology NAS. Zappiti Server play the role of the Cloud Server but on your local network. The movie covers are downloaded into the internal memory of the player at the first display.
Advantage: Does not require a fast Internet connection on the Zappiti drive. You can manage and edit everything from Zappiti 4K HDR / Zappiti Player 4K or from a PC or Mac computer.
Advantage: you do not have to leave a computer running at all times.
Advantage: movies and episodes are automatically marked in Vu / Not seen after viewing.
Advantage: possibility to explore and edit its collections on several Zappiti media players but also from a tablet / smartphone (iOS uo Android) or a computer (Mac / PC).
Advantage: Synology Zappiti Server updates are automatic and transparent.
Advantage: All technical information is retrieved via MediaInfo including ratio, frame rate, video resolution, main audio codec, maximum number of channels, video codec, video container, subtitles and languages . Attentions, some technical infos can be proposed by default on ISO files.
Disadvantage: only compatible with the NAS of Synology brand at the moment. Requires a Synology NAS with minimal power to operate smoothly.

Zappiti Server ASUSTOR
It is a small software that is installed on an ASUSTOR NAS. It allows you to play the role of the Cloud but on your local network. The movie covers are downloaded into the internal memory of the player at the first display.
Advantage: Does not require a fast Internet connection on the Zappiti drive. You can manage and edit everything from Zappiti 4K HDR / Zappiti Player 4K or from a PC or Mac computer.
Advantage: you do not have to leave a computer running at all times.
Advantage: movies and episodes are automatically marked in Vu / Not seen after viewing .
Advantage: possibility to explore and edit its collections on several Zappiti Player 4K or Zappiti 4K HDR.
Advantage: ASUSTOR Zappiti Server updates are automatic and transparent.
Advantage: All technical information is retrieved via MediaInfo including ratio, frame rate, video resolution, main audio codec, maximum number of channels, video codec, video container, subtitles and languages . Attentions, some technical infos can be proposed by default on ISO files.
Disadvantage: Requires an ASUSTOR NAS with minimum power to operate smoothly.

Zappiti Offline (Offline Mode)
This is an option similar to the export function of the Zappiti Media Center V2.8. But rather than exporting to the Zappiti media player, the posters are directly downloaded to the player's internal memory from Zappiti Cloud or Zappiti Server. 
Advantage: Does not require computer or Internet connection.
Advantage: Fast display of the movie covers even on the first navigation (on the other solutions, the first navigation is slower because it is at this time that the covers are downloaded into the internal memory).
Disadvantage: Any modification possible. It is just the simple consultation of covers with launching films (like the export of the V2.8).
Disadvantage: It is not possible to mark movies in Vu / Not seen.
Disadvantage: All the dynamic functions requiring the Internet are not accessible (trailers, Live Bonus, subtitles download, search engine ...).


Folders

Before to start to create a movie collection, you must create a "Movies" (or Films) folder on your HDD. Place all your movies inside this folder. If you have TV shows, place them in a dedicated folder named "Series" or "TV Shows".




Movies
1. On your NAS or your HDD, please create a movie folder named "MOVIES". Place all your movie files in it.
2. Your movies should be named with the title of each movie. For example, the file of the title "Metropolis" should be named "Metropolis.mkv". You can create subfolders in the folder " MOVIES " if you want.


TV Shows / TV Series
1. On your NAS or your HDD, please create a "TV SHOWS" folder.
2. Then, create a subfolder for each TV Show / Serie. You can create a subfolder by season if you want. Then , place all your TV Show episodes in it.
3. Your episodes must be named as: "Seriename s01e01".
Note: the filenames such as "Seriename 1x01" are also supported. 




Start your Zappiti Player.

On the main page, click on the firt button named "Zappiti". 



Follow the instructions on the screen to select you language.

Then you'll see an info panel about the remote control. The AirMouse is not available in Zappiti but you can use the keyboard located on the back of the RF AirMouse.


Create a Zappiti Account

The next panel will invite you to create a Zappiti Account. 
Follow the on-screen instructions to create your Zappiti Account. If you already have a Zappiti account, enter your email and password and click "Connect". If you have forgotten your password, click on "I forgot my password?" and follow the instructions on the screen. To type your password, do not forget you can use the keyboard on the back of the AirMouse.  

Then, enter your "Token" number. You will find it on a label located on the underside of your Zappiti player. 

Warning! This "Token" number can only be associated with one Zappiti account. So please choose carefully before associating the Token number to an account, and please note your Zappiti Login (your email address) / Password associated to the Token Number somewhere to remind it if needed later.

Note: If you see "This token number is already used," perhaps you have already registered your player with a different email address. In this case try a different email address.

By default, Zappiti Cloud is selected. But if you prefer to use Zappiti Server on your computer or your NAS instead Zappiti Cloud, please download Zappiti Server here:
http://zappiti.com/download.html

Zappiti Server is available for:
- Windows
- Mac OSX
- Synology NAS
- Asustor NAS


Collection

A first collection is created by default. But you can rename it. To rename a collection, just click on it then use LEFT/RIGHT to select the dedicated TAB.



After selecting your account, your server, and your collection, please press Connection button. 

 
 

Folder configuration

Then you'll see this screen:



To add a folder containing movies or TV shows, please click on the dedicated button located on the first tab (Folder).



If your files are located on a local storage, please click on Zappiti player. Then click on the storage name (could be named sda1 or sda2). Then explorer it to add your folder.
If your files are located on a local network storage, press DOWN button to display your network storage. If your Network storage is not displayed, please click on Add a network device.



Then explore it at locate you folder containing your movies (or TV shows) and click on it.



When you are in the folder containing your movies or TV show DON'T EXPLORE THE MOVIE FOLDER! Just press OK button. If not, Zappiti will analyse only one movie instead of all the movies. You should add your "MOVIES" (or FILMS) folder. Not a folder containing only one movie.

Your folder will be added in the movie folder list (or TV show). You can check the path by looking on the generated plath located between "Movies" button and "Edit" button. Your path should stop to the "Movies" folder (or "Films" folder). 

If your path is incorrect, you can modify it by using "Edit" button. Press "Delete" button to delete the folder from Zappiti. (Don't worry! Your movies will not be deleted). 



If you want to add another folder containing movies or TV Shows, please click on the dedicated button.

Then, press RETURN if you don’t want to add another folder containing movies. Zappiti will start to scan your folders and analyse your video contents.



You can see the current scan taks in a dedicated panel. To close the current task panel, press RETURN button of your RC.
If you close it, you can display it again through the MENU button of your RC.



Done! Now you can enjoy your Zappiti collection!



ALL
In this section you can find all your video contents sorted by alphabetical order.

MOVIES
In this section you can find all your movies.

TV SHOWS
In this section you can find all your TV Shows and Series Episodes.

RECENT
In this section you can find the most recent video contents.

CATEGORIES
In this section you can fin your video contents sorted by categories (genres).


To access to additional features, press MENU button of your IR remote control.



Adding a movie file
When you add a movie file to your "Movies" folder, Zappiti will automatically index it durin the next restart of the application. To force the analysis, please use the dedicated option located in the Zappiti Menu. (Please use Menu button on the remote).

Deleting a movie file
When you delete a movie file from your 'Movies' folder, Zappiti automatically remove his cover and descriptive page from your Zappiti collection during the next analysis.
Warning! You can manually remove a movie cover using the "Delete" option located in the Zappiti menu. But this does not delete the movie file. Thus, in the next analysis, the movie cover is regenerated. To permanently remove a movie cover from your Zappiti collection, please physically delete the file stored in your "movies" folder or move it to another folder outside the "Movies" folder.

Films not indentified by Zappiti. How to identify it?

When a movie is incorrect, how can I identity it again?

How to identify a personal movie


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