Synology VideoStation Movie & TV Folder Naming Conventions

Synology VideoStation Movie & TV Folder Naming Conventions

As the Synology Media Server bases its indexing, cover images and descriptions on the filename of your movies and TV shows, its critical to get the format correct.  Below I’ve pulled together what I believe are acceptable formats for TV Shows, Movies and also a Useful Tips section.

Movies

Movies are by far the easiest filename to format because they are generally a single file.  The following are acceptable file naming conventions, I have emboldened my recommended format:

Movie Title (1981).avi
Movie Title.avi
Movie Title 1981.avi

TV Shows

As TV shows have multiple seasons and some episodes are double bills, these can be a little more complicated.  Personally I recommend a main folder per TV Show, a sub-folder for each season and individual episodes named via the emboldened format below (the login being that this structure can be browsed via a network or a search and still make sense):

TV Show Name/Season 1/TV Show Name – Episode Title – S01E01.avi
TV Show Name s01e01.avi
TV Show Name s01e01-e02.avi
TV Show Name 1×01.avi
TV Show Name Season 1 Episode 1.avi
TV Show Name Season 1 E01.avi
TV Show Name/Season 1/01.avi
TV Show Name/Season 1/s01e01.avi
TV Show Name/Season 1/1×01.avi
TV Show Name/Season 1/TV Show Name s01e01.avi
TV Show Name/Season 1/TV Show Name 1×01.avi
TV Show Name/Season 1/Episode 1.avi
TV Show Name/Season 1/Season 1 Episode 1.avi
TV Show Name Season 1/01.avi
TV Show Name Season 1/s01e01.avi
TV Show Name Season 1/1×01.avi
TV Show Name Season 1/TV Show Name s01e01.avi
TV Show Name Season 1/TV Show Name 1×01.avi
TV Show Name Season 1/Episode 1.avi
TV Show Name Season 1/Season 1 Episode 1.avi

Useful Tips

Rename Many Files at Once

If you need to rename many files at once, I highly recommend using the free tool called Bulk Rename Utility available to download from here: http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php.  I’ve been using this for years and once you get used to it, its very powerful – you can even rename multiple folders full of filenames at once, trim white space, search/replace and if you’re really hardcore, use Regular Expressions.

 

 

Bob McKay

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