Option to Flatten Movies in Movie Sets Back Into Main List

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literaldeluxe Offline
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It would be nice to have a GUI option to flatten movies in Sets back into the main list (ignore the "Set" tag and eliminate the Set submenus). Using the Die Hard example from http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=Movie_Sets, *after* the movies have been put into a Set...

Normal view (with 3 movies in the "Die Hard Collection" set):
Desperate Measures
Die Hard Collection
Euro Trip

"Flat" view (still with 3 movies in a "Die Hard Collection" set):
Desperate Measures
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Euro Trip

At worst, it could at least be in advancedsettings.xml.
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+1
I would also like an option to not group movies in sets in Movies - Title library node. Mixing sets and normal movie entries looks inconsistent in most of views and/or if you sort movies by runtime/rating etc when sets are included. That's the only thing preventing me using sets now.

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Hi all! I'm new to XBMC and was just a passic forum-user until now...
But I just have to agree to this suggestion, that would be really nice!
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Why are you creating sets if you want them flattened?
I could se the use of a flatten toggle in GUI.. but as an advancedsetting?

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sho Wrote:Why are you creating sets if you want them flattened?
I could se the use of a flatten toggle in GUI.. but as an advancedsetting?

Because there is separate node for Sets in Library, with only movies in sets...

If I want to work with all movies, I have to use Title node. And sets doesn't fit there imo (descriptions missing - it just doesn't feel right) then if I want to sort movies by rating/runtime... and and there are sets, it makes things more difficult, sets will be at top of the list, but obviously with no ratings etc.

So If I'm interested about some particular set, I'll go to Sets node directly which will do the job for me, no need to sort all movies there.

An option to flatten sets would be appreciated.

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sho Wrote:Why are you creating sets if you want them flattened?
I could se the use of a flatten toggle in GUI.. but as an advancedsetting?

Flexibility. I'd like to use sets, but not be locked into them. As others have noted, it's nice to be able to see all individual movies' details while scrolling through lists, without having to drop to submenus at random points. That said, I really like having sets and being able to group movies into one item, just not all the time.

If I'm casually browsing, I like seeing all the details of every movie. If I'm looking for something more specific, I like having sets to reduce clutter. Another issue is different people using the list: my wife doesn't want to have to scroll past a dozen James Bond movies, but I might.
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I kind of like this idea, below is a link to a patch that implements it. The only problem is that when sorting by name all the set films show up at the top, even though they aren't grouped in the set. I tried to hunt it down but someone else might have a better idea of where this happens.

The way I implemented it (for those who won't read the trac) is through the use of an advancedsettings value in the videolibrary node of the xml file.
Code:
<videolibrary>
<groupsets>true</groupsets>
</videolibrary>

Group sets = true is the default. Setting to false will only group sets in the 'Sets' Node, otherwise the movies will show up as normal in other views.

http://trac.xbmc.org/ticket/8441
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In that case, I only use the <sorttitle> tag in the movie.nfo (without the <set> tag)

example :

Pitch Black
<sorttitle>Riddick 1</sorttitle>

The Chronicles of Riddick
<sorttitle>Riddick 2</sorttitle>
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humferier Wrote:In that case, I only use the <sorttitle> tag in the movie.nfo (without the <set> tag)

example :

Pitch Black
<sorttitle>Riddick 1</sorttitle>

The Chronicles of Riddick
<sorttitle>Riddick 2</sorttitle>

"In that case...." what are you referring to?

Can anyone confirm that sorttitle does anything without the set tag to begin with?
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robweber Wrote:"In that case...." what are you referring to?

Can anyone confirm that sorttitle does anything without the set tag to begin with?

sorttitle has nothing to do with sets. If a sorttitle exists, it is used for sorting when sort by name is used. If sorttitle doesn't exist, the title is used.
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joelmeans Wrote:sorttitle has nothing to do with sets. If a sorttitle exists, it is used for sorting when sort by name is used. If sorttitle doesn't exist, the title is used.
Joel

Gotcha, I guess from reading I thought sorttitle was only used when sorting inside of a set.

This also clears up a sorting problem with the patch I submitted allowing you to not display sets in nodes other than the set node.

Thanks.
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robweber Wrote:"In that case...." what are you referring to?

I was referring to the original question :
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robweber Wrote:Gotcha, I guess from reading I thought sorttitle was only used when sorting inside of a set.

This also clears up a sorting problem with the patch I submitted allowing you to not display sets in nodes other than the set node.

Thanks.

So if you don't use sorttitle at all, then there is no problem with your patch?

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That's what I'm thinking. I have yet to test it without sorttitle, but my test set had '1','2','3' as the sorttitle. I think this is why they showed up on top when not in the set anymore, and only using name sort.
Either don't use sorttitle, or have the movies named something like 'lord of the rings 1', 'lord of the rings 2' so that they are all grouped together (if you still want that sort of thing). I think it is best just not to use it since you can always sort by release year within the set to get the correct order anyway.
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That's how is sorttitle supposed to work. I don't use it, because it's not that much appealing to me. Having Quantum of Solace sorted after Casino royale somewhere under J (if you use James Bond... for example). What I like when I'm viewing Movies - Title node, sort by name is having all movies just simply sorted by an original name, no sets, no sorttitle.. then I can use smsjump keys of original title and don't have to think what sorttitle or set does Quantum of Solace belongs. I know there is search function, but I don't use it unless absolutely necessary Wink View/sort functions, should be most intuitive for normal user as they can be by default. That's why are sorttitle and sets just an optional bonuses for those who will like their (dis)advantages.

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