Plex File Naming Movies In An Essay

So I've been dabbling with Plex for about a year now with my RN 516 and they are finally getting a bunch of the kinks out. I'm even considering buying the Premium Plex pass it is getting so good.

One thing that is really bugging me though is how Plex is dealing with my ripped movies. Originally, when I started, Plex suggested to separate the movie out from the other files on the discs into separate sub directories which I did dutifully, as that made sense. I made a directory for each disc and then added all the recommended sub directories for the extras. Unfortunately, it appears that Plex isn't doing anything with those subdirectories at all and the instructions have changed. So when I scan through my Movie Library, I get movies and behind the scene stuff and extras and on and on with no way to separate them all out.

What I was really hoping for was to see a listing of all my movies and then have the option to either just play the movie or see a list of all the extras included in that movie. This doesn't appear to be an option at the moment. You can look by folder...but that stinks for many reasons.

Not to throw fuel on a fire...but not having this type of setup only makes the folks in the "I want to play ISOs" camp have a good reason for wanting to do so....


The scanners and metadata agents used by Plex will work best when your major types of content are separated from each other. We strongly recommend separating movie and television content into separate main directories. For instance, you might use something like this:

Warning!: Plex will do its best to appropriately find and match content. However, a failure to separate content such as movies and TV shows may result in unexpected or incorrect behavior.

Television Specials

By default, Plex matches against, so you should name and organize your content based on the information on that site.

Shows sometimes air “specials” or other content that isn’t part of the standard season. For these shows to be recognized correctly, give them a series number “00” and so name them as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/Specials/ShowName – s00eYY.ext

Where is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.)

Place the Season Specials inside a folder named either or .

If you’re unsure whether a particular episode is a Special or not, check the episode on TheTVDB and name it as you see it there.

If an “episode” you have doesn’t appear in TheTVDB (e.g. DVD Specials or goof reel), place this content in the or folder named using s00eYY using a false “YY” number (e.g.: Heroes s00e99). The show will be available to play in a Plex App but won’t have any special metadata such as posters, etc.

Tip!: Be sure to use the English words “Season” or “Specials” as noted above, even if your content is in another language.

Last modified on: January 16, 2018

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