Why settle poor ratings on your otherwise perfect Plex Media Server? With a simple tip, you can add IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes on Plex and enjoy more accurate movie results.
Where Plex gets the fi rankingslms (and why you should change it)
If you've taken a look at the star ratings for movies in your Plex library, you may have noticed something a little bit special: there is a remarkable number of 3/5 star films. In fact, with the exception of exceptionally well-known and loved films (like The Godfather) or truly horrific films, very few films have a 5 star or 1 star rating. What's the problem?
The contract is that the multimedia agent Plex Movie, the small software that extracts the data of your films from the Internet database, uses The default movie database .
As long as we love The Movie Database, and it's great for getting most of the data (like illustrations and direction info / distribution), the rating side of things just isn’t as developed as the rankings on sites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. This is how you end up with so many movies in Plex that have 3 / 5 stars - most movies rated on The Movie Database have only a few reviews and an average of 5-6 out of 10, which translates to 3/5 in the Plex Interface.
If you want more precise notes from a wider eventThere are two ways to go about film reviews. You can take the easy route and tweak the existing Plex Movies scraper, or you can take the (very slightly) more difficult route and install a completely new scraper that takes notes from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes via The Open Movie Database.
Why choose one over the other? Although tweaking the Plex scraper works well now, Plex has historically had a thorny relationship with IMDb, as IMDb has argued that the use of notes by Plex is commercial use (even if the rating data is downloaded by individuals at home and not by the actual Plex company). ). We describe both methods here so that if the simple method fails in the future before pressure is exerted on Plex by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes, you can still pull the rankings from these sites in your Plex ecosystem.
Option 1: adjustment of the scraper par default to use new sources
To set the scraper defaults on your Plex Media Server, open the web interface of your server and go to Settings> Server> Agents. In the Agents menu, select "Films " then "Plex Movie ". Next to the "Plex Movie " entry in the list of scrapers, click the settings icon, as shown below.
Scroll down until you see " Notes source "in the settings menu , then select which note source you want to use from the drop-down menu.
Once the modification is done, click on "Save " at the bottom of the menu. Go to the last section of this article.itulated "How to update your data " to complete the process.
Option two: add the new scraper for third party access
Thanks to the work of the Plex embers community and the plugin system, we can easily insert a new scraper directly in our Plex multimedia server to completely extend or replace the default classification.
First, you need to enter the plugin file here . Save the master.zip file to your computer. Extract the zip file, inside you will find a folder called "OpenMovieDatabase.bundle-master. Rename this folder to "OpenMovieDatabase.bundle. This renamed folder is the entire plugin, the part and the plot, so don't make fun of anything inside.
With the plugin folder in hand, simply drop it in the Plex plugin directory. Here is where vou will find this directory on different operating systems:
- Windows :% LOCALAPPDATA% Plex Media Server Plug-ins
- macOS : ~ / Library / Application Support / Plex Media Server / Plug-ins
- Linux : $ PLEX_HOME / Library / Application Support / Plex Media Server / Plug- ins
- FreeNAS Jail : / usr / pbi / plexmediaserver-amd64 / share / plexmediaserver / Resources / Plug-ins /
Copy it entire folder "OpenMovieDatabase.bundle " in this directory. On Linux, FreeNAS, and other operating systems with more stringent authorization systems, you may need to grant folder access to the user "plex using a command command." appropriate permissions on the file, e.g. chown -R plex: OpenMovieDatabase.bundle plex.
Once the file has been copied, restart your Plex Media server by closing the Plex application (if you are on Windows or macOS) or by running the command sudo service plexmedia server restart if you are on a Linux or unix system.
After restarting, open the web interface for your Plex Media Server and go to Settings> Server> Agents. In the Agents menu, select Films and then The film database. You are going to see a list of available agents, including our newly added “Open Movie Database” agent. Before you do anything else, click on the gear on the right side of the Open Movie Database entry.
The plugin settings menu is long with flip-flops for each bit of data that can be extracted from the Open Movie database. It is up to you to decide if you want to delete general data (such as release dates, field summaries, etc.) in addition to IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes classifications. Check or uncheck general data entries as you see fit. If you like the way things are set up in Plex, at With the exception of the notes, you can play it safely and uncheck everything.
The part that interests us is all the way down, scroll down until 'to what you see the entry for "Note ". Here you want to check "Note, select the notes you want IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes, and optionally you can ask the plugin to write the note in the summary. In the screenshot below, you can see that we have opted for Rotten Tomatoes with the summary functionality.
Why would you Do you want the note to be added to the summary when you already have the star system? Note: the value written in the summary location will not be the value rounded to the nearest star, but the points or the actual percentage of the service you have selected. When you decide for or against this feature, be sure to click on "Save ".
Next, check the entry "Open movie database "in the agent list and make itdrag on top of other databases (if you have local multimedia resources enabled , you can leave it at the top as we did).
At this point, you are read to update your data and take advantage of new reviews.
How to update your data to display new reviews
RELATED: How to update your Plex multimedia library, manually and automatically
Even if you have previously configured your Plex library for automatic updating , you should always perform a library update, as Plex will not scratch updated data for existing entries (the old Open Movie Database classifications will not be overwritten by library updates even if we changed the scraper settings).
To force an update, simply open the main interface of your Plex library in your web browser and click on the menu "… " icon next to your movie library (if you have multiple movie libraries, you will need to repeat this step for each of them). From the extended menu, select "Refresh All to rerun the scraper on your movies.
Once the update is complete, all your movies will now have ratings updates from the note source of your choice.