Multi-Version Movies

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:

/Media
   /Movies
      movie content
   /Music
      music content
   /TV Shows
      television content

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.

Multiple Versions of the Same Movie

You can gather multiple versions of the same movie together (that have different resolutions or encoding formats) and collapse them to a single item. For example, you can have 3 versions: ones suitable for a mobile phone, a tablet, and a 1080p TV. The multiple versions will be collapsed to a single item in the library. When a Plex app goes to play the collapsed item, it can:

  • Automatically request and play the most suitable item
  • Present a list of the items so that you can choose from them

Note: Not all Plex apps will allow you to manually choose which version to play. You should not rely on a choice being presented.

To merge the files, name them:

  • MovieName (Release Year) - ArbitraryText.ext

Where ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.) ArbitraryText can be any text useful to you to identify the media from outside Plex. Plex will show you the actual resolution of the media if the app you're using shows you a list or use the best file for a mobile app. The text you have there is not displayed.

/Movies
   /Pulp Fiction (1994)
      Pulp Fiction (1994) - 1080p.mkv
      Pulp Fiction (1994) - SD.m4v

Note: This feature is not intended for situations where you might have, for instance, both a "theatrical" and "director's cut" version of a movie. Likewise, it is not appropriate for 2D vs 3D versions. Those situations are best handled by Splitting the movie into separate library items.

Related Page: Server > Managing Media Items > Split or Merge Items