Adding Local Artist and Music Videos

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.

Enable "Local Media Assets"

"Local Media Assets" is an Agent source that loads local media files or embedded metadata for a media item. To do this, ensure the Agent source is enabled and topmost in the list:

  • Launch the Plex Web App
  • Choose Settings from the top right of the Home screen, then choose Server
  • Choose Agents
  • Choose Artists in the first row and then the Agent you want to change in the second row
  • Ensure Local Media Assets is checked
  • Choose Albums in the first row and then the Agent you want to change in the second row
  • Ensure Local Media Assets is checked

Related Page: Server > Scanners & Agents > Agents
Related Page: Opening Plex Web App

Local Videos

If you have your own artist or music videos, you can add those to your music library in one of two ways:

  1. Inline by placing them alongside your regular music files.
  2. In a Global Music Videos Folder that's located separately from your regular music files.

Inline Videos

You can keep your videos alongside your actual music files. Videos are identified by using specific naming and must be placed in a directory that contains a music track from the same artist.

Artist Videos

Interviews with the artists, behind the scenes footage, and more can be added to the artist in your library. In order to do so, you'll need to ensure that the video files are named and organized appropriately.

  • Music/Artist_Name - Album_Name/Descriptive_Name-Video_Type.ext

Where -Video_Type is one of:

  • -behindthescenes (behind the scenes)
  • -concert (concert performance)
  • -interview (artist interview)
  • -live (live music video)
  • -lyrics (lyrics music video
  • -video (regular music video)

...and ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.) If you exclude the "type" from the filename, it will default to the -video type.

Tip!: Artist videos must be in a directory that contains at least one music track for the artist.

Music Videos

You can add music videos for tracks you have in your library. To do so, ensure that the video files are named and organized appropriately.

  • Music/Artist_Name - Album_Name/Track_Filename - Descriptive_Name-Video_Type.ext

Where -Video_Type is one of:

  • -lyrics (lyrics music video
  • -video (regular music video)

Tip!: To have the music video associated with the track, it must start with the exact filename of the corresponding music track and must be in the same directory as that track.

Examples

Here are some examples of adding local artist and music videos.

/Music
   /Bob Schneider - I'm Good Now
      01-Come With Me Tonight.mp3
      02-Medicine.mp3
      02-Medicine - Medicine (extended jam)-lyrics.mp4
      03-A Long Way To Get.mp3
      Saxon Pub Dec 29, 2014-live.mp4
      Stephanie's Rock Show-interview.mp4
   /Bob Schneider - Lonelyland
      01-Metal and Steel.mp3
      01-Metal and Steel - Metal and Steel-video.mp4
      02-Big Blue Sea.mp3

Global Music Videos Folder

Some users prefer to separate their musical videos from the actual audio files. This is supported through a global path setting for the location of the separate musical video content.

Note: When using a "global" folder for your videos, if you wish to have music videos associated with particular tracks in your library (so that they appear on—and can be accessed with—the track), be sure to name the video file with the same track name as the track.

Configure Local Media Assets Agent

To start, you need to specify the location of your "global" music videos folder. Note that this is truly global and is not a per-library setting. The location is specified in your Local Media Assets preferences.

  1. Launch the Plex Web App
  2. Choose Settings from the top right of the Home screen, then choose Server
  3. Choose Agents
  4. Choose Artists in the first row and then the Agent you want to change in the second row
  5. Local Media Assets should already be enabled from earlier, so open the agent preferences via the gear icon on the right side
  6. In the Local music video path field, specify the full filesystem path to the location of where your music videos are stored
  7. Save the path

Artist Videos

Interviews with the artists, behind the scenes footage, and more can be added to the artist in your library. In order to do so, you'll need to ensure that the video files are named and organized appropriately.

  • GlobalFolder/Artist_Name - Descriptive_Name-Video_Type.ext or
  • GlobalFolder/Artist_Name/Artist_Name(optional) - Descriptive_Name-Video_type.ext

Tip!: If you organize the videos into directories based on the artist as in the second option, the artist name is optional in the filename.

Where -Video_Type is one of:

  • -behindthescenes (behind the scenes)
  • -concert (concert performance)
  • -interview (artist interview)
  • -live (live music video)
  • -lyrics (lyrics music video
  • -video (regular music video)

If you exclude the "type" from the filename, it will default to the -video type.

Examples

Here are some examples of content in a Global Music Videos Folder. We'll assume this content is in the /MusicVideos folder specified in the path example.

/MusicVideos
   ABBA - Concert at Royal Albert Hall-concert.mp4
   ABBA - Dancing Queen.mp4
   ABBA - The Making of Dancing Queen-behindthescenes.mkv
   /ABBA
      ABBA - Take a Chance on Me-video.mp4
      Knowing Me Knowing You-live.mp4
      Super Trouper.mkv