Category Archives: Media Sorter

My First Github Repo

I have just set up github and uploaded my first repo of the Media Sorter project so everyone can see what I’m doing.

As of now, the Media Sorter runs in the status bar and allows you to perform a manual update of the video files found in the downloads folder. It is able to search through this folder to find your videos, then extract the show name, series number and episode number. It then uses the TVDB API and the library that I created to retrieve the relevant data for that show from It doesn’t yet allow you to apply the changes to the files, or move them to your preferred location but I will do this soon 🙂

Also, the code is probably pretty messy at the moment as I’ve been running into a few hiccups recently with my coding. It is all sorted now (hopefully no bugs :)) but it is probably still in the mess that I left it in.

I also have a feeling that I will be rewriting quite a bit of the JRMedia files to make them more efficient/better but that will become apparent at the time.

Anyways, peace out and all that…

Oh yeah, I totally forgot…durrr… if you want to see my github site go to:


Using the TVDB API

The other day when I was doing some more work on the Media Sorter I decided to implement the way I will get the program to find out the episode name for the current file.

After looking for ages on the internet I found out that there wasn’t any help anywhere on how to interpret the TVDB API XML files in objective-c. I found a framework but I wanted to try and make it myself so I could see how it works and suit it to my needs.

After a lot more searching and figuring I found out that it should be possible to do it all using NSXMLParser. This was a bit awkward to figure out too. It wasn’t straightforward to see how to use it, but anyways, I worked it out.

So here is a bit of code I put together which does a basic search of TVDB shows when you give it a show name to search for. It returns an array of the show information held in a new object I created (TVDBShow).

Here is the .m file for TVDBShow:

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

@interface TVDBShow : NSObject
@property (retain) NSString *seriesID;
@property (retain) NSString *language;
@property (retain) NSString *seriesName;
@property (retain) NSString *overview;

// Instance Methods
- (void)setShowWithSeriesID:(NSString*)newSeriesID Language:(NSString*)newLanguage SeriesName:(NSString*)newSeries Overview:(NSString*)newOverview;

// Class Methods
+ (TVDBShow*)showWithSeriesID:(NSString*)newSeriesID Language:(NSString*)newLanguage SeriesName:(NSString*)newSeries Overview:(NSString*)newOverview;


@implementation TVDBShow
@synthesize seriesID, language, seriesName, overview;

// Instance Methods
- (void)setShowWithSeriesID:(NSString*)newSeriesID Language:(NSString*)newLanguage SeriesName:(NSString*)newSeries Overview:(NSString*)newOverview {
	[self setSeriesID:newSeriesID];
	[self setLanguage:newLanguage];
	[self setSeriesName:newSeries];
	[self setLanguage:newLanguage];

// Class Methods
+ (TVDBShow*)showWithSeriesID:(NSString*)newSeriesID Language:(NSString*)newLanguage SeriesName:(NSString*)newSeries Overview:(NSString*)newOverview {
    TVDBShow *returnableShow = [[TVDBShow alloc] init];
    [returnableShow setShowWithSeriesID:newSeriesID Language:newLanguage SeriesName:newSeries Overview:newOverview];
    return [returnableShow autorelease];


And then the .m file for TVDBApi:

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>
#import "TVDBShow.h"

typedef enum searchType {
    seriesSearch = 0,
} searchType;

@interface TVDBApi : NSObject {
    // API Objects
    NSString *APIKey;
    NSString *mirrorPath;
    NSString *getSeriesPath;
    NSUInteger currentSearchType;

    // Show Objects
    TVDBShow *foundShow; // Initalise and release when needed instead of in init.
    NSMutableString *collectedData;
    NSMutableArray *foundShowArray;

// Search Methods
- (void)searchForTVDBShowsWithName:(NSString*)showName;

// NSXML Parser Methods
- (void)parser:(NSXMLParser*)parser didStartElement:(NSString *)elementName namespaceURI:(NSString *)namespaceURI qualifiedName:(NSString *)qName attributes:(NSDictionary *)attributeDict;
- (void)parser:(NSXMLParser*)parser foundCharacters:(NSString *)string;
- (void)parser:(NSXMLParser*)parser didEndElement:(NSString *)elementName namespaceURI:(NSString *)namespaceURI qualifiedName:(NSString *)qName;

// Getters
- (NSArray*)getFoundShowArray;


@implementation TVDBApi

- (id)init {
    self = [super init];
    if (self) {
        // Initialisations
		APIKey = [[NSString alloc] initWithString:@"APIKEY"];
		mirrorPath = [[NSString alloc] initWithString:@""];
		getSeriesPath = [[NSString alloc] initWithString:@"GetSeries.php?seriesname="];
		currentSearchType = 0;
		foundShowArray = [[NSMutableArray alloc] init];
    return self;
- (void)dealloc {
    [APIKey release];
	[mirrorPath release];
	[getSeriesPath release];
	[foundShowArray release];
    [super dealloc];

// Search Methods
- (void)searchForTVDBShowsWithName:(NSString*)showName {
	// Set up the url to search for the show 'showName'.
	showName = [showName stringByAddingPercentEscapesUsingEncoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding];
	NSURL *showSearchURL = [[NSURL alloc] initWithString:
							[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@%@%@", mirrorPath, getSeriesPath, showName]];

	// Set up the search type and show array.
	currentSearchType = (searchType)seriesSearch;
	[foundShowArray removeAllObjects];

	// Create a XML parser to search through the returned results for us.
	NSXMLParser *XMLParser = [[NSXMLParser alloc] initWithContentsOfURL:showSearchURL];
	[XMLParser setDelegate:self];
	[XMLParser parse];

	// Release all the local objects.
	[showSearchURL release];
	[XMLParser release];

// NSXML Parser Methods
- (void)parser:(NSXMLParser*)parser didStartElement:(NSString *)elementName namespaceURI:(NSString *)namespaceURI qualifiedName:(NSString *)qName attributes:(NSDictionary *)attributeDict {
	// Run different searches for different search types.
	if (currentSearchType == (searchType)seriesSearch) {
		// If we are doing a Series search then we want to create a new TVDBShow object to work with for each show we encounter in the search.
		if ([elementName isEqualToString:@"seriesid"]) {
			foundShow = [[TVDBShow alloc] init];
	} else if (currentSearchType == (searchType)episodeSearch) {
		// If we are doing an Episode search then......
		NSLog(@"Implement Episode Search");
- (void)parser:(NSXMLParser*)parser foundCharacters:(NSString *)string {
	// This will be the same for all search types as it just collects the data we want.
	if (!collectedData) {
		collectedData = [[NSMutableString alloc] init];
	[collectedData setString:string];
- (void)parser:(NSXMLParser*)parser didEndElement:(NSString *)elementName namespaceURI:(NSString *)namespaceURI qualifiedName:(NSString *)qName {
	// Also run different searches for different search types.
	if (currentSearchType == (searchType)seriesSearch) {
		// So were doing a Series search. We must pick out all the information we want and put it into the relevant field of foundShow.
		if		  ([elementName isEqualToString:@"seriesid"]) {
			[foundShow setSeriesID:collectedData];
		} else if ([elementName isEqualToString:@"language"]) {
			[foundShow setLanguage:collectedData];
		} else if ([elementName isEqualToString:@"SeriesName"]) {
			[foundShow setSeriesName:collectedData];
		} else if ([elementName isEqualToString:@"Overview"]) {
			[foundShow setOverview:collectedData];
		} else if ([elementName isEqualToString:@"id"]) {
			// This is the final element in this shows XML tree and because were not interested in this we can use it to close off the assignment of this shows details and add it to the foundShowArray.
			[foundShowArray addObject:foundShow];
			[foundShow release];
	} else if (currentSearchType == (searchType)episodeSearch) {
		NSLog(@"Implement Episode Search");

// Getters
- (NSArray*)getFoundShowArray {
	return foundShowArray;


If anyone sees anything wrong with this code or how it could be improved please let me know. I’m still relatively new to object oriented programming. I should also be releasing some proper files for download or something sometime soon 🙂

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The Beginning of The Media Sorter

The other day I wasted a lot of time and decided to make an application which searches a directory of your choice for media files, picks out the relevant information from the file name and then renames it to follow a certain naming convention (such as “Show Name S01E02.avi”).

So, I managed to get it to do all that. Now what I want it to do is using the information its already gathered:

  • Find information on the internet, from maybe, and get the episode name.
  • If the file is an .avi file then don’t convert it and give it an orange file tag with the new filename.
  • Otherwise if it is an .m4v or .mp4, just change the file name without converting.
  • Then, if it is a .mkv find a way of repackaging it as an mp4, then rename it.
  • Finally, move the file from its current location to another location specified by the user. In my case an external hard drive.

So, yeah, the next step is to find a way of finding the information I want on the internet and extracting it. That might be a bit tricky.

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