A few notes regarding today’s update

I won’t have time for development this weekend, so I decided to upload a new update with the changes I’ve made so far. It should be online in a few hours. Here are a few notes regarding the beta update…

Upgraded database structure for TV shows

I’ve made some significant changes to the structure of the TV show database used in Mizuu. The old one was rather pathetic, but this one is quite good and should result in dramatically faster loading of the data.

This also means that it’s now possible for me to easily add stuff like editing of episode details, favorite shows, watched / unwatched status of episodes and much more. Some of this stuff has been implemented in the new update, and some is still to come – like the “Mark as watched” feature for TV show episodes, even though the menu option is present.

The first time you launch the new update, Mizuu will upgrade your database to the new one and should – hopefully – keep all your data untouched. I’d recommend everyone to clear the library and do a clean update, if it doesn’t work as expected.

Speed

I’ve been trying to making a lot of things faster with this update. You should notice that immediately when using it – perhaps not at the initial launch, due to the TV show database upgrade, but it should be apparent at the second launch. Scrolling is faster, loading is faster and the overall experience should feel snappier. It’s still not perfect, but it’s a nice improvement.

Bug fixes

Some of you have been reporting a few errors and crashes – most of that should be fixed now. I still get some error reports that I can’t reproduce, and the reports are often missing a description, so that makes it even harder to understand what’s going on. Please be sure to describe the issue when reporting a crash!

More bugs

I know I’ve added a few bugs in the TV show details view, that could eventually lead to a crash or weird menu items. I’ll fix that for the next beta update, but I just wanted to get some of the changes out there ASAP. Also, if you’ve previously had a huge TV show library, you might get the “App not responding” dialog. You can either wait for it to finish what it’s doing (upgrading the database) or uninstall and reinstall again. Please report anything that seems out of place or crashes.

58 Comments

  1. Hi Michell
    there are problem with the rating in the tv show!!
    i see 8.3/10/10 !!
    thanks!

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    • Haha, forgot all about that. A simple library update should do the trick.

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      • when i hit any actor name i go to imdb !!
        and some tv show i cant go inside !! why
        and can i let mizuu change the tv show to another !!!
        thanks

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        • Yep, since the TV show database doesn’t have many details about the actors, I’m using IMDb search instead.

          If you clear the library and update it again, that should fix the issues with not being able to enter some shows. It’s because they weren’t properly identified from the last update.

          You currently can’t manually identify TV shows.

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  2. Great work on the app. Nice that i’m now able to remove episodes, that is really nice 🙂

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    • Thanks! Do you notice the speed improvements?

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      • the speed is really better then bevor!!!

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  3. Dear Michell!

    First i have to say you are a genius.

    This app is amazing i love it.

    The new update was very powerful, everything is much faster than before (the startup time is shorter, and i fell like the pictures loading is much faster than before).

    The network features are working perfect for me. (Im using asus tf201 and a pc with win7 for file server).

    Thank you for your excelent work.

    József Orosz

    ps: Sorry for my bad english, but im just a hungarian. 😉

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    • Thanks, I’m glad you like it! Your English is just fine, by the way 🙂

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  4. Hi Michell,
    Have you planed to work on translation of mizuu. I suppose some new sentenses need to be added on translation portal?

    Regards

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    • Hey!

      Yeah, a few things have changed. I think it’s actually best if I just wait for the final release, so I know which ones are actually being used, and then add translations in a minor update after that.

      Besides, I found a pretty major bug with the “Use English language” setting that was supposed to override any translations. I won’t add translations until such functionality has been implemented without bugs.

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  5. the keypad-friendly Welcome screen is nice, but if there the Menü is more transperency it will be nicer

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    • If I make it more transparent, it’ll be hard to see the text.

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    • a little bit transperecyer it will be readable.
      a nother posibility is to make the menü a little bit smaller…

      I have at last time problem to add my whole Movies in mizuu. I don`t know why, but it stopps after different times.
      i start the update again and it get the next movies in. but it stopps again… have you this problem too?

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      • Which device are you using it on? It’s not really intended for phones, and the size is just fine on tablets and non-touchscreen devices, which is really the target audience.

        Nope, haven’t had such issue, but will check it out.

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      • I use a HTC Sensation XE,
        It could be also on my dsl-easybox

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        • Had a feeling it was a phone. I’m acctually considering disabling the Welcome screen feature for phones because it simply doesn’t make much sense.

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          • the new welcome screen looks awesome on big screen tv. please keep it. thank you 😀

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        • I like the Welcome-Screen!!! It looks very nice. It will be a possibility to make it also for phones but then not in Landscapemode with Covers instead of backdrops for example…

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  6. I am experiencing issues with TV Updates in this version. Selecting a library update starts the process, but it never moves past 0%. Cancelling the update does not remove the update icon from the top of the screen and I have to go into the app and execute a Force Stop. Nexus 7 | Android 4.2 No issues with Movie updates. TVDB.com seems to be up and running. Any thoughts?

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    • Some details regarding your setup would be appreciated 🙂

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      • I’m having similar problem but with Movies, and it scans some of the movies and then after a while it just stops recognizing more, I need to cancel the update and restart it which will again scan couple movies (around 40), everything worked fine in the past. Also the Movies library updated was stuck at 0% until I disabled reading of nfo files.

        I’m running Mizuu on iMito MX1 TV stick, with Android 4.1

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        • Thanks, I’ll have a look at it. Seems like I need to make library updates a lot more stable.

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  7. Hi Michell,
    sorry to bother you again but it would be great if mizuu can work without network 🙁

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    • Yeah, I know. I am working on it, but didn’t finish it before publishing today’s update.

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  8. Hey Michell,

    The last update has broken the app on my Logitech Revue. I sent you a crash report from the app. When I go into a tv show the app force closes. I’m sure it’s not a big bug 🙂

    Cheers,
    Gligor

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    • It seems like that crash only occurs on GTV. Will check it out.

      Edit: All right, just found the cause. The GTV experience will be significantly improved after this fix.

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      • Awesome!!!

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  9. Is it possible to make a option to set hole Seasons marked as Watched?

    By the way, is there planed a Long-touch-reaktion? Something like a submenü or something like
    long touch @ Movie
    -> mark as watch
    -> remove from Library
    -> remove from Device
    -> change Cover
    -> change Backdrop
    .
    .
    .
    long touch @ TV-Show
    -> mark as watch
    -> remove from Library
    -> remove from Device
    -> change Cover
    -> change Backdrop
    -> Jump to last Season.
    -> Jump to Season 1
    -> Jump to Season 2
    .
    .
    long touch @ Season
    -> mark as watch
    -> remove from Library
    -> remove from Device
    .
    .

    This where a very nice Thing!!!

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    • Yep, I was thinking about doing just this. I’m just not sure how that works on TV’s.

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      • You can do long touch on TVs as well. You press and hold the “OK” button 😉

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  10. Mizuu doesn’t download any cover or episode image for “How I Met Your Mother” and “House of Cards” 🙁

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    • It’s working just fine here. Try a clean install and do it again.

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  11. Really great update, thanks! My tv show library got indexed almost entirely correctly for the first time.

    however, sort by release seems to be broken.

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    • Good stuff! I’ll fix the sorting option 🙂

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      • I noticed the “sort by release” option has now been replaced by “sort by first air date” for tv shows. I really miss having tv shows with new episodes on top of the list. Sorting by the release of the first episode however doesn’t make much sense for me. Is this something we can expect to be back, or has it been dropped for a reason?

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        • Hi!

          Yeah, that’s by far the easiest thing to do right now. I can add another to sort based on the newest episode airdate.

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  12. Feature request… it would be nice if you could somehow seperate your network content from local content. Sometimes i copy TV show or movies to my SD for when I am on the road. When I am at home I stream from the NAS. The problem is you can’t tell which is which in the database.

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    • Sure, makes sense. A temporary solution could be to use the “Available files” option when sorting. Alternatively, you can use Mizuu’s built-in search to filter (although that only works for movies): “smb://” will bring up any network sources, and writing the name of your local storage folder would bring up any movies from that folder.

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  13. Hi,

    Just updated to the newest beta and rescanned my files from beginning. Mizuu is no longer recognizing The X-Files TV show.

    The naming for files/folders: \The X-Files\S01\The X-Files S01E01.avi

    Everything was working with previous version (not sure which one as I have not did a clear scan before this update).

    Can you look into this?

    Also in situations like this is there a way of Mizuu listing unidentified files, as right now I have no way for playing the X-Files as it’s not showing at all in TV shows (even as unidentified)?

    Thanks

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    • Thanks, I’ll look at that. I’m fairly sure that “The X Files S01E01” would work, but obviously it’d be better if both worked.

      A list of unidentified files are coming, but it isn’t available right now.

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      • Hi,

        Just renamed on of the files to The X Files S01E01 but still nothing found, and the The X-Files S01E01.avi worked with one of the previous beta versions of Mizuu. Can you tell me how the .nfo works for TV shows in Mizuu, Will one info for the whole TV show work or each episode needs separate .nfo file. Also on your website formating of .nfo files is only explained for Movies, can you show me an example of one for TV show?

        Thanks

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        • All right, will check it out!

          nfo files aren’t supported for TV shows, so that’s why there isn’t any information about it yet.

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    • Hello Michel, i have problems with two TV-Shows. In older Betas they where there but now they dosnt appear. Can you help me?
      one file of the Shows for example:
      –> Das A-Team\Staffel 1\Das A-Team – 1×06 Blutsbande – 1983-02-22 – Serie.avi
      –> Das Adlon. eine Familiensaga (TV Miniserie)\Das Adlon. Eine Familensaga 01×01 – 06.01.2013 – Drama.avi

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      • Mizuu turns “Das A-Team” into “Das A Team”, which the TV database can’t find. Same thing goes for “Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga” – the dot gets turned into a space. Pretty weird to have a dot in the title of a show…. Anyway, I’ll fix it.

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        • Hi Michell, “Kangaroo Dundee” is correctly identified and has the correct cover art, but won’t open when clicking on the thumbnail in the TV show gallery.

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          • I’m 99% sure that it’s related to the filenames. Are any of them unusual? I’ve been experiencing something like that myself when using incorrect filenames.

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          • Just an update on this: It seems to happen if a single episode filename includes “00” as the season number, or if it’s using an invalid naming convention, like “S04-08”.

            Edit: Just fixed this, I believe.

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            • Still happening. Even after clearing my library and updating. 00 isnt in the episode name either. Strange.

            • With today’s update? There might be something else wrong then.

              Seems like Kangaroo Dundee only consists of two episodes – would you mind sending me the filenames of those files?

      • ok, THX for HElp!

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      • Hello Michell,
        The last updates are very nice! in front of it the fixed updatebug to check which file is unavailable or not make the app very good!
        THX for the work @ the last weaks!

        Is the Sessionnameerror i postes on February 12 at 8:45 am fixed?

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        • Nope, not yet. Not sure there’s much I can do about it, honestly.

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  14. For some reason Mizuu is now finding less files than it did previously. Out of my Movies library of 337 movies, it currently only finds 331, while before it found all of them. I’m not sure which ones it’s not finding as that would have me go through all of them one by one. It started doing this two or three builds ago.

    Also, identification is a little off (although this is not a new issue). For some reason it identifies “Win Win (2011).mkv” as “Drive (2011)” even though Win Win is listed as the top choice when I identify manually with the same title. The same is the case with “Into the White (2012).mkv” which it identifies as “Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)”.

    I also think a little too much weight may be given to the release year as opposed to the title. My movies are being named by CouchPotato which I believe finds metadata on imdb.com. There, for instance “The Cabin in the Woods” and “The Grey” are both listed as having premiered in 2011 while themoviedb.com has them premiering (probably correctly) in 2012. With just the release date a year off it finds no (or in the case of “The Grey” an incorrect) match. Lastly, Mizuu seems to automatically add a space before a digit which turns “Se7en” into “Se 7en” which as a result can’t be identified.

    Just throwing this stuff your way as I don’t have any experience with coding, so I don’t know if there’s even a solution for all this. Nonetheless, keep up the fantastic work!

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  15. Hey!

    Not sure what’s up with library updates recently. I don’t recall having changed much, but I’m going to be looking at improving the stability of both.

    Regarding identification: Mizuu doesn’t always pick the first result. I wrote a blog post, in which I mention the reason behind this: http://mizuu.tv/movies-incorrectly-identified/

    As for the release date stuff, there will always be differences no matter what you do. Sometimes the worldwide release date is used, and other times it’s a country-specific release date. There’s really nothing I can do about it – the best thing is simply to ensure that it’s the same as Mizuu’s data source, which is themoviedb.org. If a release year is included in the filename, it is assumed to be correct.

    The issue regarding “Se7en” has been there for quite some time, and I’m not really going to do anything about it. Mizuu splits filenames into groups based on a few things – numbers and capital letters are some of them. It means that “Avatar2009” will be correctly identified, and “HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows” likewise will be correctly identified.

    In your specific case, you should be able to simply rename it to “Seven (1995)” – it’s not great, I know, but it should work.

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  16. Well that makes sense I guess. Thanks for clearing that up. 🙂 The thing is it’s a bit annoying to sort these things out manually every time I do a library clear. Might there be a way to implement an option to have Mizuu stick to manually identified files even in the case of a library clear?

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    • Yeah, I totally understand. Adding the release year might help.

      There’s no way to do that right now, but I’d like to do so at some point.

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