Okay, so if you’re reading this, you most likely have already installed the Genesis add-on in Kodi, you hopefully discovered that you can merge Genesis TV Shows and Movies into you video library, and you probably even setup your video library on MySQL to sync your Genesis library across multiple HTPCs in your home.
So what’s next? How can it get any more awesome?
This tutorial will show you how to configure Kodi Genesis on remote computers so that you can add TV Shows or Movies to your library from remote computers and have it add to your central MySQL library.
A Little Background & Behind the Scenes
So, when you right-click (or press C) on a TV Show in the Genesis add-on and select “Add to Library” (as covered before), what it actually does is add files in a certain directory that appear as media files, but are actually pointers to open that corresponding media in the Genesis plugin.
Note: If you don’t have the Genesis plugin and you try to play that media, Kodi will prompt you to install Genesis.
That “certain folder” where those pointer files are stored defaults to …./userdata/addon_data/plugin.video.genesis/TVShows (Learn about the path to the /userdata/ folder)
So, if you are on a remote HTPC which is accessing the library of another HTPC using MySQL (as covered before), then this default path will prevent you from adding a new TV Show to your shared library because Genesis will put it in a path that is local to that computer and it not included in any library sources.
But did you know you can change the path where Genesis stores those library files? You can, and you can use SMB (Windows Network) paths.
Let’s Do It!
Open the Genesis Video Add-on and go to Tools > GENESIS: Library > LIBRARY: Settings.
You will see a path for Movies and a path for TV. Both will be defaulting to “special://userdata/…” which is Kodi’s shortcut to the userdata folder.
What we need to do now is change those paths to make them point to the userdata folder of the central computer.
In order to do this, you will need to have shared either your C drive, Windows user folder, or just the Kodi userdata folder from Windows to make the folder accessible from other computers on the network using SMB.
If that’s done, then click on the TV path and browse via SMB to your central HTPC to the path that ends with …./userdata/addon_data/plugin.video.genesis/TVShows as shown in the example below.
Then do the same for Movies…
That’s it! Now, you can enjoy content discovery from any HTPC in the house!
Remember, you will need to do this on each HTPC running Kodi that you add to your network.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or tips, please leave a comment. Thanks!