AniDB is file based. Because of this every release (status) in AniDB is calculated from the added files! Keep that in mind.
|Note||DO NOT add files that only YOU have, self-(re)encoded or corrupted files should not be added!|
- Verify that the group you want to add a release for has already been added (see Groups).
- If not, add the group details before continuing.
To add a group's release to AniDB you need ed2k-links of the files. There are multiple ways to generate those. One of the simplest, that also provides AniDB with a lot of metadata (hashes, length, bitrate- & codec info etc.), is Avdump.
|Note||When using Avdump make sure you defined an API Key in your profile ( on AniDB) profile -> account -> set api key|
- Get Avdump GUI.
- Set your AniDB username and API password in the options menu. (Note that because of the limitations of avdump1 your username must be no longer than 1o characters, all written in lower case and it cannot contain any symbols. If your anidb username contains symbols like an underscore _, you would need to change your username to work with avdump1. You should also avoid symbols in API password.)
- Activate the checkbox in front of the "export ed2k links to file" option and set a path in the field next to it where the file should be saved.
- Save the options.
- Select what you want to scan from the main menu: files or folders.
- Select the stuff you want to scan (... Button) (you can select multiple files at once).
- Click Start.
- Go to the entry of the Anime in AniDB you want to add a release for
- Scroll down to the groups block on the page and click add new release.
- Open the log file from the path you set in Avdump. It should contain various lines of text starting with ed2k://.
- Copy and paste those lines into the big text area in the AniDB website in add new release.
- Set the group and language options.
- Click next.
- Set the episodes the files belong to. AniDB tries to recognize some parameter from the file names, but this is not guaranteed to work 100%.
Step 4 (optional)
In case a file spans multiple episodes you should add the file to the first episode it spans completely. Afterwards you will have to do one more thing:
- Go to the entry of the file where you can see all the file related details like bitrate, codec etc.
- At the bottom of that page you will find a link called add new episode relation.
- Choose the other episode this file belongs to and hit add. (you might have to repeat this process depending on how many episodes it spans).