By default, Kodi does not store artwork and other metadata with your actual media, but doing so is highly beneficial. With a quick settings change, you can park your videos and their associated metadata in the same place.
Kodi usually downloads and stores metadata with the Kodi installation itself—so thus if you have it installed on a media center PC in your living room, that is where the metadata is also located. There are two great reasons why you would want to move away from the default configuration and store your artwork and metadata with your actual media.
First, it speeds up both library rebuilding and the library experience in multi-media-center households. Crunching through the metadata and downloading all the artwork when you first set up Kodi is a pretty intensive operation that can take hours to grind through a large collection—so if you have multiple Kodi boxes, you waste a lot of time (and space). If you store your artwork and metadata with your media, then Kodi will pick up that metadata it scans. The process is not only radically faster but more consistent—the artwork you picked out the first time around is retained, and you don’t have to fiddle with changing movie posters or TV season art.
Second, it keeps all the metadata with the media, so if you switch media center software, archive your content, or share it with a friend, the artwork stays with the media instead of remaining locked up (and potentially lost) with the local Kodi installation.
If you take a peek at your media before you begin the process, you’ll see that there is nothing in your media folders but the core media itself. In the screenshot below, for example, our Back to the Future folder has nothing but the video file itself. All the metadata for the movie is locked away in the Kodi database.
To change that, we need to force Kodi to export all the metadata for all our video files to the individual folders. Thankfully, this is trivially easy if you know where to look. To start the process, run Kodi and click on the Settings icon.
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