How to Fully Populate Movie Library Thumbnails?

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How to Fully Populate Movie Library Thumbnails?

Post#1 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:19 pm

As a new user of the EPG123-enabled alternative to Rovi, I couldn't be happier with the vastly improved accuracy and detail that sourcing Schedules Direct data vs Rovi has delivered to my Media Center PC. Well worth the annual investment.

My Movie Library's thumbnails are now, finally back to 100% accuracy, vs the maybe 20% right, 80% WRONG artwork I had with Rovi after the changeover from Zap2It. The only remaining issue is that about half of the movies in my recording folders lack an image of any kind.

Is there a way to force WMC with EPG123 to populate these titles? (I suspect the movies missing artwork are mostly or all movies I had recorded before my upgrade to EPG123).

Thanks for a great fix for the Microsoft-Rovi indifference to quality.

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Artwork is 100% correct again (woo-hoo!), but only about 50% present.
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Post#2 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:54 pm

I've sent garyan2 an email to see how feasible it would be to implement a search function. (The search function on the server side is fairly simple, but I don't know how easy it would be to update MCE)
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Post#3 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:34 pm

Here's some rules I've learned while working with epg123.

The artwork for series and movies (actually the link to the image) is not part of the metadata of the wtv file.
Once the artwork information is purged/dies-out from the database, the original artwork will no longer by seen.
This is especially noticeable in the movie library... the images you actually have currently are not from epg123, but from AMG.
You will only get AMG movie posters if the movie has a title and a YEAR which Rovi data was lacking and download is enabled.

If I were a betting man, I would say most of your movies in the library that don't have posters, also don't have the year populated. If that is the case, than it would be possible to edit the WTV metadata to include the year and pull the coverart from AMG after that.

So to answer part of your question, no it is not possible for epg123 to populate the artwork of past recorded movies, especially from Rovi. At least not that I am aware of.
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Post#4 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:41 pm

Mine were not populating, but oddly enough if I clicked each empty movie and waited a second the correct image would appear. Once I did that to all of my movies I had all the images. This worked for all the movies I recorded while on ROVI.
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Post#5 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:24 pm

dkrom wrote:Mine were not populating, but oddly enough if I clicked each empty movie and waited a second the correct image would appear. Once I did that to all of my movies I had all the images. This worked for all the movies I recorded while on ROVI.

Well that was unexpected. Are the images of the correct aspect ratio? in other words, does it look like a poster or a stretch 4:3 image?
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Post#6 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:42 am

Recorded TV HD does a great job with movie posters and plays nicely with EPG123.
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Post#7 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:56 am

garyan2 wrote:
dkrom wrote:Mine were not populating, but oddly enough if I clicked each empty movie and waited a second the correct image would appear. Once I did that to all of my movies I had all the images. This worked for all the movies I recorded while on ROVI.

Well that was unexpected. Are the images of the correct aspect ratio? in other words, does it look like a poster or a stretch 4:3 image?

They are the movie poster.
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