May 22nd, 2011, 12:17 AM
Images for file folders?
I am pretty confused about how Boxee works as far as identifying movies and using the correct image for the file folder. Can anyone help me with my questions?
1. When I do a scan, it apparently does not identify the movies in my folder. I have to manually Identify a movie before it will retrieve the information and show the artwork. Shouldn't the scan take care of this?
2. Even when I manually identify a movie, the image only shows up on the file itself. The image does not show up on the folder that contains the movie, as it does in XBMC. This is really a nice touch for XBMC. Does Boxee plan to implement this at some point?
I have the latest firmware (dated May 17, I believe). I'm really disappointed with all the XBMC features that seem to have been dropped, especially the cool user interface abilities, like being able to pull up movie info even while viewing a movie in "File" mode. It seems that with Boxee, they've decided to not really support File mode much at all.
Does anyone know their plans? Are we going to see some improvement in these areas?
Thanks in advance for any info.
May 22nd, 2011, 12:27 AM
It is in fact supported. The problem is that there is a bug with how its implemented at the moment.
Basically at the moment it only works correctly if you first clear the entire database in Settings > Advanced. Clear image thumbnails first and then the database library.
It reboots and then should start scanning your source ASAP. Of course make sure your source is enabled (set type of scanning to "Once" to test).
You have to use folder.jpg for the billboard image. Thumbnails are generated using filename.tbn file.
So for example, let's say you are adding the show Clash Of The Dinosaurs to your BB library.
You have this folder structure:
Clash Of The Dinosaurs > Season 1
In the Clash Of The Dinosaurs folder you have folder.jpg and tvshow.nfo.
In the Season 1 folder you have:
So folder.jpg is the billboard image used for the show. tvhsow.nfo is information about the show.
Then the .tbn file is the thumbnail for the first episode and its .nfo file is information abut that episode.
Again, none of this works properly until you erase your library and start over. This of course will be fixed.
Well, hope that helps.
May 27th, 2011, 07:26 AM
Hi, war. Thanks for the response.
Okay, so you're saying Boxee will not identify my file folders automatically, but if I create folder.jpg and .tbn files, then it will use them if I delete all info and rescan?
Also, you are talking about this working for the FILE folders, right? Not just in the "TV Shows" and "Movies" section? (The "Files" section is all I use, due to all the wrong identification guesses the other sections make.)
June 1st, 2011, 10:41 PM
Just tested it--nope, it does not work. There is nothing I can do to make images appear on the folders in the "Files" section. Nada, nothing.
Even putting a folder.jpg file in there does not work. I can see the folder.jpg file (I shouldn't be able to), and if I hover over the video file I see it, but I don't see the folder image on the actual file folder.
BB has some nice features, no doubt. But sadly, it's like they decided to leave out *many* of the nice features that XBMC already has.
June 1st, 2011, 10:48 PM
Mine doesn't work either. I have a big box on the right with a boxee symbol in it. Now if I go into the file and select the poster, it shows up
June 2nd, 2011, 03:57 PM
Yeah, if I'm actually ON the image, I see it. But not on the folder.
Originally Posted by bryan
August 8th, 2011, 02:39 PM
I'm having the same problem and it's driving me crazy.
August 8th, 2011, 02:45 PM
I had that problem, too. Placed "folder.jpg" in the folder(s) and it wouldn't show. I left it alone and didn't tinker with it, at all. About a week later, it just started working.
August 8th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Yeah, the Files view is really half assed. Folder.jpg support is actually a basic Windows functionality since when I view the folders I have shared on my PC all of the folder.jpg images show up as images on the folder itself.
Boxee has removed a whole laundry list of XBMC functionality and even functionality from their PC version of the software in pursuit of "simplicity" when the audience who are buying this thing are folks who would have loved to have as many of the functions of an HTPC in as simple a way as possible, which the Boxee Box gets right in a lot of ways but gets wrong in a whole bunch more.
August 8th, 2011, 09:20 PM
yeah hopefully this gets reimplemented
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