This is a lot of work needed initially to develop your media collection from a simple list of stuff into a visually fantastic and graphically informative interface. if you go through the theming concept to its conclusion you will find that maintaining it (i.e. adding a new movie or TV series) becomes very quick and easy.
- You need to check the names of all your video files and get the correct folder structure. If you get this right it makes the next phases easy. Get it wrong and you will have problems generating the moviesheets and artwork. There are many places on these messageboards that have mentioned and discussed how to name files and folders and there are different ways to do it so I will only tell you how I do it with the proviso that others may do it differently but also correclty :
FILE NAMING :
name the files as movie name (year) .avi or mkv etc. i.e. The Cabin in the Woods (2011).mkv
The name of the series then Sxx.Exx.avi or mkv etc. i.e. Modern Family S02.E11.mkv which means Series 2, Episode 11. Be careful with naming and formatting, it is important.
FOLDER NAMING :
All of your movies need to be in 1 folder. Do not create a folder for each movie. You can have sub folders for Genres i.e. make an ACTION folder then put all movies which you decide are action movies into this folder.
unlike movies you MUST have a folder for each season. So you might have a folder called Modern Family, then in this folder you would have 3 folders called Season 1, Season 2, Season 3 and within the season folders will be all of the episode videos for each season.
When you have the above sorted out (and this can be quite a bit of work) you are ready for :
- Loading your theme. I will not tell you which moviesheet based theme I have as there are many good ones and it is down to personal preference. There are instructions with themes on how to load them and you will have to hunt this specific info down but in short if you have a SMP box then you have to go to its web interface and go to appearances and upload the theme. if you have a live Hub then you are copying the theme onto the Harddrive of the hub.
When you have the theme loaded correctly onto your WDTV box then you should see the theme already on your TV and you are ready for the next step :
- Using Thumbgen to generate moviesheets. Once again I can’t give you detail here but an overview. Thumbgen is a nifty program that when it is preconfigured with the theme you want to use (you have to do this) then it will search the internet for the movie/tv show information (synopsis etc) boxcover art, fanart which is used for backdrops and other things and mix them all up in an electronic blender to instantly give you a complete moviesheet. You will have seen moviesheet examples for differnet themes but the creation of these movie sheets are very quick. What is not so quick is getting thumbgen programmed to work for your theme.
You need to download the thumbgen program
You need to get the theme specific thembgen configuration files
You need to go into thumbgen and make profiles for both Movies and TV shows
You can then start using thumbgen to create your moviesheets
When you have thumbgen running correctly it will generate multiple files that will be named (mostly) identically to the movie/tv show you are trying to make. All of these files get placed into the appropriate folder either MOVIE or TV SHOW as discussed above and then if all goes well you should be able to view the movie and moviesheet on your hub.
I have resisted going into any detail here as it would run into many pages and it is also theme dependent to some degree. Most of the info is on these threads but the theme designers are very helpful and will answer your specific questions as you work through the above list.
I have 10 times as many media files as you and it was a lot of work to get it all formatted and ready to go but I saw this as a project. I now benefit from this effort and maintaining the media library is very simple as you only have to do this big job once. in my opinion a media library on its own is worthless without this type of interface.
Good luck !