So like many users here, I have a WD TV Live that I use to access movie files from my NAS. In my case, I just have a network share, my NAS doesn’t act as a media server. It was extreamly annoying to not have the artwork for the movies show up. My kids can’t read just yet, so seeing the picture of whatever movie they want to watch lets them select on thier own.
I had previously used an AppleTV for media viewing, so all my movies were listed in iTunes. Most of the kids movies had artwork associated with them. So when I started using the WD TV Live, I was perplexed that a few movies still had the artwork showing up, but not all of them. I tried doing the filename.jpg = moviename.avi and while that works for a USB drive plugged in, it was no help at all for the network shared drive. Plus that meant that I had twice as many files listed, since the WD TV Live can’t seem to filter by file type in the list view.
So eventually I had the time to sit down and actually figure out what was going on with those couple of files that showed artwork. The bottom line is that they need to be encoded as a .mp4 file. So basically what I’m doing is using Handbrake, choosing the “AppleTV” preset, bumping the video quality up a bit, making sure it’s a .mp4 export, and re-encoding the files. Sure it’s a bit of a pain, but once they’re re-encoded, you can use either MetaX to add the tags, or much easier just drag them into iTunes, add the artwork, then delete the files from the iTunes library once you’re done. The good thing is I can set up Handbrake to do a bunch of them one after another, and just take 10 minutes to do the artwork after they’re all re-encoded.
I know this won’t work for everything, but the .mp4 file type will keep the 5.1 sound, subtitles, and a decent video quality. For my HD stuff, I’ll just live with not having the artwork. At least until I have a more robust computer to change the encoding options to a higher quality.
Just wanted to share!