@The.King , here are some answers to your questions, to the best of my ability. I applaud your enthusiasm as you embark on this epic journey to turn your SMP into a tricked out killer media device. Now if it were only easy….
Answers to your Questions (hopefully):
I am not going to quote your questions as this post is more than long enough already. Just refer back to your previous post.
1) Yes, turn off media library
2) Yes, remove all existing metadata and XML files that are in your movie directories.
3) Yes, installing that Firmware will get you the space you need, butyou will have to get support for it on the other board. Then of course once you get it up and running, thank KAD for all his hard work, incredible tech skill, as well as generosity to give it to the community for FREE! (Flowers is probably over the top, but maybe putting him on your holliday card list would be appropriate.) :smileyvery-happy:
4) Yes, you will need to install Thumbgen
5) Correct, you do not have to delete any of your old Black Mamba 1.9 moviesheets since you do not have any. The root folder will be the actual root of the theme, so “\Goodbye Black Mamba Theme” on your SMP after you have installed it by uploading the zip file. Inside that folder you will see all the theme’s XML files. That is where you are going to put your linksheets as well.
When you generate your sheets and covers, TG will place the cover with the movie, and then the linksheet one directory back. That said, those are configurable variables in TG and you can have it place the sheet wherever you like. In Thumbgen under “options” there is a tab called “Input/output naming” which you can specify where you would like each of the pieces it generates to be placed when they are made.
6) No. Do not go to youtube to learn Thumbgen. You could, but since DeVicious has written a guide on exactly what to do, you just need read the two PDF’s that come with the theme. The PDF “Black Mamba 1.9 User Guide for old Sheets.pdf” will clearly walk you through using Thumbgen for the theme. The second guide, “Link Sheet Manual - Black Mamba.pdf” will give you a bit more info on the process, how to rename the linksheets appropriately, and where to place them (answered in #5 above). If you want to get more in depth, then go back and read up on TG, but for starters, don’t overload yourself with too much info. Let’s just get one or two linksheets working so you have proof of concept. Others here may disagree with me, but too much information at once can be overwhelming. She has made this easy for you, take advantage of that and learn the in-depth part later, or when you have no choice because of the need to trouble shoot a problem that arises.
7) This is a question you would have to discuss on the other board. Sorry, not appropriate for here since it is about the alternate FW and not made by WD. My suggestion though is to use a thumb drive for your theme, and keep it separate from your NAS. Just an opinion though.
8) The root folder question has already been answered in #5 - “\Goodbye Black Mamba Theme”. That is on your SMP once you have installed the theme.
8A+) In step 3 in the guide, she explains that you will be creating two files with the same name. One of them (the cover art) in the movie’s folder, and one of them (the linksheet) in one folder “up”. Though they will have the same name (“moviename”.jpg), they should look very different. The first should just be the cover. The second (one folder up) should be a sheet with all the movie info, scene picture, etc. That is the one you will rename to the same EXACT name as the movie, EXTENSION and all, and put in “\Goodbye Black Mamba Theme” on your SMP. I would not worry about making linksheets for folders yet until you get a few working movie linksheets. I don’t recall, but I don’t think there are folder templates for GBBM so stick with movies for now. Just make the covers for the folders and deal with the sheets later. Get the basics down first, then move forward from there.
Lots of stuff here but you are on your way. I am unclear what you have actually done. My advice would be to go in this order. You have way too many things going on at once and it will be impossible to troubleshoot if you don’t test things one at a time and make sure each step works. You are dealing with custom FW and a semi-complex linksheet theme. This works great and looks killer, but you will likely encounter and issue or two along the way and it would be nice to know what is working well, versus what is not.
This is the Order I Would Use:
1) Turn off media library and delete all metadata form you NAS
2) Install alternate FW KAD linked you to, and get used to using it
3) Install GBBM theme by zipping and uploading through web interface as directed. Play with and enjoy for a bit, make sure is working on thumbdrive. Make sure all the screens look good and that you actually have installed the theme correctly. Reboot the SMP several times to make sure that GBBM has stuck and the SMP does not go back to the default theme.
4) Install Thumbgen onto your computer, and then install GBBM bundle that came with the theme
5) Make 1 or 2 linksheets for movies in TG. This is a test; do not make tons of linksheets till you know if you have this working correctly. Leave cover jpg with movie. Find linksheet one level up. Open it up in a graphics viewer/editor and determine if it looks correct.
6) Rename linksheet, and copy to “\Goodbye Black Mamba Theme” on SMP
7) Put view to gallery view, go to that movie, and see if sheet comes up. If no sheet but just movie cover along the bottom, you have made a mistake in either then naming or the directory you put the sheet in.
8) If does not work immediately (it should though) you may try a full re-boot of the SMP and then go back and look at that movie again in gallery view.
"A picture is worth a thousand words":
Here are two pictures of my device when it was running GBBM.
The top picture is the linksheet itself that I created in Thumbgen, then opened on my computer with a graphics program before renaming it. Yours should look somewhat similar when you open it in your graphics editor.
The bottom picture is what GBBM should look like on your screen in gallery view when browsing through your movies. The selected movie should be showing the linksheet for it, and the movie cover(s) should be below. If you can get this to work with ONE or TWO linksheets, you then know that you have the process down, and are ready to proceed with creating sheets for all of your movies. Expect this to take some time with that many TBs of video.
Good Luck my friend. You are in for a wild ride, but it will be well worth it.