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    Good evening everyone -

    I have a question (actually 2). I'm trying to get actor or cast images to load and I'm not having much success.

    I'm using Media Center Master and it puts a URL to the image in both the movie.xml and <movie title>.nfo file

    For example, in movie.xml it has -

    Code:
    <Person>
    	<Name>Haruka Ayase</Name>
    	<Type>Actor</Type>
    	<Role>Cyborg</Role>
    	<Image>https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w300_and_h450_bestv2/oUfDmm4jJ03Vs58Ys64f1E219Ix.jpg</Image>
    </Person>
    And in <movie title>.nfo file it has -

    Code:
    <actor>
    	<name>Haruka Ayase</name>
    	<role>Cyborg</role>
    	<thumb>https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w300_and_h450_bestv2/oUfDmm4jJ03Vs58Ys64f1E219Ix.jpg</thumb>
    </actor>
    Mezzmo is just displaying the normal generic heads with actor name below it.

    Any idea how to get these actor images to display?

    Second, will there ever be a Mezzmo 7?

    Thanks.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidnightInAurora View Post
    Good evening everyone -

    I have a question (actually 2). I'm trying to get actor or cast images to load and I'm not having much success.

    I'm using Media Center Master and it puts a URL to the image in both the movie.xml and <movie title>.nfo file

    For example, in movie.xml it has -

    Code:
    <Person>
    	<Name>Haruka Ayase</Name>
    	<Type>Actor</Type>
    	<Role>Cyborg</Role>
    	<Image>https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w300_and_h450_bestv2/oUfDmm4jJ03Vs58Ys64f1E219Ix.jpg</Image>
    </Person>
    And in <movie title>.nfo file it has -

    Code:
    <actor>
    	<name>Haruka Ayase</name>
    	<role>Cyborg</role>
    	<thumb>https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w300_and_h450_bestv2/oUfDmm4jJ03Vs58Ys64f1E219Ix.jpg</thumb>
    </actor>
    Mezzmo is just displaying the normal generic heads with actor name below it.

    Any idea how to get these actor images to display?

    Second, will there ever be a Mezzmo 7?

    Thanks.

    Jim

    Jim,

    Peter can best answer the question on what format and tags Mezzmo uses in the NFO file for actor / actress images. I know Mezzmo scrapes TMDB for images normally so it might be an issue where Mezzmo needs to scrape them directly or an NFO format issue.

    One thing you might want to look at is a tool I created called Mezzmo Artwork Checker to help manage Mezzmo actor / actress images. The link has instructions on usage and the tool pulls info directly from the Mezzmo database so you can run CSV exports and such to see exactly what is going on. I use it to periodically check for new images on TMDB vs. having to rescrape media. It has an option for IMDB but that does require an IMDB, which has a small cost.

    Here's a link to the support forum for the tool. It does require Python on your local machine. Sorry, I am a Python developer I've used it to pull down 14k+ actor images from TMDB and IMDB. It is very fast with TMDB. It can run through 1,000 queries in a few minutes.


    Thanks,

    Jeff

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    Thank you Jeff. That's very helpful.

    I've downloaded Python and your Github zip. I'll try it and what results I get.

    Any plans to add TVDB for series?

    Jim

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    Mezzmo does not currently get the actor image from the NFO, only the actor name. There are no plans for a Mezzmo 7 at this time.

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    I have a strange one, I wonder if anyone can help me...

    I added an actor photo, following the format procedure "donald-o-connor.jpg" replacing the apostrophe with a dash as suggested elsewhere.

    On the server screen the image now appears in the films the actor is credited in but...

    On my Samsung Tv's running Mezzmo for Samsung, this particular actor's image does not display, On web connections the actors are not displayed at all, and trying to run Mezzmo for Android on my Fire tablets, they cannot even connect to the server!

    Any suggestions?
    Last edited by DaveyDee; 04-23-2023 at 01:17 AM. Reason: typos

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidnightInAurora View Post
    Thank you Jeff. That's very helpful.

    I've downloaded Python and your Github zip. I'll try it and what results I get.

    Any plans to add TVDB for series?

    Jim
    No plans for TVDB right now. With their moving to API v4, I believe they have made it much more restrictive for the future for 3rd party development.


    Jeff

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    I have managed to pull down 41,365 images out of 81,407 using MCM using only the TMDB API, as I get the feeling my AWS bill would be way high if I used the IMDB API too. Is there any other way of finding the missing Actor Images short of looking through the actor_no_match csv and googling each one in turn?

    Also I used to have my music as a Scondary Library, which I have since tried to remove (606,980 tracks in 50,000 Folders, arranged in Music > Artists > Artist x-x (A-D, E-K, L-R and S-Z) > Artist > Album), but even after doing a Delete and choosing to delete data from Mezzmo Library - which took hours! - a Lot of data still seems to be stuck in the database, and MCM is still searching spurious Artist Names (and occasionaly album names) when I run mezzmo_actor.py.

    As I have never managed to get past basic SQL, is there any way in Mezzmo to strip out these entries in the database short of ading in the Library again and trying another delete cycle.

    I don't really want to completely wipe the database amd start from scratch again, as I have over 5.5k Movies and 25,000+ TV episodes in my Video Library, many of which I had to manually populate records for as they were not found using Online Metatdata searches!
    Last edited by DaveyDee; 03-22-2023 at 12:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveyDee View Post
    I have managed to pull down 41,365 images out of 81,407 using MCM using only the TMDB API, as I get the feeling my AWS bill would be way high if I used the IMDB API too. Is there any other way of finding the missing Actor Images short of looking through the actor_no_match csv and googling each one in turn?

    Also I used to have my music as a Scondary Library, which I have since tried to remove (606,980 tracks in 50,000 Folders, arranged in Music > Artists > Artist x-x (A-D, E-K, L-R and S-Z) > Artist > Album), but even after doing a Delete and choosing to delete data from Mezzmo Library - which took hours! - a Lot of data still seems to be stuck in the database, and MCM is still searching spurious Artist Names (and occasionaly album names) when I run mezzmo_actor.py.

    As I have never managed to get past basic SQL, is there any way in Mezzmo to strip out these entries in the database short of ading in the Library again and trying another delete cycle.

    I don't really want to completely wipe the database amd start from scratch again, as I have over 5.5k Movies and 25,000+ TV episodes in my Video Library, many of which I had to manually populate records for as they were not found using Online Metatdata searches!
    I am not 100% following you here with regards to MCM and Mezzmo_actor.py, which is part of the Mezzmo artwork Checker. Are you running both ? If I understand you right the Mezzmo artwork Checker is still showing a bunch odd looking actors and actresses names which it is checking, correct ? That could happen sometimes either by Mezzmo scraping the data or MCM (and then importing via NFO files).

    If you want the Mezzmo artwork Check to ignore them just mark them as bad and then they will be ignored when you run the bad command (this adds it to the artwork checker bad database). If you are trying to clean these out of Mezzmo then you will need run run maintenance on the Mezzmo database. Make a backup first but realize you are never going to get to 100% of images being available and there is always going to be bad data for some some performers due to bad data on their websites.

    I've been using the Mezzmo Artwork Checker for a year, including with IMDB and here's my stats:


    Code:
    IMDB image fetching completed.
    Mezzmo actor comparison completed successfully.
    
    TMDB query count:                       500
    TMDB image queries:                     500
    TMDB images found on this query:        4
    IMDB query count:                       500
    IMDB image queries:                     500
    IMDB images found on this query:        3
    IMDB image query success rate:          100.0%
    
             ************  Mezzmo Artwork Checker Stats  *************
    
    Last time checker ran:                  2023-03-20 15:52:46
    Mezzmo actors found:                    75458
    Mezzmo actors deleted:                  926
    Mezzmo Poster files found:              52274
    Mezzmo Poster files without actor:      11098
    Mezzmo UserPoster files found:          14418
    Mezzmo UserPoster files without actor:  0
    Mezzmo actor not found on IMDB/TMDB:    4016
    Mezzmo actors with Good Image:          55056
    Mezzmo actors with Bad Image:           400
    Mezzmo actors with no Image:            21222
    Mezzmo actors with no Image found:      15499
    You can see I have 400 which either have really bad images on TMDB / IMDB or have bad names I don't want to attempt fetching. For example:

    Harlem Community Choir; John Lennon; Plastic Ono Band; Yoko Ono
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    Helen Rodgers; Paul Hardcastle
    Joshua Redman; Peabo Bryson
    Boney James; Rick Braun
    Blue Öyster Cult
    The Pretenders
    Manhattan Transfer
    Doc Severinsen; Doc Severinsen & The Tonight Show Band; Los Angeles Children's Chorus

    This is just a sampling of ones I marked bad but they likely are valid for Mezzmo.

    With regards to NFO imports, I have been working with Peter for the Mezzmo NFO file imports to support importing the playcounts and the last played time from Kodi NFO files. The playcount is working with the latest Mezzmo patch (version 6.0.7.15). He's still working on the last played date / time import.



    Thanks,

    Jeff
    Last edited by jbinkley60; 03-22-2023 at 08:15 AM.

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    Code:
    IMDB image fetching completed.
    Mezzmo actor comparison completed successfully.
    
    TMDB query count:                       900
    TMDB image queries:                     900
    TMDB images found on this query:        0
    IMDB query count:                       0
    IMDB image queries:                     0
    IMDB images found on this query:        
    IMDB image query success rate:          100.0%
    
             ************  Mezzmo Artwork Checker Stats  *************
    
    Last time checker ran:                  2023-03-21 16:53:17.569135
    Mezzmo actors found:                    81196
    Mezzmo actors deleted:                  6
    Mezzmo Poster files found:              7493
    Mezzmo Poster files without actor:      7250
    Mezzmo UserPoster files found:          41344
    Mezzmo UserPoster files without actor:  17
    Mezzmo actor not found on IMDB/TMDB:    9875
    Mezzmo actors with Good Image:          41598
    Mezzmo actors with Bad Image:           311
    Mezzmo actors with no Image:            39604
    Mezzmo actors with no Image found:      29726
    I have run maintenance several times to try to clear out the rogue data in the Mezzmo.db files, but I still see weird things like 'Earth, Wind and Fire, ripped with Express Rip CD Ripper Software, Live from the Hollywood Bowl, Yngwie Malmstein' etc (again just a sample), even though I have run a delete Library on the Music Library on my Mezzmo server and ticked "Also delete the file(s) from your Mezzmo Library", so those tags should not even be showing up in the Mezzmo Artwork Check.

    I understand that not every Actor has a profile pic in TMDB, and the technicalities of being able to search TVDB make that avenue impractical. I was just wondering if anyone else had any 'quick-fix' suggestions to locate the 40k+ files I am still short of, and if they had any other options that I could pursue to try and clean my mezzmo server database!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveyDee View Post
    Code:
    IMDB image fetching completed.
    Mezzmo actor comparison completed successfully.
    
    TMDB query count:                       900
    TMDB image queries:                     900
    TMDB images found on this query:        0
    IMDB query count:                       0
    IMDB image queries:                     0
    IMDB images found on this query:        
    IMDB image query success rate:          100.0%
    
             ************  Mezzmo Artwork Checker Stats  *************
    
    Last time checker ran:                  2023-03-21 16:53:17.569135
    Mezzmo actors found:                    81196
    Mezzmo actors deleted:                  6
    Mezzmo Poster files found:              7493
    Mezzmo Poster files without actor:      7250
    Mezzmo UserPoster files found:          41344
    Mezzmo UserPoster files without actor:  17
    Mezzmo actor not found on IMDB/TMDB:    9875
    Mezzmo actors with Good Image:          41598
    Mezzmo actors with Bad Image:           311
    Mezzmo actors with no Image:            39604
    Mezzmo actors with no Image found:      29726
    I have run maintenance several times to try to clear out the rogue data in the Mezzmo.db files, but I still see weird things like 'Earth, Wind and Fire, ripped with Express Rip CD Ripper Software, Live from the Hollywood Bowl, Yngwie Malmstein' etc (again just a sample), even though I have run a delete Library on the Music Library on my Mezzmo server and ticked "Also delete the file(s) from your Mezzmo Library", so those tags should not even be showing up in the Mezzmo Artwork Check.

    I understand that not every Actor has a profile pic in TMDB, and the technicalities of being able to search TVDB make that avenue impractical. I was just wondering if anyone else had any 'quick-fix' suggestions to locate the 40k+ files I am still short of, and if they had any other options that I could pursue to try and clean my mezzmo server database!
    Ok, sorry to be a pain here but trying to fully understand things. When you say you are seeing things like "'Earth, Wind and Fire, ripped with Express Rip CD Ripper Software....." where are you seeing it, in the Mezzmo artwork Checker ? I ask because I note that your Mezzmo actors deleted count is just 6. If you are still seeing them in the Mezzmo artwork Checker and that is the concern, there is a bit of a quirk in how the checker finds deleted actors which have been removed from Mezzmo.

    Try running this command:

    mezzmo_actor.py noactor all

    This will force the Mezzmo Artwork Checker to find any actors deleted in Mezzmo and mark them deleted in its database, thus never scanning them again unless you do a clean command. It will also give you two CSV files where you can what movies various unwanted actors are associated with. It should also increment your Mezzmo Actors Deleted count, if it found actors which have been deleted.

    Then run this command:

    mezzmo_actor.py csv

    This CSV file called actor_no_match...csv will show you the status of every actor in the Mezzmo artwork Checker database. Look at the checkStatus column. Deleted means the checker has detected that the associated actor has been removed from Mezzmo. bad means it has been marked bad, as above. In either case the checker will skip them.


    Thanks,

    Jeff
    Last edited by jbinkley60; 03-22-2023 at 10:29 AM.

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