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    hey guys,

    I'm now a fully paid up member of the club

    I'm running both download studio and mezzmo on my htpc and I'm loving it.

    I do an issues i hope someone can help me with please.

    My wife spent ages going through all 150 films in our videos playlist, openning the propities on each one and locating some internet artwork for the files.

    The problem is two fold.

    1 - even after we saved everything, a few hours later all the artwork had disapeared leaving nothing but the opening scene as the artwork.

    2 - in a future release can we choose between searching for DVD sized covers and movie posters please??

    I have a Samsung BR player and is only has the option for wide screen thumbnails causing the DVD cover style images to be stretched.

    Thanks in advance

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    With the first problem I was wondering if you have a maintain library scheduled? Also are you running the latest version of our software?

    We will take this suggestion on board as to choosing what thumbnail covers are being used.

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, I do have the latest software and yes I do also have maintain libery turn on (with all default options.)

    I've now started download the wide screen posters myself and then adding them to the video files one at a time. this was working fine when i went to bed (11pm) but has now all but one gone back to the opening scene as the artwork.

    The maintaince was scheduled for 3am, do u think that it's stripping the artwork out?

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    small update,

    After turning off the 'update information' part of the maintaince all seems to be ok. well, the artwork I attached to files yesterday are still there.

    Also, is there any chance in the next update you can allow mezzmo to auto attach artwork if a jpg file with the same name is found in the same folder as the video file??

    I'll then be able to easily add the wide screen posters to each file so it looks good on my Samsung BR player.

    Thanks again

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    Here's a quick explanation of external artwork files that the current version of Mezzmo understands:

    1. [filename].jpg / [filename].png

    If you have a video file like:

    Inception.mkv

    Then you just need to have an image (JPEG or PNG) in the same folder with the same name, like this:

    Inception.jpg

    If you add this video to your Mezzmo library, then the JPG will be used as the artwork for the video. This lets you have nice DVD artwork for your videos or CD album artwork for your music. If the video/music is already in your library, then use 'Maintain Library' to update all the properties of the media files and Mezzmo will grab the JPG as the artwork.

    The above applies to both video and music files.

    2. folder.jpg / folder.png

    If you have a file called 'folder.jpg' or 'folder.png' in a folder on your harddisk that also has audio or video files, then this image file will be used for the artwork for the files in that folder by Mezzmo. It is a really easy way to put artwork for an entire album of music. The artwork will be grabbed by Mezzmo when you add the folder of music/video files or when you use 'Maintain Library' to update all aspects of your media. For example, a folder of music may look like:

    LadyGaga-Track1.mp3
    LadyGaga-Track2.mp3
    LadyGaga-Track3.mp3
    LadyGaga-Track4.mp3
    folder.jpg

    The above applies to both video and music files.

    3. [filename].xml / mymovies.xml

    If you are not familiar with 'mymovies.xml', I suggest you search the web for a detailed explanation. Briefly, it is an XML fie that contains title, genre, actors, directors, cover art, etc. for a movie or TV show. If you have one with the same name as your video file, then Mezzmo will read it and put all this nice information into your Mezzmo library. It really can help organize your movies. For example, a matching video and XML file would look like:

    Inception.mkv
    Inception.xml

    The above applies to video files only.

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    @Paul: Do you know if the [filename.xml] based artwork scheme works with .VOB video containers in a VIDEO_TS folder (like those generated by some rippers)?

    I rip my DVDs to .VOB containers (which are essentially MPEG-2 encoded streams) because they are directly playable on my Sony Bravia without transcoding. (I don't think my Home Server has the CPU horsepower to do MP4 transcoding).

    I'm asking this, because I have ripped my DVD into the following Library folder: Library / Video / Movies / [Movie Title] / VIDEO_TS. I have the [Movie Title].xml file in the [Movie Title] folder and Mezzmo does not appear to read it to display all the information in it. As a test, I even copied the .xml file to the VIDEO_TS sub-folder and it still doesn't display the movie information.

    Something, I'm doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

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    I have had the same problem as the original poster. Look up all the art work from the internet via 'Properties' and then as soon as the 'maintain library' option is automatically run then everything is overwritten by the first scene/frame of the movie. The folder contains no external artwork as Paul describes.

    It is very frustrating to find all the art work for each file off the internet and then for it to be completely wiped and put back to how it was before adding artwork. I don't believe the original question has been answered as any responses talk about external artwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMatic View Post
    @Paul: Do you know if the [filename.xml] based artwork scheme works with .VOB video containers in a VIDEO_TS folder (like those generated by some rippers)?

    I rip my DVDs to .VOB containers (which are essentially MPEG-2 encoded streams) because they are directly playable on my Sony Bravia without transcoding. (I don't think my Home Server has the CPU horsepower to do MP4 transcoding).

    I'm asking this, because I have ripped my DVD into the following Library folder: Library / Video / Movies / [Movie Title] / VIDEO_TS. I have the [Movie Title].xml file in the [Movie Title] folder and Mezzmo does not appear to read it to display all the information in it. As a test, I even copied the .xml file to the VIDEO_TS sub-folder and it still doesn't display the movie information.

    Something, I'm doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated.
    It should be in the same folder and have the same name, apart from that it doesn't matter what the video format is. Can you please send in your .xml file to support (at) conceiva (dot) com and I'll see if there's anything about it that makes Mezzmo reject it (as a possibility).

    Quote Originally Posted by JamboUK View Post
    I have had the same problem as the original poster. Look up all the art work from the internet via 'Properties' and then as soon as the 'maintain library' option is automatically run then everything is overwritten by the first scene/frame of the movie. The folder contains no external artwork as Paul describes.

    It is very frustrating to find all the art work for each file off the internet and then for it to be completely wiped and put back to how it was before adding artwork. I don't believe the original question has been answered as any responses talk about external artwork.
    To keep your artwork during maintenance you need to set "Update only missing information", because if you set "Update all information", then it overwrites everything during maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    It should be in the same folder and have the same name, apart from that it doesn't matter what the video format is. Can you please send in your .xml file to support (at) conceiva (dot) com and I'll see if there's anything about it that makes Mezzmo reject it (as a possibility).
    Thanks, Dennis.
    I have sent one of my movie .xml file to the support e-mail address.

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    Thanks - we got it and I'll get back to you via e-mail.

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