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Windows 7: Media Center hangs in 'Movies - movie library'

22 May 2009   #1
Orbital Shark

 
 
Media Center hangs in 'Movies - movie library'

Has anyone else experienced this?

Note: I have E:\Movies\ included in my library for 'Movies - movie library'

I have recently decided to have all my movie files in their own folders with a folder.jpg file.
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Whenever I run 7MC and access the 'Movies - movie library' the app hangs. I move the mouse & the selection sound can be heard
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If I delete all the folder.jpg files from each directory 7MC has no issues with the 'Movies - movie library' but it just don't look as nice
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Any ideas would be great




Jeff




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25 May 2009   #2
patmos

1.Windows7 32bit 2. Win7 64 bit
 
 

For me HD recorded files were doing it.I record from DVBdream in .ts format. It hangs each time it access the video library. I removed the files and it works ok
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25 May 2009   #3
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

I never understood the need for the folder.jpg in the "movie folder" thats created and holding the movie itself. Why the specific folder.jpg, i know i'm missing something, pls enlighten me a bit here. Is it somekind of placeholder for the movie cover? without the actual cover being present, or is it?
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25 May 2009   #4
Orbital Shark

 
 

Digger,

As far as i know the folder.jpg file is like a default poster file for the folder. Without it there's no poster in the 'movie library' as you can see in the third screenshot. The files i'm using are AVI files and not recorded media (Whatever windows default recorded media extention is) so the posters are not downloaded automatically, or so i think
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25 May 2009   #5
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Digger,

As far as i know the folder.jpg file is like a default poster file for the folder. Without it there's no poster in the 'movie library' as you can see in the third screenshot. The files i'm using are AVI files and not recorded media (Whatever windows default recorded media extention is) so the posters are not downloaded automatically, or so i think
alright. few questions. 1) just create a file named folder.jpg? doesnt have to be the actual cover/poster named "folder.jpg"?
2) does having that *folder.jpg* in there "make or allow" windows to download or display the poster art? and if the folder.jpg isnt the actual poster of the movie renamed, then how is the poster being displayed? how is that info gotten/grabbed?.. other than thru WMP, which i assume it has to be, or MC.
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25 May 2009   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Problem solved.

The issue was the resolution of the folder.jpg files that get downloaded by meta data retievers (some as high as 2000x3000 & 2.1MB in size) which is just rediculous for thumbnails. I changed the resolution to a width of 100 pixels maintaining the aspect ratio and it works perfectly even with full movie details downloaded from the net (as if it were a DVD).

Selection working
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With full synopsis
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25 May 2009   #7
Orbital Shark

 
 

No mate, i use a program called Yammm which retrieves all the folder.jpg info & the meta data for Windows 7 to be able to download the Synopsis details.

Details here - http://www.sevenforums.com/media-cen...retriever.html
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25 May 2009   #8
Orbital Shark

 
 

I'm going to look into how 7MC uses the folder.jpg files
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26 May 2009   #9
gmemore

Windows 7 Home Premium x64,
 
 

Quote:
alright. few questions. 1) just create a file named folder.jpg? doesnt have to be the actual cover/poster named "folder.jpg"?
2) does having that *folder.jpg* in there "make or allow" windows to download or display the poster art? and if the folder.jpg isnt the actual poster of the movie renamed, then how is the poster being displayed? how is that info gotten/grabbed?.. other than thru WMP, which i assume it has to be, or MC.
Digger,
Actually you can use any photo you like as long as you keep the resolution low, as was found out here. If I can't find the dvdxml file for a particular movie, I get the image from Amazon.com, resize and viola! No, windows does not download anything, like it does when you insert a disc - it is taken from that locally stored picture.


You can do this with your home movies as well, select a photo, or make your own cover art, save it as a jpg then create the folder.jpg for the movie.

And now, thanks to Orbital Shark I can probably find more of the missing xml files for some of my rips and replace the folder.jpg file (I've been getting xmls from dvdxml and rolling my own for the missing ones). Even for DVD rips (vob's in the video TS folders) there is no information downloaded for the movie as it is when you insert a disc.

One last thing. I have downloaded the xml files for recorded concerts, (i.e. "Cream Reunion" DVD) and placed those in the folder of the recorded TV broadcast on PBS (stand alone DVD recorder, then ripped). Since the TV recording is obviously an edited version of the concert and my recorder sets chapters in minutes, rather than songs, as you scroll through the chapters in MC the chapter titles will not match up to what is playing. No big deal, just an observation. I would imagine this might be true if you downloaded an xml for a different version of a movie than what you actually ripped (not wide vs. std, but special editions with extra content kind of thing).

I hope I didn't "overstate the obvious" - just wanted to be helpful.
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26 May 2009   #10
copernicus

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

How does media center pull synopsis information? Based on file name...or?
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