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PostSubject: actor thumbs, star and guest star   Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:12 pm

hi,

with the new .actors folders is the actorthumbs dir used to check if the image already exists?

subdue rant on why character thumbs are called actor thumbs...

In the case of The X-Files, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson starred for the first 7 seasons, and then became recurring guest star, special guest stars, etc.

Is there a way to differentiate the different types

x-files\.actors\david.duchovny.fox.mulder.jpg
x-files\Season 09\.actors\s09e15.david.duchovny.fox.mulder.jpg


also at the season level? there would be a different image at each season.
e.g. sarah michelle gellar.jpg

btvs\.actors\sarah michelle gellar.tvxxx01.jpg
btvs\Season 01\.actors\sarah michelle gellar.tvxxx32.jpg
..
btvs\Season 07\.actors\sarah michelle gellar.tvxxx59.jpg

also this would probably apply for different actors playing the same role?

Thoughts?

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PostSubject: Re: actor thumbs, star and guest star   Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:39 pm

In most cases, the actor is ignored if it already exists although there are a couple of exceptions.

eg, movies, since the actor image always comes from IMDB, MC will not overwrite it.

For TV Shows it does overwrite it, since the actor could be coming from TVDB or IMDB, depending on settings, and there is no certainty that the user has not switched preferences.


As for the different types of actor images, what you suggest is not supported by XBMC, i've gone as far as their specification allows.

I suppose you could add different images to the various folders,
eg
'The X-Files\.actors\'
as long as your tv folder structure is done by seasons then you could add actor images for each season,
eg
'The X-Files\Season 01\.actors\'
If you really wanted, you could even have seperate actor images for each episode, by having each episode within its own folder
eg
'The X-Files\Season 01\Episode 01\.actors\'

but where would you get them from. There are various sources for actor images, but I can't think of anywhere that gives a different image depending on the series number etc.

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PostSubject: Re: actor thumbs, star and guest star   Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:50 pm

billyad2000 wrote:
As for the different types of actor images, what you suggest is not supported by XBMC, i've gone as far as their specification allows.
OK. I haven't closely examined the xbmc spec., but it might be better than showing a season 7 BTVS sarah michelle gellar, than a season 1 and vice versa, though it's not really relevant at the show level.

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but where would you get them from. There are various sources for actor images, but I can't think of anywhere that gives a different image depending on the series number etc.
I've asked on the tvdb board
http://forums.thetvdb.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3436

to be honest I'm looking at what it'd could be possible to see at each level, then working out if it can be done or not. It may or may not be feasible.

Another example could be
btvs\alyson hannigan.jpg
btvs\season 3\alyson hannigan.s3.jpg
btvs\season 3\evil willow.jpg
btvs\season 6\alyson hannigan.s6.jpg
btvs\season 6\dark.willow.jpg


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