Easing The Pain - Documentaries
After giving up on Plex and the sad state of Documentary support - that many users find an integral part of their libraries - I started to add them as they come in from my local PBS station.
TMDB is the most logical choice for the database, for the most part. TVDB may have them buried so deep in other lists or categories if you do manage to find a listing to match against the result bears no real resemblance to the material contained therein.
Anyway, Goggle and a free image manipulation program called Gimp: https://www.gimp.org/ are the only real tools you need to pursue this new 'hobby'. A couple of brief tutorials from YT and an hour or two in practice with the workings of Gimp have produced some fairly decent posters - this entry and poster being the most recent and most polished so far:
TMDB requires poster sizes that will be difficult to come with on straight google searches, but google image searches most times will come up with a pretty good image - preferably much larger than the 1000x1500 pixel poster image that is at the top of the food-chain at TMDB.
In a nutshell, the trick is to create a new image in Gimp that is 1000x1500 - the poster size you want to end up with - then google up a suitable background image that will allow you to 'punch a 1000x1500 hole into'. Load this larger image as a layer, select the 'move' tool and scoot your poster around on the background until you find your happy place. My Happy Place does NOT have Melissa Etheridge in it (that is one Angry Woman), but the image was a good one and was large enough and dark enough to 'lead' her nose to create an area to hold the white text that could be large enough to be read from across the room.
Here's the background image:
Here's the final poster:
Gimp has some powerful 'Drop Shadow' abilities and that set the bit of text that would have gotten lost in her pants (there's a thought I'll bet you never imagined) apart from the background image making the text stand out just as it should. I think I spent 5 minutes from start to finish on this image and roughly the same amount of time creating the listing at TMDB and googling up the various materials.
MCEBuddy is almost done with the recording conversion and there's a brand new entry for him to match against when he sticks it in my library.
All in all, not too painful and a great way to spend Saturday morning with a few cups of Joe.