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Pulling background image from metadata

djkprojectsdjkprojects Posts: 40Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass


I have quite a few Home Movies which all have embedded two images in their metadata, first is the poster and the second is the landscape version. Now, Plex shows the poster image alright however it doesn't see the second one which I'd like to show as background. Is there any way for Plex to automatically pull and set it as background? It'd be quite nice if it judged type of image by dimensions and if it's a landscape size then set it automatically as background.



  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 7,473Members ✭✭✭✭✭

    Metadata will be a bust and a waste of time I think.
    The BEST metadata to have in video files is NONE, however...

    Don't quote me on this, but Local Media Assets may work in an 'Other Videos' Library just like it does in a Movie Library:

    It's easy enough to find out, I guess.

    An Other Videos Library/
    .........My Crazy Cat/
    ...........My Crazy Cat.XXX
    ...........My Crazy Cat-poster.jpg
    ...........My Crazy Cat-backdrop.jpg
    this can also be the poster - I suppose a test is in order
    ...........My Crazy Cat.jpg

    I'd test this theory, but my time is limited at the moment.
    Will do so later if someone doesn't beat me to it - like you, for instance.


  • djkprojectsdjkprojects Posts: 40Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Hi JuiceWSA,

    I did try this approach but just don't like having to keep images for each video as a separate file. With metadata you don't care, just upload a video and voila! :) That's the whole point of metadata. With many videos in one folder you otherwise end up with a mess. If you move it to another folder or device you need to remember to copy images as well e.g. if you want to download the video on your mobile device.


  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 7,473Members ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2017

    I hear ya - but it ain't gonna work.

    You can embed a cover image in a music item.
    That's where it ends.

    Short and sweet - then they direct you to Local Media Assets:

    Those are your options.

    The ONLY file type Plex will even look in is an MP4/M4V.
    It looks in there for Text Data (for some ungodly reason) and as soon as you put Local Media Assets agent to work with priority, you'd better make sure you're only using it for your Other Videos Library or life will go right down the toilet. Plex will prefer those embedded bogus titles in MP4/M4V files and you won't be able to match anything.

    I'm here to tell ya, the best Metadata to have in a video file is NONE and you make images work by naming and placing them properly in your library structure.

    Unless somebody knows something I don't.

  • djkprojectsdjkprojects Posts: 40Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited July 2017

    I'm not sure what you mean as you can embed images in video files as well, I'm not sure if all formats allow it but MP4 definitely does. In fact you can embed multiple ones so the question was why does Plex read only the first one, not all of them?

  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 7,473Members ✭✭✭✭✭

    You can fiddle around with MKVs, AVIs, whatever, but Plex will ONLY see the Title Field (maybe other fields - unknown to me) in an MP4/M4V file. That's it. Plex won't even see metadata in other file types. To my knowledge you're wasting your time putting images in video files (MP4/M4V). You're absolutely wasting your time putting images in other file types. Plex will NEVER see them.

  • djkprojectsdjkprojects Posts: 40Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Sorry but you are wrong here. When it comes to MP4s Plex sees all of the fields I set in my videos metadata i.e.: title, description, artist, album, genre, release date, cast, rating, content rating, tv network, studio,and some other fields and it 100% sees the first image added to metadata.

  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 7,473Members ✭✭✭✭✭

    News to me.
    I'll bet it won't see them inside any other file type.

  • MilaNetMilaNet Posts: 10Members ✭✭

    I think I have a path towards a solution to this issue - I routinely add metadata to my video files using AtomicParsley, and wrote a bash script that does this in the background automatically. Because the script calls theTVDB, I suspect the episode stills could be harvested from there also (I only use it to get the show artwork) - after all, that's what Plex does.

  • djkprojectsdjkprojects Posts: 40Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited July 2017

    Hi Mila,

    The problem is that my videos are not TV Shows or known Films so there wouldn't be any artwork for it in Online DBs :) That's why I add these manually.

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