"cdArt" concept - current cdImage with artist fanart support in music visualizations - Printable Version
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- joebrady - 2009-09-14 15:24
- JustinAiken - 2009-09-15 01:36
Is there any possible way to make it just load the cdart from the current folder the music is playing from?
I have lots of ()*'?!: and the like in my music file's tags, which don't work well in filenames, so I can't rename my folders to match the tags...
Just asking if it's possible... if not I guess I'll have to use a mass-tagger to change all the tags to match the foldernames...
FILE: d:\music\Beatles\Beatles Mono Boxset\Beatles For Sale\01 The Beatles - No Reply.m4a
TAGS: The Beatles - [CD] Beatles in Mono Vol 04: Beatles For Sale - No Reply
What's the best way to get all my tags/folders conforming?
- reaven - 2009-09-15 04:24
clock2113 Wrote:Is there any possible way to make it just load the cdart from the current folder the music is playing from?
first things first, you need to fix your tags with correct album names, artist, ect... like for example the one you mention The Beatles is the correct band name the album name is Beatles for sale so you need to correct the tags first and not only for the cdArt its just way better if you tags are correct so when xbmc display the info you dont see a lot of nonsense text like [cd],  and stuff like that, it doesnt matter if the albums are part of a boxset they are still separate albums.
I use Mp3tag its a very good program it will tag all your mp3 tags even save the album art to the mp3 and look up info on amazon, cddb, freedb, ect...
- nbayer - 2009-09-15 16:38
Imaginos Wrote:A suggestion :
I have been trying to get this to work but the fade animation is not working properly. It's like it starts to fade for maybe a half second then it just skips to the next picture. The fades on the home screen and fanart backgrounds are all very smooth and gentle. I don't know enough about skinning to really troubleshoot it on my own. I have tried saving the jpgs as bmps but it didnt make a difference. Do any of you have any idea how I could fix this?
I really love this mod otherwise.
- Ram2000 - 2009-09-15 17:33
Would I be right in saying that we can now have Fanart in the music folder So would no longer need to rebuild the folder Dir In the backdrops folder.
Only reason I ask is after reading this HERE
- snowdrift - 2009-09-15 18:06
Works for me. This is how I've got the background fanart being displayed in my/ronies alteration of this mod (in musicvisualisation.xml). Though I changed the multiimage to a largeimage as I only want a single image in the background rather than a fading slideshow. It now looks like this, the line in red gets the fanart from where the music lives. Note that I'm getting my fanart from <music path>/<artist>/<album>/ as I have some "Various Artist" albums and just using the <music path>/<artist>/ obviously isn't going to pick up the right ones. It does mean that you need the same (or different) fanart under each album, but there you go.
Note that the line you need for the original fading slideshow-style multiimage backgrounds, if you have you fanart under the <album> folder, is:
or, if you have fanart under the artist:
Hope that helps.
- reaven - 2009-09-15 20:12
Ram2000 Wrote:Would I be right in saying that we can now have Fanart in the music folder So would no longer need to rebuild the folder Dir In the backdrops folder.
this was discuss before in fact by Ronie, you can load the fanart from the music folder but it CAN'T be an slideshow(if your music is in remote share) just single image that why you need to use the largeimage control and NOT the multiimage control.
multiimage = local share
largeimage = remote share and local
but the code snow.. post here is good to view fanart in album view...
- snowdrift - 2009-09-15 21:25
I'm not sure thats true. I originally had it as your original multi-image control and all my music (and therefore images) are on a remote NAS drive and it worked fine, i.e. each fanart item displayed one after the other when in the music visualisation view with your spinning cd art.
Well, when I say fine, there was a massive delay accompanied by a lockup of the screen as it loaded the next image from the NAS drive over the network. That being said, I don't specify the path using the "SMB://" prefix, as I'm on a Mac, my NAS disk is mounted on "/Volumes/Data/Music/..." and I specify the path like that...I don't know whether that makes a difference.
- snowdrift - 2009-09-15 21:49
OK, I have another question of my own. The skin is working fine BTW, its about how my music is organised, but someone more skilled than me might know the answer!!
Regarding the spinning CD image and related to the "fanart in the same place as the music mod", I have a strange situation where (in order to maintain compatibility with iTunes) most of my albums live in the following structure:
/Volumes/Data/Music/<artist>/<album>, e.g. /Volumes/Data/Music/Moby/18
but compilations (albums by various artists) are organised differently:
/Volumes/Data/Music/Compilations/<album>, e.g. /Volumes/Data/Music/Compilations/The Annual 2009
How can I first try to load the cd image from the "normal" artist path, then the "compilations" path, then if nothing is found use the default.png overlay?
I've tried various combinations of the following, but nothing works properly, its almost as if i need a "if no cd art in "normal" path + no cd art in "compliations" path then use default.png" clause, any way to do this in the xml?
- reaven - 2009-09-16 00:10
snowdrift Wrote:OK, I have another question of my own. The skin is working fine BTW, its about how my music is organised, but someone more skilled than me might know the answer!!
I dont know if you can use the IsEmpty() tag to verify if the folder have any image ?
the problem with iTunes is if you modify something in the structure it will maybe bring some problems with itunes in the future but I dont know.
I hate itunes myself I have an ipod but I use this