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Software Downloads / Re: ThumbGen Redux
« Last post by jer1956 on February 11, 2018, 08:43:01 am »
Force SD and then Full HD out of any source and you will soon know what the TV can do. The player will not output non standard dimensions. It's either 1080 or 720.
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Technical Issues / Re: Corrupted pictures after scratching - single movies
« Last post by shirleyann on February 11, 2018, 07:31:40 am »
This works... BRILLIANT Thanks
1076/5000
First of all, download the "Image Resize for Windows 3.0" software that is compatible with both win7 and win10.
After you have installed it in administrator mode you will see that if you right-click on any image the "resize pictures" entry appears in the menu window.
Now go into the mede8er and scan your movies and you will see that when you go to the mede8er Prefriti menu and watch your movies they will have all the covers grainy.
At this point (via PC) go to the folder that contains your films and select the 4 files (cover-fanart-about-folder) with the right mouse button and select resize pictures from the menu, click on ok.
Go back to the mede8er in favorites and you will see that the covers have become ok.
At this point you navigate one by one the various movies to which you have modified the images and stop when you show the about, you will see that it is corrupt.
At this point when you are on the image about press on the remote control the "modify" button and you will see that the image about becomes perfect ... select save and it's done.
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Software Downloads / Re: ThumbGen Redux
« Last post by Satnaff on February 11, 2018, 06:30:51 am »
I don't think it's a TV setting; it's HD ready, which I take to mean DVD players, media players, Sky, Virgin boxes etc. can upscale / downscale to the TV; my TV doesn't seem to have the capability to up/down-scale. I know the mede8er will play my hi-def movies to my lower resolution screen, but can't see any mede8er setting will downscale 1920 x 1080 jpg images.
I will check out the TG designer, thanks.
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Technical Issues / Re: Corrupted pictures after scratching - single movies
« Last post by sayon on February 10, 2018, 09:06:01 pm »
I scratched The Dark Tower just couple of mins ago.All looks fine.No errors in didplay. Back to normal work ?:)

I still do not work scanning the covers with the movies ... but with the TV series yes
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Software Downloads / Re: ThumbGen Redux
« Last post by mike_carton on February 10, 2018, 08:29:22 pm »
If you need 1366x768, there are 2 ways:

1. This recently active thread has some easy-to-employ options: http://www.mede8erforum.com/index.php/topic,19400.0.html

2. You could use the overscan support built into ThumbGen. The Overscan Correction options can be used. That will add a black border that will be visible on larger resolutions.

For 1366x768
Left, Right: 277 (calculated as 1920-1366)/2
Top, Bottom: 156 (calculated as 1080-768)/2
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Software Downloads / Re: ThumbGen Redux
« Last post by mike_carton on February 10, 2018, 06:11:24 pm »
1. I'd recommend downloading and using ThumbGen Designer for working with templates. It is a very visual way of laying out the elements and modifying them.

2. 1366x768 is also 16x9 (very, very close - only 0.375 pixels excess, vertically) so, there should be no cropping there either. Could be a TV setting that's preventing it from resizing/scaling.
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Technical Issues / Re: Corrupted pictures after scratching - single movies
« Last post by bikerblok102 on February 10, 2018, 05:57:14 pm »
Managed to find a workaround using internal scraper and mac.

First use internal scraper as usual.

I then opened folder using internet.

1: I deleted about.jpg
2: copied cover.jpg, fanart.jpg and folder.jpg to mac hard drive.
3: open in photoshop (but works with preview (comes with os) then resave (not save) and overwrite the file and save image quality to highest.

Then copy cover.jpg, fanart.jpg and folder.jpg files back to mede8 over internet and overwrite files there making sure that about.jpg has been deleted.

Then go back and scan folder this then makes a new about.jpg which isnt corrupted.

Hope this makes some sense

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Software Downloads / Re: ThumbGen Redux
« Last post by Satnaff on February 10, 2018, 03:07:41 pm »
3. The top and bottom missing must be different issue. It is either because of overscan or a setting on the tv.
- what is the native tv resolution?

Thank you.  I feel a bit of an idiot.  I have a NAS with all my movies / TV series stored and they're streamed to either of two mede8ers, one in the lounge connected to a full HD and one elsewhere connected to a TV that is non HD.  I've lately only been checking things out from the latter (which I've just realised is not HD, but an older 'HD Ready' TV with a resolution of 1366 x 768) and hence the cropped image, but can see the full image as it should be displayed on my more recent 'Full HD' TV.

I guess we can't have it all; I know the ratio sizes are all relative, but I suppose I'll have to use a template that will generate it to (maximum) of 1280 x 720 so as it will fit on both screens?  Or I can simply resize the generated image.  Your revamped template (which I downloaded from your post as per thread  http://www.mede8erforum.com/index.php/topic,15432.msg110156.html) is very nice to look at - I like the skewed embedded folder icon on the left.  Is there a version for 1280 x 720 ?

I'll take your advice and research some more templates  :) I did try editing your template (Canvass height/width/fill) with XML Notepad but I could see that wasn't enough and I have more to learn.
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Software Downloads / Re: ThumbGen Redux
« Last post by mike_carton on February 10, 2018, 02:15:43 pm »
1. There are a large number of templates available for TG on the internet; some individuals even collected and zipped many up into a "template megapack". If you search for that and download, you'd be able to pick one movie and quickly scroll through the templates, seeing how each template's output looks.

2. The dimensions of about.jpg do not have to be 1280x720. The Mede8er will resize any about.jpg to 1280x720 and send to the receiver/dispay device which will then convert it back to 1920x1080 (display's resolution) The actual dimensions can be anything so long as their proportion is 16x9. 1280x720, 1920x1080, 3840x2160 (4K) are all 16x9 and will scale. All my about.jpg are 1920x1080 and work just fine.

3. The top and bottom missing must be different issue. It is either because of overscan or a setting on the tv.
- what is the native tv resolution?
- how do jpgs of various resolutions show up (say, make copies of a 1920x1080 jpg, resize copies to different resoltions and rename them and check how they show through Mede8er)

Overscan setting is at the bottom of video settings; you might want to change it as the last resort if nothing else prevents the edges from being cut off.

4. I'd recommend working on one movie, making sure its files are generated to your satisfaction and then repeating that process for the entire library.

5. The output about.jpg size is part of the design of the template. Any template can be opened in ThumbGen Designer and modified. Alternately, one could pick a template that produces 1280x720 output. But, like I said above, there's no need to limit ourselves to 1280x720.
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Software Downloads / Re: ThumbGen Redux
« Last post by Satnaff on February 10, 2018, 11:10:30 am »
I very much appreciate your knowledge sharing and the reboot of your TG Redux  :) :)

I understood fanart.jpg needs to be 1280 x 780, and I've created those in the past when mede8er didn't scrape (e.g. an obscure title / extra bonus material etc.), then 'scanned folder' to let it create the about.jpg with no problem - until now - given the unfortunate issue where we're now getting corrupted conversion jpg, so I'm trying hard to get my head around TG / templates etc., for my future additions and maybe to revisit my existing (though quite large) movie library's graphics.

I'm steadfastly choring through a plethora of forum information trying to learn everything thumbgen and look for fixes where I'm going wrong.  I'm running your reduxed version 1.5.0.1, and I replaced the default Template.xml (the one you created and shared elsewhere) but the resultant about.jpg is sized at 1920 x 1080 and when viewed in my player the resolution is too large, missing the top / bottom detail. I know I can always resize the image but I'm thinking surely TG will do that (I thought maybe that was what the Export Image options were for but I can't seem to set any option to work).  Any advice greatly appreciated.
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