Plex can automatically label your supports and apply them illustrations. , but sometimes there is no substitute for your hand-picked illustrations from movies and TV shows. Fortunately, you can easily use your own multimedia resources with your Plex collection.
By default, Plex uses a tool called a scraper to "scrape" "data of your multimedia files from online databases like TheTVDB and The Movie Database . The scraper basically says " Okay, based on the name of this folder and / or file, we are pretty confident that this video file is "The Labyrinth " from 1986, so we're going to download the data for that! "And boom, your movie will have covers, posters and other associated data without your intervention.
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It generally works well enough for most people, and they're more than happy to let the scape do their magic. But you may be a longtime media collector, but a recent Plex adopter and want to keep using all of themmedia illustrations that you have carefully associated with your collection. Or maybe you have an unusual taste in movies, and the scraping of data most often fails - manually tweaking some illustration entries in Plex is pretty easy , but doing your collection whole in this way would get old quickly, and making the whole library yourself is usually a better bet. Or, if you are truly a purist, you may simply prefer that all data be stored with your media, which means that it stays with you if you make a backup or give it to a friend.
Whatever your reasons, you can easily force Plex to prioritize what cal assets, media data files stored with local files, over deleted data. Plus, it's not all or nothing: you can use mul resourceslocal timedias in parallel with the excellent scraping features of Plex so that all the holes in your handpicked collection are not empty, they will be filled by Plex.
How to format your artwork files
The act of activating local media is easy… but we're not going to start with that. Instead, before doing this, take the time to properly configure your illustration files. If you do not, activating their use will do nothing (at best) and may eventually mix old and poorly formatted multimedia assets with your collection (at worst). Using images with appropriate sizes and naming conventions is the key to good, flowing local illustrations.
Rather than just launching a bunch of file name formats without a frame, let's take a look at a real Plex Library as an example. Welet's start with the movies, then move on to TV shows (which are, from an organizational point of view, slightly more complex than movies).
Elements of the film: posters and backgrounds
In the screenshot above, we see two types of visible works: the film poster (1) and the background illustration (2, also commonly called "fanart). These filesmust be in .JPG, .JPEG and .PNG format. They can also be in .TBN format, which is an old multimedia thumbnail format from the early days of the XBMC / Kodi project which are simply JPG files with a new extension. Kodi and Plex still support them, but we recommend renaming them with a .JPG extension rather than relying on backward compatibility.
Personalized movie posters should be stored in the same folder as the movie itself. The ratio of movie posters is 2: 3, so any file you use (the higher the resolution, the better) should have this ratio. It is better to have a poster of 1000 pixels by 1500 pixels which is reduced, rather than a poster of 200 pixels by 300 pixels which looks bad on higher resolution screens.
The file will be detected as a movie poster if it is named "cover.ext," default.ext, "folder.ext," movie.ext or "poster.ext (where .ext is the extension you prefer - JPG, JPEG or PNG).
Background illustrations should be in 16: 9 format, just like your big screen TV. It should be named "art.ext ", "backdrop.ext ", "background.ext " or "fanart.ext ".
If you have no pressing reason to use one naming convention over the other, we strongly recommend using "folder.ext " or "poster .ext "for your movie posters and " fanart.ext "for your background illustrations. Why? These two naming conventions are also supported by Kodi Media Center, so if you give up using Plex (or give media to a friend who uses Kodi), everything will work fine.
You can store (and use) multiple movie posters and backgrounds by adding additional files with numbers in -X format. Let's see how it would all be organized for our example offilm, Back to the future:
Movies Back to the future (1985)
Back to the future.mkv
By default, Plex will always display the first available image, unless you jump to the individual entry for that movie and specify that you want the secondary image.
Elements of the TV show: everything except the kitchen sink
The process of organizing the illustrations of the TV show is almost identical, as except that there are many more multimedia resources to manage. You will use the same file formats with the same tail constraints(2: 3 for posters, 16: 9 for fanarts), but there are additional illustration options for TV shows. Not only do you have the main entrance to the show, but you also have illustrations for each season and individual episode, and can even include thematic songs from TV shows.
See the screenshot below -dessus. Just like with movies, (1) is the "poster.ext and (2) is the" fanart.ext. We have a new addition for the individual TV show seasons (3) "seasonXX.ext where XX is the season number, placed in the individual season records. If you want to use multiple season covers for (3), you need to add multiple copies with letters (instead of the numbers we used in the previous examples) to end up with "season01.ext," season01b.ext ", " Season01c.ext ", and so on.
Within individual seasons, you also have additional illustrations that you can edit, see below. You can change the 'season background (4) by placing additional' fanart.ext files in the / season / folders and you can provide custom thumbnails for each episode (5) by including 'episode name.ext where' episode name is the exact name of the ep fileisode.
Finally, you can even launch a "theme.mp3 " in the root directory of the show and most Plex clients will play the theme music when you watch the show's entry. Now let's see how it should be formatted:
/ TV Series / Adventure Time /
/ Season 01 /
Adventure Time - S01E01 - Slumber Party Panic.mkv
Adventure Time - S01E01 - Slumber Party Panic.png
In our small folder snapshot described above, you can see that we have several images fanart for the main directory Adventure Time, as well as an MP3 theme song. In season 1 of the show, we also have a personalized thumbnail for the first episode, as well as a personalized fanart and two personalized covers for the season.
How to activate multimedia resourceslocal in Plex
Now that we've cleaned up our actual media assets, it's time for the super easy part: telling Plex to use them. To do this, simply log into the web control panel of your Plex Media Server and click on the Settings icon in the upper right corner.
From the Settings menu, select " Server "in the navigation baration superior, then "Agents " in the left navigation bar, see below:
In the "Movies " and "Shows " categories, select each subcategory, such as "Personal Media " and "The Movie Database " and both check " Local Media Assets "and click and hold the entry to drag it to the top of the list.
This will ask Plex to prioritize your local multimedia resources over data retrieved from Internet multimedia databases As long as you leave the other options checked, it will always fill in the blanks if you run out of local resources for a movie or a particular TV show.
Local data will be applied the next time your Plex media updates the database. If you're impatient and want to see the results now, you can return to the main page of the Web server interface and manually update your library by clicking on the menu button next to the entry "Libraries " and selecting "Update Libraries ".
That's all there is to it! Your local multimedia resources are now prioritized and no update to the library will accidentally disturb your carefully selected selections.