Author Topic: How I got moviesheets to work [Guide]  (Read 17806 times)

April 12, 2010, 11:43:18 PM
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darinseng

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Ok,  I spent countless hours on trying to get this to work on all 4 of my WDTVLive boxes connected via a NAS box I have and hopefully this step by step guide will work for others.  Do not attempt any other mods or add any extra files until you have completed all of the below steps and verify that the movie sheets are working properly as this will help eliminate any compatibility issues.  Note: If you are using network shares, this guide is only for windows (CIFS) style shares and will not work for NFS or FTP shares without a different approach.

1. If you have not updated to the latest official WD firmware then do so now.

2.  Download the latest B-Rad WDLXTV_LIVE-0.4.1.9-6.zip from here.  http://rapidshare.com/files/369796600/1.01.24_B-RAD.CC_WDLXTV_LIVE-0.4.1.9-6.zip.  Note: This is tested for WDLXTV_LIVE-0.4.1.9-6 and may not work for future versions.

3.  Format a 1gb+ thumbdrive in FAT32 format

4. Copy *ONLY* the following files to the thumbdrive from the download in step 2:
wdtvlive.bin
wdtvlive.ver


5. Unplug the power to your WDTV Live and any attached USB devices and plug *ONLY* the thumbdrive into the side usb port then plug the power back in.

6. Update to the B-RAD firmware after the box boots up completly.

7. After the update completes 100% and boots back up, remove the power from the WDTV Live and then the thumbdrive.

8. Reformat the thumbdrive FAT32 again.  ***DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP***

9. Copy *ONLY* the following files to the thumbdrive from the download in step 2:
S00custom-options
net.mounts


10. Modify the  S00custom-options file on the thumbdrive by adding the following lines of code to the end of the file:
config_tool -c SHOW_FILESIZE_SETTING=0
config_tool -c MSHEETMODE=sheet
config_tool -c VIDMSHEET=ON
config_tool -c GENMSHEET=ON
config_tool -c LISTMSHEET=ON


11.  If you only have local usb disk with your movies on it and are not connecting to anything located on network disks skip to step 15.  Note: Moviesheets will not work properly without completing the following steps for network shares and the WD box will display the moviesheets along with all the jpg files at the same time making a clutered mess.  So if you want moviesheets to work with network shares you must continue with the next steps.

12.  For windows shares without security requirements (or NAS that presents as windows shares) copy the following files to the thumbdrive:
samba.app.bin (http://rapidshare.com/files/222297336/samba.app.bin-0.2.zip)

13. Modify the net.mounts file on the thumbdrive to reflect the shares you want mounted.
#Example only yours will differ (I added the following to xmount my NAS share):
xmount "//192.168.1.250/Movies" "Movies" cifs


14. If you are connecting wirelessly to your NAS, uncomment (or add) the following line in your S00custom-options located on your thumbdrive:
config_tool -c NET_MOUNTS_DELAY=30

15.  Take your thumbdrive now and plug it back into your WDTV LIVE side located usb port and plug the power back into the WDTV Live.  Now wait 5 mins before you touch the WDTV Live remote to make sure it fully boots and any network mounts if defined have a chance to attach properly.

16. Your WDTV Live should now be able to display the movie sheets provided you have created the moviesheets and named them properly.

The following is an example of my NAS movie folder file name structure which works properly in Thumbnail mode:
Code: [Select]
C:\>dir \\media\Movies\temp_movie
 Volume in drive \\media\Movies is Movies
 Volume Serial Number is 099Z-9999

 Directory of \\media\Movies\temp_movie

04/13/2010  11:18 AM    <DIR>          .
04/10/2010  11:20 AM    <DIR>          ..
04/13/2010  11:18 AM            49,061 Armored (2009).jpg
04/06/2010  10:25 PM    20,098,971,648 Armored (2009).m2ts
04/13/2010  11:18 AM         1,039,294 Armored (2009).m2ts.tgmd
04/13/2010  11:18 AM           336,989 Armored (2009).m2ts_sheet.jpg
04/13/2010  11:18 AM             2,244 Armored (2009).nfo
03/31/2010  11:42 AM            45,477 Batman Begins.jpg
03/31/2010  08:22 PM     4,292,911,104 Batman Begins.m2ts
03/31/2010  11:42 AM           248,745 Batman Begins.m2ts.tgmd
03/31/2010  11:42 AM           146,562 Batman Begins.m2ts_sheet.jpg
03/31/2010  11:42 AM             2,591 Batman Begins.nfo
              10 File(s) 24,393,753,715 bytes
               2 Dir(s)  795,174,436,864 bytes free

Best of luck all and tons of thanks to B-Rad and all the others.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2010, 08:19:56 AM by darinseng »

April 13, 2010, 12:47:18 AM
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cybrid3

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This is very informative. Any chance you could post an idiot guide on how to xmount? As I think that is my problem but I dont know where to start

April 13, 2010, 01:17:32 AM
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Nice work. Instead of providing link to 0.4.1.9-6 firmware, provide a link to thread containing latest firmware. So later when the firmware is updated, this post is still valid !

Please also update how to create movie sheets or atleast post link to the relevant threads in the forum!
Need to link atleast two threads, one for template and other for template generator !

Then it will be good for a sticky !

April 13, 2010, 01:23:59 AM
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I'd like to suggest people who are struggling with Movies Sheets to read this thread also...

http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=5618.msg46331#msg46331

Its from Thumbgen so you know its good-stuff.  ;)

In particular it is the section that reads:

config_tool -c LISTNUM=sheet
config_tool -c GENTHUMBS=sheet
config_tool -c THUMBRESO=sheet

3. In TG I set
MainSheet:  $M\$N$E_sheet.sheet
ExtraSheet: $M\$F_sheet.sheet


This section was the part that enabled me to FINALLY get moviesheets working.

April 13, 2010, 02:02:24 AM
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good guide, but it doesn't contain anything about the actual moviesheets

April 13, 2010, 03:10:21 AM
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good guide, but it doesn't contain anything about the actual moviesheets

Although true maybe you and him can post a seperate thread as a combined effort to help those who are having issues. Also, why the samba?
Owner of WDTVLive.net the file repository for WDTV Media Players.

April 13, 2010, 03:21:48 AM
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I'd like to suggest people who are struggling with Movies Sheets to read this thread also...

http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=5618.msg46331#msg46331

Its from Thumbgen so you know its good-stuff.  ;)

In particular it is the section that reads:

config_tool -c LISTNUM=sheet
config_tool -c GENTHUMBS=sheet
config_tool -c THUMBRESO=sheet

3. In TG I set
MainSheet:  $M\$N$E_sheet.sheet
ExtraSheet: $M\$F_sheet.sheet


This section was the part that enabled me to FINALLY get moviesheets working.


That's what got it to work for me.  I spent many of hours struggling but couldn't get my sheets to work until I followed Thumbgen's guide.
Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1
WDTV Live
1.02.21 WDLXTV 0.5.1.4 (Beta)
Linksys - WUSB600N USB Adapter
DLink - Dir-655 Router
Atheros - AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)
XBMC - The Future of Television

April 13, 2010, 03:32:37 AM
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Ok,

10. Modify the  S00custom-options file on the thumbdrive to contain the following lines of code:
config_tool -c SHOW_FILESIZE_SETTING=0
config_tool -c MSHEETMODE=sheet
config_tool -c VIDMSHEET=ON
config_tool -c GENMSHEET=ON
config_tool -c LISTMSHEET=ON





First off thank  you SO much for this-- just had a quick question-- when you say modify do you mean just adding the above code at the bottom of the S00 file?

And for those of you below that used Thumbgen's as well-- did  you add his code AS well as the above or INSTEAD of?
Thank you!!!!

April 13, 2010, 03:34:30 AM
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Also, a very simple guide to making movie sheets using thumbgen or other softwar would be so much appreciated-- or a link?
Many many thanks, spent hours on this today!

April 13, 2010, 08:22:16 AM
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I made a few minor tweaks to my original post based on suggestions found in all of your replies.  Note: I am able to use Thumbgen without problems but I think there are already some pretty good threads out there that walk step by step what you need to do to get it working.

April 13, 2010, 11:40:38 AM
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Thought I'd post my how to in here as well, as the other one probably doesn't get noticed now.

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My setup:

Windows home server with NFS server installed.
xmount to NFS server using /conf/net.mounts

ie:

Code: [Select]
xmount 192.168.1.250:/ACTION ACTION nfs tcp
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This is how I got my 2nd WD Live working tonight after testing SHEETS on the 1st.


BEFORE trying moviesheets,
:: Make sure your movies are working correctly, IE, not displaying the JPG's as well as the Movies.
:: Make sure your running the latest B-rad EXT firmware from a USB device.(See elsewhere to sort these out 1st)

One of my folders for example



Next connect to your WD and run the following commands

Code: [Select]
config_tool -c MSHEETMODE=sheet
config_tool -c VIDMSHEET=ON
config_tool -c SHOW_FILESIZE_SETTING=0

Now reboot and you should see a single line of folders/movies.



If it doesn't look like that, go back and see whats going wrong first.

Create the moviesheets in place, I used thumbgen (others are available)

TOP Level view



A=folder.jpg_sheet.jpg
B=folder.jpg

Inside my ACTION folder



C=Enemy of the state.mpg_sheet.jpg
D=Enemy of the state.jpg

Example locations/name

ACTION
-------Enemy of the state.jpg
-------Enemy of the state.mpg
-------Enemy of the state.mpg_sheet
-------folder.jpg
-------folder.jpg_sheet.jpg


A slightly more advanced approach that I have now taken, is to put any movie that has a sequel in a sub folder
I advise you to not try this until the above is working

ACTION
-------BLADE
-------|------blade 1.jpg
-------|------blade 1.mpg
-------|------blade 1.mpg_sheet
-------|------blade 2.jpg
-------|------blade 2.mpg
-------|------blade 2.mpg_sheet
-------|------folder.jpg
-------|------folder.jpg_sheet.jpg
-------Enemy of the state.jpg
-------Enemy of the state.mpg
-------Enemy of the state.mpg_sheet
-------folder.jpg
-------folder.jpg_sheet.jpg

View from the the ACTION folder (obviously the orange is added notation to hopefully make the screenshot clearer)





View from the BLADE folder




April 13, 2010, 03:57:35 PM
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Hi all-- thanks for the help with this and this very informative thread-- really trying to get it going, but the blond in me is having some trouble-- any help appreciated.

I have the latest firmware (B-rad's) and I have put the s00 and mounts back on the pen drive after reformatting. I let it cycle, the LED lights go off, I take the pen drive out and plug in my WD Passport HD.

Still no movie sheets though, so I'm needing some help.
Attached is my s00 file-- does it look right?
Any help, SO appreciated!
thank you!
Meredith

P.S. also attached is my folder structure for example
Movies (And then inside, each movie has its own folder)-- then the files inside that folder-- see the attached for an example of how a movie file for the Prophet looks.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2010, 04:03:06 PM by meremaiden »

April 13, 2010, 05:03:42 PM
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You know what?

I noticed that folder structure does not change anything for MovieSheets....
When the sheets are symlinked by B-Rad's script... they are all on the same level...
I also found out that you don't need to have the *_sheet.jpg files in the same folder has the movies....

Heres what I did, for every thing (file, folder, or even an other jpg) that you want a sheet for, just create a JPG with the correct dimensions (1280x720) and give it the same filename with "_sheet.jpg" appended to the end..
ie:
Avatar.avi --> avatar.avi_sheet.jpg
Batman.mkv --> Batman.mkv_sheet.jpg
Mypicture.jpg --> Mypicture.jpg_sheet.jpg
or a folder named "This new Movie" --> "This New Movie_sheet.jpg"

Now comes the tricky part.... if you are using xmount to mount a drive... you don't need to do anything...
after every xmount, a script auto scans the new mount for sheets.

If you are connecting via "Network Share" then you will need to run the detection script manually....
first access the shared folder at least once, then exit back out to the 1st menu screen of the WDTVLive
then Telnet into the WDTVLive (use putty or the WebFrontEnd)
and run this command
linksheets <absolutePath> 5

<absolutepath> should look something like this  "/tmp/ComputerName/SharedFolder"
ComputerName --> the name of your computer... same has seen from the WDTVLive Menu
SharedFolder  -->  the name of the actual shared Folder... Same has seen from the WDTVLive Menu

While the scrip is running the Power Led will blink... wait until it stops, then access your "Network Share" and you should be able to see your sheets....
Remeber that when accessing via "Network Share" ALL MEDIA FILES ARE SHOWN... JPG and AVI and MP3
Just scroll until you see and actual MOVIE file to see if the sheet is there...

Also an other way to confirm that its ok, FTP to the WDTVLive... and look inside the  /msheet  folder
you should see a list of all Linked Movies to sheets....
If a sheet is not showing... look for the Movie name in  /msheet  and see if it was linked to the sheet.

April 13, 2010, 09:46:50 PM
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I let it cycle, the LED lights go off, I take the pen drive out and plug in my WD Passport HD.

1. Wait for the blinking LEDs also after u plug in the WD Passport.

2. Your moviesheets are too big. Try with sizes under 250KB (There's an option in ThumbGen/Options/Moviesheet/ Limit filesize... put 250000 there)
Get ThumbGen!
If you like ThumbGen then buy me a coffee

April 13, 2010, 09:57:21 PM
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What is the effect of having the sheets too big. Does it slow down or do they not display properly