Req Single Actors Folder
#46
Don't know. I missed the obvious workaround in the previous question, but I don't see where there is provision for additional actor images. The actor entry in the database is a single entry only. So maybe something like ExtraActors similar to ExtraFanart? Might be bit tough to have multiple movies, TV Shows, Epidodes and Music Videos accessing the same ExtraActors.
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#47
(2018-01-13, 21:18)ivan Wrote: Can anyone tell me what line of code must I put in movie nfo file to tell Kodi "go to ACTORS folder and look there for actors pictures"?

All my movies have nfo file with all information (I dont want to rely on internet connection and I want total control over move informations....so I have nfo file for every movie).
So far I have ".actors" folder in main movie folder with actors pictures - for every movie.
If I can write something in nfo file so I could have ONE actors folder with ALL actors pictures - that would be great Smile

Media companion can do this
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#48
So it's been over 5 years since this much needed feature was requested.

Apologies for asking but if anyone has the coding skills and spare time to implement this for Leia providing it's not a big task it would be awesome cheers Smile

Less duplication the better Big Grin
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#49
(2018-07-15, 14:12)the_bo Wrote: implement this for Leia
I highly doubt it is going to happen for Leia. Only fixes are occurring at this time on Leia.
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#50
We have a central artist_info and I think it would be smart to do the same thing for actors in movies and tv shows. Here's why:

1. Speed up info dialogues

The overwhelming majority of entries in the "art" table of the "myvideos" db are links to actor thumbs on websites. Every time the info dialogue of a movie, tv show or episode is opened, these thumbs have to be downloaded remotely. They are probably cached for each Kodi installation but it would be better performancewise to have them downloaded locally once, especially when dealing with MySQL installations that serve serveral KODI instances.

2. Save space

I'm not sure what happens when actor thumbs are exported via the media dialogue. Even if the thumbs paths are rewritten to be local, there will be lots of duplicates written for each actor. Using a centralized directory for actor thumbs would avoid that.

Maybe the existing patch for the central artist directory could be used with just a few modifications?
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#51
It's not often that a feature request is so long in coming.  I'm adding my request for this feature as well.

Why:

I have 4 10TB drives on my media server.  The first three drives have an actors subdirectory, which is not too bad...   File Structure:  E:\Public 1\Videos\Films\.actors    Size, each one is about 800MB

The 4th drive is for TV shows, and the actors subdirectory is recreated for every show's seasons, and that becomes a lot!    Here's an example:  H:\Public 6\Videos\TV\Defiance\s02\.actors

Of course, those are created and continuously added to when I do an export.  You can imagine that for a show like Grey's Anatomy and 16 seasons, the duplication becomes ridiculous. 

When I run a backup (to a 40 TB backup solution), and a mew actor pic becomes available, I often see it re-written in about 10 or more different places.

While I'm not OCD driven, it does irk me to know that the same file is taking up a space all over the drives for not a good reason.


I'm not a programmer...  I've depended on the great work that has been done by the team, but this looks like something that should be set up in the advancedsettings.xml file.  Something like:

<Actors>
     SingleSub=x:\.actors
</Actors>

IF something like this was in the advancedsettings, THEN if there was an export, AND this was stated in andvancedsettings THEN the actors file would be written there. 

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Please?
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