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htbackdrops.org (Home Theater Backdrops) for Music, Weather, and Games FanArt
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Gamester17 suggested I start a new thread on this.

Just letting everyone know I've started a site for music fanart/backdrops.

http://www.htbackdrops.org

There are games and pictures/weather backdrops as well but the focus is mainly bands/musicians.

There's no scraping capability so you need to download manually.
Starting out with about 350 backdrops, about half I gathered from posts here and on Meedios forum, half are my own.

I also use these as folder.jpg so they show up as the artist thumbs; nice images and uniform size.

Hopefully if there are enough contributers the skinners out there might consider using artist backdrops for music the same way they are using TV and movie backdrops now. Wink

I realize most people have a varied music collection with some "non-top 40" selections , but if you are a fan of a certain band or singer then maybe you would consider uploading some artwork.

Right now I'm using an open source photo cataloging system, but I'm open to suggestions to make it more usable or scraper-friendly.
It's tag-based so you need to search but it indexes all the tags so it's fast enough, at least so far.

I'm out of town for the weekend so if anyone has any feedback I'll reply then.
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#2
Rainbow 
Hope you consider adding the database schema backend and XML API from TheTVDB.com:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tvdb/
http://thetvdb.com/wiki/index.php?title=Programmers_API
...so that your site can be scraped from XBMC (and other HTPC software) in the future.

:wink:
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#3
great site, very useful, seeing as movies/tv shows are freely available on other threads... great job
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#4
http://www.sherylcrow.com/

Sheryl Crow not Cheryl Crowe
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#5
Hey nuzecast,

great job with the site. thanks for taking the initiative and creating a site to centralize all of these backdrops that seem to get lost in the forums. it is an awesome start, and hopefully with some help from a few others, will be up and scraping in no time!

one suggestion i wanted to make, if possible, was a way to credit the creator of each backdrop. as it looks, you spend plenty of time on the site itself, and on individual backdrops, but i also noticed a few that myself, as well as others created. it is not a big deal, i am not asking for recognition or anything, but i think it would be a good option to keep track of who is making which backdrops and will help with requests, etc.

just a suggestion. but thanks once again, cant wait to populate my music backdrop folder!
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#6
Isn't something like this a fine line?As in so many people are copyrighting their images.I love the way the site looks.I also love the whole concept.But if what I say is true,you have your work cut out for you.If I am wrong please correct me.
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#7
http://www.sxc.hu/home

Also a very good site with High def pictures.One(at least)Aeon backdrop came off this site.The video reals picture if I remember right.Very classy site.I was amazed at the variety and quality.
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#8
do i have your permission to scrape the site?
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#9
spiff Wrote:do i have your permission to scrape the site?

Been a while I've read the legal usage/publishing of provided images, but almost every image is royalty free.

For more Legal information about using the images provided on the site, check this article on the site;
http://www.sxc.hu/help/7_2
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Martomo Wrote:Been a while I've read the legal usage/publishing of provided images, but almost every image is royalty free.

For more Legal information about using the images provided on the site, check this article on the site;
http://www.sxc.hu/help/7_2

I would assume spiff means the OP's site...
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#11
spiff Wrote:do i have your permission to scrape the site?

Certainly.

As far as crediting the creators of the backdrops, the script I use can show the uploader, but I turned it off because it looked like I was taking the credit for the images.

Since I grabbed most of the initial backdrops from file drop sites I really wasn't sure who the creators were.

I will enable the uploader field and if anyone sees their images on the site, let me know the image numbers and your username (you will have to register) and I will change it in phpmyadmin.
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#12
Edit:

Just added 170+ images to the music section.
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#13
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@nuzecast, have you given any further thoughts to adopting the TVDB database schema and website framework (with its open API?)?:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/tvdb/
Quote:TVDB - Online TV Database

A web/XML interface and database schema for managing TV series information and user-submitted graphics. Will be interfaced by a number of HTPC plugins and software. Currently used by plugins for Meedio, Media Portal, and XBox Media Center.

The database schema and website are open source under the GPL.

This is the same open source website feamework that http://thetvdb.com and http://themoviedb.org uses.

Huh
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#14
I'd like nothing more, but I just don't have the skills.

I've downloaded it and installed it but I'm getting SQL version errors when attempting to register as a user.

I have zero programming skills so it would probably be impossible anyway for me to change it (simplify the structure) to just serve images.

I am willing to pay someone to set this up but I couldn't afford a lot.
http://htbackdrops.com (Home Theater Backdrops) offers a large collection FanArt Backdrops of Music Artist and Games, and it also has a good collection of Weather Backgrounds. Help contribute by uploading FanArt for your favorite Music Artist and Games so that others can enjoy it as well.
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#15
nuzecast Wrote:I'd like nothing more, but I just don't have the skills.

I've downloaded it and installed it but I'm getting SQL version errors when attempting to register as a user.

I have zero programming skills so it would probably be impossible anyway for me to change it (simplify the structure) to just serve images.

I am willing to pay someone to set this up but I couldn't afford a lot.

I'd imagine that somebody would probably be happy to do it just to help get music fanart off the ground. Hell, if I knew anything about SQL, I'd offer to do it myself.
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