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How to add Cover Art to ATVFiles for AppleTV

Posted April 12, 2008 at 3:51pm by iClarified
These are instructions on how to add cover art preview images to media on your AppleTV using ATVFiles.

Notice right now there is a blank image above the media description. It is here that we will place a cover art image!
How to add Cover Art to ATVFiles for AppleTV

Step One
Locate the cover art for your media (Movie, TV, CD). ATVFiles looks for cover art in either JPG, TIFF, or PNG formats. So make sure you cover art is one of those file types. Good sources are IMDB, Yahoo, CDCovers etc

Step Two
Name the cover art image using the exact same name as the media file it relates to. For example if you have a movie file called 2012 Doomsday.avi then name the cover art image 2012 Doomsday.png.
How to add Cover Art to ATVFiles for AppleTV

IMPORTANT: If you are using folders to store each individual media file on your Apple TV then you would have to name the cover art folder.jpg or cover.jpg and put it into the appropriate folder.

Step Three
Now all we have to do is copy the cover art image into the exact same folder as your media file. Use whatever method you used to transfer the media to your AppleTV in the first place. ie Terminal, WinSCP, Fugu etc
How to add Cover Art to ATVFiles for AppleTV

Step Four
Reload the ATVFiles category you are viewing and you will see the cover art previewed on top of the media description!
How to add Cover Art to ATVFiles for AppleTV

NOTES*: There are some automatic ways of doing this which we will feature in the future. Stay tuned!
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Apple TV Fan
Apple TV Fan - April 15, 2008 at 3:48am
@ iClarified: Thank you for addressing the need for tips and tricks related to apple tv ! This is much appreciated.
crazyastro - April 12, 2008 at 7:35pm
thanks Matt! that would be great for a lot of TV shows and music videos in my library as I obviously don't keep screenshots attached to each file... tedious!
these tweaks really make the user experience much better, glad to see this got added as a tutorial. still think this is one of the best resources for modifying your ATV.
Matt Coneybeare
Matt Coneybeare - April 12, 2008 at 4:52pm
I use ATV Files and a dedicated server to pull movies from. On that server I have a cronjob setup to run a PERL script that automatically generates PNG screenshots and it looks great on the ATV! Here is the script and the explanation: http://code.coneybeare.net/posts/30-How-to-Generate-PNG-Screenshots-Using-FFMPEG
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