Local .actor thumbs

Sep 16, 2015 at 2:36 PM
MC is scraping actors to the local movie folder in .actors. Enable Save Actor Thumbs is disabled. However, the .nfo still has the URL for the actor thumb location.

I've rescraped actors, rebuilt .nfo's.

My target KODI player is RPi-2 with no internet connection.

Is this as designed, or, am I missing something?
Sep 16, 2015 at 5:58 PM
Yes its by design.

Kodi looks for actor images first in a local .actors folder, then if not present, searches via the thumb url for the actor from the nfo.

I've a Pi2 also, and scrape my actors to the .actors folder.

But i know some that use a common actors folder which means less duplicates of actor images.

Look at Movie Preferences -> Advanced tab.

BTW, if the pi2 has no Internet access, Kodi will skip searching the url address.
Marked as answer by jockbond on 9/17/2015 at 10:10 PM
Sep 17, 2015 at 12:13 AM
Thanks for taking the time to answer in a helpful way what I should have known.

I was using a common Actors folder and you had made some updates to MC for me a few months ago but it became inefficient. I ended up with a common Actors folder of 28,000+ images. If I wanted to build an RPi with just a few select movies, I had to copy all these images which took forever as the number of files slowed down the copy process with all the drive accesses. Compressing the folder, copying it, decompressing on the target RPi sped things up a bit. End result I guess is that a common Actors folder is not efficient for building media players with a subset of the main library unless on a shared network.
Sep 17, 2015 at 8:58 AM
I suppose I could add an option to not save url path to actor's Thumb.

And I know what you mean. Unless you had then in .actors folder, loading only some movies would be a nuisance as Kodi looks through all the actors image files to get the right actor image.

It really is a catch.

Oh, a thought. In Kodi, Settings, Video, Library, unselect Download Actor thumbnails. That definitely help in scraping in movies.