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Replacing DVD Profiler default images with local Hi-Res Scans
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantDave F
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I've started substituting Hi-Res images into Documents\DVD Profiler\Database\Default\Images in place of the low-res images in there (giving each the same name as the one being replaced).  I have a large collection.  Do I have to be wary of any processes in your software which could undo this work by putting the low-res images back in there again?  Sorry to be paranoid but it would be a lot of work to have overwritten.  Thanks.
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Potentially any profile update from the online database (triggered via Online -> Refresh Updated Profiles from Invelos)

You can prevent an overwrite by locking the image. You do this by right-clicking on the title in the collection list -> Lock -> Cover Images

If you want to lock all your profiles, click CTRL-A in the collection list and then select Collection -> Flagged -> Set Locks.
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BTW: If you manually replace the images in the folder, you should re-generate the thumbnails afterwards.

You do this by switching to the Thumbnail view of the collection list and then in the same menu dropdown Rebuild Thumbnails.
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Thank you very much for your very prompt and helpful responses.  It's early days for me with this software - I've got a lot to learn.

Having used CTRL-A to dummy-run your method of locking all profiles, I was left puzzling how to De-select All rather than unchecking each item individually! I cheated by closing the application and restarting it.

Thanks again.
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I was left puzzling how to De-select All rather than unchecking each item individually!



Collection ---> Flags ---> Unflag All
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Marvelous, thank you.
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I've started substituting Hi-Res images into Documents\DVD Profiler\Database\Default\Images in place of the low-res images in there (giving each the same name as the one being replaced).  I have a large collection.  Do I have to be wary of any processes in your software which could undo this work by putting the low-res images back in there again?  Sorry to be paranoid but it would be a lot of work to have overwritten.  Thanks.

I can speak to this as well as I routinely replace the image files in both the "Images" and "Thumbnails" folder for my Blu-ray database.  My Blu-ray database presently consists of 2,290 profiles (1,958 discs) and in each and every case I've replaced the cover art that's part of the official Invelos online profiles with my own local images, both the full size images and thumbnails.

For me it's a two step process.  Step one is to import my cover images using the methods available within the software.  I'll either copy and paste my cover images directly into the profile I have selected or import them via the "Edit Profile->Cover Scans" or "Edit Cover Images" options.  Unfortunately DVD Profiler reduces the quality of the cover images when importing them, irrespective of whether you have the "Edit Cover Images->Adjust Compression->Quality" option set to "100".

All of my cover images are sourced from high quality scans of the original cover art or instead are customs I've created myself or downloaded.  They're all 300dpi and sized down to a constant image height of 1034 pixels which I find optimal for a number of reasons.  As I said though, DVD Profiler degrades the image quality when importing them.  The dimensions of the given image remain the same naturally, but DVD Profiler cuts the DPI down from 300 to 72.  This results in dithering which is quite significant with respects to the smaller details on the back portion of a given cover, smaller textual based elements, thin outlines surrounding a block of text, things like that.  That's why I have step two.

Step two is where I'm replacing the imported images after the fact from outside the application with my own.  Importing them to start with is just a quick and easy way to generate the files within the "Images" folder, that way there's no question as to how the files should be named.  So once imported (72dpi), I take a copy of my original files (300dpi), rename them accordingly, create a duplicate set, drop one set in the "Images" folder replacing the ones already there, then taking the other set and resizing them (170x199) for use as thumbnails dropping them in the "Thumbnails" folder.  Done deal.

In any event, it may sound like a lengthy process to some, but it literally takes me 5 minutes at most from start to finish, i.e. from full cover scan to having my 300dpi images nestled snugly in the "Images" and "Thumbnails" folders.  And when adding a number of profiles at the same time I've got actions setup in Photoshop where with the click of a mouse I can resize images in bulk, both the full size images and thumbnails.  Should note as well that there's zero impact on the DVD Profiler application when replacing image files outside the application.  Just keep in mind that if you have a profile selected and actively replace the images for that profile outside the program you will have to click off the profile, then back on it again to see the updated images.

As for taking steps to ensure DVD Profiler doesn't overwrite your local images once in place, that's simply a matter of locking down your cover images or the entire profile after initially downloading it.  That being said, there's one exception as DVD Profiler does regenerate the thumbnails for a given profile any time the given profile is updated in any way.  As such, it's not a bad idea to keep a separate copy of your "Thumbnails" folder in the event you decide you'd like to copy and paste it overwriting the one DVD Profiler uses.

In my case I keep a separate copy of my "Images" folder as well.  I've got copies of each folder online also as I host my own DVD Profiler based websites.  If interested feel free to check them out.  Link action below in my forum signature. (Not mobile device friendly. Best viewed with a conventional computer and Internet browser that supports frames.)  I keep one database for my DVD collection and another for my Blu-ray collection.  Have websites for each which reflect my local databases and cover art, the website for my Blu-ray collection being the only one that currently offers the full size images as well.
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Unfortunately DVD Profiler reduces the quality of the cover images when importing them, irrespective of whether you have the "Edit Cover Images->Adjust Compression->Quality" option set to "100".

Profiler also destroys your images if you just change the Media Banner option On/Off/Automatic.
Don't confuse while the film is playing with when the film is played. [Ken Cole, DVD Profiler Architect]
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Unfortunately DVD Profiler reduces the quality of the cover images when importing them, irrespective of whether you have the "Edit Cover Images->Adjust Compression->Quality" option set to "100".

Profiler also destroys your images if you just change the Media Banner option On/Off/Automatic.


Yup.

Basically: Unless you have to, never ever switch into the Cover Images tab when editing a profile or it will re-compress your cover images.

I sometimes even cancel my edit if I accidentally hit the Cover Images tab (instead of the Personalize tab)
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Unfortunately DVD Profiler reduces the quality of the cover images when importing them, irrespective of whether you have the "Edit Cover Images->Adjust Compression->Quality" option set to "100".

Profiler also destroys your images if you just change the Media Banner option On/Off/Automatic.

Ah, hadn't noticed that.  My preference is to never use media banners.  When downloading a profile the first thing I do is turn media banners off.  I then update the profile data to my liking, import my cover art and lock the entire profile down.  It's at that point that I replace the cover images outside the application with my unspoiled 300dpi ones. Fun, fun, fun.

Something else I forgot to mention as well and DVD Profiler gets a gold star for this one.  Once I've replaced a given set of cover images outside the application DVD Profiler doesn't jack with them when creating an alternate version of the profile or copying and pasting the cover image "profile data" to another profile.  It just copies the physical image files and renames them accordingly.  As such, to save time I just make sure to have my 300dpi cover images in place before performing either of those operations.

The most common example of this for me would be where I've downloaded a profile for a season of a TV show.  If the disc level profiles haven't been created yet I get my 300dpi cover images in place first before duplicating the parent profile.  If the disc level profiles were already created I get my 300dpi cover images in place for any one of the profiles, parent or child, then copying the cover image "profile data" from there to the other profiles.  Bada bing, bada boom.
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Basically: Unless you have to, never ever switch into the Cover Images tab when editing a profile or it will re-compress your cover images.

Nonsense as usual.
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Basically: Unless you have to, never ever switch into the Cover Images tab when editing a profile or it will re-compress your cover images.

Nonsense as usual.

Agree with bbbbb on this point.  Well, not in the way it was delivered anyway.

I can make any number of edits to a profile clicking in and out of the "cover scans" tab in the process.  Short of actually changing the "media banner" options the images remain untouched in the "Images" folder.  It's only the thumbnails that I find regenerate automatically and that happens no matter what when editing a profile.  At least that's what I see taking place.
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