In the process of building my home theater, I decided that I wanted to have a secondary display acting as a virtual movie poster to display information about the currently playing media as well as posters for movies coming soon. I was unable to find any software to do what I wanted so i set out to make my own. MoviePoster is intended to be run on a display in portrait mode and supports its own rotation mechanism for PCs that don't have native screen rotation support.
The application connects to to xbmc using the JSONRPC interface to get information about the currently playing media. When no media is playing it will display movie posters for upcoming films either downloaded from themoviedb.org or loaded from a local cache.
Trailers can be streamed from youtube using links provided in themoviedb metadata. There is also a web based remote control interface for changing posters, activating trailers and creating custom poster lists.
Version 18.104.22.168 is available now...
Notable changes include:
-fixes to the Kodi plugin to better support Kodi 16.
-Improvements to the webview displays.
-addition of a Landscape layout webview display
-ability to change the fonts and colors used for taglines and playback time text.
-adjustments to the WebRemote settings layout.
-option to render posters internally at 4k resolution (This MIGHT improve image quality on 4k TVs, but uses about twice the RAM)
-uses a shortcut in the startup folder instead of the registry to start with Windows. - this fixes the webserver not starting bug.
-fixed a couple bugs in the source settings.
MoviePoster 22.214.171.124 7-zip Archive
- Just extract and run MoviePoster.exe
MoviePoster 126.96.36.199 msi installer
- Uninstall older versions that used an installer first.
The MoviePoster Definitive Guide
is a continual work in progress set up guide and answers to the most common questions.
Dev Builds include the newest features and bug fixes, but have had more limited testing. These are usually pretty stable and are the versions I run myself. However, some bugs might sneak through and are best for people who want to be on the bleeding edge and don't mind reporting issues.
Notable new feature since the 188.8.131.52 release include:
Reworked WebRemote (Some features are still being worked on)
-New navigation and action menus
-Paged queries on the cache page. - greatly improves performance for large libraries
-Poster detail viewer/editor.
- you can now create your own custom poster metadata using the editor.
-Display detail viewer/editor
-Ability to mark posters as "protected" to prevent them from being deleted. (not really tested very much, but it should work)
-manage all your Displays and DisplayGroups via the WebRemote
-ability to open a webview directly from the WebRemote
-Poster Playlist viewer
-see what posters will be shown and their source
Improvements to plugin interfaces
-Ability to have multiple active plugins.
-plugins are ranked by priority. Priority 1 will take precedence over priority 2 , etc.
-test function added to help you confirm your settings.
-plugin status is now shown as an image.
-ability to have multiple plugins for the same source, ie you can copy the Plex plugin and monitor two plex instances.
-includes v1 of the Kaleidescape plugin.
Minor Updates to Webview layouts
-webviews now auto scale to fit the browser window by default
-resolution parameter can be optionally specified
Improved Multi-display functionality.
Ability to have multiple DisplayGroups with different posters shown per display group.
Addition of poster functions.
-primary - the main poster for the movie - each display group must have one.
-auxilliary - a poster for a movie related to the primary
-info - information related to the primary- plot summary / cast
Replacement of Rotten Tomatoes Scores with tmdb rating.
RT data will still be shown if it exists in the cached data
Additional media flag icons added to the default theme (ESRB ratings, new studios)
Download 184.108.40.206 Dev (2-18-2018) Here
MoviePoster supports animated 'MotionPosters', but its a manual process to add them to your poster library. I have started to upload my collection to my Google Drive.
Please see the included ReadMe.txt file for installation and general usage instructions. Please feel free to comment and report any bugs, or request features.
I have developed a small device to automatically turn your poster screen on and off based on your presence in the room. With this your screen will turn on when you are around and off after a set amount of time without you needing to do anything. You can learn more or purchase one for yourself here:
My custom 32" LCD Poster Display:
(Slightly Outdated) Video of operation.
A newer, but brief video of operation.
Bug reports, feature requests, suggestions and general comments are always welcome. I will do my best to fix any bugs that are reported and will consider all feature requests. That said, the program comes with no warranty of any kind and although I do my best, I can make no guarantees.
I do accept donations to support continued development of the program. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and help to motivate continued development and support of the program. However, donations no not guarantee that any particular feature can or will be implemented.