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You can't embed those into files (unless you use the wtv format). What most programs do is place posters, backdrops and metadata in the same folder as the video. Others, like Media Browser, store the metadata in its ProgramData folder.
sorry for the confusion, i said embed, but I meant bascially link the artwork to the file (ala iTunes).

i have added the movie posters to many of my movies via itunes and they show up in WMC.
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Hmmm....This looks very cool. I believe it's what I'm looking for. I'm guessing one computer acts like the host and the other computers share off the host system using this program then?
The media can be anywhere on your network. When setting up XBMC you add "sources" or where the media is stored...the media can be on any of your HTPCs or elsewhere on your network, you will just have multiple sources feeding into one library of movies, tv shows, music, pics, etc... As far as syncing all of the instances of XBMC on your computers Lifehacker provides a good tutorial. XBMC is a great HTPC front end and there are some really great skins and plugins out there that the community has developed. I highly recommend it.
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post #13 of 25
I have a home server (using Windows Home Server) that stores all my media.
I use Windows Media Center with the MyMovies plug-in for all the ripped DVD's (it includes cover art).
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post #14 of 25
media portal with moving pictures plug in. moving pictures downloades descriptions and everything from imdb. You can alos edit what you need.
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post #15 of 25
Media portal + moving pictures (movies) mp-tvseries (tv shows)
XBMC
Windows Media center + media browser.

I vote for media portal.
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Thanks for the info. I will check all these suggestion out too see which one will be right for me. Appreciate the help!
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post #17 of 25
i fourth or fifth the xbmc notion. it's got a large number of developers. i really like using tvtunes with xbmc for some odd reason

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The media can be anywhere on your network. When setting up XBMC you add "sources" or where the media is stored...the media can be on any of your HTPCs or elsewhere on your network, you will just have multiple sources feeding into one library of movies, tv shows, music, pics, etc... As far as syncing all of the instances of XBMC on your computers Lifehacker provides a good tutorial. XBMC is a great HTPC front end and there are some really great skins and plugins out there that the community has developed. I highly recommend it.
have you had experience syncing your databases? i have a huge collection of files and exporting the files and importing them back onto my server would be impossible
Edited by kujon - 5/19/11 at 5:40pm
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post #18 of 25
I went from Meedio to XBMC to Boxee.

In order from ease of use.

1. Boxee
2. XBMC
3. Meedio

Boxee is probably the easiest to setup and just works. I chose this when I upgraded to Windows 7 64.
XBMC is great if you like some customization with skins (the way it looks).
Meedio is great if you want to take it even further and make it unique.
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post #19 of 25
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have you had experience syncing your databases? i have a huge collection of files and exporting the files and importing them back onto my server would be impossible
Unfortunately I do not, since my collection is all in one database.
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post #20 of 25
Looks like the best solution would be a NAS device... You can use one HTPC as a dedicated server.
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