Organizing videos in folders with images.
MoviePlayerApp makes it easy to access all your movies from a single screen, however, if you use your smartphone or tablet a lot for watching movies and TV shows, organizing your content into folders makes things considerably easier.
Just imagine 10 movies and 2 seasons of TV episodes (24 episodes each) on a single memorycard, and you are currently watching episode 3 of season 2, and have to scroll through all your movies to get to the episode you want.
If you organize your videos in folders, MoviePlayerApp will let you select those folders that have videos in them so it will just display the videos in that folder.
The best way to organize your videos is to do it on your computer.
Just start with a new folder on your desktop, Video folder or even an external harddrive (I use the latter), and from there, make new folders for each of your groups.
Personally I prefer to keep movies and TV shows seperate, so I create a movies and a tv folder:
(to create a new folder, simply rightclick in an empty space on your desktop or in a folder, and select “New” and then “Folder”, and give it the name you want)
If your movies are part of a collection of movies, such as Twilight, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Transformers, you can group those by creating individual folders for those.
Alternatively, you could use groups for childrens movies, animated ones, categorys etc. Of course, if there are just a few, leaving them all in the movies folder will work just fine too.
For TV shows, I definately recommend creating folders for each show, and even go as far as individual season folders.
With a folder structure such as the above on your device for your movies, you can flip between folders with a tap on the folder selection button,
MoviePlayerApp is a video player/browser app, so in order to be able to do something with it, it needs videos it can find. If you just started MoviePlayerApp for the first time, and do not already have videos on your device, MoviePlayerApp will display a collection of sample trailers (only if your device has internet connectivity) to enable you to at least do something with the app. Don’t worry, these samples are not stored on your device, but instead the trailers are located on our website, and MoviePlayerApp just streams them from there.
If you already have videos on your device, MoviePlayerApp will automatically generate thumbnails for them so you are able to tell which one is which.
The trailers already have images and backgrounds assigned to them, which are also obtained from the website, so aside from playing with different settings and watching the trailers using MoviePlayerApp’s video player, there isn’t much else you can do unless you add some videos.
If MoviePlayerApp did find videos, it is possible to assign cover images to them using the build-in cover-search, however, in order to get you familiar with MoviePlayerApp easier, we recommend downloading our sample file, which includes a video trailer that can be played on almost all Android devices, along with 2 matching images:
1. download the zip file to your computer by clicking on the link above.
2. After the download completes, open the zip file by double-clicking on it, and you should be presented with the following:
3. Extract the files from the zip to a location where you can find them, such as your desktop (left-click on each one and drag them over to your desktop for example)
4. Unlike what we did in the cover-images guide and the background images guide, before you copy the files over to your device, create a folder on your device, and name it something like Samples or Trailers.
5. Find the location where you extracted the 3 sample files to, and rename (rightclick > rename) the “Frozen” image file to “Folder”. Then copy the files over to your newly created Samples/Trailers folder.
Note: When copying videos to your device, you might encounter a message similar to this:
The file is in the correct format, so there is no need to convert it. Just tap on “No, just copy”.
4. After copying the files over, restart MoviePlayerApp, or tap on the “refresh” button,
and if you tap on the folder selection button, it will display the folder-image for your folder:
Where do you get folder-images?
The cover-search featurew build-in to MoviePlayerApp uses Google Images to search for images. A simple visit to Google.com and doing a search for the movie you are looking for will bring up a miriad of images to choose from.
but to get nice images, using the “Images” part along with “background image” or “wallpaper”. Alternatively, www.albumart.org (just switch it to DVD behind the search area) has nice ones and themoviedb.org (or thetvdb.com for TV shows) is quite well-stocked as well.
When you find an image you like, just right-click on it to save it to your computer, move it to the folder you want to use it for, and name it “Folder”.
The above was fairly tricky as it is, but you can go a little further with your folder skills.
Some video players do keep track of the folders that have movies in them, just like MoviePlayerApp does, but MoviePlayerApp goes one step further. It also keps the folder containing those folders as an option.
For example, we have a Friends folder with a Season 1 and a Season 2 folder inside, but no actual videos. With MoviePlayerApp, the Friends folder, since it contaisn folders with videos, is also an option to select, so you can browse all your episodes, rather than being restricted to just the folder that has the videos.
or, as in the example above, selecting the TV folder would display all the TV episodes, but none of the movies.
Depending on where you get your images from (themoviedb has many in high quality), it is possible that your device isn’t fast enough to handle them properly. Especially with very high resolution images, you can encounter stuttering when scrolling through your videos, and in some cases, even memory issues resulting in the image not being displayed properly or at all.
The “folder” image area is quite small, so using a high resolution image might be overkill. The smaller the images, the faster MoviePlayerApp works.