How to assign background images to videos and folders:
Aside from displaying cover images for your movies, MoviePlayerApp lets you customize things even further by supporting backgrounds for individual movie files and folders. This guide explains the ins and outs on how you can use background images with MoviePlayerApp.
Because of the similarities, some parts of this guide are similar to that of other guides on this website.
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. Connect your device to your computer, and use Windows Explorer or My Computer to browse to the location of where you want to store the videos. The file location (memory/memorycard) or folder doesn't make much of a difference, since MoviePlayerApp scans almost all locations, but if you have a "Videos" or "Movies" folder, it makes sense to place them there.
5. Copy the files from your desktop over to your device.
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 MoviePlayerApp should find and display the sample:
If you look at the 3 files in the zip file again,
We have an MP4 file that is the actual video. In this case a sample movie trailer.
Then we have a jpg image file with the same name as the actual video. This is the cover image that MoviePlayerApp uses for the video.
Lastly, we have a jpg image file with the same name of the video but with _bg behind it. This is the background image MoviePlayerApp uses for when the video is selected.
Before you continue, add some movies to your device by following the guide here (link).
Unlike for cover images, there is currently no way build-in to MoviePlayerApp to do a search for background images, so in order to include them, you will have to add them manually.
If you look back at the sample zip file, you will notice that the video file is accompanies by 2 images:
a jpg image of the same name as the video file, and one named similarly, however with _bg behind it.
The "Frozen.jpg" file is the cover image that accompanies the mp4 file, the "Frozen_bg.jpg" file is the background image we included for this particular sample video.
In the cover-images guide (link), we learned that in order to have MoviePlayerApp display a cover image for a video file, all we need is an image file with the exact same name (Frozen.mp4 + Frozen.jpg), which, without the Frozen_bg.jpg file on your device, should look similar to this:
For the background images it works in a similar way, but behind the name of the movie, we have to add _bg (Frozen.mp4 + Frozen_bg.jpg) to mark it as a background image for the movie and not the cover image.
Where do you get background-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 cover 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, and rename it to have the same name as your movie and add _bg behind it.
With the basics covered, we can move on to the more tricky stuff.
Similar as with cover images, if you organize your videos in folders,
you can include a background image in each folder, and when you use the folder browser in MoviePlayerApp,
to select a folder, it will display the background image you set for it:
To do so, copy the background image you want to use into the folder you want use it with , and name it either backdrop, background, wallpaper or fanart (if you copy multiple, the background images are read in that order, and only the first one found will be used).
Depending on where you get your background 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.
For best results, use a size of the size of the screen you are using to view, or a bit less. The background images used in the samples are 1280x720, and despite the lower resolution, still look good on a 1080p screen.
The smaller the images, the faster and smoother MoviePlayerApp can load and display them.