Digital Movie Poster Display Part 2: Prepping The Images


Alright now that you've got your TV mounted to the wall we need to get, and prepare, the images for display. There are literally thousands of places to download images from, and ultimately where you download your posters from is up to you. There are however a few places, and methods, that I can recommend to assist you in you quest for some truly epic wall art.

If movie posters are what you desire then IMPAwards is a great resource for just about any movie poster you can godzilla_xxlgthink of, and they're all free! Additionally MoviePosterDB comes highly recommended, however they do charge (from what I've been told) about five cents per poster. For comic book covers I've found that digital comics are a great resource for cover art. As I mentioned in the previous article .cbr/.cbz files are just .rar/zip files (respectively) with numbered .jpg files in them. The best tool I've found however is a simple Google Image search.

Wherever you get your images from you need to find the highest resolution possible, I wouldn't recommend going 2c2b0-bullitwith anything smaller than 1500 pixels on the long side; remember we're going to be displaying them on a large 1080p (or 780p) screen, so what may look good on your laptop may not look so good on a large display. Through IMPAwards (and other resources) you can easily pick the size of file to download, but if you're using a Google Image search to find your posters you can end up with a lot of "junk" in your results that you can't use. The easy way to refine your results is to use the settings in Google to only return results 2MB or larger.

Once you've downloaded your images you'll need to rotate each image to be sideways on your screen (remember 9c37b44525310ab34203825ae5756ebeyou've mounted your TVs on their sides). You'll also probably start to notice that your images and TV have different aspect ratios. This will result in black bars above and below your posters, most televisions use a 16:9 aspect ratio while most posters use more traditional picture aspect ratios like 8x10 (arbitrarily). Instead of editing each image manually in PhotoShop, there's a nifty free little tool called IrFanView that will do all of this rather easily for you. After you've installed IrFanView open it up, and I'll walk you through the process.

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From the File drop down menu along the top of the screen you'll need to select "Batch Conversion/Rename".

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From there you'll have to navigate to the folder where you saved all of your images, and click "Add All".

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Once you have your posters added to the program you'll have to select what size you want your images to be, and tell it to rotate each image. You'll do this by ticking the "Use advanced options (for bulk resize)" option, and clicking on the "Advanced" button to set your preferences.

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In the Advanced menu you'll have to start by un-ticing the "Preserve aspect ratio (proportional)" option, and then ticking the "RESIZE:" and "Set new size:" options. You'll want to set the "Width" to 1080, and the "Height" to 1920 pixels; this is the native resolution of a 1080p television, and will give you the 16:9 aspect ratio to fill your whole screen. From there you'll also need to tic either the "Rotate Right" or "Rotate Left" option (depending on which way you turned your TV). All that's left from there is to click the "Save settings" button, and you're all set to go.

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Once you're out of the "Advanced" menu, just hit the "Start Batch" button, and sit back while the program does its thing. The default output folder for your files is C:/TEMP, but you can change that to any folder you wish if you want. The resized files may look a little "skewed" on your computer, but once they're on your television it's not really that noticeable (in my opinion).

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After your files are done being resized, all you have to do is load them onto your USB drive, and pug it into your TV. How you access, and manage the slideshow feature on your television will vary from TV to TV depending on the manufacturer, so you'll have to consult your User Manual for that. Depending on where you're hanging your new digital poster frame you may also want to adjust the brightness so as not to be too distracting if it's located in "Theater" or "Media" room, but that's based on your own personal preferences, and aesthetic appeal.

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For most of you this will be work perfectly as is, and will probably have no interest in any further tinkering with your new toy. As I mentioned in my previous article though, I ran into a few limitations with my TV's firmware that prompted me to look into other options to control my slideshow. I'll cover how I setup a Raspberry Pi B+ to run a simple slideshow script in the next article, so stay tuned.

For those of you who actually took the time to read the whole article... here's a download of all +1k movie posters that I've resized so far: Movie Poster Download. The quality on a couple of them is bit shoddy, but whatta ya expect for not doing any of the work yourself? lol.

2 thoughts on “Digital Movie Poster Display Part 2: Prepping The Images”

    1. Yea I looked at that app when I originally started this project. It’s a great app, and does quite a bit. The only issue I had with it was that I had to run a cord all the way around the room from my HTPC to where I had my TV’s for my posters hung up at. Also (if I recall correctly) there wasn’t a way to run two poster displays simultaneously; it’s been a while so I might be wrong about that or it may have changed since then.

      Plus I’m a bit of a DIY guy, and enjoy doing this stuff myself. 🙂

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