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J River album art path
#1
I was following another thread discussing issues showing album artwork after exporting xml from J River, but I decided to start another thread since I think my issue may be different. The other poster's XML appeared to have the correct image path, my XML file doesn't list the correct path.

I was having a problem where only the album name was showing up in the window - no image. After viewing the XML file, I discovered that the image file path was listed as "INTERNAL". I then went into J River and told it to import all of the artwork and save it as "folder.jpg". This caused J River to list the image as "folder.jpg", but it didn't provide the path. I manually modified this field by adding the full path and the album cover now shows up as expected.

The problem is that I obviously don't want to go through every song and modify the path. Secondly, I store all of my albums in a directory structure "music\artist\album\songs". Each album folder already contains a folder.jpg. How can I get J River to use this by default without telling it to redownload every image?

I'm getting closer - just not quite there.

Acropolis
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#2
If the image path is just folder.jpg, as long as it is in the same path as the media file, then that's ok. The driver will assume it's in the same path as where the media files are. Did you re-export your XML and re-import it into CQC?
Dean Roddey
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#3
I was able to get it to export the xml file with the image file name as "folder.jpg" and reimported it into the JRiver Driver, but it still didn't show up. I'm not sure how I can check what path it is looking for (although it is obviously finding the mp3 file). Is it logged anywhere?
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#4
Just a sanity check, but is there anything in the folder.jpg file? If you look at it directly, is it correct?
Dean Roddey
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#5
Yes there is an image in the file. I was able to play around some more and discovered that if I copy the album folder to the local C: drive, remove cover art and reload it from file it works (with just folder.jpg in the image name). I then tried importing again from my NAS Server and the xml looks the same and the files play and display all of the data, but the images do not appear in the cover art browser. They do show up in zoom player.

Here is a sample of the XML that was exported for each drive:

Code:
<Item>

    <Field Name="Filename">
M:\Music\Alice Cooper\Alice Cooper - 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies\10 - I Love The Dead.mp3
</Field>
<Field Name="Artist">Alice Cooper</Field>
<Field Name="Album">Billion Dollar Babies</Field>
<Field Name="Name">I Love the Dead</Field>
<Field Name="Band">Alice Cooper</Field>
<Field Name="File Type">mp3</Field>
<Field Name="Genre">Rock</Field>
<Field Name="Date">26665</Field>

    <Field Name="Comment">
The original Alice Cooper band was one of the finest hard-rock units of the early '70s, which is why the second disc of this remastered version of Billion Dollar Babies is such a treat. Eleven bonus tracks from the band's 1973 tour display the Cooper band's taste for pop-culture--and a sense of humor, as Alice quotes from Don McLean's "American Pie" on a wonderful version of "I'm Eighteen," while the band delivers a ripping "Theme from Perry Mason" during an extended workout of "Unfinished Sweet." Rounded out with session outtakes, the second disc will have fans praying that Rhino unearths more live material. As for Billion Dollar Babies itself, it may not be the Cooper band's best album, but it was the final release of a quartet of extraordinary Bob Ezrin-produced hard-rock records (rounded out by Love It to Death, Killer, and School's Out), and it captures the moment when the band was at their peak. Including three hit singles in "Hello Hooray," "Elected," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy," the album--from Donovan's exciting cameo on the title track to the closing "I Love the Dead" (probably the prettiest ode to necrophilia ever recorded)--still sounds terrific. And the packaging, production, music, and imagery has inspired followers as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Marilyn Manson, and Hole. --Bill Holdship
</Field>
<Field Name="Bitrate">192</Field>
<Field Name="Image File">Folder.jpg</Field>
<Field Name="Media Type">Audio</Field>
<Field Name="File Size">7395823</Field>
<Field Name="Duration">307</Field>
<Field Name="Track #">10</Field>
<Field Name="Date Created">1171140865</Field>
<Field Name="Date Modified">1171140865</Field>
<Field Name="Date Imported">1175309263</Field>
<Field Name="Composer">Cooper, Ezrin</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Small">39988</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Medium">115437</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Large">254758</Field>
<Field Name="Sample Rate">44100</Field>
<Field Name="Channels">2</Field>
<Field Name="Bit Depth">16</Field>
<Field Name="Compression">CBR (MPEG-1 Layer 3)</Field>
<Field Name="Complete Album">1</Field>
</Item>

    <Item>

    <Field Name="Filename">
C:\Users\Nick\Documents\Music Test\AcDc - 1975 - High Voltage (Australia Only)\08 -Show Business.mp3
</Field>
<Field Name="Artist">AC/DC</Field>
<Field Name="Album">High Voltage [Australia 1975]</Field>
<Field Name="Name">Show Business</Field>
<Field Name="Band">AC/DC</Field>
<Field Name="File Type">mp3</Field>
<Field Name="Genre">Rock</Field>
<Field Name="Date">27395</Field>
<Field Name="Bitrate">192</Field>
<Field Name="Image File">Folder.jpg</Field>
<Field Name="Media Type">Audio</Field>
<Field Name="File Size">7000064</Field>
<Field Name="Duration">287</Field>
<Field Name="Track #">8</Field>
<Field Name="Date Created">1175217532</Field>
<Field Name="Date Modified">1175297124</Field>
<Field Name="Date Imported">1175308134</Field>
<Field Name="Composer">Scott, Young</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Small">27226</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Medium">80036</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Large">152412</Field>
<Field Name="Sample Rate">44100</Field>
<Field Name="Channels">2</Field>
<Field Name="Bit Depth">16</Field>
<Field Name="Compression">CBR (MPEG-1 Layer 3)</Field>
<Field Name="Complete Album">1</Field>
</Item>

The M: drive is where all of my media is stored. It plays fine from there, but will not display the image. Right now, I am running everything on the same computer, so there shouldn't be an issue accessing the drive by letter (but I could be wrong). I'm not sure if you have any suggestions.

Acropolis
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#6
I believe t he problem is the NAS server. Zoomplayer is able to use the the mapped M drive, so the music plays fine. However, CQC is running as a service under a local account and is not able to access the mapped M drive so no cover art is displayed.
You could try two things. First is there a way to use UNC paths with the NAS server. If not, you need to change CQC to run in a user account. Right click on My Computer, select Manage, and then select CQC application shell. Change the logon account from local, to your user account.

I think this should work, unless Dean has a different idea.

Nishan
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#7
Yeh, the best thing is to use the UNC name. If not, as mentioned, you'll have to have the CQC service log in as administrative account, which has the shared drive set up (on the machine that is running the CQCServer instance that is hosting the repository driver.)
Dean Roddey
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#8
Sorry for all of the questions, but I'm so close that I am determined to make this work.

How do I assign a UNC name to a network drive? I found info by doing a google search, but it references assigning the name from within windows. My drive is in a NAS appliance which doesn't run windows. It has an admin interface where you can create directories as virtual drives, but then you map them from your PC and they are assigned a drive letter. Can I directly access the drive by using the full path with the IP address? For example, this is the path my PC has mapped:

M:\Music

M: Could I somehow get JRiver to put in the full path of:

\\192.168.1.125\Media\Music

Media is the directory created on the NAS that is mapped as the M: drive on my PC. If I can do this, how do I force JRiver to use that as the path in the exported XML file?

I would like to get it working this way before trying to change who the application is run.

Thanks again for all of the help,
Acropolis
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#9
Hmmm....

I got JRiver to put the IP address in the path by telling it to put album art in a specific folder. I was able to open the jpg by putting the address in a browser, but it still doesn't work. I am assuming this is because the network drive is still requiring some form of authentication.

Here is what my XML now looks like:

Code:
<Item>

    <Field Name="Filename">
M:\Music\Alice Cooper\Alice Cooper - 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies\10 - I Love The Dead.mp3
</Field>
<Field Name="Artist">Alice Cooper</Field>
<Field Name="Album">Billion Dollar Babies</Field>
<Field Name="Name">I Love the Dead</Field>
<Field Name="Band">Alice Cooper</Field>
<Field Name="File Type">mp3</Field>
<Field Name="Genre">Rock</Field>
<Field Name="Date">26665</Field>

    <Field Name="Comment">
The original Alice Cooper band was one of the finest hard-rock units of the early '70s, which is why the second disc of this remastered version of Billion Dollar Babies is such a treat. Eleven bonus tracks from the band's 1973 tour display the Cooper band's taste for pop-culture--and a sense of humor, as Alice quotes from Don McLean's "American Pie" on a wonderful version of "I'm Eighteen," while the band delivers a ripping "Theme from Perry Mason" during an extended workout of "Unfinished Sweet." Rounded out with session outtakes, the second disc will have fans praying that Rhino unearths more live material. As for Billion Dollar Babies itself, it may not be the Cooper band's best album, but it was the final release of a quartet of extraordinary Bob Ezrin-produced hard-rock records (rounded out by Love It to Death, Killer, and School's Out), and it captures the moment when the band was at their peak. Including three hit singles in "Hello Hooray," "Elected," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy," the album--from Donovan's exciting cameo on the title track to the closing "I Love the Dead" (probably the prettiest ode to necrophilia ever recorded)--still sounds terrific. And the packaging, production, music, and imagery has inspired followers as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Marilyn Manson, and Hole. --Bill Holdship
</Field>
<Field Name="Bitrate">192</Field>

    [COLOR="Red"]<Field Name="Image File">
\\192.168.1.125\Media\Music\Album Cover Art\Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies.jpg
</Field>[/COLOR]
<Field Name="Media Type">Audio</Field>
<Field Name="File Size">7395823</Field>
<Field Name="Duration">307</Field>
<Field Name="Track #">10</Field>
<Field Name="Date Created">1171140865</Field>
<Field Name="Date Modified">1171140865</Field>
<Field Name="Date Imported">1175309263</Field>
<Field Name="Composer">Cooper, Ezrin</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Small">39988</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Medium">115437</Field>
<Field Name="Thumbnail Offset Large">254758</Field>
<Field Name="Sample Rate">44100</Field>
<Field Name="Channels">2</Field>
<Field Name="Bit Depth">16</Field>
<Field Name="Compression">CBR (MPEG-1 Layer 3)</Field>
<Field Name="Complete Album">1</Field>
</Item>

I am not sure where to head from here.
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#10
OK, I just figured out that I can (and did) assign the NAS server a name. I typed in the following address and the image displayed in the browser:

\\SS4000-E\Media\Music\Album Cover Art\Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies.jpg

I am guessing that if I go back to using folder.jpg like I was before and then have JRiver output the path of the MP3 using the NAS server name instead of the drive letter, it should work.

How do configure JRiver to use the server name instead of the drive letter?

Acropolis

EDIT
------

It looks like something else is going on (possibly with authentication?) If the XML file contains the above path type for the MP3 file, it plays, but it still does not open the image. I even tried putting in the full path name to the image and it still doesn't open.

I tried logging into the directory from a computer that has not mapped this shared drive using the server name and it connected, but it asked me to authenticate. I'm not sure if there is a way to make this work with CQC running as a service. I am hoping there is.
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