Now that we have all of our Media added into XBMC’s library we can continue with setting our preferred View Options for each content type (MOVIES, TV SHOWS, and MUSIC).
Start from the Home screen and go into MOVIES. Go into View Options using the Left Arrow key again. You will be at View: List (or another option). Hit Enter to cycle through these one at a time. Feel free to take your time and get a sense for all the options. Cycle through a few times if you want. Once done select View: Fanart Slide.
Now press the Left Arrow key once to exit out of the View Options and note that now the Up Arrow key is used to get back into View Options (some views have different keys depending on how the content is navigated through in each one).
Take some time to explore the Fanart Slide view. Note browsing fast will bring up a Alpha-numeric indicator as to where you are in your movies (by first character of the movie). If you have any Movies that are missing fanart or posters (black or blank) you can stop on the Movie in question and hit the “i” key.
This will bring up the Information screen. Note the options at the bottom. The Get thumb and Get Fanart options will allow you to manually add or select different Posters and Fanarts. Most if not all movies will also eventually have a Trailer button that you can use to launch the Movies trailer as well.
Note: Installing Couch Potato will also help make sure you have trailers for all your Movies. Stay tuned for my upcoming Couch Potato guide if interested!
Once you are comfortable with navigating Fanart View in Movies and are ready to move on go back to the Home screen and we’ll move on to TV SHOWS.
In TV Shows you’ll likely be again in the View: List and need to hit the Right Arrow key to enter the View Options menu again. Just like as under MOVIES cycle through until you find View: Fanart slide.
There are definitely some other nice views and feel free to explore them after completing the guide (and if you find a combination that works better for you I’d love to hear about it!), but for now I suggest sticking to the ones I have chosen for the most consistent, information rich, and polished viewing experience.
The TV SHOWS Fanart slide view is almost identical to the MOVIES Fanart slide view. Note that the “i” key once again gets you into the Information screen for a given series. Here you will again have Get thumb and Get Fanart buttons accompanied by the Get Logo button.
The Get Logo button can be used to get logos, clearart, showthumbs, banners, and posters. Getting the logos is best done from the Skin Settings screen however, and now would be a good time to go back and do that so everything is populated properly (for quick reference: Settings > Skin > Misc > Get Images).
Once the Get Images process has completed and you’re ready to progress with configuring the TV views select a show (preferably one which you have multiple seasons for) and enter the View Options again with the Seasons not the Series visible this time around. The option we’re looking for this time around is View: Poster Slide.
Once Poster Slide view is selected select one of the seasons so that you’re now viewing the Episodes themselves and not the Series or Seasons. Enter the View Options menu here. By default this may already be on View: Episode Slide. If not cycle until it is selected.
Congratulations, all levels of the TV SHOWS are now configured for a consistent viewer experience which matches closely with the MOVIES!