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Strange slides when trivia plays... am I doing something wrong?

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I have had an intermittent issue when running the trivia slides on CV where slides will sometimes show up as a strangely sized black slide with white splotches - here is what it looks like (the star wars slide is the previous slide that showed normally, the next slide also showed normally):

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I have gone through all of the folders of trivia slides and removed any non image files from the folders, thinking that those may have been the issue.  I THOUGHT that helped, but last night out of 5-6 minutes of doing a test run I had this happen 4-5 times.  When I cleaned up the folders I also checked the file names and made sure they were all properly set up for questions/answers and things like that.

I'm kind of at a loss on what is going on here.  I know I could remove every folder slowly add them back to see which folder makes it happen - but it is very random and I have a lot of different slide sets loaded so that option is low on my list.

Any suggestions?

 

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Alrighty then... figured it out.  I added back only the "stills" folder and had a string of bad images show up.  I took another look at the files and realized that several folders had files with names that started with a "." - when I tried opening them in Kodi it showed the black and "subliminal" image ;)

I'm currently going through and deleting all of those files - and I'm confident that the problem will be solved.

 

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It appears that your slideshows are getting hung up on the subliminal messages.  Those aren't supposed to be visible.  So, OBEY, BUY, CONSUME, CONFORM, SUBMIT and DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself but slip a little "They Live" in there.  I'm sure somebody that knows what they're talking about will be here shortly. ^_^

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1 hour ago, ptaaron said:

I have had an intermittent issue when running the trivia slides on CV where slides will sometimes show up as a strangely sized black slide with white splotches - here is what it looks like (the star wars slide is the previous slide that showed normally, the next slide also showed normally):

30324522890_8c9ea80bc9_z.jpg

I have gone through all of the folders of trivia slides and removed any non image files from the folders, thinking that those may have been the issue.  I THOUGHT that helped, but last night out of 5-6 minutes of doing a test run I had this happen 4-5 times.  When I cleaned up the folders I also checked the file names and made sure they were all properly set up for questions/answers and things like that.

I'm kind of at a loss on what is going on here.  I know I could remove every folder slowly add them back to see which folder makes it happen - but it is very random and I have a lot of different slide sets loaded so that option is low on my list.

Any suggestions?

 

Have you ever seen Fight Club? That was clearly supposed to be porn spliced in there for a split-second, and someone dropped the ball.

Truthfully... what. We haven't ever seen that before. :) Can I talk you into uploading a full debug log? It should list all of the slides and the order in which they played in your log, which might help us narrow down what's going on. Another thing you could do is browse the Trivia directory and make sure that the images there don't actually look like this when you view their thumbnails. They might have become corrupt somehow. Do you notice it happening on random slides or is it specific slides/decks that seem to have the problem? If it's completely random, what decks do you have downloaded?

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LOL @OTA  Good one ;)

@Ragnarok Would I need to run the trivia, have the error, then run a debug log for it to show the information?  I'm at work right now, so when I get home I will come up with a list of the trivia slide packs I have installed - there are a lot of them.  When I went through the folders in the past none of the thumbnails looked like that - and with it happening 4-5 times in one slideshow it didn't seem like it could be just one file.  "Before" there were "thumb.db" files in some of the folders, I thought that they were causing the strange images, but I removed all of those.

I'll post up a list when I get home.

Thanks!

 

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Okay - these are all of the trivia packs I have installed:

 

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I am currently going through all of the folders again to look for "odd" files. 

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In going through my "stills" folder which contains a few additional folders... I have found a whole bunch of files that are not JPG files.  Some are text some are "DS STORE" files (whatever that is).  These are all files that I THOUGHT I deleted before. 

I'm currently deleting them all and then I will do a test run of the trivia and see what happens.

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Okay... oddly now CV suddenly won't play...

worked fine then next time I hit play it stopped working. Can't play from the movie info screens or the sequence editor. 

What the heck!!

 

EDIT: turned off iTunes previews and its all better now. 

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2 hours ago, ptaaron said:

Okay... oddly now CV suddenly won't play...

worked fine then next time I hit play it stopped working. Can't play from the movie info screens or the sequence editor. 

What the heck!!

 

EDIT: turned off iTunes previews and its all better now. 

So I think I'm gonna start going through community uploads to ensure naming conventions are correct. :) The ds_store and thumbs.db stuff can be ignored. Those files are for Apple and Windows machines respectively, and won't affect anything. Yeah, Apple broke iTunes, which means we'll have to do a good bit of work to get it working again. Our developer is working on new scrapers until we have time to go through and sniff ports to figure out how we can scrape in iTunes trailers again.

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