Either of those seems to be treated the same in the season folder, but only folder.jpg works in the main series folder (for the series poster).
So I’ve been running a lot of tests to determine Infuse behavior on this issue (with a “use local metadata, use online metadata” metadata dump cycle in between each) and here’s what I’ve figured out.
Local season posters will be displayed if either a “season##-poster.jpg” or “season ##-poster.jpg” file appears in the series’ root folder; OR if a “folder.jpg” or “poster.jpg” appears in the season folder; OR both of these are present.
What tripped up this series for me is that something seems to have changed in the way the FILES view displays folders when browsing TV show folders — why can I no longer directly see my folders as I’ve organized them on my server?
When I browse to my Survivor series folder
(Share)/TV/4.Returning HD Series/Survivor (2000)
I no longer see the folders under “Survivor (2000)” as they exist on that share and as I’ve named them:
Season 01 (Borneo)
Season 02 (The Australian Outback)
Season 03 (Africa)
Instead, Infuse just pulls all video content from the main Survivor folder and dumps it all into the same “bucket” … only allowing me to view it on a per-season level after it is indexed (as in the library). This isn’t how browsing by folders should work. I should be able to open the Survivor folder even when “Use Local Metadata” is executed and still access the episodes in the folders I placed them in. I no longer can.
I believe this library-fication of the FILES browser is why my season-level folder.jpgs are no longer respected. Because I’ve included the season titles in the names of the season folders, Infuse no longer allows me to override images it draws from TMDB — even though it should, because my folder structure exists as it does for a reason …
and because even though my folder names say more than just “Season 1” and “Season 2”, Infuse has no difficulty recognizing and correctly identifying episode video files stored in those folders, as they use acceptable
Survivor (2020) - S01E01 (other stuff).mkv file names.
This is not generally a problem with most shows in my collection so probably why I haven’t noticed it till now. Few series have specific titles for each season, and of those that do, I don’t feel compelled to explicitly use them for file management purposes as a series with so many unique seasons as Survivor calls for (in my use case).
In any case, the only thing I can do now to restore my ability to override TMDB’s season posters is to rename my season folders so as to exclude the season titles and restrict their names to
Season 1 or
Season 01 only.