I want to discuss some things I have discovered when using Infuse on iPad. First some background.
I use Infuse to stream films from my Emby server but also to sync (download) films to the iPad for watching whilst travelling away from home with poor, or non-existent wi-fi. There are two sections in the Infuse iPad app that I make use of. The streaming section (Home) and the Files section (synced/downloaded).
All the films on my Emby server are in appropriate folders which contain the film (mainly mp4 but could be mkv), subtitles, fanart and poster images. Also an .nfo file containing all the metadata. This .nfo file is created by the Emby server (if the film is an an mp4) or by me (if the film is an mkv).
All the films (except the mkv ones) have embedded metadata and the .nfo file created by Emby server comes from this embedded metadata. (As an aside, my embedded metadata contains, amongst other items, a review I have collated from trusted review sources (NOT RotToms or other non-professional reviews). The other items could be people, parental rating, etc.) It is important to know that there are two relevant fields in the metadata or .nfo file: Description and Tagline. My embedded review is in the Description field.
In the streaming section I have Infuse set up to use embedded metadata for all items and this works just fine. I can see the review I added and the parental rating (but strangely, not the people - but I don’t mind this). If I change the metadata source to online then people do appear, but so also do the RotToms ratings which I don’t want to see. And of course my embedded review cannot be seen either. I am satisfied with all of this as long as I can see my chosen review.
The problem is that there is a difference between the way the metadata is displayed in the streaming and synced sections of the Infuse app.
I copy the entire folder, as described above, to the Infuse folder on the iPad (I use the Mac’s Finder to do this). If the .nfo file is present in this folder, Infuse will not display any metadata at all. Posters and fanart are all ok though. So I delete the .nfo file and choose embedded metadata. But all that appears is the data in the Tagline field. The Description field is not used. If I switch the metadata source to online then a description (from TMDb I think) appears, along with the people, parental rating and that notorious RotToms rating (which I don’t want remember!).
The only way I can get my review to appear is to edit the embedded metadata so that the same data appears in both the Tagline and Description fields. But people and parental rating are missing.
So, if there is a question here it is this. Why do the streaming and synced areas on the iPad work differently?
p.s. Sorry for the long initial description.
Files section onlione metadata:
Files section embedded metadata: