Local Media Assets - TV Shows

The scanners and metadata agents used by Plex will work best when your major types of content are separated from each other. We strongly recommend separating movie and television content into separate main directories. For instance, you might use something like this:

/Media
   /Movies
      movie content
   /Music
      music content
   /TV Shows
      television content

Warning!: Plex will do its best to appropriately find and match content. However, a failure to separate content such as movies and TV shows may result in unexpected or incorrect behavior.

You might have your own image files for television posters & backgrounds, subtitles, etc. To use these, ensure they are named and organized, and that the Local Media Assets source is enabled and ordered correctly.

Enable "Local Media Assets"

"Local Media Assets" is an Agent source that loads local media files or embedded metadata for a series. To do this, ensure the Agent source is enabled and topmost in the list:

  • Launch the Plex Web App
  • Choose Settings from the top right of the Home screen
  • Select your Plex Media Server from the horizontal list
  • Choose Agents
  • Choose the Library type and Agent you want to change
  • Ensure Local Media Assets is checked
  • Ensure Local Media Assets is topmost in the list

Related Page: Plex Media Server > Server Settings > Agents

Local Artwork Assets

Supported File Formats

There are a number of supported custom media items that need to be named correctly so they are detected. The supported image file formats are:

  • jpg
  • jpeg
  • png
  • tbn

Poster Artwork

Posters are typically displayed for items on Plex App dashboards, library views, and when looking at details for the series or season. Poster art typically uses a 1:1.5 aspect ratio. Custom posters can be added to either the entire series or an individual season for the series. To do this, name the files as follows:

TV Series Posters

To add a custom poster image for the series itself, name the image file as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/Custom_ShowPoster_Name.ext

Where Custom_Poster_Name can be:

  • folder
  • poster
  • show

...and ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.)

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.mp4
      show.jpg
Multiple Series Poster Images

More than one poster image can be included. The poster used can be selected in the Plex Web App. For multiple items to be scanned, they should be named as follows:

  • Custom_ShowPoster_Name-X.ext

Where -X is a number.

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.mp4
      show.jpg
      show-2.jpg
      show-3.jpg

Season Posters

To add a custom poster image for particular Seasons in a show, name the image file as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/SeasonXX.ext

Where XX is the season number. If you're specifying the poster for a "Specials" season, use season-specials-poster instead.

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.avi
         season01.jpg
Multiple Poster images

More than one poster image can be included. The poster used can be selected in the Plex Web App. For the multiple items to be scanned, they should be named as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/SeasonXXa.ext

Where:

  • XX is the season number
  • a is an alphabetic letter (abc) that progresses with the multiple images
/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.avi
         season01a.jpg
         season01b.jpg
         season01c.jpg

Background (Fanart) Artwork

Background art is often displayed in the background when looking at the details page for a series. It can also be used in the background elsewhere or for a slideshow or screensaver. Background art typically uses a 16:9 aspect ratio. Local background artwork or "fanart" can be added as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/Custom_Fanart_Name.ext

Where Custom_Fanart_Name can be one of the following:

  • art
  • backdrop
  • background
  • fanart
/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.mp4
      fanart.jpg

Multiple Background (Fanart) images

More than one Fanart image can be included. The Fanart image used can be selected in the Plex Web App. For multiple items to be scanned, they should be named as follows:

  • Custom_Fanart_Name-X.ext

Where -X is a number.

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.mkv
      fanart-1.jpg
      fanart-2.png

Banner Artwork

Banner art is not used by many Plex Apps. When they are, they're wide, short images and often used as the header of a page. Banner art typically uses a 5.4:1 aspect ratio. Custom banners can be added for either the entire Show or a show's individual Seasons. To do this, name the files as follows:

Show Banners

To specify a banner to use for the show, name the image file as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/banner.ext
/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.mp4
      banner.jpg
Multiple Banner images

More than one banner image can be included. The banner image used can be selected in the Plex Web App. For multiple items to be scanned, they should be named as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/banner-X.ext

Where -X is a number

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.avi
      banner-1.jpg
      banner-2.png

Season Banners

To specify a banner to use for a particular season, name the image file as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/SeasonXX/seasonXX-banner.ext

If you're specifying the banner for a "Specials" season, use season-specials-banner instead.

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.avi
         season01-banner.jpg
Multiple Season Banner images

More than one banner image can be included. The banner image used can be selected in the Plex Web Appr. For multiple items to be scanned, they should be named as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/SeasonXX/seasonXX-banner(abc).ext

Where:

  • XX is the season number
  • a is an alphabetic letter (abc) that progresses with the multiple images
/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.mkv
         season01-bannera.jpg
         season01-bannerb.png
         season01-bannerc.jpg

Episode Artwork

Each episode can have its own artwork. Typically, this will be a representative screenshot from the actual episode itself. These are usually displayed on the details page for an episode. As episode art typically comes from the episode itself, it will usually be either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The artwork to display for an episode can be specified using an image file named identically to the episode file and placed alongside it:

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.mp4
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.jpg

Local Theme Songs

Many Plex Apps can play the theme song for a series when viewing that series in your library if a theme song is available. You may use your own MP3 file for the show theme song. To do so, simply place a "theme.mp3" audio file inside the main show directory:

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.avi
      theme.mp3

External Subtitle Files

Supported Subtitle Formats

The following formats are fully supported as external subtitle files. Full support means they are compatible with all Plex Apps, including clients that require transcoded media.

  • SRT
  • SMI
  • SSA (or ASS)

Related Pages: Server > Transcoding Media

Naming External Subtitle Files

Subtitle files need to be named as follows:

  • TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName SxxEyy.[Language_Code].ext

Where [Language_Code] is defined by the ISO-639-1 (2-letter) or ISO-639-2/B (3-letter) standard.

Related Page: ISO-639-1 codes (2-letter)
Related Page: ISO-639-2/B codes (3-letter)

/TV Shows
   /Absolutely Fabulous
      /Season 2
         Absolutely Fabulous - s02e03.mkv
         Absolutely Fabulous - s02e03.eng.smi

Full Example for Local Television Metadata Files

Below is an example of extensive use of the various local files you can specify for television sections:

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.avi
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.jpg
         Heroes - s01e02 - Don't Look Back.mp4
         season01.jpg
         season01b.png
      /Season 2
         Heroes - s02e01 - Four Months Later.mkv
         Heroes - s02e02 - Lizards.mkv
         Heroes - s02e03 - Kindred.avi
         season02-bannera.tbn
         season02-bannerb.jpeg
      art.png
      background-1.jpg
      background-2.tbn
      banner.jpg
      show-1.jpg
      show-2.png
      theme.mp3