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Overlay Files

Overlay Files holds information on how Plex Meta Manager should create Overlays. There are a large number of builders available to build Overlays,

Overview

This example is an Overlay file with a basic overlay which is saved in a file called MyOverlays.yml within the location mapped as config in my setup.

This specific example will target items in my library with a 4K resolution and will add an overlay with text that says "Direct Play" located at the bottom of the poster in the center.

Example Overlay

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overlays: #(1)!
  directplay:
    overlay:
      name: text(Direct Play) #(2)!
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 150
      vertical_align: bottom
      font_size: 63
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_radius: 30
      back_padding: 30
    plex_search: #(3)!
      all:
        resolution: 4K
  1. This must appear once and only once in any Overlay file
  2. This tells PMM to use text as the overlay rather than an image
  3. This is the criteria that PMM will use to define what should receive the overlay

Here is an example of how the Overlay will look

myoverlays_example.png

For the purpose of this example, we are going to save the File as MyOverlays.yml within the location mapped as config in our setup.

I then call "MyOverlays.yml" in my Configuration File within the Overlay_files section

config.yml Example Overlay File Addition

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libraries:
  Movies:  #(1)!
    remove_overlays: false
    overlay_files:
      - file: config/MyOverlays.yml #(2)!
  1. This must match the name of a library in your Plex server
  2. config refers to the location that you mapped to config when following the PMM Installation Guides.
config.yml Example Collection File Addition

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libraries:
  Movies: #(1)!
    Overlay_files:
      - file: config/MyOverlays.yml #(2)!
  1. This must match the name of a library in your Plex server
  2. config refers to the location that you mapped to config when following the PMM Installation Guides.

Whenever I execute Plex Meta Manager and the Movies library is run, MyOverlays.yml will run and my "Direct Play" overlay will appear on all items with a 4K resolution.

File Attributes

Overlay Files can utilize the following top-level attributes

Attribute Description
templates contains definitions of templates that can be leveraged by multiple Overlays
external_templates contains file blocks that point to external templates that can be leveraged by multiple overlays
overlays contains definitions of Overlays you wish to add to one or more libraries

Overlay Understandings

Important Notes

When using overlays, there is some knowledge that you should be aware of at all times. This is outlined below.

Failure to understand all of these points may cause issues when utilizing Overlays.

All overlay coordinates assume 1000 x 1500 for Posters and 1920 x 1080 for Backgrounds and Title Cards.

All overlays should be in a format that is supports transparency should it be required (i.e. PNG)

If an overlay is not 1000 x 1500 or 1920 x 1080 in size, you will need to use positional attributes to specify where on the base poster the Overlay should be. This is exampled in Overview

Although Overlays are modular in that you can pick and choose what you would like to apply, each overlay you want to apply must be executed in the same Plex Meta Manager run and should not be scheduled, this will result in overlays that are not scheduled to run being deleted.

  • For example, you cannot schedule a "4K Resolution" overlay to only apply on a Monday and a "Direct Play" overlay to only apply on a Tuesday. This will not work, both overlays must be scheduled to run at the same time.

Plex Meta Manager and Plex will not remove old Overlaid images from the Plex file structure or database when new updates are available. On large libraries, this can often result in Image Bloat.

There is an attribute called reapply_overlays which, when set to true, will force overlays to reapply even when it is not necessary to do so [overlays only update when something has changed, this bypasses that behaviour]. This will increase how long Plex Meta Manager takes to run and will also result in Image Bloat.

  • Ensure reapply_overlays is set to false if you see it in your Configuration File. If it has previously been set to true we recommend using Plex Image Cleanup to get rid of the bloat.

To remove all overlays from your library, add the remove_overlays library attribute set to true.**

  • See the above note on Plex Meta Manager not removing the overlaid images, this is still true here.
Important Notice

Once you have applied overlays to your posters in Plex, it is highly recommended that you never change artwork on a thing directly in Plex again. PMM uses labels on the items in Plex to decide if an overlay has been applied, so if you change artwork behind PMM's back things can become confused and items can end up with double-overlaid posters. It's recommended to set new artwork using the asset directory, which will ensure that this doesn't happen.

To change a single overlay original image either remove the Overlay shared label and update the Image in Plex or replace the image in the assets folder and then PMM will overlay the new image

Overlay Attributes

Overlay Files can utilize the following top-level attributes

Attribute Description
templates contains definitions of templates that can be leveraged by multiple overlays
external_templates contains file blocks that point to external templates that can be leveraged by multiple overlays
queues contains the positional attributes of queues
overlays contains definitions of overlays you wish to add

There are multiple types of attributes that can be utilized within an overlay:

Example Files

Below is a common Overlay File which will create an Overlay for all items which have a 4K resolution.

To get you started, Plex Meta Manager includes three files for Overlays - 4K, Dolby and HDR.

overlays:
  4K:
    plex_search:
      all:
        resolution: 4K

example_4k.png

I can then layer another Overlay for items which have HDR.

Plex Meta Manager will apply Overlays in the order they are defined in the file, so my HDR overlay appears on top of my 4K overlay in this scenario.

overlays:
  4K:
    plex_search:
      all:
        resolution: 4K
  HDR:
    plex_search:
      all:
        hdr: true

example_4khdr.png

Advanced Overlay Attributes

The below attributes are also available for Overlay files, to give more granular control over how they function.

Attribute Description Required
name Name of the overlay.
file Local location of the Overlay Image.
url URL of Overlay Image Online.
git Location in the Configs Repo of the Overlay Image.
repo Location in the Custom Repo of the Overlay Image.
group Name of the Grouping for this overlay. Only one overlay with the highest weight per group will be applied.
weight is required when using group
Values: group name
queue Name of the Queue for this overlay. Define queue positions using the queues attribute at the top level of an Overlay File. Overlay with the highest weight is applied to the first position and so on.
weight is required when using queue
Values: queue name
weight Weight of this overlay in its group or queue.
group or queue is required when using weight
Values: Integer 0 or greater
horizontal_offset Horizontal Offset of this overlay. Can be a %.
vertical_offset is required when using horizontal_offset
Value: Integer 0 or greater or 0%-100%
horizontal_align Horizontal Alignment of the overlay.
Values: left, center, right
vertical_offset Vertical Offset of this overlay. Can be a %.
horizontal_offset is required when using vertical_offset
Value: Integer 0 or greater or 0%-100%
vertical_align Vertical Alignment of the overlay.
Values: top, center, bottom
font System Font Filename or path to font file for the Text Overlay.
Value: System Font Filename or path to font file
font_style Font style for Variable Fonts. Only needed when using a Variable Font.
Value: Variable Font Style
font_size Font Size for the Text Overlay.
Value: Integer greater than 0
font_color Font Color for the Text Overlay.
Value: Color Hex Code in format #RGB, #RGBA, #RRGGBB or #RRGGBBAA.
stroke_width Font Stroke Width for the Text Overlay.
Value: Integer greater than 0
stroke_color Font Stroke Color for the Text Overlay.
Value: Color Hex Code in format #RGB, #RGBA, #RRGGBB or #RRGGBBAA.
back_color Backdrop Color for the Text Overlay.
Value: Color Hex Code in format #RGB, #RGBA, #RRGGBB or #RRGGBBAA.
back_width Backdrop Width for the Text Overlay. If back_width is not specified the Backdrop Sizes to the text
back_height is required when using back_width
Value: Integer greater than 0
back_height Backdrop Height for the Text Overlay. If back_height is not specified the Backdrop Sizes to the text
back_width is required when using back_height
Value: Integer greater than 0
back_align Alignment for the Text Overlay inside the backdrop. If back_align is not specified the Backdrop Centers the text
back_width and back_height are required when using back_align
Values: left, right, center, top, bottom
back_padding Backdrop Padding for the Text Overlay.
Value: Integer greater than 0
back_radius Backdrop Radius for the Text Overlay.
Value: Integer greater than 0
back_line_color Backdrop Line Color for the Text Overlay.
Value: Color Hex Code in format #RGB, #RGBA, #RRGGBB or #RRGGBBAA.
back_line_width Backdrop Line Width for the Text Overlay.
Value: Integer greater than 0
addon_offset Text Addon Image Offset from the text.
addon_offset Only works with text overlays
Value: Integer 0 or greater
addon_position Text Addon Image Alignment in relation to the text.
addon_position Only works with text overlays
Values: left, right, top, bottom
  • If url, git, and repo are all not defined then PMM will look in your config/overlays folder for a .png file named the same as the name attribute.

Positional Image Overlays

Positional overlays can be of any size and use horizontal_offset, horizontal_align, vertical_offset, and vertical_align to position the overlay on the image.

Tip

This overlay example uses one of the PMM Default Overlay images, which isn't necessary but is used just for this example.

overlays:
  IMDB-Top-250:
    imdb_chart: top_movies
    overlay:
      name: IMDB-Top-250
      pmm: ribbon/yellow/imdb.png
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: right
      vertical_offset: 0
      vertical_align: bottom

example_positional.png

Blurring Overlay

There is a special overlay named blur that when given as the overlay name will instead of finding the image will just blur the image instead.

You can control the level of the blur by providing a number with the attribute like so blur(##).

overlays:
  blur:
    overlay:
      name: blur(50)
    builder_level: episode
    plex_search:
      all:
        resolution: 4K

Backdrop Overlay

There is a special overlay named backdrop that when given as the overlay name will instead of finding the image will just apply the background instead.

You can set the size of the backdrop with back_width and back_height. By Default, they will extend the length of the Image.

overlays:
  backdrop:
    overlay:
      name: backdrop
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_height: 100
      vertical_position: top
    plex_all: true

This example could be useful if you want to have a black banner, and then use a Text Overlay to add text on top.

example_backdrop.png

Text Overlay

You can add text as an overlay using the special text() overlay name. Anything inside the parentheses will be added as an overlay onto the image. Ex text(4K) adds 4K to the image.

You can control the font, font size and font color using the font, font_size, and font_color overlay attributes.

You can control the backdrop of the text using the various back_* attributes.

The horizontal_offset and vertical_offset overlay attributes are required when using Text Overlays.

PMM includes multiple fonts in the fonts folder which can be called using fonts/fontname.ttf

overlays:
  backdrop:
    overlay:
      name: backdrop
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_height: 100
      vertical_position: top
    plex_all: true
  mytext:
    overlay:
      name: text(This Movie Is Awesome)
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 30
      vertical_align: top
      font_size: 63
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
    plex_all: true

Note that we have built up on our backdrop overlay that we created in our previous example

example_text.png

Special Text Variables

You can use the item's metadata to determine the text by adding Special Text Variables to your text Overlay.

There are multiple Special Text Variables that can be used when formatting the text. The variables are defined like so <<name>> and some can have modifiers like so <<name$>> where $ is the modifier. The available options are:

Special Text Variables & Mods Movies Shows Seasons Episodes
<<audience_rating>>: audience rating (8.7, 9.0)
<<audience_rating%>>: audience rating out of 100 (87, 90)
<<audience_rating#>>: audience rating removing .0 as needed (8.7, 9)
<<audience_rating/>>: audience rating on a 5 point scale (8.6 shows as 4.3)
<<critic_rating>>: critic rating (8.7, 9.0)
<<critic_rating%>>: critic rating out of 100 (87, 90)
<<critic_rating#>>: critic rating removing .0 as needed (8.7, 9)
<<critic_rating/>>: critic rating on a 5 point scale (8.6 shows as 4.3)
<<user_rating>>: user rating (8.7, 9.0)
<<user_rating%>>: user rating out of 100 (87, 90)
<<user_rating#>>: user rating removing .0 as needed (8.7, 9)
<<user_rating/>>: user rating on a 5 point scale (8.6 shows as 4.3)
<<title>>: Title of the Item
<<titleU>>: Uppercase Title of the Item
<<titleL>>Lowercase Title of the Item
<<titleP>>Proper Title of the Item
<<show_title>>: Title of the Item's Show
<<show_itleU>>: Uppercase Title of the Item's Show
<<show_titleL>>Lowercase Title of the Item's Show
<<show_titleP>>Proper Title of the Item's Show
<<season_title>>: Title of the Item's Season
<<season_titleU>>: Uppercase Title of the Item's Season
<<season_titleL>>Lowercase title of the Item's Season
<<season_titleP>>Proper title of the Item's Season
<<original_title>>: Original Title of the Item
<<original_titleU>>: Original Title of the Item
<<original_titleL>>Lowercase Original Title of the Item
<<original_titleP>>Proper Original Title of the Item
<<edition>>: Edition of the Item
<<editionU>>: Uppercase Edition of the Item
<<editionL>>Lowercase Edition of the Item
<<editionP>>Proper Edition of the Item
<<content_rating>>: Content Rating of the Item
<<content_ratingU>>: Uppercase Content Rating of the Item
<<content_ratingL>>Lowercase Content Rating of the Item
<<content_ratingP>>Proper Content Rating of the Item
<<episode_count>>: Number of Episodes (1)
<<episode_countW>>: Number of Episodes As Words (One)
<<episode_countWU>>: Number of Episodes As Uppercase Words (ONE)
<<episode_countWL>>: Number of Episodes As Lowercase Words (one)
<<episode_count0>>: Number of Episodes With 10s Padding (01)
<<episode_count00>>: Number of Episodes With 100s Padding (001)
<<season_number>>: Season Number (1)
<<season_numberW>>: Season Number As Words (One)
<<season_numberWU>>: Season Number As Uppercase Words (ONE)
<<season_numberWL>>: Season Number As Lowercase Words (one)
<<season_number0>>: Season Number With 10s Padding (01)
<<season_number00>>: Season Number With 100s Padding (001)
<<episode_number>>: Episode Number (1)
<<episode_numberW>>: Episode Number As Words (One)
<<episode_numberWU>>: Episode Number As Uppercase Words (One)
<<episode_numberWL>>: Episode Number As Lowercase Words (one)
<<episode_number0>>: Episode Number With 10s Padding (01)
<<episode_number00>>: Episode Number With 100s Padding (001)
<<versions>>: Number of Versions of the Item (1)
<<versionsW>>: Number of Versions of the Item As Words (One)
<<versionsWO>>: Number of Versions of the Item As Uppercase Words (ONE)
<<versionsWL>>: Number of Versions of the Item As Words (one)
<<versions0>>: Number of Versions of the Item With 10s Padding (01)
<<versions00>>: Number of Versions of the Item With 100s Padding (001)
<<runtime>>: Complete Runtime of the Item in minutes (150)
<<runtimeH>>: Hours in runtime of the Item (2)
<<runtimeM>>: Minutes remaining in the hour in the runtime of the Item (30)
Show and Season use average Episode Runtime.
<<bitrate>>: Bitrate of the first media file for an item.
<<bitrateH>>: Bitrate of the media file with the highest bitrate
<<bitrateL>>: Bitrate of the media file with the lowest bitrate
<<originally_available>>: Original Available Date of the Item
<<originally_available[FORMAT]>>: Original Available Date of the Item in the given format. Format Options
Tip

You can use the mass_audience_rating_update or mass_critic_rating_update Library Operation to update your plex ratings to various services like tmdb, imdb, mdb, metacritic, letterboxd and many more.

overlays:
  backdrop:
    overlay:
      name: backdrop
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_height: 100
      vertical_position: top
    plex_all: true
  mytext:
    overlay:
      name: text(Critic Rating is <<critic_rating>>)
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 20
      vertical_align: top
      font_size: 63
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
    plex_all: true

Note that we have once again built up on our backdrop overlay that we created in one of our previous examples

example_text.png

Special Text Modifiers

Some Special Text attributes (such as ratings) have modifiers which control how they are output. This is detailed in the above table.

Using the above example for the Critic Rating overlay, I now want to display the rating as "out of 5 stars" instead of "out of 10", so I will use the / modifier on my <<critic_rating>> attribute

overlays:
  backdrop:
    overlay:
      name: backdrop
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_height: 100
      vertical_position: top
    plex_all: true
  mytext:
    overlay:
      name: text(Rated <<critic_rating/>> out of 5!)
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 20
      vertical_align: top
      font_size: 63
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
    plex_all: true

example_specialtextmodifier.png

I want to add S##E## to all my episode images.

overlays:
  backdrop:
    builder_level: episode
    overlay:
      name: backdrop
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_height: 100
      vertical_position: top
    plex_all: true
  season_episode_info:
    builder_level: episode
    overlay:
      name: text(This is S<<season_number0>>E<<episode_number0>>)
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 20
      vertical_align: top
      font_size: 63
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
    plex_all: true

example_episodetext.png

Common Special Text Uses

These are some commonly-used examples of Special Text overlays:

Special Text Example Output
name: text(S<<season_number0>>E<<episode_number0>>) S01E01
name: text(Season <<season_number>> Episode <<episode_number>>) Season 1 Episode 1
name: text(Season <<season_number>>) Season 1
name: text(Episode <<episode_number>>) Episode 1
name: "text(Runtime: <<runtime>>m)" Runtime: 90m
name: "text(Runtime: <<runtimeH>>h <<runtimeM>>m)" Runtime: 1h 30m

Text Addon Images

You can add an image to accompany the text by specifying the image location using file, url, git, or repo.

Use addon_offset to control the space between the text and the image.

Use addon_position to control which side of the text the image will be located on.

Tip

This overlay example uses one of the PMM Default Overlay images, which isn't necessary but is used just for this example.

overlays:
  rating_with_logo:
    overlay:
      name: text(audience_rating)
      pmm: rating/IMDb.png
      horizontal_offset: 15
      horizontal_align: left
      vertical_offset: 15
      vertical_align: top
      font: fonts/Inter-Medium.ttf
      font_size: 63
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_radius: 30
      back_width: 300
      back_height: 105
      addon_position: left
      addon_offset: 25
    plex_all: true

example_addonoffset.png

Overlay Groups

Overlay groups are defined by the name given to the group attribute. Only one overlay with the highest weight per group will be applied.

This is an example where the Multi-Audio overlay will be applied over the Dual-Audio overlay for every item found by both.

overlays:
  Dual-Audio:
    overlay:
      name: Dual-Audio
      pmm: images/Dual-Audio
      group: audio_language
      weight: 10
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 15
      vertical_align: bottom
    plex_all: true
    filters:
      audio_language.count_gt: 1
  Multi-Audio:
    overlay:
      name: Multi-Audio
      pmm: images/Multi-Audio
      group: audio_language
      weight: 20
      horizontal_offset: 0
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 15
      vertical_align: bottom
    plex_all: true
    filters:
      audio_language.count_gt: 2

Overlay Queues

Overlay queues are defined by the name given to the queue attribute. The overlay with the highest weight is put into the first queue position, then the second highest is placed in the second queue position and so on.

You can define the queue positions by using the queues attribute at the top level of an Overlay File. You can define as many positions as you want.

queues:
  custom_queue_name:
    - horizontal_offset: 300        # This is the first position
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 1375
      vertical_align: top
    - horizontal_offset: 300        # This is the second position
      horizontal_align: center
      vertical_offset: 1250
      vertical_align: top

overlays:
  IMDb:
    imdb_chart: popular_movies
    overlay:
      name: text(IMDb Popular)
      queue: custom_queue_name
      weight: 20
      font: fonts/Inter-Medium.ttf
      font_size: 65
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_radius: 30
      back_width: 380
      back_height: 105
  TMDb:
    tmdb_popular: 100
    overlay:
      name: text(TMDb Popular)
      queue: custom_queue_name
      weight: 10
      font: fonts/Inter-Medium.ttf
      font_size: 65
      font_color: "#FFFFFF"
      back_color: "#00000099"
      back_radius: 30
      back_width: 400
      back_height: 105

Suppress Overlays

You can add suppress_overlays to an overlay definition and give it a list or comma separated string of overlay names you want suppressed from this item if this overlay is attached to the item.

So in this example if the 4K-HDR overlay matches an item then the 4K and HDR overlays will also match. The suppress_overlays attribute on 4K-HDR will stop the overlays specified (4K and HDR) from also being applied.

overlays:
  4K:
    plex_search:
      all:
        resolution: 4K
  HDR:
    plex_search:
      all:
        hdr: true
  4K-HDR:
    suppress_overlays:
      - 4K
      - HDR
    plex_search:
      all:
        resolution: 4K
        hdr: true

Examples

Example Overlay File

overlays:
  4K:
    overlay:
      name: 4K    # This will look for a local overlays/4K.png in your config folder
    plex_search:
      all:
        resolution: 4K
  HDR:
    overlay:
      name: HDR
      pmm: HDR
    plex_search:
      all:
        hdr: true
  Dolby:
    overlay:
      name: Dolby
      url: https://somewebsite.com/dolby_overlay.png
    plex_all: true
    filters:
      has_dolby_vision: true

Example Folder Structure

config
├── config.yml
├── Movies.yml
├── TV Shows.yml
├── Overlays.yml
├── overlays
│   ├── 4K.png
│   ├── Dolby.png
│   ├── HDR.png