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DC Films Boss Praises Black Panther Trailer

DCEU President Geoff Johns shared his love for Marvel's Black Panther on social media.

DCEU president Geoff Johns has shared his love for Marvel’s Black Panther trailer. Last night was an exciting night for comic book fans, and an underwhelming night for basketball fans. The world premiere trailer for Black Panther took place during game 4 of the NBA Finals, finally giving fans a peek at what director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will bring to the big screen. And it looks fantastic. Coogler’s vision of Wakanda is stunning, something that will have to be seen on the big screen to fully appreciate. Fans were immediately excited about the 2 minute trailer as social media was set ablaze seconds after the initial airing of the clip.

DCEU president Geoff Johns can be counted as one of those fans. Johns worked for Marvel in their comic division in the early 2000s, writing most notably for The Avengers. Johns took to his official Twitter page to share his feelings about the trailer, even sharing that Black Panther was one of his favorite characters to write for when he worked for Marvel. Read what Johns had to say below.

“This looks unreal. Panther was one of my favorite characters to write when I was at Marvel.”

Johns tagged Marvel and actor Chadwick Boseman in his post. Marvel and DC have been patting each other on the back quite frequently lately, much to the chagrin of fans looking for a feud between the two universes. DC’s Wonder Woman opened last weekend to rave reviews from critics and…

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ trailer gets the meme treatment because the music is so, so bad

If you put bad music in your movie trailer, the internet will fix it for you.

The trailer for Murder on the Orient Express dropped Thursday, and while it was well received, any magical moment was ruined by the song “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. The song got the highly important role of the trailer’s outro, and it’s just so, so bad.

The trailer quickly hit number 1 trending on YouTube and hit the frontpage of Reddit via…

Fox releases first The Gifted trailer

Fox has released the first full-length trailer for it’s not X-Men — but totally X-Men — drama The Gifted.

The Gifted follows a suburban couple, Reed and Caitlin Strucker (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker), whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family…

How to Add Trailers to Your Plex Movies for a True Movie Theater Experience

If you’re a fan of movie trailers, pre-rolls, and the build up of anticipation leading up to the cinematic experience, then we’ve got a treat for you: Plex Media Server makes it dead simple to recreate that theater magic right at home with both trailers from your own movie collection as well as those of upcoming releases.

You may already be aware that Plex supports trailers, but not many people know that you can leverage trailers into something much cooler than something you manually load up now and then. Tucked away in the settings of your Plex Media Server is a neat little bonus feature that can add a little cinema magic and authenticity to your movie night experience. With a little bit of prep work and a few small changes, Plex can do the following things:

  • Play trailers for movies from your personal movie collection (including trailers for all movies or just your unwatched films).
  • Play trailers for new and upcoming theater releases (Plex Pass premium users only).
  • Play trailers for new and upcoming Blu-ray releases (Plex Pass premium users only).
  • Play a custom video pre-roll (a video clip that will play right before the feature film starts—like the THX loto or an old-timey “Welcome to the movies!” clip).

By taking advantage of these features, you can get a gentle nudge to check out great movies already in your collection, or see what’s new in theaters and about to come out on Blu-ray. Plus it’ll feel like you’re actually at the movies.

How to Download Your Trailers and Pre-Roll

Of the four potential features we outlined above, there are only two that require you to do any prep work: trailers from your own movie collection and custom movie pre-rolls. Trailers for upcoming theater and Blu-ray releases are downloaded automatically for Plex Pass subscribers and, if that’s all your interested in, you can skip this entire section and jump down to “Enable Trailers, Previews, and Pre-Rolls”.

Here are the three ways you can add trailers to your movie collection (with their respective benefits and shortcomings):

  • Manually: Labor intensive, but you get the exact files you want and they are stored locally with the movie file in your media directory.
  • Third Party Media Managers: Automated, and stores trailers with movies. Requires additional software and setup.
  • Third Party Plugins: Automated, but stores trailers hidden away in the Plex database, not in your media directory.

If you’re a media purist who wants control over which trailers you have and where they are stored, you’re stuck with the extra work of the first two options. If you just want trailers and couldn’t care less where they’re stored, pick option three and let the plugin do the heavy lifting for you.

Adding Movie Trailers Manually

To manually set a trailer for a movie you simply need to download that trailer video from some source and then placing it in the folder where the movie is located, with the filename set to descriptivename-trailer.ext, where “descriptivename” is the a clear description of what the file is and .ext is simply whatever the existing extension of the movie is.

Let’s say we wanted to manually add a trailer to the 2012 cinematic masterpiece, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. We have the trailer in MP4 format, so we simply browse to the location of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in our collection, paste the downloaded trailer into the directory, and rename it to match the file name of the movie file, like so:

Simply repeat this process for as many movie trailers as you wish to add to your collection.

Adding Movie Trailers with a Media Manager

Manually adding a movie trailer here or there is one thing, but if you want to add trailers to hundreds of movies, that’ll get old really fast. If you want the trailers stored with your movie files but you don’t want to manually download and rename them all, you need to use third party tools like Ember Media Manager or Media Companion.

For our purposes today, we’ll be using Media Companion. The interface is cluttered to the point of being almost overwhelming, but if you know which switches to flip, it makes short work of downloading trailers for even a Library of Congress size collection.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed Media Companion, launch the application. First, make sure “Movies” is selected in the control bar (it should be selected by default) and then click on the “Folders” tab in the GUI, located towards the right hand side of the tab list, as seen below:

Next, look at the bottom of the Folders tab for the entry “Manually Add path to Movie Root Folder”. Put the full directory path to your movie collection here (e.g. C:\Media\Movies\, \\homeserver\movies\, or wherever your movies are located). Click “Add”.

Once you’ve added the directory, Media Companion will scan the folder and populate the file browser. Go to the file browser now by selecting the first tab “Main Browser”. You’ll see a list of movies on the left-hand side. Let’s download the trailer for a single movie now to demonstrate the process. Select a movie and right click on it.

In the right-click context menu, you have two tasks. First, head…