I think Art Director is a great concept and agree crowd sourcing is an excellent solution for those who want to add a visual dimension to the Roon experience.
Hopefully, there will be many photos/graphics from which to choose - hi-rez should be a priority, but many historical photos are low-rez and should remain available.
Also, since this will encourage more Roon users to create rotating artist galleries, a variety of photo styles and visual perspectives to choose from will be helpful - not just photos centered in the banner display, or tight head and shoulders, for example.
I hope you will also detail exactly how to use Art Director. If I have created my own artwork, but need to use AD to to better center the avatar, how does that happen? And should AD be used before or after editing the new photo into Roon?
Finally, the artist galleries I’ve created before/after the 880/882 upgrades have not worked in Chromecast—- although the rest of the display casts as it should. I’ve opened this, along with others users, as a separate topic but am awaiting help.
I’m having a lot of fun with this feature. I’m primarily looking to populate some empty profiles for less prominent artists so I’m going a little slower than I’d like, simply because I’m trying to get formal permission for use of the images I’m planning to upload.
I am currently contacting the Benelux booking agency for an artist that hasn’t released music in over a decade.
I am a huge fan of this feature, and as an actual Art Director I love nothing more than finding the best image of all my artists as a rule! Will we eventually get the opportunity to edit the Artist Avatar and Banner independently? As of now you can choose not to go with the community chosen Banner, but this means that the Avatar is now a cropped version of the same image and you do not have the option of separating the two currently.
Keep up the good work gang, and I look forward to more functionality in this space. For now I will continue to obsessively adjust, crop and upload…
FWIW I just started to “contribute.” The quote marks are because I have no way of knowing what value judgments anyone else has. But I’m centering / cropping images at the Art Director webpage.
My thought is that if Roon doesn’t want this to be haphazard affair, a few basic photo editing “best practices” might be published. Such as don’t “cut off” limbs at joints when cropping. It’s OK to crop “though” foreheads or forearms … our brains naturally fill in the missing parts. Maybe try for a rule of thirds perspective for banners.
Unfortunately most of those pictures can’t be shared with Roon.
Jim is right here. Most of the stuff on Wikipedia is shared under CC BY-SA 3.0, which requires that you attribute the author. The system that Roon provides, does not provide a means to give proper attribution.
How it currently stands, pretty much the only way you can safely upload a picture now is if you are the author yourself and give Roon permission to use it.
I would love to see how many of those who uploaded pictures actually verified all of this. I’d wager the majority of the pictures do not comply.
Now that I’ve made over 100 improvements to artist artwork and added a small number of promo shots to empty profiles (with all the appropriate clearances) I can say with confidence that Art Director is a fantastic optional feature that will improve Roon for every user with an aesthetic sensibility.
I think the crowdsourcing model employed here is the best (and likely the only) way to populate empty profiles for less prominent independent artists and in my experience these artists have offered much better quality promo images for use on Roon than those I was seeking to clear myself.
I feel that fans like myself are more likely to respect copyright for fear of harming their heroes or those close to them so empty profiles filled via Art Director are likely to be more carefully and fairly curated than some denizens of the Roon forum predict.
The peeps that edit should really consider that resolution demand must be met for an acceptable result.
Also the weird introduction of band/artist logos rather than pictures, no thank you!
While browsing artists and albums the images display is not the buttery smooth experience of other software. I have always liked that Roon didn’t expect me to scroll through 10K albums to cache their thumbnails, now i need to…