EmulationStation will use the gamelist.xml ROMs folder, if found, otherwise it looks in /opt/retropie/configs/all/emulationstation/gamelists/<system>. The 2 files are not combined, just one of them is used, in that order.
If you enabled the 'Use Local Art' option in EmulationStation's settings, it will try find a video matching the game by looking under roms/<system>/media/<ROM_NAME>-video.mp4, so even if there's no video declared in gamelist.xml, it might still find a video associated with it.
In fact, what would be the best way to ensure that I get both videos and correct information into my setup?
Don't mix the scrapers if you want video - the internal scraper doesn't support videos so it might overwrite the video tags if you re-scrape with it. Use the external scraper and see which videos have issues - some arcade videos are incompatible with RPI's hardware video codecs and might not play correctly.
My primary monitor is running at 720p. So the second display has to run at that aspect ratio as well. So since my second display is 1280x390, I need to scale up my image height by 1.85 for them to look right.
When I did that, it looks good. It doesn’t fill up the entire display, I’m not sure why. But at least it looks much better.
Now I just need to automate the whole thing somehow.
Is there a way to force the built-in scraper to use those directories?
No, there is no option for the built-in EmulationStation scraper to change the download location. If space is a concern, then you can symlink the downloaded_images folder to a folder on the external drive.
If so I will enable them but after scraping can I empty the cache without affecting the medias in the rom folders?
Skyscraper first downloads the media to the cache, then it will copy it to the media folder where EmulatonStation reads it (being it in the ROM folder or not) in a subsequent step - when you generate the gamelists. Once you finish scraping, yes, you can clear the cache and have only 1 copy of the artwork/video/etc.
RedblueflameAujourd’hui à 12:41
Hi everyone !
After a pretty long downtime (we're sorry about that), the screenscraper servers are finally back on ! To prevent our servers to melt down due to the massive influx of requests, they are running with a limited number of concurrent requests, so you may experience latency problems as the queue grows up.
We wanted to thank everyone with your kind messages sent on our discord server, and happy scrapping !
The screenscraper team
RedblueflameAujourd’hui à 15:53
Hi everyone !
Until tomorrow, the access to the website will be cut off. Until then, the website won't be available, but the api will. Your scraps should still be working.
Both scrapers have limits on the # of requests you're allowed to make. TheGamesDB has a monthly quota of about 15000 requests (not sure), while ScreenScraper will give you I think 10000 requests daily. If you exhausted your request limit, you'll not be able to scrape - you'll have to wait.
EDIT: seems like ScreenScraper has a few problems at the moment and scraping from it will not work until they sort out the issue.