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Old 20. Jun 2009, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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#1Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 02:46.
Another great site for managing a video collection is veedemus. It comes with a great variety of features and has a sort of social touch to it.
http://www.veedemus.com
I've been using it for some months now and I can really recommend it.




#2Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 16:31.
Another Movie/DVD organizer is Movie Organizer On-line Database. With this application you can upload your DVD collection to their web page for anyone to see.
http://www.moodb.net/




#3Submitted by George on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 18:38.
Thanks for the note. Very interesting statistics there...





#4Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/17/2009 - 10:29.
Still in beta phase but still the BEST out there:
http://www.videodb.info/




#5Submitted by peter on Sun, 05/17/2009 - 10:33.
Please avoid direct download links.





#6Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 12:45.
best one yet:
Griffith
http://www.griffith.cc/




#7Submitted by George on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 21:37.
Thanks. I like it and added it to the review.





#8Submitted by davezn on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 08:56.
Hi
New here so forgive me if a make a mistake.
I would HIGHLY recommend Ant Movie Catalog.
Used it for years, just tupe in the name of the movie and the data is collected from IMDB or any other that is listed.
http://www.antp.be/software/moviecatalog
http://www.antp.be/software/moviecatalog/download
This is the link have a look for yourself, and its FREE.
Regards
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#9Submitted by George on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 20:50.
Hi Davezn,
I have tried Ant Movie Catalog already. I was not so fond of it. I wrote a comment about it on page 2 of the comments.
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#10Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 03:12.
New PVD is out - check it out.
http://www.videodb.info/




#11Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/20/2008 - 06:07.
Saying that DVD Profiler is user-friendly is a gross exaggeration. This is anti-user software. Also saying that 'no UPC base identification' of PVD is a real drawback is a misunderstanding as I tried to use this feature in the hailed by the critic DVD Profiler only to find zero returns of my queries.
Merry Christmas to all PVD users!




#12Submitted by George on Thu, 12/25/2008 - 17:42.
Hi,
you are probably referring to the many features that DVD Profiler offers. I agree that for basic usage simplicity is more user-friendly than a much more loaded application. But for those users there are other products mentioned here in the article specifically pointing out that simplicity.
But for a highly featured application DVD Profiler surely is user-friendly as well. Even though there are many features to use, they are arranged and accessible in an organized and optically attractive way. Just the GUI itself is way ahead compared to the other tools.
In regards to the UPC code you have to make sure that you enter the full UPC code as indicated on the image to the left. In this case you would have to enter 025195051354.
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#13Submitted by christ4life7 on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 03:21.
Did you download the profile list first in DVD Profiler?....Probably not....





#14Submitted by christ4life7 on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 01:40.
I have been a long avid (daily) user of Movie Collector. And I just installed for the heck of it, DVD Profiler. I have to say that this beats any movie database catalogger I have every seen. Movie Collector is going to be uninstalled (with MyUninstaller) as soon as I get home!!! I can't believe I actually paid for it!!.....no wait! I can't believe I paid for it AND recommended Movie Collector...yikes!!
Try out DVD Profiler...NOW!!!!!
Added note: I tried Movienizer....George is right, very limited and; well, boring!




#15Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/08/2008 - 15:28.
why do you say PVD 'requires Internet Explorer'??




#16Submitted by George on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 19:51.
Hi there,
good question. I am sure there was a reason for that but it is not obvious to me anymore after checking the current version again. So for now I will take that out in order not to confuse the readers. Sorry for that.
Best regards,
George





#17Submitted by George on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 23:08.
Hi all,
I had to take out MediaMan. They switched from Freeware to commercial. Too bad.
Best regards,
George





#19Submitted by George on Wed, 11/12/2008 - 07:49.
Hi korbenPL,
not sure what to think of this. DVD Profiler is not outdated nor seems the development being stopped (latest Beta 3.5 is from 7.Nov.2008). I never experienced any serious bugs neither had I ever problems loading it.
Naming Movienizer as a competitor and even winner is very questionable. It does not have half the features, looks like web site with a missing style sheet and does not have any appeal to me at all. There is a potential but the application design surely needs improvement. I think it is not fit yet to play in this league. I expected more after three years of development. Maybe future releases will be more convincing.
Best regards,
George




#20Submitted by korbenPL on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 07:55.
Well, mate, it all depends...
The last STABLE build of DVDP is October 8, 2007
Reinstall helped but what would happen to my collection if it didn't... thats the question.
I used the term 'winner' for the purpose of my quest, i.e. finding a software capable of importing the data from MovieCollector, and my collection is over 2000 titles, with custom field names etc.
In terms of import management DVDP is still in the woods as there is no such option whereas Movienizer can handle the task.
In short, it's my winner as it suits my needs.
Cheerio
edit: it appears none of the free programmes can do the job of importing the data from MC successfuly. Have given another shot at DVDP and must concede that this might be the only solution out there although it doesn't load as fast as it should and seems to be unable to recognize the UPC of my region 2 DVDs /sighs/
It will take many hours to move my collection data... I hope it's worth it, peace.
edit2:
No, no, no - the limitations of DVDP make it useless for me.
edit3:
Personal Video Database is the true winner here! It took some time to work it out but with the tech support from the people behind it I did move my collection from MC to PVD. This is the prog you've been lookin for + no restrictions
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Old 28. Jul 2009, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i've tried all of these and then some. after being fed up with most, i caved in and opted for a commercial app, which i used for several months.

then i found an obscure one that's been around for a while, but doesn't get much coverage.

mbase 2

it's based on movies rather than DVDs, so while it has options to add things like format and location, it doesn't focus so much on things like edition or special features.

everything comes from IMDB, and the sidebar can link to wikipedia articles for the included movies.

great internal cross-referencing, and lots of statistics and export formats, from sexy html to basic csv.

far too many features to list here, so just check it out. no install required, and settings saved to local INI

complaints: no custom fields (author says they're coming), and quite slow (15 seconds or so per film because it grabs pics and info for actors). otherwise, it's just right!

http://www.quadware.com/
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Old 28. Jul 2009, 01:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the software suggestion garbanzo ... appreciated .
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Old 03. Apr 2010, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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DVD profiler did my head in! I really can't be bothered using a piece of software that demands before using it that you download meg's of data of god-knows-what. Even the help file does not explain what it is it's downloading and after 40 minutes I cancelled it.
I'll stick to ant movie which is free and works great thanks.

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Old 05. Apr 2010, 10:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hi boris

not sure what you mean. when exactly did DVDP start to download? did you download the installation file, installed and started DVDP and then it started downloading?

DVDP is of course downloading DVD/movie profile data (cover images etc.) when you enter movies but it sounds like you mean something else. Can you elaborate?
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Old 14. Apr 2010, 11:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had the same experience as Boris: after installation I wanted to add a movie but first it downloaded a considerable amount of data.

As far as I can remember these were "profiles" and came in ten separate chunks.

More generally I found the layout much too busy and in contrast to the reviewer the disabled options (after adding fifty DVD) were much missed.

There wouldn't be much use disabling obscure options if you follow this business model.

On a reading another poster's comment I decided to try Mbase2 which I found to be an absolute joy to use, especially compared to DVD Profiler.

It has a clean interface, intelligent layout, is unrestricted in use (for example the location field is freeform) and is very straightforward to use. On top of which it is absolutely free and portable.

It should be noted that MBase2 indexes by film rather than by DVD release, so you can catalogue your avi and mpeg files as well as "hard" DVD.

The flip side of this is that it doesn't provide information such what sort of box your DVD came in or if it contains extra features.

Personally, I don't care about such things but I do want to filter by director (for example) which DVD Profiler won't do after it becomes restricted.
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Hi luckyjim1968,

thanks for your comment. I understand where you (and also Boris) are coming from.

With DVDProfiler you are not only getting the software but also free access to a huge online DVD database at Invelos, holding the profile data that gets downloaded at certain events. I can't remember that there was a larger initial download in my case though. However, one advantage is that this database is also fed by the many users that provide details like individual cover scans, easter eggs and other DVD specialities. I haven't seen any other "free" product offering so much DVD details at your fingertip.

"Free" of course is restricted in this case. And I absolutely agree with you, it is annoying to loose some nice features when you get above 50 DVDs. No doubt about that. If you know your collection is definitely getting bigger than that, then there are also the contenders that have no such restriction.

The GUI is indeed quite busy, as you put it. But if I was given the task the design a configurable layout that can display all possible information - I would not know how to do it differently. At least it is configurable and you can make it very simple and un-busy if you like.

I also like Mbase 2 a lot. However, it is not a DVD collection software but a Movie collection software. Because it does not offer any DVD related details it cannot be considered in this category. Think about UPC codes, audio tracks, subtitle tracks, special features, boxing and such or if you have two DVDs of the same movie from different countries or with different features. But again, what it does it does very well and is easy to use. I also like the GUI, it was done with much attention to the detail. If I just wanted to register the movies I own, Mbase 2 would be my first choice.

Btw, I have contacted Invelos the other day to provide me with a better description of the restrictions of the free version.
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0.9.9.19 is released! Version 1 development started.

http://www.videodb.info/forum_en/

my full support goes to this one...

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Thanks for the heads-up on PVDB.

I installed the new release and gave it quick review. Unfortunately I do not see any considerable improvements towards the release I reviewed in the article. The GUI still has a lot of flaws (see image attachment). Still no UPC identification and the web search is generally pointing to Wikipedia presenting a lot of movie unrelated pages.

I do see potential in PVDB but I also feel that it has a lot of room for improvement.

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Thanks for your considered reply George.

It did occur to me, although I forgot to mention it, that the category is for DVD (not movie) catalogers; apologies for veering slightly off topic.

Perhaps some thought could be given to expanding the category to cover both types as they do similar jobs, but with a different emphasis.

Save for the crippleware aspect, my comments on DVD Profiler are more about personal preference than a criticism.

I absolutely agree that it provides very comprehensive information about the DVD; however, this is at the expense (in the free version at least) of information about the movie itself.

The option to download user generated layouts, as well as manually changing the interface is a nice touch. Personally, I got in a bit of a mess, changing things unintentionally and not being able to restore them.
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