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Software for Cataloging Movie Collection

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by Drew2k, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Drew2k

    Drew2k DIRECTV A-Team

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    Mods: I wasn't sure where to post this, here or in the Tech forum, or elsewhere, so please move as appropriate. Thansk.

    I want to move past my Excel spreadsheet and I'm trying to find some software to catalog my movie collection. Ideally I want something that is easy to input all my titles to, and that also can be taken with me in a portable format for use on my Windows Mobile phone. Does anyone have a recommendation?

    I've found MediaMan, which looks nice and is fairly inexpensive, and even lets you use a webcam to scan barcodes, but I don't see an option for Mobile phones. (If I can export to Excel that would be moot.)

    I also found VideoList Plus (from WakefieldSoft), built for mobile phones, but it hasn't been updated since 2007 and the PC version is a little lacking.

    I also found MovieCollector (from Collectorz.com) but it's a bit more money and only seems to have iPhone portability.

    Anyone have some good suggestions? How do you catalog your movie collection?
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Doctor Whom Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I have used Movie Collector, but not the others. You're correct they only have an app for the iPhone... but they also have a pay-per-month feature where you can share your collection online and then anyone can access from a Web browser.
     
  3. Drew2k

    Drew2k DIRECTV A-Team

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    Does Movie Collector let you export to Excel, for example? That could work for me to keep a listing on my WinMobile phone, at least ...
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Doctor Whom Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I don't think it will do Excel directly... but the Pro (paid) version lets you export to both HTML and XML... and I think Excel will import those. Worst case, is if you could just use the HTML export as-is and see if that is a clean enough presentation.
     
  5. rudeney

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    I've used "DVD Profiler" for many years. They have an ad-supported free version and a paid version. They so offer a Windows Mobile verision, too. Look here:

    http://invelos.com/
     
  6. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

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    DVDpedia though I believe its a Mac only application.
     
  7. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I've been using DVDProfiler for about 7 years and really like it. I've never used their mobile app, so I can't speak to that. I paid for my version about 4 years ago ($35?) and it's been great ever since. There's a lot of things you can do with it and their forum has a lot of guys that program new reports/skins/etc. I don't use those very much, but if someone wanted to, they could customize it a lot of different ways.
     
  8. barryb

    barryb New Member

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    I too have been using DVDProfiler over the eons, and have always liked it.

    http://www.invelos.com/

    I don't see any way to import from Excel Drew, but you can input via the bar code on the DVD case.
     
  9. Drew2k

    Drew2k DIRECTV A-Team

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    Thanks! DVDProfiler looks promising ... $30 + $19 gets me a desktop and mobile solution with an integrated/synchronized collection.

    For you guys that have had it for a while, have you had any problems reinstalling it based on OS upgrades, for example, XP to Vista? I'd like to start inputting my collection on Vista, but in October I'll be upgrading to Win7 and want to make sure reinstallation won't be an issue with a license key ...
     
  10. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Gold Club

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    +1 for DVDProfiler - comprehensive, versatile, and reports/stats are highly configurable. Upon input, it draws heavily on a continuously-updated database to flesh out movie/DVD data.
     
  11. barryb

    barryb New Member

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    XP to VISTA to VISTA ULTIMATE to WIN7 ULTIMATE, and zero problems. :)
     
  12. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

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    Same here...it is a great piece of software that has been supported and used for years now.
     
  13. rudeney

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    Nope, none at all. You install it and then plug in your unique license ID. I've used it for years and moved through XP, Vista, Windows 7, and even Server 2003 and 2008 with no issues.
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

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    Here too....once you get your license key...you're all set.

    I especially like the various reports / lists that you can run.
     
  15. rudeney

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    Another great feature is the ability to upload your collection online to Invelos. This does two things. First, it saves your collection so you don't have to worry about backups on your own PC (you can always reverse-sync from your online account). Second, it allows you to share your collection with others via a URL, like this:

    http://www.invelos.com/dvdcollection.aspx/CHEESEBEAR
     
  16. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    No reinstall issues. In fact, a couple of months ago I installed it on my laptop and didn't even need to transfer it from my desktop. I just downloaded it on my laptop, entered my key and then transferred all the data from my personal profiler website to the laptop. A snap.

    You basically have two distinct versions all the time. The version on your computer and the version on your profiler web site. Every time I make a change (add a DVD) to the desktop, I just upload the changes to the web version so it's always correct online. If my computer crashes or I lose the info, I've still got the website info to grab it from.

    HERE'S my web page if you want to see what it looks like.

    If you notice (look at the movie "300", for example) you can see how I customized my list to distinguish Blu Rays from regular DVD's. If you reorder the collection so that it's by number (click on Coll #), you'll see that all my most recent aquisitions are all Blu Ray.
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

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    You can actually sort your list within DVDProfiler by media type....I have my Blu Rays, followed by HD DVDs, followed by SD disks.

    However you do that sort can get uploaded as a viewable list for others (see the sample links above).
     
  18. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Yes, I do that too when I'm just interested in looking at a certain type, but I like being able to distinguish them visually in any sorting order, since I usually have it on alphabetical (since that's the easiest when I'm checking to see if I already own something).


    PS. What sample links are you referring to?
     
  19. Drew2k

    Drew2k DIRECTV A-Team

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    Thanks for the information guys. I downloaded DVDProfiler and input one shelf so far - 47 titles, a mixture of BD, HD-DVD, and DVD and multiple genres. I figured out how to make my own tag to track the "Sealed" media, as I have quite a few still shrink-wrapped. I haven't decided yet if I want to go through Quicken and try to pull out Purchase Date and Prices for what I'd captured as I shopped, but I know it's not everything in my collection.

    I noticed the cover art wasn't the best quality, then noticed that registered users get higher quality. I also played around with the views and like it with medium thumbnails, five across, but I wish it had more of a layout like Media Center or Netflix. Perhaps that's there already and I just need to play with themes or layouts or something...

    All in all, I think this will serve me well. I'll continue to add titles, play with some reports, and then create an online account and upload there. It's too bad the web view can't be updated to show more columns, such as media-type - it seems a bit of a kluge to have to add BD or HD to a title, but it does the trick.

    Thanks for the help guys - if you have any more tips or tricks, please point 'em out!
     
  20. rudeney

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    Nice collection, Stew. I see you are a fellow Disney and Muppets fan. :)
     

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