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I currently have about 12 Terabyte's of movie's. I currently have a Word document which I print off, then my friends find a movie to watch. Is there a program/database I can use with my P.C. that will show the name of the movie along with a picture? Something I can update when I store movies on my hard drive. I'm currently using Cyberlink Power DVD 12 to play movies. I tried using Microsoft media player with limited results. (it sucked). I am currently using Windows 7, Do I need to upgrade to Windows 8.1?
I'm just looking for a program to quickly view movies, It doesn't need to be a point/click/start option. Just something better than a printed word document.
Something like IMDB but a list of MY movies.
Will JRiver media center do what I need?

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Wrong area to post this. But you can use XBMC, JRiver, Plex etc.

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I currently have about 12 Terabyte's of movie's. I currently have a Word document which I print off, then my friends find a movie to watch. Is there a program/database I can use with my P.C. that will show the name of the movie along with a picture? Something I can update when I store movies on my hard drive. I'm currently using Cyberlink Power DVD 12 to play movies. I tried using Microsoft media player with limited results. (it sucked). I am currently using Windows 7, Do I need to upgrade to Windows 8.1?
I'm just looking for a program to quickly view movies, It doesn't need to be a point/click/start option. Just something better than a printed word document.
Something like IMDB but a list of MY movies.
Will JRiver media center do what I need?
A program that has been around and getting refined for a very long time now called DVD Profiler works very nicely for what you are describing. It has all sorts of options (easily identified and selected) that can turn the program into your own version of a local IMDb, or you can go as advanced as creating a lending library out of it. The latter option will let you create profiles for all you friends, and then assign which movies they have "checked out", when they are due back, and even keep a list of which ones they have borrowed in the past if you want. It will also do trailers for the titles and even has an internal player option (that actually isn't bad, but isn't XBMC either).

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A program that has been around and getting refined for a very long time now called DVD Profiler works very nicely for what you are describing. It has all sorts of options (easily identified and selected) that can turn the program into your own version of a local IMDb, or you can go as advanced as creating a lending library out of it. The latter option will let you create profiles for all you friends, and then assign which movies they have "checked out", when they are due back, and even keep a list of which ones they have borrowed in the past if you want. It will also do trailers for the titles and even has an internal player option (that actually isn't bad, but isn't XBMC either).

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That sounds cool, thanks for the post. I downloaded some free trials of Jriver, xvmc, and a few other free wares. Now I have to learn a little of each as I go.

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It sounds to me like you want a front end.


This is what Media Browser looks like. You can set it to launch Power DVD to play your files
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It sounds to me like you want a front end.


This is what Media Browser looks like. You can set it to launch Power DVD to play your files
Here is a typical scenario.
Lets watch a movie.
ok.
What movies do you have.
well here is the folder, pic one.
Umm what is this movie about? ie. Columbus circle.
Heck I dunno, havnt seen it in a long time.
do you have a pic, guess we can search imdb.
Sometimes, just seeing a picture can jog someone's memory. I guess it would be nice IF it could launch the movie through Power DVD as well. Does it only show a picture or does it give a brief description of the movie too?

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this is a list view in media browser. it lists all the movies on the left. on the right is the synopsis, poster, and a background image. I save up to 20 backgrounds for each film and they rotate every few seconds




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selecting a movie gives you info about the film and the file





you can view actors in a film and search your library for other films starring them





click on each of the pictures in my first post (if you haven't already). that will give you an idea of what this type of software looks like. xbmc, media browser, plex, jriver, media portal, medios, my movies, and more all do this to various degrees.
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YES!!! That exactly what I am looking for. After installing the product does it automatically search my drive and list all the movies with a quick profile? or do I have to save each background myself?
I just download the media browser plug in? and that's it?

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I think the standard across most of these programs is to look for file folders and files named a certain way. Step one is telling the program which file folder(s) your movies are in:

-Movies
--King King (2005)
---King Kong (2005).mkv

Whats its really looking for is the folder name. The release year is really only important on a film like my example King Kong, where there are several films with the same name. They all typically use themoviedb.org to autopopulate the images, synopsis, actors, genre, etc. On tv shows the file name is important. I name mine S01E01.mkv, S01E02.mkv, etc.


From there the software saves a few things
-folder.jpg to act as the movie poster
-backdrop.jpg, backdrop1.jpg, backdrop2.jpg to fill out the backgrounds (often called fanart)
-depending on your software it might also save a movie.xml or series.xml file for the synopsis (this can be stored elsewhere).


You can also use the great piece of freeware called Media Center Master to scan your media and add the images outside of whatever front end you choose.


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if youre using windows media center then you want what theyre calling the media browser classic plug in now (I haven't updated in several years). they offer different "themes" to change the appearance of the library. im using the theme called chocolate in these pictures. I also like diamond and subdued.


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I ripped my collection to my hard drive using slysoft. I play back with Power DVD. I can let the software search my hard drive, nothing is them except movies. Will it automatically find the image for a picture? Im not using anything yet. but I know windows media player is included with Microsoft windows. Is it ok to use that program and install the media browser plugin or should I install something else? Nothing as been used yet so my computer is clean from any scans or changes.

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I ripped my collection to my hard drive using slysoft. I play back with Power DVD. I can let the software search my hard drive, nothing is them except movies. Will it automatically find the image for a picture? Im not using anything yet. but I know windows media player is included with Microsoft windows. Is it ok to use that program and install the media browser plugin or should I install something else? Nothing as been used yet so my computer is clean from any scans or changes.
Once you have the program installed, point it at the drives the movies are on. The metadata scraper will do most of the rest of the work, including finding art and the synopses. If you used AnyDVD to rip your movies and left the DVDs as VIDEO_TS files and want to use PowerDVD, you can do that. Many front ends are starting to support DVD and ISO files now, but still not all of them. Most front ends can have an external player (i.e. PowerDVD) as the default player. Once you find a front end you are happy with, you can putz about and see what it is and is not capable of doing. The customization combinations are nearly endless.

For instance, I have my 30+ TB on a disk farm that is controlled by Media Browser. It handles the server duties. I use XBMC for my front end. Media Browser controls the server aspect (allowing me to stream to multiple clients) including tracking viewing data and XBMC handles the spiffy on-screen display stuff.I have PowerDVD as well, but have never found an instance where my AnyDVDND rips needed PowerDVD to step in and do any of the lifting (though it would be needed for 3D if I didn't use my actual BR player for that).
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in the beginning of using any dvd I ripped them to VIDEO_TS but now im ripping them as .ISO files.

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I installed Media Browser 2.6, when running Media Player it identifies my movies but its only in TEXT format. I think I found 4 titles with art work. Am I doing something wrong? Depending which tab I click I get a different movie count. ie. if I click titles.. it says 119, if I click genre it says, 4. Do I need to rescan my drives?
I installed Media Browser 2.6 server. Is their a workstation copy I need or do I need a different front end running? ie Plex, emdb, JRiverXMBC 13 gotham. Those are the ones I have downloaded so far.

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I installed Media Browser 2.6, when running Media Player it identifies my movies but its only in TEXT format. I think I found 4 titles with art work. Am I doing something wrong? Depending which tab I click I get a different movie count. ie. if I click titles.. it says 119, if I click genre it says, 4. Do I need to rescan my drives?
I installed Media Browser 2.6 server. Is their a workstation copy I need or do I need a different front end running? ie Plex, emdb, JRiverXMBC 13 gotham. Those are the ones I have downloaded so far.
Just as an aside, you probably want to make sure you don't have all of those running at the same time. Some folks have had issues running multiple servers on the same machine accessing the same library. It's not a major issue, but it can happen.

Now, as to your question about movie IDs, I'm not sure what you mean by it identifies them only in text format. Do you mean all the info is there and that it simply is not downloading artwork? If that is the case, I would check two things for starters. First, I would check to make sure that you have the artwork options turned on in the server configuration. Second, I would open up the metadata on a few of those that were ID by text only and make sure that all the information is actually being downloaded. MB will list all the movies you have, using the names you have given. But sometimes it needs a nudge in the right direction as to which title you actually mean.

Also, you listed that you are using MB 2.6. That's a very decent program. However, if you are going to go with the Media Browser option (an experience I highly recommend) I would strongly suggest you discard MB 2.6 and download MB 3 media server.

Media Browser 3

MB3 is a far superior platform and even more intuitive than the one you are using. Furthermore, it can be used in conjunction with Media Browser Theatre (a front end program like XBMC), XBMC, and many other front end options including WMC. Heck, if you are only using the one PC to both act as server and as HTPC, you can even use Media Browser 3 without a dedicated front end program.

It sounds to me like for whatever reason your media is not actually being fully identified. If you send me a PM, I'll try walking you through a step-by-step install. Also, if you want something "right now", at the top of this section of the forums is a sticky about step-by-step setting up of XBMC as a server/front end.
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That's where I wasn't sure, I thought I had to install media browser server. (for the server side) and media browser theater for any pc wanting to connect. However 90% of the time I will be loading/watching the movie on the same p.c. correct, It identifies the movie but is NOT downloading the artwork. It only locating movies on 2 of my hard drives. (when I originally tried using media player) it is NOT finding my collection on the other 3 hard drives. I cant seem to locate the option manually. I tell it to auto scan but no luck, Do you want to me install media browser 3 theater or classic?
I am not running any programs currently, just my initial setup of windows media center. so I can install any program you recommend.


I will send a pm as well. The reason I stopped using media center 2 years ago was because it was not downloading my art work so what was the point. a word document worked just as well but not that I seen these posts with nice art work, details, etc. I would much rather have something working.

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HTPC front ends have three parts.
-the server (the part you associate your movie file folders with)
-the library viewer (the part with the fancy artwork)
-the player (the part that actual plays the files)

sometimes these are all integrated into one single download and piece of software (like default vanilla WMC). You add your media library, view your movie collection, and play everything all within one piece of software.

The new Media Browser 3 model uses a server+client approach. You start with downloading server software. You tell the server software which file folders your movies are in. The server and client can be the same machine.

Then you need a front end/library viewer. Here you can use their mobile apps, WMC+Media Browser Classic plug in (a sperate download), XBMC, or their own Media Browser Theater (another separate download). You associate this software with the server you set up, and then you can view your movie collection

The third part is the player. You mention that you like using PowerDVD to actually play the files. You can set up these different library viewers to launch PowerDVD instead of using their built in players if want.


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so I need to install media browser 3 server. Do a scan of my hard drives to locate my movies. Then install media browser theater to run as my client (what I will see on my screen) or I could install xbmc as my client. When I select a movie will it automatically play through power dvd? It doesn't have too, In fact I don't care what program plays the movie unless its 3d. Its its unable to play directly from the gui I can still just click the .iso and mount to a drive.


I installed media browser 3 server and media browser 3 theater.

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Now its starting to populate. When I add folders. Should I add each hard drive as a separate folder or can I add them all to 1. ie. On this pc. I have movies on 5 separate hard drives. Within media browser server. I could add all my hard drives within one folder or should I keep them separate.

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Now its starting to populate. When I add folders. Should I add each hard drive as a separate folder or can I add them all to 1. ie. On this pc. I have movies on 5 separate hard drives. Within media browser server. I could add all my hard drives within one folder or should I keep them separate.
I sent you a PM that will walk you through the process.
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