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My Movies was recommended here as a good cataloging app for media center, but its not seeing the ripped dvd library.


I did the hack for dvd library off here to show the rips on the dirve of movies, but my movies doesn't seen them.


Isn't this software supose to see all of the content i have on drives? cuz if so, its not impressing at all and im very dissapointed with it and will remove it if this is a problem.


How can i see all the dvd rips off the drive with covers and info?
 

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Did you rip the movies prior to installing My Movies? If so, I believe you will have to manually add the titles in to the database in order for them to be seen. As you add them, it should download all of the information for that movie. You will also have to specify the locations for each dvd you have stored you hard drive.


It takes a little time, by My Movies is a great program once you get it set up properly.
 

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I have over 500 movies ripped to the dvd folder and i use the hack to see them all in mce as default and my movies was installed later on and i tried it with my movies and didn't see the folder but i will try it again and see but whats the best way to manully add them since their alfready ripped in the vob files already.
 

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Did you try the import or folder scan option? It will be the fastest way to import your collection, but you'll have to manually go through and check to see if they are all correct as it's not foolproof.
 

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I went to file-import-folder and choosed the dir where the dvd rips are and also video from shows and no dvd's were added and alot of the video is missing like honeymooners lost episodes, only a few of many were imported so this app isn't so thorough at all.
 

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Originally Posted by jhhoffma /forum/post/15472614


Did you try the import or folder scan option? It will be the fastest way to import your collection, but you'll have to manually go through and check to see if they are all correct as it's not foolproof.

I was in a similar boat to the OP. I have about 100 MKV's and I thought mymovies would detect them and take care of the manual labor. It found 2 of them and got both of the titles wrong. I added them manually, which is a pain, but worked fine.


Just add them manually and you'll be fine. My one piece of advice is don't let it fetch the data after each title you add - it will take forever. Once you're done you can just have it search for updated data for everything.
 

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I'm just now encoding my movies to .mkv as well using Handbrake. I've already barcode scanned and added all my DVD's and Bluray's, so now it's just a matter of pointing My Movies to the rips as I do them. Since I only have 2 drives, I only have to remember to do 2 at a time. Still, with 650+ discs to do,I'm not looking forward to it.
 

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Hmmm, well when I first started using MyMovies about 3-4 years ago, it scanned my whole library and made only a few mistakes. I've done it a few times since then and haven't had any real problems. The key is to have each movie/series/season in it's own folder and then MM can do it's magic.
 

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Thats just it, i have the movies in their own folders labeled witht he movie title like Rocky to Big Daddy.


Whats the best way to go about manually adding them cuz i thried that and got no where.


Is their another app that can get this right besides my movies?


Its garbage to me since it won't even pick up all the shows i have like south part to Honeymooners.


Isn't their like a step by step pdf or manual to go about adding the rips the right way?
 

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yes it is crap.... just read my thread about how the creater should commit suicide to end his miserable crappy life and this terrible programs.


Great if you have like 5 movies and like uglyness...
 

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Originally Posted by tgggd86 /forum/post/15482251


yes it is crap.... just read my thread about how the creater should commit suicide to end his miserable crappy life and this terrible programs.


Great if you have like 5 movies and like uglyness...

For goodness sake - you don't like the program - we get it.


No need to be so personally abusive to a guy who has spent a lot of time and effort on producing a program THAT COSTS YOU NOTHING - and that loads of us are very grateful to use. If you don't like something, move on and use something else, or write something better yourself... There is an MCML version to replace the HTML version in the works - but as the guy who writes it is a one-man band, and he doesn't release beta junk, it is taking a while.


MyMovies is not optimised to import large libraries of pre-ripped movies and TV shows - it does have some of that functionality - but it isn't the main focus of the app.


It was designed to work as a DVD jukebox, allowing you to load each DVD into the library - including artwork, cast, synposis, soundtrack languge, aspect ratio, release year etc. details , and then point the app either to the position in your DVD multichanger or the folder that the ISO or VIDEO_TS rip of the DVD was stored in.


It appears it doesn't solve your problem - as you want something that will just scan your folders of pre-ripped ISOs and add them to your library - which is not quite what MyMovies is about.


Those of us who use MyMovies usually use it differently - manually setting up our libraries (so we can properly check and proof the details for each disc we add) - and many of us either rip as we enter into MyMovies, or just get a pile of discs from the shelf and use the barcode on the back to associate them with an existing folder. Best tip is to add a whole bunch of Online images and then add to the library, rather than doing it one at a time, as that way it does a batch download and update of actor profiles etc.


(The "folder scan" is not something that MyMovies can do as well because it doesn't treat each movie as a single release, it has details of many versions of the same release - with each DVD release (France, Germany, UK, US etc.) treated as a separate entity. How would it know the difference between the UK, the US, the French and the German DVD release of "Casino Royale" just from the folder name for instance? If you live in France, Sweden - or Denmark as the guy who created MyMovies does - then this stuff is pretty important - particularly if you want your database in a language other than English...)


I've got over 300 movies - a mix of DVD, BD and HD-DVD - in my library and it works really well for me. For releases that weren't in the library, I've scanned the artwork and uploaded details to improve it for others - that is how the thing works. If you are the first person to rip that particular movie - or the release version of that movie - then that is the decent thing to do...
 

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Originally Posted by dmann304 /forum/post/15470653


My Movies was recommended here as a good cataloging app for media center, but its not seeing the ripped dvd library.


I did the hack for dvd library off here to show the rips on the dirve of movies, but my movies doesn't seen them.


Isn't this software supose to see all of the content i have on drives? cuz if so, its not impressing at all and im very dissapointed with it and will remove it if this is a problem.


How can i see all the dvd rips off the drive with covers and info?

My Movies doesn't work in the same way as the MS DVD Library hack - but this is good news for those of us outside the US (as the MS DVD Library is pretty poor for non-US releases)


MyMovies works by adding ISOs, VIDEO_TS folders etc. to its own library. It works best if each VIDEO_TS folder or ISO is stored in a separate folder - as MyMovies will also store some information (in hidden XML and JPG files) in each folder.


It is possible to get MyMovies to scan folders of pre-existing rips and for it to do a "best guess" of the movie details - but because it has such a large catalogue (it has details of DVDs from around the world - so rather than a single "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" title it will have separate details for the UK, US, French, German, Italian etc. releases) this isn't always the best way of creating your catalogue.


The best way I found of adding a bunch of pre-ripped ISO/VIDEO_TS movies was to enter the barcode on the back of the DVD case (assuming you own the disc...) and this has been almost always a foolproof way of getting the details for the precise DVD release you have, and then for each one you point it to the folder where the movie file/folder is stored. You can do this for multiple movies in a batch, and then it will go away and download artwork, cast information, plot synopsis etc. en masse.


If the barcode isn't in the database - then you can instead search by movie title, and it will bring up a list of multiple releases of that movie (so you can add the right version for your country) - and failing that you can manually enter the details yourself. (Lovefilm and Amazon can be good artwork sources, though more recently I've started scanning artwork myself to ensure consistent quality, and MyMovies will automatically download cast details from IMDB)


It is not as quick as some of the apps that automatically scan - like XBMC or Media Portal - but I've found the results of manually doing it to be much more satisfying, with no incorrect details and a much more consistent experience. It does take some investment of time - but you don't get anything for nothing in my experience...


I love it as an app - as I soon realised I was watching far more of my DVD collection than I used to when they just sat in their cases on a shelf.


Physically having the DVD case in front of you does make adding the releases MUCH easier though - as the barcode is the quickest way of adding the correct details. (There is even a barcode reading interface for webcams - though I've not tried this. Typing a few numbers per disk hardly takes that long.)


If you are adding a new disc to the library - then MyMovies works a bit differently. When you put the DVD in the drive, MyMovies looks at the contents of the disc and generates a unique (or almost) Disc_ID, which it can also search its database for. This disc ID is different depending on whether AnyDVD is modifying the disc image or not - so for it to work reliably it has to be inhibit AnyDVD. during DiscID scnaning This means ISOs and VIDEO_TS folders pre-ripped using AnyDVD won't generate the same disc ID I believe - so it is not useful for adding rips.
 

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Originally Posted by tgggd86 /forum/post/15482251


yes it is crap.... just read my thread about how the creater should commit suicide to end his miserable crappy life and this terrible programs.


Great if you have like 5 movies and like uglyness...


read your other post, sounds like more of a user problem, been using it for the past 2-3 years. I use .iso for blu ray's and vob's for dvd's and have had zero problems with my movies.



have you posted your "problems" on the mymovies forums to see what brian had to say?
 

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What I want to know is if this jerk has even tried the support forum over at the MyMovies.dk website? Or is he just whining cause it takes a little work to actually learn how to use a FREE COMMUNITY ADDIN? tgggd86, pay attention to dmann304, because this is how you ask for help.


dmann304, it's actually pretty simple. If you don't have the DVD (in which case you'd enter the UPC), in hand, simply click on the "Add Title" button. Then click on the "By Title" tab. You can enter the title manually, and then click search (hitting Enter does not work). You will then get a list of all the movies that closely match the search terms. You will get results from all countries unless you specify one above. You will also get results for widescreen/fullscreen/special editions as MyMovies treats them all as separate movies. You'll want to select ones that are the most green (complete). Click "Add online" and select the directory where the movie is kept, click ok, and move on to the next one. When your done, click "Add to 'Owned for keeps'" and it will automatically import all the info for the movies you've added.


If the movie includes multiple discs, you may need to tweak the disc options to not show the second one if you don't need it. Clicking the "Discs" icon will open another window for you to do this.


Hope that helps.
 

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That don't sound to bad.


My problem is, the rips are already their but if i decide to start over and rip them using barcode, how does that copy the movie to the folders on the harddrive/


Also when i insert a disk, the autorun comes up for windows but nothing about my movies asking me what i want to do with the movie.


And when i have a disc inserted inthe drive, i go the mymovies in media center, the app stops responding which is strange.


Why would it hang the app just having a disc in the dvd drive?


So if i have over a few hundred dvd's i have to go into add title manually for each of them which can take days.
 

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I could never get my movies to properly configure from INSIDE media center.


I had to exit media center and use the external program to add EACH movie, or it just GUESSED what each movie was, and it was ALWAYS wrong.
 

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Originally Posted by heyman421 /forum/post/15486655


I could never get my movies to properly configure from INSIDE media center.

That's because it's never worked. I don't know why.

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That don't sound to bad.


My problem is, the rips are already their but if i decide to start over and rip them using barcode, how does that copy the movie to the folders on the harddrive/


Also when i insert a disk, the autorun comes up for windows but nothing about my movies asking me what i want to do with the movie.


And when i have a disc inserted inthe drive, i go the mymovies in media center, the app stops responding which is strange.


Why would it hang the app just having a disc in the dvd drive?


So if i have over a few hundred dvd's i have to go into add title manually for each of them which can take days.

I think you're misunderstanding what we're doing. You don't need MyMovies to rip the DVD (though you can). What I showed you was how to add your already ripped movies into your catalog/database. If you want to play the movie using the actual disc, you would select "Add Offline" instead of "Add Online" when choosing the movie. Then when you try to play that movie, MyMovies will ask you to insert the disk. But like I said, if you have the actual disc/case, it's easiest to use the barcode number on the back to add the title, as you will always get the correct version of your movie.


Remember, MyMovies is not a media player, it uses Media Center components or TheaterTek/TMT for playing movies that it catalogs. MyMovies simply provides a nice interface for viewing your movie catalog inside Media Center, along with maintaining a database of your catalog for use in whatever way you want. If you just want to use MyMovies to do the cataloging, you don't need to use it's Media Center interface. VideoBrowser/MediaBrowser and Open Media Library can both use MyMovies XML files for their own catalog and provide a much nicer interface (until MM is updated to use MCML).
 

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Sweet.


What i would like to do with the ms dvd hack is to not only when i go to dvd library, it shows dvd art, but i want it to show other stuff like my movies does.


I don't want to use the insert dvd option cuz thats a pain in the ass having to siff thorugh my collection of movies and i would know what it is already.


I would basically like to see dvd library show up like the game explorer in vista does with pc games showing their name, boxart, and info.
 

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I had similar issues with My Movies so I stopped using it. It's a nice program, graciously provided for free, but it simply is not efficient and doesn't work reliably. Hopefully, these will be rectified in future updates.


Instead, I'm using a combination of salami's movie organizer and Video Browser. You can use SMO to easily grab movie metadata from imdb, imp, google, and basically anywhere. Just make sure to point SMO to your Movies folder. Video browser which runs within VMC recognizes all my movie rips with no issues (they are all stored in Video_ts format).

http://www.fladivision.com/index.php...47-usage-guide
 
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