Movie Database/Catalog Please Help

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by zbug, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. zbug macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2003
    Dear all,

    Thank you for reading my post.

    I am looking for a movie catalog software to basically catalog the movies and series that i have.

    i have tried both Delicious and Movie collector. non of these have a way to scan your media folder and add movies using folder names or files names.

    does anyone out there know a software that does that ? i have about 3000 movies and about 200 series and i do add to the collection weekly.

    XBMC / PLEX can read the media folders and add the movies / series to the databse with no problem as all my movies are in proper naming format (folder date) .

    isnt there a program that can do the same ? i really need a list of all what i have getting old and dont know what i have and what i am missing.

  2. zbug thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2003
  3. zbug thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2003
    ok i just tried it out, so far its working ok but it wont let you add the same title more then once and it does not have series section as in the windows version :(

    if your asking why i want to have more then one title again? well i have the same titles sometimes as SD and another copy as HD :)

    so still looking for something that works :) comon people i dont think im the on mac user that needs something like that :(
  4. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I'm sure this is obvious, but to me iTunes does all that you are suggesting.

    Is there something that you need to do that iTunes doesn't? I can view and sort all of my TV shows and movies and view them in a wide variety of date, alphabetically...etc.

    I'm not trying to be a jerk here, but I'd like to know what you are missing and maybe this can help others answer your question.
  5. zbug thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2003

    thanks for your reply,

    I am looking for a catalog system, not a media player for starters.

    I am currently using XBMC to do that.

    Itunes will not read or add all kind of media formats. so thats out of the questions.

    I have a few Mac Minis in the house that all access my NAS for media playback.

    what i'm looking for is a catalog software that can scan my media folders and add them to a list with the use of the internet to add cover arts/ movie info etc.

    if you would go to

    you would know what i am talking about :)

    but the problem with these 2 is they DO NOT have the option of scanning your movie / series folder and add those to your collection. those 2 programs i mentioned would be perfect if they had that option.

    the only other software i found so far that has that feature is

    but its missing series ( they have it on their windows version)

    also it does not allow you to add more then one copy ( duplicate ) of the same title.

    why does anyone need that you may ask ?

    well what if you have a dvd, bd, hd, ld of that title ? for me i need that since some movies i have them in SD format and HD format.

    i want this system so i know what i have and what i dont. what im missing and what i need to get.
    thanks again for your help !

    hope to hear from you alll soon
  6. courju macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2012
    New online catalog

    Did you try ?
    The advantage of this online catalog is the access to your friend's movies list and their ratings.
    You can browse your own list with different layouts and filter by director, actors...
    There are a lot of nice functionalities and very good search engines to add items to your catalog.
    There is also a wish list which makes your next purchases easier... And make sure you will offer to your friends something they want :)
    The first time to easily build your movie list you can send them a spreadsheet, csv file, xml file or whatever and they will upload it for you as today their online upload tool is not yet ready (but will come soon).
  7. RustyShacklefor macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2013
    Coollector Movie Database

    This one does exactly what you want, and it does it fairly well:


    You just point it towards a directory, it scans, and uses the file name to match it up with an entry from their index (it's a good index, and they add new titles every so often). It's still not exactly what I want, but it's the best thing I've found so far. The scanning is the best part about it, but here are the pros and cons I've thought of:

    - Scans a directory in addition to allowing manual entry
    - FAST scan (large directories, large files, nothing seems to slow it down)
    - If filename is too garbled or doesn't get indexed correctly, you have the option to click "use folder name" after the scan and it will try one more time to label your entry using the directory name
    - Scans subdirectories, or sub-sub, i.e. if you scan your TV folder, it will recognize a file in TV/FOX/X-Files/Season-1/Darkness_Falls.mp4
    - Adding a movie will also show its cast and crew, and you can search/filter your library using those people
    - Able to tag things as "borrowed" or "lent"
    - Able to tag entries with the format (Blu-Ray/DVD/VHS/files/etc)
    - Able to discern between Collector's Edition, Special Edition, Director's Cut etc on it's own, or with a little user help

    - No batch edit/delete. I have about 60 movies with "TNT_Monstervision_" and then the title, i.e. "TNT_Monstervision_Road_Warrior", and it labeled all 60 as "TNT Jackson", an old blacksploitation movie. I had to manually delete each TNT Jackson entry, and it was time consuming. If I want to add them for real, I'll have to remove all the TNT_Monstervision text from each filename, which is also time consuming, but little regex Find&Replace from the terminal and that'll be fixed
    - Will index any "sample.mpg" files in your directories as an actual film (i forget what title it uses). I have lots of these, but I chose to just ignore it. It lists them as duplicates of the same entry, much like TNT Jackson issue described above, and there were 100+ so i just ignored them. If you never search for it, odds are you'll never see those entries, if your collection is big.
    - Interface is clumsy, but a good attempt at a Mac UI. It's not the easiest thing to use when browsing your own collection at random, but if you want to find something, search/filter options are fast

    In short, this is the fastest app I have found that doesn't need some sort of clumsy manual entry. That being said, you'll probably have some cleanup to do when you're done scanning your folders. Also, the pricetag for the app is a little high for my tastes, but for a big collection, it's really useful. You can download a free trial from the link above, but i believe it caps your collection at 50 movies in the trial. Purchased app has unlimited catalog.
  8. Coollector macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2008
    Hello. I'm the author of Coollector Movie Database. I've discovered this thread because it sent a few users to my site.

    Thank you very much to RustyShacklefor for recommending my program.

    Several months ago, I have added a new menu "Tools->manage your video files", and it has a feature "batch delete several file associations".

    I had never thought about that kind of issue, and I don't really know how to solve it. At least you can clean it very quickly with the feature I just mentioned.

    With the latest version 3.26.8 (not yet on the app store but available on my site), you can group all the files inside a folder with the right name. They'll get associated with the wrong movie, but you'll click the button "use the folder name" for the first file. The program will notice that the folder contains other files, and ask you if you want to do the same with all the files.

    Next week, I will release Coollector Movie Database version 4. It's a free upgrade for the owners of version 3, and I'll celebrate this major release with a 40% discount during the first week.

    Version 4 brings personalized movie recommendations. I have submitted it to Apple this very afternoon.
  9. Coollector macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2008
    The interface is highly customizable. Did you try all the options to make it suit your taste? Did you adjust the grids layout? Did you try the single-pane mode? Did you try the available skins? Maybe create your own skin? Did you notice that you can collapse the video boxes and adjust the synopsis minimum number of lines?

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