What is the best software to organize my movies?
Question by peter101 /

I am looking for a software to…

– help me organize my movies by genre or
– help me quick find info about a movie (right click or when I have open the program) or
– list my movies in the application by date of air of the movie or genre or I don’t know director.

My brother ask me today to give him a movie of specific genre and I spent 15 minutes searching to finally tell him I got nothing.

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  • Smirnoff

    +1 for All My Movies. Using it for several years and happy

  • Aibek

    thanks for the input

  • peter101

    thank you all for you recommendations
    ok i check like 20 programs and i think i am going to use more than one
    my comments about other peoples who may have this problem
    this is only if you are interested for a desktop application
    if
    you have a lot of movies the programs that can add more than one movie
    at the same time are (moviemonkey, Movie Collector and Movie Label)
     moviemonkey is not so advance but it gets the job done

    Movie Collector short movies by names and present nice the info about the movie

    Movie
    Label short them by the image and the name under it and it also present
    nice the info about the movie (oh it have some kind of recommendation
    system )

    other good programs that you can put one movie at the time

    All My Movies short by image and it also present info about the video

    Eric’s
    Movie Database short movies by image, present some info about the video
    and you can search more than one genre at the same time (not sure if
    you can import others programs list, on others you can)

    on Ant Movie Catalog you must enter the name of the movie and have no connection to the video but it has the best search tool

    Eax
    Movie Catalog and Personal Video Database were good too but they
    couldn’t auto put the info about the movie so their outsides for me
    thx again makeuseof

  • James Bruce

    If you’re talking about video files on your hard drive, PLEX (http://plexapp.com) is the best media manager I’ve used in terms of meta data gathering and management (by title, actor, year, genre etc). The server app works on both Windows or OSX, but the client is only avaialble for apple devices. 

    For physical DVDs, Delicious Library 2 for OSX (http://www.delicious-monster.com/) is fantastic – just point the barcode at your isight camera and it’ll fetch all the data and covers from Amazon etc – it also has a checkout system so you can manage which friends are borrowing which DVD. It’s originally designed for books, but has the same functionality for DVDs too. 

  • Aibek

    4 Open Source Collection Manager Apps
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-open-source-collection-manager-apps/
    (excerpt from the post: Griffith (Windows, Linux) is fairly similar to Alexandria, although it’s designed specifically for movies)

    in case you don’t mind organizing movies online, check out following article.

    5 Ways to Catalog Your Movies Online
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways-to-catalog-your-movies-online/

    and a couple of more apps,

    Movie Monkey: Organize Movie Files On Your Desktop
    http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/movie-monkey-organize-movie-files/

    Ant Movie Catalog – An Open-Source Movie Organizer For Your Video Collection
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ant-movie-catalog-opensource-movie-organizer-entire-video-collection/

  • Jeffery Fabish

    I assume these movies reside on your hard drive. If I were in your position, I would simply take a day off and go through the movies myself. Create a folder called “movies” and then create your genre folders, “action”, “comedy”, etc. In a subsidiary folder than that, you can create another folder listing its date of air, “2007”, “2008”, etc.

    So when your done you could have something like “Movies/Action/2011/”. This would give you great flexibility, since if you’re not interested in the genre, you can simply search the airdate. Modern operating systems include a search feature. I can at least personally verify that explorer (Windows) and nautilus (Linux) do. 

    Inside the actual movie folder (Movies/Action/2011/<Movie Name>) you can create a textfile with information about that movie, perhaps from IMBD. The point of this being – Making your search even easier. Again, when you search for “<actor’s name>” it should give you a list of text files with that actors name in it, then you can go to which one you want.

  • Anonymous

    Well you will need a movie cataloger

  • peter101

    thx now i only use two programs
    Movie Collector – has the most information about the movie and it has more functions than any other movie orginizer

    and

    all my movies –  which provide the most informations about the file itself like the size, video and audio bittrate, frame rate, resolution and it also add screenshot of the video as soon as you add it

    and you can add to both many movies by just scanning the folder of your choice  and they both input info about the movie by just looking at the title