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eric databaseEric’s quite a friendly name. And he is the guy who is going to help you organize all your videos and DVDs properly with the right information. He isn’t so pretty as far as looks go but he is pretty functional. A touch here and there and you can find the catalogued information on any movie in your movie collection.

Say hello to Eric’s Movie Database; EMDB for short. A free software and a movie collection manager for Windows.


Eric’s Movie Database (ver.1.18) is a 1MB sized free software for Windows that helps you to manage your entire movie collection whether it is in the form of DVDs or downloaded movies from the web. If you have an over spilling collection of movie titles, this utility, like all collection organizers, is a must have for keeping track of your large movie collection.

To cite my example, I have quite a large stash of movies, most of them still left to be seen. It is a pain to decide to which ones to watch next when you can’t recollect where it is stored and what the genre and the storyline is. EMDB comes to the rescue by giving me all the details at the click of a mouse.

The name, EMDB is probably ‘ripped’ from IMDB because EMDB uses IMDB’s vast movie database to fill in the details about each movie. When you open up EMDB for the first time, you will get the blank wooden bookshelves. The toolbar of Eric’s Movie Database with its 12 functions is pretty easy to grasp. If you don’t, then there’s the online help page with all the instructions contained on a single webpage.

This is how it all looks from the front:

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But we are going in reverse. So, let’s get into the free movie software and check out how we can get all our DVDs, ripped, or downloaded movies to look so neatly organized.

Behind The Scenes

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To begin the cataloging process, click on Add. You can add in the name of the movie if it’s on a DVD. If you have a large downloaded/ripped collection, click on Browse HDD and go to the directory where all the movies are stored. The Add New Movie dialog window also shows you the information fields that will be filled up from IMDB.

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As soon as EMDB taps into IMDB and starts auto-importing the movie details, a list of possible matches is returned. You get a list of popular titles, exact matches, and approximate matches. Then there are the optional alternative titles that get released in other countries. This slows down the process especially if you have a large list of movies. But it ensures greater accuracy of the catalog. Add and continue to the next movie.

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You can set down information in the fields provided in the dialog box. For instance, you can dropdown and choose the Medium (DVD, VHS Tape, Blu-Ray, Hard Disk etc), Source (TV, Cam, Internet etc), give the location of the movie file on your HDD, or add comments. You can also your own give star ratings to the movies in your collection.

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You can also tag the movies according to Seen, Wish List, and Own. Wish Lists can be created with detailed info on the movies you want to see. You can then use the filters in the main view.

Back To the Bookshelf

If you like a more descriptive view, you can toggle it to the List Mode.

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You can use the filters to sift through your collection.

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And if you are searching for a needle in the haystack of your movie collection, check out the range of options to fine-tune the search.

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EMDB allows you to export your movie data as HTML, text, and CSV files.

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For movies that are located on the HDD, clicking on Play will open them up in the default media player.
EMDB also accommodates larger sized thumbnails from many sites that keep a stock of them. You can use them instead of the default smaller ones from IMDB.

Check Out The Loan System

When you start using EMDB, you might wonder where the loan system is located. Well, EMDB has another neat view which we haven’t seen yet. Select a movie title and click the little arrow at bottom center of the main window. See that?

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Just fill in the name of the guy whom you have loaned it to. When your friend returns it, you can click on Return. The loan records for a movie can be viewed with History.

The End Credits

EMDB’s Options panel also has a full range of tweaks. The one thing you should always do is to keep your carefully compiled records backed up. EMDB has both manual and auto backups.

EMDB earns a few credits for being a small efficient piece of software. You can harp on its lack of looks, but I found it to be quite adequate. You can also copy the installed folder directly to your pen drive and use it as portable software. Read the portability notes on the online help page.

As far as managing your movie library goes, EMDB takes a few stars. But that’s me speaking. Does EMDB do the job for you?

Eric’s Movie Database is supported on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. It is also is available in several languages.

  1. Debraj
    July 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Suppose I have multiple hard disk, and I want to import all the movies to a single hard disk without duplicating or overwriting the existing movies, how can I do that?

    Or the second scenario, I want to copy just the movies I don't have from someone else (without copyright infringement).

    Lastly, I have the same folder where I put on all my movies. Does EMDB downloads all the covers, casts, cover etc every time?

    I really like EMDB (best from all other alternate software I had). But I can't open EMDB as a portable version from autorun.inf .

    Any ideas will be great.
    Peace.

  2. movie buff
    April 10, 2016 at 3:44 am

    First I love this program...
    I have tried so many databases and they require the data basing to become a full tie hobby. This does what a movie database should do... runs simple and without a lot of input but be free to adjust to the interest level of the user... Thank you.

    I do have a quandary though...
    my updated version wants to update all of my movies as if ina first time search... I lose the switch and date for say... movies seen.

  3. Mike
    November 22, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Hi,

    I'm really enjoying the program, but I'm having problems adding movies to my collection. I ran the initial Hard Disk import fine, it picked up all my movies in one go; but now after having added some new movies to my movie folder, when I select that folder in 'Add Movies from Hard Disk' and 'Add content of a folder' it says stuff like:

    Skipped Media File containing ".
    Skipped Media File containing ".
    No (new) movies found.

    But I know I have added new movies to the folder. I'm having to add them manually using the 'Add' button, which is a bit tedious. Am I missing something?

    Cheers

  4. sim kaz
    June 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I have a number of external hard disks, which have my movie collection.
    But i have noticed one thing, when i change the disk the Drive letter remains the same and that kinda confuses EMDB.
    Any help or way to make sure that EMDB gets the correct path to my collection??

    • Saikat Basu
      June 24, 2015 at 3:14 am

      If I remember, there's an option to ignore the drive letter when checking for movies. This was added in version 2+. Could you check that please.

  5. Tim Barber
    October 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I downloaded EMDB to give it a try. It has to be the single most useful program I've ever seen...except for the fact that it crashed 4 times in an hour. I even tried rebooting my computer after the first 2 crashes. It's possible there was some kind of conflict. I did have Griffin (another movie database program) open at the same time as I was manually transferring data from one to the other.

  6. Mark O'Neill
    October 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I've been using EMDB for years and I love it :-)

  7. Saikat Basu
    October 10, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Well, it doesn't do it for you. But it does for me (and gpeasy, above) who has been using it for a few years. And as you have to manually choose among the search results, I don't see how you got 'questionable results'? It gives multiple results because movie titles have lots of variants. You will see the same thing if you do a search directly on IMDb.

    The thing with all software is that they can crash. Even Windows does, doesn't it. I haven't gone through your experience, otherwise I would also feel aggrieved. The software does have a backup feature that is always a wise precaution. The one major gap is that it does not let you import a text file or a movie list.

  8. Andreas Beer
    October 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    after browsing my hdd and clicking through questionable search results from imdb for 384 times, EMDB just crashed. This was one hour of my life completely wasted, can't recommend this "software" at all.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 10, 2010 at 3:42 am

      Well, it doesn't do it for you. But it does for me (and gpeasy, above) who has been using it for a few years. And as you have to manually choose among the search results, I don't see how you got 'questionable results'? It gives multiple results because movie titles have lots of variants. You will see the same thing if you do a search directly on IMDb.

      The thing with all software is that they can crash. Even Windows does, doesn't it. I haven't gone through your experience, otherwise I would also feel aggrieved. The software does have a backup feature that is always a wise precaution. The one major gap is that it does not let you import a text file or a movie list.

  9. quidam
    October 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Most important question - can it import list of movies I rated on my IMDB's account?

    I can't imagine inputing over 1000 titles manually...

  10. quidam
    October 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Most important question - can it import list of movies I rated on my IMDB's account?

    I can't imagine inputing over 1000 titles manually...

    • Andreas Beer
      October 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      no, it can't. but it can crash after you've sorted out 384 movies by hand, not saving any of them in the meanwhile. programmer needs some lessons on user interfaces...

    • Saikat Basu
      October 10, 2010 at 3:47 am

      The way I do it is to import it on a regular basis as soon as I have a movie title. If you have lots of titles, then it becomes a huge backlog.

  11. gpeasy
    October 9, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I've been using EMDB for a few years now. It's a great program! Would love to see it have a cloud version as well!

    Nice write-up!

  12. gpeasy
    October 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I've been using EMDB for a few years now. It's a great program! Would love to see it have a cloud version as well!

    Nice write-up!

  13. Paul Werner
    October 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I wish i knew about this a while ago. I have a large list of movies that I was sick of manually going to IMDB and checking up on what movie is about what whenever I had a movie night

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