Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Feature - Movie information in columns

For a while some of you have ask me for a way to include a way to show columns with movie information on movie files you got on your drive.
And as some of you know I been working on that lately and with the help of some of you I now got a first version of the working.

 ( if you ctrl+double click on "Web". The browser will open to page for that movie on )

Before you can show the movie information as columns the movie information need to be retrieved.
And this is done by selecting "Menu->Tools->Video Tools->Scan for Media Information"

To be able to figure out what movie you have, You need to configure how it should try to identify the movie title from file or folder name.
(The recommended way is to store the movie file in a folder that is named as the title.)

Two sources are available for getting movie information, IMDB and Rotten Tomato.

(Getting information for TV Episode is not supported yet.)

If you only want to scan for new movies that you not already have scanned you select
"Scan for new content only" to only scan for movies that not already have information. If a movie already have and *.mediainfo file or is listed inte the MediaDB the movie is skipped.
If you want to rescan movies you previous have scanned you need to select
"Scan for new content, refresh existing".

Where and How to store the Media Information

You can store the Media information in two way.
As a *.MediaInfo files located next to the movie file with the same name as the movie files but with the file extension ".mediainfo" or in a MediaDB. or Both.

Storing them in a MediaDB will make the access faster when showing the columns.
(Specially if you want to show movie information on the folder that contains a movie.)

But if you have your movie files on a NAS or access then over the network from another computer and you access this movies from multiple computers, Then you need to rescan your movie archive on every computer you access it from. Then storing them as *.MediaInfo file that are stored next to the movie files are better.

But to get the best of both situation. Both the speed of accessing the movie information and the need not to reindex the movies on multiple computers, you can selected to store them in Both locations.

If you scan for new content and both *.MediaInfo storage and MediaDB storage is selected and it finds an existing *.mediainfo file. It will then copy it to the MediaDB on the current computer.
(Just make sure that the option "Scan for new content only" is selected. Or it will go out and try to update it. )

Tips and Trick

If you always want to view some columns with movie information when you go to where you have your movies, You can create a columnset, And this column set can then automatically be set when going to that location

Online Doc - Column Set 

How to test this

To test this you need to download or update MultiCommander to at least build 770

But be aware that unstable versions contain unfinished and buggy functionality.

Questions and Feedback

If you got any question or issue about this new beta feature please use the Beta Release Forum

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