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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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HTPC Users and anyone that has lots of movies

With the price of storage plummeting I have started converting my DVD collection to high resolution files. I only buy BluRay disks now and I use AnyDVD to make a legal backup copy that is stored on my Windows Home Server (an awesome product I highly recommend). Using a Media Center Add-in called MyMovies all of my DVDs are cataloged with: cast info, dvd cover images, runtime, release date, genre, and much more. All of this data comes from a database that is on the internet and community created and maintained. I haven't found any movies that aren't already in the database yet. I just wanted to see if anyone else is using this as well? I love it and I have included screenshots so you can see the UI. You will see that if you click on cast in a movie it will display the cast and from there you can see bios on the individual actors and from there you can click on Movies and it will display all of the movies that you currently have in your catalog that that particular actor is in.

THIS PROGRAM IS FREE and I don't care if you use it or not just thought some of ya'll might enjoy it as much as I do.


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With the price of storage plummeting I have started converting my DVD collection to high resolution files. I only buy BluRay disks now and I use AnyDVD to make a legal backup copy that is stored on my Windows Home Server (an awesome product I highly recommend). Using a Media Center Add-in called MyMovies all of my DVDs are cataloged with: cast info, dvd cover images, runtime, release date, genre, and much more. All of this data comes from a database that is on the internet and community created and maintained. I haven't found any movies that aren't already in the database yet. I just wanted to see if anyone else is using this as well? I love it and I have included screenshots so you can see the UI. You will see that if you click on cast in a movie it will display the cast and from there you can see bios on the individual actors and from there you can click on Movies and it will display all of the movies that you currently have in your catalog that that particular actor is in.

THIS PROGRAM IS FREE and I don't care if you use it or not just thought some of ya'll might enjoy it as much as I do.


http://picasaweb.google.com/lukeusmc/MyMovies#
I have started again, and will give that program a shot. Thanks
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I might try this, I have about 400 dvd's too

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 05:34 PM
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that's really cool.

i would like to build an HTPC, but i can't afford it right now.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 11:27 PM
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oh hey that's neat.

I actually use a Dell Studio Hybrid as an HTPC, about the size of a wii.
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How much HD space does a BluRay disk take?

What kind if player do use to rip them?

What is the picture quality like through the TV?

Is it easy enough for a kid or non technical person to play a movie with the HTPC?

What kind of video card does the HTPC use?

Does the copy protection balk at some movies because of compliant hardware?
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How much HD space does a BluRay disk take?

What kind if player do use to rip them?

What is the picture quality like through the TV?

Is it easy enough for a kid or non technical person to play a movie with the HTPC?

What kind of video card does the HTPC use?

Does the copy protection balk at some movies because of compliant hardware?
video card is pretty easy... you can use dvi to hdmi convertor, or buy a card with hdmi out. There are some new graphics cards coming out that will support audio over hdmi as well.

I had my comp hooked up with an dvi to hdmi convertor running at 1920x1080 and my graphics card is nothing special. Now I'm just using my PS3 as a media server and streaming media from my computer over wifi.

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video card is pretty easy... you can use dvi to hdmi convertor, or buy a card with hdmi out. There are some new graphics cards coming out that will support audio over hdmi as well.

I had my comp hooked up with an dvi to hdmi convertor running at 1920x1080 and my graphics card is nothing special. Now I'm just using my PS3 as a media server and streaming media from my computer over wifi.
What file format do you save the video in to be able to stream it? I didn't realize a wiFi connection was fast enough to stream over.
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where's think linky to that app again?
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What file format do you save the video in to be able to stream it? I didn't realize a wiFi connection was fast enough to stream over.
From your PS3 it will stream AVI's in DIVX or XVID. I'm sure others too, but those two I know work.

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How much HD space does a BluRay disk take?

What kind if player do use to rip them?

What is the picture quality like through the TV?

Is it easy enough for a kid or non technical person to play a movie with the HTPC?

What kind of video card does the HTPC use?

Does the copy protection balk at some movies because of compliant hardware?
I havent looked into all this...but I have downloaded a couple hddvd/bluray dvds and they range from 6gb to 30ish gb. I back up all my dvds on an external hard drive... 1tb doesnt seem to go that far. I have a total of 1.8gb on my computer and a lot of it is full. A true dvd uncompressed rip is 4gb

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where's think linky to that app again?
TVersity Media Server... Run it on your desktop and had files you want to stream, i have all my music and video's streaming... It will auto convert files to be playable on the PS3, the only thing it can't do is iso's

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