With perpendicular recording drives, and speeding broadband connectivity blooming all over, access to media and services has become faster and easier. This has led to huge archives of multimedia data like movies, music videos or songs etc. When the quantities of data increase beyond a certain point, managing it becomes essential. Video organization or management originally is based on the widely used concept called “Digital Asset Management” (DAM) which is used in the enterprise segment.
This concept is mainly a result of the existence of huge quantities of segregated data. So, how is the concept of DAM useful for an end user? If you are a movie buff, you might own lots of video CD’s, tapes or the latest DVD movies. When this list starts getting larger, at some point of time it becomes huge enough that it becomes a time consuming task to retrieve your favorite flick from your virtual library. If you are a movie buff, or an owner of a movie library where you give out movies on rent, this software is an absolute must. Movie Collector allows you to catalog your DVD collection almost automatically. If you think that storing lots of information on any of the movies would be a tedious data entry process, you will be contradicted after using this software. Adding a new entry of one of your favorite movie to the existing collection of videos and films, is as simple as entering the name of the movie and clicking “Next”; and there is absolutely no other typing required as far as the basic settings of any movie is concerned.
Alternatively, you can also enter the details of your DVD media by scanning its barcode. (NOTE: You need additional hardware (a barcode scanner) to enter the details of the DVD using the barcode feature. You can buy such a barcode scanner from Collectorz.com. This will virtually eradicate the need to manually enter any data into your system pertaining to DVD.) I must say that the support for third part websites that are related to movies is quite comprehensive in this software. As soon as you enter the name of the movie or scan its barcode, all the relevant data that is associated with that movie gets downloaded from the internet from numerous sources like IMDB, www.collectorz.com, www.amazon.com, DVD empire, SendIt, DVD-Shop, Atlantic DVD, etc. This obviously imples that you need an active internet connection to make use of this software. You can also add movies as a batch process. This saves time by automating movie collections.
The data that is downloaded from the website is pretty comprehensive. This software will download the front and back cover (if possible), credits of the cast and crew and details about the movie like genre, language, studio, country where it was produced, audience rating, movie release date, running time, etc. It also picks up data like the plot outline and other trivia from IMDB that provides a short description of what the movie is about. This can be compared to reading the summary of a book which is usually found at its back cover page which gives you an idea of what you are going to experience. The best highlight of this software is that it can display personal details related to the movie as well. This software also supports exporting list to the iPod, which can then be carried to any place you want on your portable media player. However this tool cannot be used to collect DivX or XviD based videos or movies which is a certain drawback of this software