As a big movie buff you are, you have bought numerous DVDs and Blu-Rays over the years that are now scattered around the house. Not being particularly neat by your nature, when you want to watch a film, you spend almost more time in your research than in the vision. For this reason, you have finally decided to put some order between your DVDs and Blu-Ray, cataloging the latter with all the useful information, including the room in which they are located. Having no intention of working with pen and paper and not knowing any program to install on your computer, you would like my help to find a technological solution that suits your needs. I guessed it, right? If so, let me tell you that today is your lucky day!
In the next paragraphs, in fact, I will show you a series of programs for cataloging films that you can use to succeed in your intent. You will be happy to know that there are solutions of all kinds and you will be spoiled for choice: there are software that allow you to create a catalog of your films by downloading the information from the Internet, including posters; others that also allow you to manage loans, so as to always keep your collection under control. In addition, I will also show you a list of applications that allow you to manage your movie catalog from smartphones and tablets.
If you agree, let's not waste any more time chatting and get to action right away. Courage: make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and find the program that you think best suits your needs. Follow the directions I'm about to give you, try to put them into practice and I assure you that, in no time at all, you will be able to catalog all your films. Happy reading and, above all, have fun!
Data Crow (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
Among the first programs for cataloging films that you can consider is there Data crow, a free software for Windows, macOS and Linux that allows you to catalog music albums, images, programs and books, with the ability to download information of interest directly from the Web with a simple click. To work, you need to have Java software installed on your computer.
To download Data Crow on your computer, connected to the official website of the software, click on the item Downloads present in the sidebar on the left and choose the option Data Crow Windows Installer. In the newly opened page, click on the item Data Crow Windows Installer o Data Crow Linux and macOS depending on the operating system installed on your computer.
Download completed, if you have a PC Windows, extract the package contents datacrow_ [version] _windows_install.zip (my guide on how to open ZIP file might be useful), double-click the file setup [version] .exe and presses the button Yes. If, on the other hand, you have a Poppy, april il ZIP package just downloaded, right click on the file installer.jar and select the option apri per due turn consecutive.
Now, press the button Next, put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of this license agreement, click here Next for three consecutive times and presses the buttons OK e Next to start the installation. Wait, then, for the progress bar to reach 100% and click on the buttons Next e Done to close the window.
Once the installation is complete, start Data Crow, click on the icon folder, select the path you intend to use to store the software data and click the buttons apri (on Mac it is Choose) is OK, then select Italian via the drop-down menu to choose the program language and click the button OK to finish the initial software setup.
You are now ready to start cataloging your films. To proceed, click on the option Videos (l'icona della film) present in the top menu to access the catalog of your films and press the button + to add a new title. In the new open window, select the tab Summary and enter the data of the film of your interest in the fields Title, Description, Year, duration, Vote, Countries e Languages. Then select the tabs Information, Technical Information, Label, CD cover e Back cover to add more information and the movie poster.
If you prefer to automatically download your movie information, choose the option Find movies online (l'icona del world), enter the title of the film of your interest in the field Search by, select The Movie Database as a source for research and sets Italian as your preferred language using the drop-down menus next to the item Server & Hosting. Press the button Find to start the search, wait for all data to be downloaded, select the film of your interest (if the search gave more results) and presses the buttons Add item e Close to add the film to your catalog.
On the main Data Crow screen, you can find a movie either by selecting the generally of your interest in the box Default either by writing the title in the field Fast filter. If, on the other hand, you want to delete a film from your catalog, select it and click on the button X.
You will be pleased to know that with Data Crow, in addition to cataloging your films, you can also manage loans. By selecting the film of your interest, by double clicking on it and choosing the tab Loan management, you can enter the start date delivery date and person to whom you loaned the film, creating a history of your loans and quickly tracing the name of the person who is in possession of your DVD / Blu-Ray.
Movienizer is a paid program for Windows but available in a free version with a limited library, which allows you to catalog movies and TV series, with the possibility of “tagging” the titles of your interest as seen or still to be seen. The software automatically downloads information about the films from the Internet and has an easy-to-use interface completely in Italian.
To proceed with the download of Movienizer, connect to its official website and press the button Download now. Once the download is complete, double-click the file movienizer.exe, pigia sul pulsating Run, click on your bottone Yes to allow the software to make changes to the computer and press the button OK to confirm the choice of Italian language.
To start the installation, click the button forward, then put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement e pigia sui pulsnti forward (for six consecutive times) e Install. Then wait for the progress bar to reach 100% and click the button end to close the window and start Movienizer.
On first launch, choose the option Launch the program to use the free version of the program which has some limitations, such as the ability to add a maximum of 50 movies to your library. Otherwise, if you want to purchase the full version of the software ($ 59,95 for the unlimited license and $ 39,95 for the one-year license), click the button Buy a license and follow the instructions shown on the screen.
You are now ready to post your movies on Movienizer. First, to translate the software interface into Italian, click on the entry Fillet in the top menu, select the option Language from the menu that appears and choose Italian as the program language.
Pigia, poi, sul pulsating Add movie and check the option next to the option By title to find a movie by entering its title or From the barcode framing the barcode of the film using the computer's webcam. Alternatively, you can choose options as well From DVD / Blu-ray folders e From files and folders whether the film is present in physical or digital format on your computer.
Once you have made your choice and entered the required data, press the button forward, wait for the online search, select the film of your interest and click on the button again forward to download its data. Once the download is complete, choose whether to change the information shown on the screen and press the button Save to add the film to your catalog.
In the box on the left you can view all the added films: to remove a title, select it and click on the del icon drawer relative to the film to be deleted. By clicking on theeyeinstead, you can set the movie as seen or unseen.
Ant Movie Catalog (Windows)
Ant Movie Catalog is a free program to catalog your films. It is only available for Windows and, among its main features, there is also the loan management, thanks to which you can keep track of the movies you have borrowed from your friends or rented, thus avoiding delays in repayments.
To download Ant Movie Catalog on your computer, connected to the official website of the program, click on the options Download e Download direct link and wait for the download to complete. Now, double click on the file amc-install.exepigia sui pulsanti Run, Yes e Next, place a check mark next to the option I accept the agreement, click here Next for six consecutive times and presses the button install to complete the installation.
On first launch of the program, select the option Italian to choose the language of Ant Movie Catalog and press the button OK. To add a new movie to the catalog, then, click on the item Videos present in the top menu and choose the option Add from the menu that appears. It indicates, therefore, a numerical value to assign to the film (if this option is not of your interest, put the check mark next to the item Do not request in the future; use automatic numbering) e pigia sul pulsating OK.
In the new screen that appears, enter the movie data in the fields Original title, Translated title, Movie director, Producer, Category, Country, Description, Declarations, Year etc. If desired, specify the cataloging date and viewing date and enter your opinion in the fields My assessment e Vote. Also, if you previously downloaded the movie poster, locate the entry No picture available at the bottom left, click the icon of folder and select the file from your computer.
It will be useful to know that, with Ant Movie Catalog, you can also manage the loans of your movies. To access the appropriate section, select the options Accessories e loans, click thelittle man to add new people, enter the name in the ready field and the pulsating pigment OK. To assign a movie on loan, select the one you are interested in, click on the item Output, indicate the person to whom you loaned the film and press the button Close.
As soon as the film is returned to you, access the section loans, click here name of the person who returned the film to you, select it and press the button Inbound.
If you want to catalog your movies wherever you are, even when you don't have your personal computer, Libib is the solution for you: it is an online service, also available in the form of an application for Android and iOS devices, which allows you to create a free account and catalog movies, books, video games and music albums, with the possibility of add new titles manually or by downloading their information from the Internet.
To create your account on Libib, connected to the official website of the service, click on the button Get Started at the top right, enter your details in the fields First name, Last name, Email, Password, Username and select Italy using the drop-down menu to set the country of residence. Press the button Start my library to create your account, click on the entry Login here and log in with the newly created data.
After logging into your account, first, create a new library. Then enter its name in the field Title, select Movies to indicate the type of library you are creating, choose whether to make the library public or private by pressing the button Publish library and click your bottone Add library to create your first library. To add more later, select the option Add library present in the sidebar on the left and repeat the procedure just described.
Now you can add your movies to the library of your interest. Then click on the item Libraries at the top left, make sure that the library of your interest is selected (if you have created more than one) and choose the option Add items present in the sidebar on the left. In the new page opened, if you want to insert a movie manually, select the item Manual entry, enter the data of the film of your interest in the fields Title, Directors, Actors, Description etc. and presses the button Submit.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to download your movie data from the Internet, select the tab Search and, if you have the code UPC of your film, enter it in the appropriate field. Alternatively, select the option Keywords, enter the title of the movie, the name of the director or actors in the field Keywords (Title, Directors..) and start the search by clicking on the button Find movies. Then locate the film of your interest and press the relative button Add item to add it to the library.
To view all the movies in your library, click on the entry Libraries and choose the one you are interested in using the drop-down menu at the top. In this section, you can search for a movie by selecting the initial letter of its title or by writing its name in the field Search up. Furthermore, by acting in the various sections of the film, you can make changes or add additional information: for example, by clicking on the item Review you can post your own review of the movie while choosing the option Status you can indicate if you have already seen the film or not.
It will be useful to know that the free version of Libib allows you to create a maximum of 100 libraries and add no more than 5.000 movies. To be able to add up to 100.000 movies and enjoy additional features, one is available PRO version paid service ($ 9 / month or $ 99 / year).
App to Catalog Movies
If you prefer the programs to install on your computer app to catalog movies to use from your smartphone or tablet, here are some of the ones that I think are most interesting.
- Movie Database (Android/iOS): is a free application that allows you to enter your films manually, using the camera of your device or using the online search that allows you to automatically download all the information of the film of your interest. To use Movie Database, you need to register for the service by creating a free account.
- My Movies (Android/iOS): allows you to catalog your collection of films and TV series, with the possibility of adding the latter also via the camera of your device. An account is required, which is useful for managing your movie catalog from multiple devices. It is also available in a PRO version at a cost of 7,99 euros on Android and 10,99 euros on iOS.
- Movie Collection (Android): allows you to add movies and TV series to keep your catalog up to date. Among its main features, it also allows you to keep track of the films lent and to mark the titles in "seen" or "to see". In its free version, it allows the addition of up to 40 titles: in order not to have limitations, it is necessary to make an in-app purchase of 1,79 euros.
- MovieBook 2.0 (Android): the ideal application to quickly and easily catalog all the films you have seen and are to be seen. It allows you to browse the trailers of the films of your interest, to access all the information of the films and to add new titles to your catalog with ease.