Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

Yet Another Media Meta Manager from Mikinhosoft

by @ 9:00 am on June 4th, 2009 in metadata, programs with 10 Comments

Canned YAMM We’re all looking for the perfect tool to manage the metadata for our movie collections. Incorrect or missing metadata can ruin even the most diligently organized collections. Some tools require the user to put in quite a bit of time to perfect their collection while others take a more behind the scenes approach. All to often the later can result in incorrectly marked entries in your collection and the former is just a hassle.

The humbly named YAMMM (Yet Another Media Meta Manager) from Mikinhosoft sets out to remove the user almost completely from the picture while still maintaining a high level of accuracy. The program also provide an incredible number of options for how to store your metadata and even some file organization. To get started download the Yammm installer from Mikinhost.

choose movie folders Yammm settings

During installation you’re presented with the configuration window, which is the only interface provided by Yammm. Here you’ll need to setup your movie folders and other options. After installation Yammm runs entirely in the background as a Windows service and requires no further input from the end user to operate.

As for the available settings you’ll find the ability to rename your movie files and folders, create playlists for multi-part movies, three different metadata file formats and of course artwork.

metadata settings artwork settings

After you’ve completed and save your settings Yammm will run silently in the background. You’ll be presented with no verification windows or notifications of any kind. This approach is somewhat frightening at first but Mikinhosoft claims to be more accurate than the rest by incorporating several levels of scoring to choose the best match.

Yammm’s lack of notification as to which movies have been processed and which have not can be a little troubling when you are first setting up the program. For example, network share folder doesn’t seem to work fully at this point but the program provided no warnings or dialogs letting you know these folders weren’t being scanned.

There is a small list of movies that are in the current cache under the cache tab but no display of whether or not more movies are being processed or the progress. Fortunately, the program is still early in development and hopefully we’ll see these things implemented in the future. As you can see by the few empty tabs in the program they are likely features for future revisions.

In the end, Yammm provides an excellent alternative for those looking for a completely automated metadata retrieval program. Installation was simple and options were abundant. So go ahead, download Yammm and give it a try and see if it can’t free up a bit of your time for more pressing matters (like tweeting from your Media Center!)

10 Comments


mikinho
Comment #1431 from mikinho [Reply]

Thanks for the post about Yammm. Version 1.1 will be released this weekend that enabled the logging so users can see what things weren’t matched and optionally select a match manually. In terms of remote shared paths not working, did you setup the remote username\password on the Library tab? That is needed for remote paths to work properly since it runs as a service and not under the current user’s context. I’ll look to make help file that explains the settings more.

Comment left June 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm Permanent Link
@Reply #1432 from Michael Healy [Reply]

Yeh, I figured that may be the problem but I don’t use password protection on the network and wasn’t sure what to do about that

Comment left June 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm Permanent Link

FishingWand
Comment #2920 from FishingWand [Reply]

After adding metadata using YAMMM, the movie library is auto-scrolling for some reason, it scrolls to one side and reaches the same movie again and again.. any solutions?

Comment left August 27, 2009 at 11:42 am Permanent Link
@Reply #2932 from Michael Healy [Reply]

That’s strange, I’m afraid I don’t know what could be causing it.

Comment left August 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm Permanent Link

Mundis
Comment #6303 from Mundis [Reply]

After reading this post I installed YAMM and uninstalled it after a while to try MCM. But it looks like YAMM didn’t remove library it created. Now Media Center nearly stops responding every time I open Movie library. How do I clear that library?? Installing Yamm and removing all library folders doesnt help!

Comment left January 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm Permanent Link
Comment #7153 from Jidar [Reply]

With the default installation of Yamm it was adding very large image files and not resizing them. This would hand MC every time I went into the movies section. You could find and delete all of the image files, or do what I did and configure Yamm to resize all files and let it run overnight.

Comment left January 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm Permanent Link

BlueMonkeyFish
Comment #19965 from BlueMonkeyFish [Reply]

I have over 1000 movies, and i noticed that YAMMM has been renaming files and folders incorectly. how many movies are renamed wrongly? how many hours would it take me to correct it…..!!!!!!!!!

Comment left October 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm Permanent Link

richard
@Reply #28247 from richard [Reply]

Backups spring to mind….also why would you let a application in early development loose on your movie collection of that size!!

Comment left January 4, 2011 at 12:51 am Permanent Link

richard
Comment #28245 from richard [Reply]

The complete lack of interface is disturbing but surprising the application works very well. Picked up on my movies that had a slight spelling mistake or wording of the title different. After searching in IMDB and renaming to match, refreshed and it had added the year etc…sorted.

Nice app.

Comment left January 4, 2011 at 12:49 am Permanent Link

Matt M
Comment #31807 from Matt M [Reply]

I have the same scrolling issue. Its like the library is refreshing, reloading all the movies over and over again. Not sure if has anything to so with refreshing movie info… but its extremely annoying since it goes on for about 2 minutes before it stops.

Comment left February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm Permanent Link

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