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.
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.
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!)