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My Movies 3 Remote Collection Management

My Movies 3 Remote Collection Management

It’s not always ideal to do maintenance and metadata tasks for a Media Center on the Media Center machine itself. For users of My Movies 3 there’s no need to. My Movies 3 allows for remote editing of collection data through an SQL database editing tool called, aptly, My Movies 3 Collection Management. The capability to remotely edit and sort [...]

Automatic Metadata Retrieval with Media Center Master

Automatic Metadata Retrieval with Media Center Master

One of the advantages of having your own personal Windows 7 Media Center setup is the ability to automate mundane tasks, like metadata retrieval. Many of the metadata retrieval tools available feature ways to completely automate the process as they run in the system tray. Media Center Master does all that and more, checking multiple sources before deciding whether or [...]

Using MetaBrowser 2.0 to tag a Movie Library

Using MetaBrowser 2.0 to tag a Movie Library

For any Media Center enthusiast with a decently sized movie library the problem quickly becomes keeping it all organized. Things like movie metadata, covers, backdrops and more contribute quite a bit to the look and feel of a Media Center’s library. At some point most turn to a software solution to keeping it all in line and one of the [...]

Manually Editing WTV and DVRMS Metadata

Manually Editing WTV and DVRMS Metadata

There may come a time when you want to edit the metadata of a WTV or DVRMS file manually. Luckily, Windows 7 includes a built-in editor allowing the editing of metadata of both file formats. Much like music metadata editor provided in previous versions of Windows the metadata editor for WTV and DVRMS files can be accessed by right-clicking the [...]

Open Media Library .4 Beta includes Improved UI and Database

Open Media Library .4 Beta includes Improved UI and Database

Open Media Library is quickly becoming a favorite replacement for the default Windows 7 Media Center movie library. Though the community isn’t quite as large as Media Browser’s the project is quickly attracting open source developers and development seems to really be picking up speed. This new release includes one major improvement over previous version in the new database system [...]

Using Starkcovers in the Default Movie Library

Using Starkcovers in the Default Movie Library

Starkcovers are a beautiful addition to Media Browser’s coverflow and poster views but what if you’re a user of the default movie library in Windows 7 Media Center? Well, by default the native movie library will only load folder.jpg covers and Starkcovers creates .png files. So what we’ll need to do is convert those .png files and also clear the [...]

Getting Movie Metadata with MetaBrowser

Getting Movie Metadata with MetaBrowser

Finding the right metadata tool to suit your needs can be a tricky process but we’re here to help. One of the oldest metadata tools available, MetaBrowser predates most of the offerings we’ve covered previously. It’s also one of the most full featured metadata retrieval tools available, including support for actor images, backdrops and poster images. We’ve already covered the [...]

Getting TV Series Metadata with MetaBrowser

Getting TV Series Metadata with MetaBrowser

If there’s one thing that the majority of metadata tools are missing it’s the ability to go beyond the basic movie collection and grab information on TV series collections as well. While MetaBrowser provides a comprehensive tool for both Movie and TV series metadata, as well as a more complete integration with Media Browser’s backdrops, covers and actor images, let’s [...]

Jazz up your cover images with StarkCovers

Jazz up your cover images with StarkCovers

Looking for sleeker covers to fill up your Media Browser Coverflow? Well, thanks to tyborg on the Media Browser forums you can do just that and it’s simple as pie too! Starkcovers will automatically go through your movie collection and convert any of your existing folder.jpg files into a stylized .png. Unfortunately, this will only work with Media Browser at [...]

Yet Another Media Meta Manager from Mikinhosoft

Yet Another Media Meta Manager from Mikinhosoft

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 [...]

6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Media Browser

Media Browser is easily one of the most popular video and movie collection managers for Windows 7 Media Center users, with good reason. The interface it provides is stunning and the number of extra “little” features available amount to a heap of Media Center loving. Out of the box, Media Browser is great but that doesn’t mean that we can’t [...]

Master Metadata with Media Center Master

Master Metadata with Media Center Master

We’ve seen a veritable deluge of metadata tools over the last few months. Almost all of them have their redeeming features and minor drawbacks. The best one are absolutely the programs that are both quick and easy as well as accurate, like the recently reviewed My Movie Finder. Today, however, we take a look at another solution that put’s a [...]

My Movie Finder for 7MC – Metadata Nirvana

With the recent flurry of metadata retrieval tools available is there really a place for yet another one? With the introduction of My Movie Finder for 7MC you may find yourself asking if there’s room for those who came before. Not only does this tool slim down metadata retrieval to it’s simplest form but it often gets more accurate and [...]

Getting Movie Trailers Inside Media Browser

One of the most popular movie library plug-ins for Media Center recently added a new theme to it’s default install called Vanilla. Hidden inside this new theme is the ability to add movie trailers to the information screen for each movie. It’s not very simple and you’ll need to download the trailers manually but this is definitely a nice feature [...]

DVDXml.com API Released

DVDXml.com API Released

The popular website for downloading dvdid.xml files to add metadata to your Media Center Movie Library, DVDXml.com, has begun an API program. What does this mean for the average user? Simply put this means that we may soon see Media Center plug-ins to automate downloading of metadata files from DVDXml.com. One of the most popular methods for getting accurate, complete [...]

Tips to Organize Your Movie Collection

Tips to Organize Your Movie Collection

Getting your movie collection into order, especially when you’ve got a rather large one, can be quite the chore. Each movie needs to have it’s own folder, cover art and synopsis information. Getting these to cooperate with Media Center’s native AMG information grabbing can be equally tricky. These tips can get you on your way to a great looking movie [...]

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