Anyone use/recommend ONLINE DATABASES for collections?

Discussion in 'General' started by wago70, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2001
    Messages:
    3,586
    Likes Received:
    105
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    San Francisco - down by them two ol' sheds
    I used to use a Laserdisc online database many moon ago:p and was wondering if anyone uses DVD or BD ones to keep track of your collections? I have movies all over the place and some locked up (after losing many in past years due to burglary) but I really need to compile a complete list in one place.
    Recommendations?
     
  2. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2003
    Messages:
    20,590
    Likes Received:
    1,353
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Missouri
    DVD Profiler

    I've been using it for years, and I have yet to find a piece of cataloging software that even comes close to all of it's options.

    There's currently about 500,000+ DVD/Blu-rays in the database; but you can custom add anything you want in the software, cross-index and search, track your purchase store/date/prices/last watched, add/edit coverscans, cast/crew headshots and gallery scans, easter eggs, various details and graphs, print, etc..
     
  3. Ash28M

    Ash28M Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2002
    Messages:
    6,064
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Mississauga, ON, Canada
    I just use DVD Aficiondo it's free and basically has everything I need. I also use a good free offline one called EMDB Eric's Movie Database because it allows me to input movies and not just DVD's so I can enter individual films that are in box sets or series episodes. It makes it great if I want to pick a random film for the night. It also allows you to pick different covers as well as search and sort your collection in a bunch of different ways.
     
  4. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2001
    Messages:
    12,508
    Likes Received:
    56
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Under a rock
    I use dvd profiler as well. Best 20 or 30 bucks I ever spent, well worth having with so many more options and entries than anything else I've seen or tried. Plus it works great for getting info for discs you don't have by looking them up as if you did, most covers have nice scans.
     
  5. rxfiend

    rxfiend Joe Six-Pack

    Joined:
    May 1, 2001
    Messages:
    4,491
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Southern IN
    I use DVD Profiler too. It also includes HD-DVDs as well if you have some of those.
     
  6. spawningblue

    spawningblue Deadite

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Messages:
    5,069
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    This. I have heard DVD Profiler is great, but I'm cheap and don't think I would use anything more then what DVD Af. offers.
     
  7. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2003
    Messages:
    7,919
    Likes Received:
    670
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Illinois
    I'll second DVD Aficionado because it sounds fancier.
     
  8. Mikey Horror

    Mikey Horror Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Messages:
    1,382
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I use DVDAF and I think it's great. I've never encountered looking for an entry that they didn't have in their darabase. On the other hand, I have DVD Profiler's app on my phone and I have quite a few entries in my collection that they do not have in their database. Another thing that pisses me off about DVD profiler is that you have to pay for their desktop program just to submit a title for their database, paying $9.99 for their app doesn't allow you such a luxury which I think is complete bullshit. DVDAF lets anyone submit a title which probably explains why DVDAF's database is MUCH better.
     
  9. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    7,181
    Likes Received:
    810
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Canada
    I also use DVDAF, and if they don't have a title in the database I have, I submit it.
     
  10. Nailwraps

    Nailwraps Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Messages:
    3,198
    Likes Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    I just use DVDaf and I'm pretty happy with it.
     
  11. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2003
    Messages:
    20,590
    Likes Received:
    1,353
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Missouri

    I've used DVDAF before, but I found it cheap looking (free obviously) and lacking many advanced features. It doesn't have scans beyond those small front thumbnails, the ability to add many details of the DVD/Blu-ray, tracking/history, etc. It just didn't offer much that I was looking for at all.

    Yup, best money I ever spent. A lifetime subscription that basically costs a couple of DVD's? Great value.
     
  12. ekent

    ekent The Lord's Arm of Justice

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2002
    Messages:
    2,336
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    North California, South Alabam, and little towns a
    LDDB.COM is great for LDs but also catalogs several other oddball formats such as CED and VHD.
     
  13. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2007
    Messages:
    6,457
    Likes Received:
    135
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Texarkana
    DVDProfiler - kick ass!
     
  14. skinnypuppy

    skinnypuppy New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2001
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    If you have an iPad the My Movies app is pretty good. I really like it.
     
  15. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2003
    Messages:
    7,919
    Likes Received:
    670
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Illinois
    DVDAf now has large 300x400 scans. You can hover over a title and see it or go to a DVD's individual page to see the full scan and details. The system is also entirely public. You can search and see the database even if you're not a member. It's even matched up with IMDb and Amazon's data points.

    Has tracking and history:
    - Where and When you ordered AND/or received an item. Also what you paid.
    - Last watched
    - Loan loaned out and to whom
    - Asking price if someone wants to message me through DVDAf's message system.
    - Empty slots for any data points you want to fill in yourself.

    I can see the following statistics about my collection:
    Director
    Publisher
    Original language
    DVD country
    Region
    Genre
    Format
    Film decade
    DVD release year
    Owned since by year
    Owned since by month
    Last watched by year
    Last watched by month
    Retailer

    No sure about "cheap looking" because DVDProfiler webpages looks cheaper to me. DVDProfiler uses frames for god's sake. That hasn't been in vogue since Bill Clinton took office. You couldn't even get out of HTML 101 classes these days with that.

    You can also star system a movie and a DVD release individually. It also has Facebook like features where I can friend someone and we can exchange comments on individual titles. You can make posts and your friends can get updates on that. I'm friends with several other HorrorDVD.com members on DVDAf. You can also see who else owns titles and they can even list an asking prices if they're interested in selling it.

    You can also extensively manipulate how your collection is ordered. I have everything in genre folders by release year, then alphabetical, then boxset, then boxset by year and then boxset alphabetical. Horror is further separated by decades. Default is alphabetical but you can override a title's actual name to be anything you want to create any order you want. I use that feature to rearrange titles even past alphabetical when I have foreign releases or a funky titled DVD (like a double feature title; I always list it be the lowest year then alphabetical by that lowest title's name.)

    For something free it's damn good. You can donate money and get a few extra perks like overriding a genre but it comes pretty complete for free. I'm very active in the submission process
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
  16. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2003
    Messages:
    20,590
    Likes Received:
    1,353
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Missouri
    That's all DVDAF offers? It's not much compared to Profiler then. The Profiler scans are 700x500 and don't have those watermarks on them, and due for a larger size in the future. 300x400 just look like thumbnails on my monitor. Can you even view the back covers on there?

    AF hasn't changed much since I last tried it then. I guess for "free" it's passable, but it just wouldn't handle my needs. For me, it would be like going back in time to having less options.

    I mean you can still only see and track the Director? You can view any crew or cast member in Profiler (with hi-res headshots) and see what else they appear in your collection and exactly what they did in each film or TV show.

    DVD and Blu-rays are often notoriously inaccurate also, whether it's the running time, features, subtitles, region-coding, etc.. You can track those things in Profiler.

    You can add stars/ratings for the film and the disc, etc. You can create "tags" and track virtually anything that's not a default in Profiler.

    If I pop a disc into my player, it'll automatically go to that movie/profile in Profiler. A web-based collection just can't do things like that.

    DVD Profiler's basic "online" database appearance is dated there's no denying that, and is due to get an upgrade soon. I use it mainly for the DVD Profiler software, the "online" is just a perk for others to view. Honestly though, I prefer its simplified frames appearance to AF's current online view style with the small typeface.

    You can upgrade the look of your online database to this with phpDVDProfiler. I just really haven't had the time to upgrade mine. This is what those online collections look like:

    http://www.kinkycyborg.com/phpdvdprofiler/
    http://www.homeofhorror.com/phpdvdprofiler/

    That easily blows anything away that AF can offer as an online appearance.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
  17. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2001
    Messages:
    12,508
    Likes Received:
    56
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Under a rock
    Yeah, the only downside to profiler is the online part. Sharing my collection could be far better, it's a shame ya'll can't see my custom covers online, while I can on the program. I'd have more people wanting to trade for my custom porn titles if they could see the covers, that's bet! Maybe I'll look into php sometime.
     
  18. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2003
    Messages:
    7,919
    Likes Received:
    670
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Illinois
    Well if I want a closer look I'll hold the physical object two inches from my eye. After all this isn't suppose to replace your catalog just document it.

    While the other stuff you mention is nice and some are also in DVDAf the simple fact is that DVDAf is free and already online. Being able to be anywhere at anytime and go online to edit my collection is very nice. I don't need to host my own website to do that. Often when I'm at parties and such I just go to the website.

    The better web interface is more important to me than being able to see every movie I own that a grip worked on or know the last time I put a certain DVD in my computer (now if they had a PS3 interface that might be different).
     
  19. fattyjoe37

    fattyjoe37 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2007
    Messages:
    2,002
    Likes Received:
    410
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    WA
    I've been using DVD Profiler for years and love it. The desktop layout is a lot more interesting to me than DVDAf and I love how in depth they go with their disc info. Want to see if a movie you watch has easter eggs? There's a tab for that. Want to see the back cover scans of movies from your wishlist? They have that. This last one is especially helpful when I'm researching which foreign versions of a film have exclusive bonus features. I don't mind the online layout, I just wish I knew how to alphabetize the films instead of them being listed in the order I bought them.
     
  20. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2001
    Messages:
    3,586
    Likes Received:
    105
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    San Francisco - down by them two ol' sheds
    Thanks so much!!!! Everyone very helpful - now on to see if there is something for movie posters...

    thanks again!
     

Share This Page