If you have a large movie collection on computer, on DVD, Blu-Ray or *gasp* VHS, you probably have a hard time keeping an overview of all the movies in your possession. While you may still be able to list a lot of the movies in your possession, you may have difficulties when it comes to formats, or movies that you have lend to someone else. And do not get me started on in-depth information, like movies from a specific actor, director or genre.
If you do not have a photographic memory, the next best thing when it comes to keeping an overview of your movie collection is a movie management software. And DVD Chief is probably the best that I ever tested.
The program ticks all the right boxes, from an elegant solution to add single or multiple movies to the program database, over a wealth of background information it pulls from various Internet resources, to built-in play options for movies on connected storage devices or media conditions and location information.
The program ships with a sample list of movies which you can keep or delete. First thing that you may want to do is to click on add movie to start adding your movie collection to the movie management software.
Here you can select to add movie titles either by searching for a title, by loading the information from a DVD or Blu-Ray, a movie file on the computer, or by letting DVD Chief scan a drive or folder for movies to add titles in bulk to the program database.
If the movie title can't be identified immediately, a selection is displayed that you can use to pick the correct movie from the results listing. DVD Chief can pull information from IMDB or Amazon. Once you select a movie title all information are automatically downloaded from the selected source. This includes actors, directories, a plot summary, alternative titles, the year and country, and lots of additional information including heaps of images.
Even better, cast, crew and other information like genres are linked in the program, and lead to detailed pages in the software. You do need to search for actor information separately to retrieve the information from IMDB as well. If you do not do that, you end up with no actor information in the program except for the name and some basic information.
As far as movies go, you get all the standard features that you would expect from a movie management software like DVD Chief. From sorting and filtering options, over maintaining multiple movie databases, playing movies right from the program interface, to a loan system and report generation.
You can also browse your collection by movie stills and images, update movie information using different sources (themoviedb, thetvdb, or dvdempire), or switch to a bookshelf like display.
DVD Chief is a free movie management software for the Windows operating system that is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system.
There is little that can be improved when it comes to functionality. One thing that would improve the software further would be the automated retrieval of cast and related information when you add a new movie to the program's database.
Other than that, there is little room for improvement left. It is incredible feature rich and easy to use.
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