HomeCinema: media cataloging software for Windows

If you happen to have lots of media files on your system, you may sometimes have troubles keeping an overview. On which hard drive was that movie again that you wanted to watch?

HomeCinema is a media cataloging software designed specifically for disk-based collections. It is an open source software that scans folders that you select automatically to add media files, movies and TV shows, to the collection.

The program is not a universal media cataloging software; you cannot use it to catalog disc-based movies, e.g. those on Blu-Ray, and you can't use it to catalog media that is not connected to the PC.

The application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 or higher and 4 Gigabytes of RAM or more. The developer notes that it is compatible with Windows 10 only, as it has not been tested with older versions of Windows. There is a chance that the program will run on these versions, but I did not test the hypothesis.

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Just run the program after you have downloaded and extracted it. The app prompts for a folder right away and this is the first folder that it will scan for movies or TV shows. HomeCinema fetches information from IMDB and adds these to each movie or TV show that it detected on the system, provided that information is available. The first load may take a while, especially if the folder contains lots of media files.

Movies and TV shows are listed in alphabetical order in the application interface. A search is provided to find media quickly, and you may use filters to filter the listing as well, e.g. to display only a specific genre or year range. A click on a title starts its playback in the default media player on the system right away.

HomeCinema supports multiple folders. Select Settings > File to add more locations for movies or TV shows. These are scanned by the application automatically to add the content to the database and display.

The app detects common media formats such as mp4, mkv, avi, or ts automatically, and you may add more formats to the list of detected formats.

Content that is displayed in the app may be edited; useful if the detection got it wrong and you need to correct titles or other information.-

Closing Words

HomeCinema is a useful application for Windows users who store large parts or even all of their movie and TV show collection on their PC or connected storage devices. The main limitation is that you cannot add titles manually to the collection.

Now you: do you use cataloging software for your media?

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  1. ilev said on June 6, 2021 at 7:08 pm
    1. Sombrero Sam said on June 8, 2021 at 5:05 am

      I’ve been using EMDB for several years. I like it a lot, except for that huge “Eric’s Movie Database” banner and those dated bookshelves and such. I offered the dev $ to at least remove that banner, but was ignored.

      I’ve tried Kodi but EMDB does better for what I need, which isn’t much. EMDB is portable, and plays the video with my default player.

      I also tried Jellyfin, but I don’t need or want a server, and I don’t like browsing my media via a browser.

      As for HomeCinema, it’s been on my radar for over a year now. I tried it, but it didn’t fetch much of the needed images and info. I guess it’s still in beta at v0.7, but I’ll give it another try when it reaches v1.

      I hope HomeCinema improves, as it’s all I need, as long as it works and those controls/options are slimmed down.

  2. dodgyb said on June 6, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Best check VirusTotal before recommending apps. Two engines report this app as malicious.


    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 7, 2021 at 6:02 am

      False positives it appears. If one or two obscure antivirus engines detect something, and list it as “gen”, which usually refers to generic, the chance of false positives is very high.

    2. CloverBrandon. said on June 7, 2021 at 10:50 am

      2, seriously? not even when it is 20 you should take virustotal as the only reason to dismiss something as “malicious” sometimes they get flagged because of the way they are packaged and so on.
      For example, Process Hacker has virtustotal scanning and it even shows WacomHost.exe having 1|74, so it is a malicious program? I don’t know which one would flag a wacom product as malicious but for whatever reason it does, and it only shows how useless most antivirus/malware are… Well, even ProcessHacker process gets flagged for like 7 engines because I have to guess it is not signed…
      so I don’t understand why you take the virtustotal so serious, antivirus/malware and all that are usually a waste of resources and a way to spy on people since they upload “samples” to improve a X engine.
      And yeah, it is good to check what you are downloading and installing, but there are million ways to confirm if something is malicious or not and not only use the virustotal as evidence and then stuck with it, especially when we talk about 2 engines “SecureAge APEX” and “MaxSecure” (did you even hear of them before virtustotal?) from 68.

  3. Harro Glööckler said on June 6, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    > do you use cataloging software for your media?

    Yeah, i’m using Plex for the sole purpose of cataloging my 1000+ movie and TV series collection i’m keeping since 2011. One-click hoster bandwidth isn’t cheap and it would be a waste of money to download duplicates in one of my 4x per year “i need multiple TB of new stuff RIGHT NOW” outbursts.

  4. Max said on June 6, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Not free, but I use Photo Supreme, the same software that I do for my photographs – https://www.idimager.com/

    digiKam (opensource) and iMatch are alternatives.

  5. ilev said on June 7, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I use yaDIS to catalog my movies and TV shows collection.

  6. Martin said on June 7, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    All I need is a quality full screen bookshelf view where I can click on movie cover and play the movie with my player (MPCBE). Does anyone know software that can do that? EMDB is not good because the thumbnails and their frames are poor quality. Currently I’m using GCStar but I need something with full screen and portable if possible.

  7. proteus said on June 9, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Among those that manage data and allow you to play with your default player are: TinyMediaManager whose v3 is completely free and functional but from version 4 includes the primiun version and the free one in my opinion is so limited that it is useless, that’s why I stay with v3 that receives updates to fix bugs, although not of new features. In the same line is MediaElch completely free. Neither of the two are managed as catalogs of thumbnails or covers but rather as a list of media but if they include all the data such as: Posters, synopsis and all information relating to movies and series.

    As for software that works as server+client for various operating systems and hardwares there is: Plex with many premiun limitations, Emby with a very functional free version and another paid version that adds some extra features and Jellyfin a fork of Emby but 100% free, having only 2 years of existence may have fewer add-ons but is still in constant development and improvement, with greater consideration to its users unlike the previous two.

    Kodi, being mainly a player does in general terms what all the previous ones do and allows adding add-ons to handle Emby, Jellyfin and I think Plex as well, thus serving as a client for all of them.

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