Using DVDpedia as a video clip manager?

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Using DVDpedia as a video clip manager?

Postby ScottH » Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:45 pm

DVDpedia has been great for my DVD collection. But I have a worse mess I'd like to organize in something as simple and functional as a Pedia program -- hundreds of loose video files, in a variety of formats (WMV, MOV, AVI, etc.) They all have vaguely descriptive titles, but they're scattered in a number of folders on two different hard disks, and they're not organized by anything except when I got them. They vary in size from a few minutes to 30-40 minutes.

I'd like some way to import them all into a program, which could (ideally) automatically pick up the length, file size, and a pointer to the location, and would then let me assign them categories and keywords. I want something iTunes-like. I'd like this app serve as a player, even if it just kicks off the file and brings up whatever player is normally associated with it. (More ideally it would be like iTunes, with a built-in window.)

I know DVDpedia has the capability to link to files. And I guess I could take over built-in fields and use the custom fields to do everything else I need (although I'd have to manually enter the length and file size). But it's not really suited for this. I wouldn't get a like-to-have feature like a sample frame from each clip.

Is anyone using DVDpedia for this? Or does anyone have a suggestion for a video clip manager that's similar? I know people have asked for a Pedia for just about everything, so I'm not putting this in the "feature request" forum, although it would probably be a pretty easy port.
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Postby Conor » Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:43 am

We do get requests for a disk pedia application to handle files, especially those stored on removable media. Thank you for letting us know you would be interested in something like that.

I know DVDpedia has the capability to link to files. And I guess I could take over built-in fields and use the custom fields to do everything else I need (although I'd have to manually enter the length and file size). But it's not really suited for this. I wouldn't get a like-to-have feature like a sample frame from each clip.


If you do decide to subvert DVDpedia into this task remember it has a great import function. If you are a programmer of any kind AppleScript, Bash, Perl... create a script to scan your folders and extract all the information from the files and create a tab delimited text file that DVDpedia would be able to import. (It's not yet possible to import links, but we are working on adding this feature for a future version.)

Actually, come to think of it we lent our framework to a company building just this product for a client. I have no idea how far the development is, the cost or even if they would sell it to others. But it's worth writing them an email.
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