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Quoting TCCBodhi:
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I'm having a harder and harder time adding movies from the online databases now, particularly since we have shifted away from a physical disc toward more intangible online purchases. Are we going to see other formats come online for the database, or will the database continue to only use DVD/BluRay/etc versions?

As you point out, other formats are more intangible, and thus difficult or impossible to uniquely identify.  I would be very surprised if the online database will ever accommodate non-physical formats, but as I responded in the other thread where you asked this same question it's pretty easy to add such movies to your local database.

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I don't expect Invelos to add the functionality you want to DVD Profiler, however it's actually very easy to add non-disc sourced profiles to your database.

This looks more complicated than it is.

  • Add the DVD by title (assuming it is on disc somewhere and the disc is already in the online database.)
  • After the profile is in your local database, highlight it and select the DVD menu, and the Change UPC/Locality item.
  • Select Manual ID, and the OK button.  This profile will no longer be associated with the disc you imported.
  • Open the profile for editing.
  • Under Media Type select the Edit Media Type icon, and add a media type of your choosing. (This only needs to be done once for each media type.)
  • Check the custom media type and uncheck DVD/Bluray/4K/HDDVD as needed.
  • Select the Discs menu and remove any discs in the profile.
  • Select the Features & Formats menu and the Audio & Subtitles menu to make sure they match what you have.
  • Save the changes to the profile.

  • All this only takes about a minute.  I have hundreds of profiles added this way.  For the (relatively few) movies I have that aren't on disc anywhere (and thus nowhere in the online database) I've had to create the profile from scratch, which is a bit more trouble but no different than someone adding a disc to their database before it's been contributed online.

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    One place you might try is Wikipedia.  It will often tell you whether a song was composed specifically for a film or otherwise.  At least you can use that as a starting point for further investigation if desired.

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    Quoting mreeder50:
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    Yes T!M I am referring to the footnote. So are you saying that the body should be italic because the footnote is part of the overview?

     

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    I used italics in my local database, but I would not contribute it that way.

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    Quoting DJ Doena:
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    But with that philosophy how do you ever discover new stuff worthy of becoming a new favorite?

    I figure if it's worth my interest people will still be praising it in ten or fifteen years and maybe I'll give it a try.  I haven't even gotten around to watching Jaws or The Godfather yet.

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    Quoting DJ Doena:
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    There's just too much new stuff coming out every year to go back to most of the old stuff.

    My habits are quite different.  I'd much rather revisit a title I liked than to watch something new that I'll forget about in a day or two.

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    What we should use for apostrophes and quotation marks are the characters produced by pressing this key within the DVD Profiler program:



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    Quoting AiAustria:
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    This calculation is extremely optimistic:
    - 8x12TB RAID-Z2 delivers a little bit more than 50TiB usable Space (80% usage limit, TB/TiB gap, RAID-Z2 overhead)

    I figured on about 48 TB.

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    - most of us around here collect discs because of the extras and presentation of the content; a compression to 1.2GB for a DVD and 6.2 GB for a BD is completely unrealistic

    1.3 GB per DVD movie and 6.2 GB per BD movie is not only realistic but is the average size of the files on my Plex server.  I don't bother with ripping all the extra features.

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    Quoting cronosmantas:
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    If I run into one that no longer works, I will just find a cheap newer DVD edition to replace it or a blu-ray

    Sensible, but it's a bit disappointing when one sits down to watch a movie and it stops playing 2/3 of the way through.

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    Quoting mediadogg:
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    In my experience, the cost and headache of RAID or any other scheme that messes with the file system has exceeded any potential savings.

    I'm putting together a new TrueNAS server consisting of a refurbished Dell T320 and eight 12 TB drives.  This is costing me about $0.063 per usable GB.  If I were to fully utilize all this storage for videos it would cost, on average, about $0.08 per DVD movie, $0.39 per Blu-ray movie, and $1.83 per television season (based on the videos I already have on my existing Plex server.)  You can spend more than that buying shelves for your discs, so I don't consider RAID (or RAID-Z2, in my case) as being particularly expensive.

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    Quoting GSyren:
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    I basically take the approach "it is what it is".

    Will I be better off knowing which of my old Warner discs are corrupt? They'll most likely be oop so I can't re-buy them anyway.

    Actually, many of the old WB discs have been re-released as MOD discs through the Warner Archive if one is inclined to repurchase defective DVDs.

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    Warner is Warner.  This problem seems to mainly affect Warner but is not limited to Warner.  It seems to be related to the manufacturing process at the plant (which is no longer in operation) the discs were made at.  My previous post has a link to more information.

    The vast majority of my pre 2010 Warner discs still seem to play OK.  Several do not.  I think you will have to check yours for yourself as not every copy of a particular title has necessarily become unplayable, though some titles seem to have very high failure rates.

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    There has been quite a lengthy discussion about it on The Home Theater Forum.  I haven't read the entire thread but here is a good place to start.

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    Quoting paulb_99:
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    Had the same sort of issue with “G-men” from Warner, no scratches or other visible issues but movie stops playing towards the end, chapter skipping doesn’t work although chapter select choosing a chapter after the chapter with issues does.

    I think most of the Warner discs with playback problems have issues with the layer change.  It seems to have been a manufacturing defect.

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    Quoting DJ Doena:
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    Just keep in mind that hard drives will also fail one day and also that RAID is not a backup.

    I'll soon have a second TrueNAS system online so I don't have to keep my Plex backups on USB drives.

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    Quoting Dr. Killpatient:
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    You may want to look into backing up your DVD collection to a NAS to protect your investment.

    That's worked for the ones that still play.



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    I have several old Warner discs that no longer play properly.  Apparently this has something to do with the plant they were manufactured at back in the day.

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    Quoting GSyren:
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    I find it hard to believe that anyone would think that just the blu-ray logo would make them largely different.

    Do you really?  And you've been here for so many years.

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    Quoting GSyren:
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    Maybe it's so that the common name should be based on both cast and crew for people who exist in both databases? It would be a little odd if someone was assigned one common name as cast and another common name as crew.

    I don't know that I would call it odd.  The program treats someone who is both cast and crew as two different people, so I don't see why the CLT shouldn't do the same.  Or maybe the CLT has it right and the program should have a single person table rather than a cast table and a crew table.  Whichever way, I think they're out of sync and it would make more sense if they either both had cast and crew separate or both had cast and crew combined.

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    Quoting mediadogg:
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    It would be very easy to add checkboxes in CLTBoss for Cast and Crew that are defaulted to checked. Would that help you?

    Maybe.  I haven't tried CLTBoss yet, but if it can look up cast and crew separately that may be an incentive.

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    Quoting GSyren:
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    Absolutely not! For one thing, unlike the CLT, CLTBoss (plus CLTInfo) lets you separate the result by credit, making it easier to determine if a name is likely to refer to more than one person.

    This reminds me that I've never understood why the CLT combines cast and crew into one lookup when the program keeps separate databases for cast and crew.  I've always felt there should have been two CLTs.

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    Have you verified that the IP address displayed at the bottom of your DVD Profiler window is the same one your mobile app is trying to connect to?



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    Quoting AiAustria:
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    3) The name that is most commonly used for a person in the movie credits of the films existing in the DVD Profiler database!

    This is the number the CLT would produce, if everybody would follow the rules and use the movie credits as sole source.

    Since this will never happen is isn't a realistic option.

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    Quoting MikaLove:
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    I can honestly not understand the resistance. It's like a rebellion.

    Who, exactly, are people rebelling against?  Ken has "jumped ship".  And besides, as he has reminded us (via Kathy), "Agreement on how it 'should be' is neither possible nor (thankfully) necessary."

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