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OCR for overview
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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For some years I have been using FreeOCR to get the overview from back covers instead of trying to type them in. It has worked relatively well, but far from perfectly.

Recently I started looking for alternative programs, but could not find anything that worked better for me than FreeOCR. But then I found a free OCR service online. I never thought that it would work better, but it really did. Biggly 

The only drawback compared to FreeOCR is that you cannot crop the image. You have to crop it when you scan it, and then upload it. I have scanned in grayscale and 600 dpi. I have had extremely good results, both with English and Swedish texts, even with difficult backgrounds.

So if you have a scanner and like to contribute overviews, give https://www.onlineocr.net/ a try.
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I type a significant phrase enclosed in double quotes into the Google search line. Most of the times the marketing text used by various dealers is pre phrased by the distributor and can be copied easily...
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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I've tried that and occasionally gotten burned because the text was similar enough that I didn't notice some slight difference. And far from every overview can be found like that.
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Good find. I tried adding OCR to DVDPca a while back and failed. Wish I had known about this. Window has closed for me pick that one up again.
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Thanks for the "onlineocr" tip, I tried it with an existing 300DPI DVD cover scan I had, and it worked quite well. I bet it will work even better with a higher DPI scan.
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In the layout I use, I have a scan of the back cover which gives a very good copy of the "DVD" overview, with all details, fonts, colors and spelling mistakes... So the overview field can be used to have something useful concerning the movie, without advertising nor spoilers...
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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In the layout I use, I have a scan of the back cover which gives a very good copy of the "DVD" overview, with all details, fonts, colors and spelling mistakes... So the overview field can be used to have something useful concerning the movie, without advertising nor spoilers...

That is of course your choice, for your local database. The drawback is that the scan isn't searchable. But if you feel that whatever info you enter there is more important, then go for it.
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Quoting GSyren:
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... for your local database.

Of course, but we are here in the general discussion forum, not the contribution forum, so every solution may be shared...

Quoting GSyren:
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The drawback is that the scan isn't searchable. But if you feel that whatever info you enter there is more important, then go for it.

The overview field is searchable, so you can enter a text with all the keywords that you want. Much more useful than to recopy what is on back cover...
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