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David Clement       
2 months ago
Long ago I bought a software program call DVD Profiler. It does pretty much what the name implies. It works great and has been a good program. My concern is that is has not had any upgrades to the software since 2017. It can and does update your DVD profile as it should but that is about it.
I wanted to see if I could make something similar using accsess. I have made a DVD List Form, which shows the DVDs, I have a DVD Form, which shows the Basic DVD Information, and I have a DVD Info Form which has a Edge Browser Control in it which links to the imdb movie website for expanded DVD information.
I can't help but to think that Richard would say that there is a better way to do this.
I will include screen shots.
Any thoughts and or suggestions would be great.
Thank you.
David Clement       
2 months ago

David Clement       
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David Clement       
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This is a screenshot of the DVD Table. The field that stores the web address is a short text field. This was the only way I could think of to do this.
Ludwig Willems       
2 months ago
volgen :)
Kevin Yip       
2 months ago
I've also used DVD Profiler for a long time, and its likely (and eventual) demise was what prompted me to create a movie collection database in Access (see pictures below).  

DVD Profiler is a pretty good program with tons of features, and I can only duplicate some of them in my app.  Of course, I can also add features that are not in DVD Profiler.

One thing DVD Profiler doesn't and can't do is automatic importing of IMDb cast and crew data, because it is legally not allowed to do so for a commercial program.  My Access app is non-commercial, so I can do it.  I use web-scraping to import IMDb cast and crew, which involves lots of VBA code, but it saves me tons of data entry.  (As you probably know, users of DVD Profiler have to manually enter cast and crew or find a plugin that does it.)

All the pictures of disc covers are obtained from DVD Profiler, which is the only reason I still use DVD Profiler nowadays.  There are no other easy ways to obtain these pictures.  If no pictures are available online, I have to resort to scanning the disc cover art myself.

I also create a web app to browse my movies online (pics below) when I'm not on my PC.  All the pictures have to be put online at Imgur.  I use API via Python scripts to automatically upload pics to Imgur.

It was a ton of work, of course, all because movie-watching is an important hobby of mine.

There are several commercial programs that catalog movies -- DVD Profiler, All My Movies, Collectorz, Ant Movie Collection, Eric's Movie Database, My Movies Collection, etc. (and I've tried them all) -- but none have all the features I want.  Online catalog services have existed, but several have been shut down due to lack of funds, and the users lost all their data.  IMDb used to have a cataloging service too, which everyone has forgotten about.  Letterboxd lets you keep a "watchlist," but not a comprehensive database of your collection.  All these reasons are why I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own movie database.

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David Clement       
2 months ago
Kevin, what you have created looks amazing. I would not have a clue as to how you did all this, well a vague clue at best. I'm sure there are many tables involved and a lot of relational things that I am still trying to learn how to do. I hope that what I have done will do for now.
Thank you for sharing your screen shots.
Richard Rost             
2 months ago
Truly impressive database, Kevin.
Brent Rinehart         
2 months ago
Kevin Your database is awesome and well-organized must have taken some time to build. I'm curious about your choice in the current setup over something like Jellyfin Media Server. Personally, I've had a great experience with Jellyfin its the free alternative to Plex Media Server and this is what I use for all my media.
David Clement       
2 months ago
I am still trying to wrap my head around how you did this Kevin. I am still mostly a newbe at this, and wouldn't even know how to start except for what I would call the Main DVD Table, and I suppose branch off from there.
Kevin Yip       
2 months ago
Thanks guys.  The Windows front-end is all done with Access.  So if you want to do this kind of thing, you've come to the right place, since Richard's specialty is Access.  It was hard work, as I said, even with the expertise.  I started the project in 2014 and it took years to get the app to a decent state.  As I said, DVD Profiler (pictured below) is already a terrific tool and is miles better in terms of professional polish and features (it can scan UPCs which my app can't do).  But I had to find a replacement due to all the aforementioned reasons.  

My web interface is done with ASP, HTML, and VBScript.  Richard has courses on those topics, but they were created long ago.

Brent, I've never used Jellyfin, but I've tried many other cataloging tools.  None offered the data structure I wanted.  So I had to use Access (and SQL Server) to design tables with the exact structure I wanted.  

Collecting physical discs is already a niche thing nowadays.  If you have a disc collection so great (I have 3000+ discs) that you need a cataloging tool to organize it, then you belong to a niche of a niche.  That means commercial catalog tools, and the companies which make them, are probably not going to be around forever due to the niche nature.  So I figured I've got to take matters into my own hands.
Kevin Yip       
2 months ago

David Burns       
2 months ago
Wow! Well done, Kevin. Your database looks fantastic.
Kevin Yip       
2 months ago
Thanks David.  I love movies and I love computer work, so this little project lets my two passions converge.  It took years, as I said, so you gotta love it to do it.  Several commercial tools already exist and some are pretty good, so you really need good reasons to forgo them and make your own.  Even with my hard work, my app is still child's play compared to good commercial apps like the one mentioned above.
Richard Rost             
2 months ago
I always tell people, and in fact, that's one of the things I say in the very first Access beginner course: try to do something fun in Access, try to pick one of your passions or hobbies, and make a database for that. That's all I got started. For me, it was a D&D character generator. LOL.

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