CNET Editors' review
Keeping track of a large DVD collection is no small job, especially if you also like to save and collect credits, historical data, and trivia about your favorite movies. Eric's Movie Data Base, aka EMDB, is a free database program specifically configured for managing your DVD collection. But EMDB does more than that: it also imports tons of cool information about each title from the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, including images, credits, and technical data, and saves it in its database. You can access the full listings any time you open EMDB instead of having to go online and look each movie up every time you need to know something about it. It can also keep track of the DVDs you loan to friends so you might actually get some of them back now and then. The latest release of Wicked & Wild's EMDB supports Windows 8.
EMDB's user interface displayed three empty shelves that fill with DVD cover images as you add them to the database. The shelves are nicely rendered in a realistic wood grain, but if you don't like the look, clicking View Mode on the toolbar changes the view to a classic database list view, including a header for tracking Loaned videos. Of course, empty shelves aren't much good, so the next thing we did was add some titles from our DVD collection. This is easy: Click Add, type in your movie's name, plus an alternate title, if there is one, and press Search IMDb. EMDB returned a list of results with similar names; we simply had to click the right one to import the DVD's cover picture, credits, and other information and automatically populate the program's data fields. Of course, we could edit the data or enter it directly, add more images, and even specify technical playback data such as codec, region code, aspect ratio, and video format. When everything was just right, we could click OK to finish or Add and Continue to add more movies.
DVD collectors should check out EMDB. It's a fun way to manage your movies.
From Wicked & Wild:
EMDB allow you to keep your DVD collection up-to-date. It features automatic import from the database of IMDB, export to csv, text or complete website, thumbnail cover preview, a loan tracker, search function and multi-language user interface.
What's new in this version: Version 2.01 fixed some fields were not in the list of available fields to print or export, complete Series of TV Series entered before the new TV Series system showed up as Season 0, and issue with flag and localized text for the new Traditional Chinese translation.
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"Nope, does not come with crapware"
Version: EMDB 1.81
If you download from the author's site, you get just one archive file, namely setup.zip. Inside this ZIP file is a file that is cleverly named SETUP.EXE Running this file installs nothing but EMDb - no toolbars, no antivirus junk, no redirect home page... just a quick and easy installation of this one program
Why, oh WHY, can't software authors be a little more descriptive with filenames... say, EMDB_v186_setup.EXE??
"Need 1.9x version for complete IMDb importing"
Version: EMDB 1.86
The latest version (1.97) is excellent - it creates a virtual bookshelf of DVD's. All the information you are likely to want is included in the importation from IMDb.
Unfortunately, the routine to import the thumbnail from IMDb has needed updating. The version that's listed here (v1.86) is not a working version. As always, when it comes to free shareware, it is best to visit the author's site (if he/she has one) for the latest version.
I wish the database was a bit more flexible. It's great for DVD info, but if you want to catalog private videos you may want more or different fields for each record.
I've looked and looked for a better catalog program, but I haven't found one half as good as this one.
"A fantastic recourse for the DVD collector."
Version: EMDB 1.84
For a free program, EMDB is a Wonderful, and Powerful program for keeping track of your DVD collection. It provides a attractive front end, and the power of a real data base. The ability to download data directly from the IMDB while inputting your DVD's makes the entire process run fast, and easily. It also allows you to specify where in your home each of the DVD's are kept, there by eliminating the dreaded hunt for that one DVD that you are looking for.
If you should have to restore your data from a file, each entry needs to be individually updated from the IMDB, to bring it back to the way it was originally entered.
If you have a large collection of DVD's, this program may just be what you are looking for to bring order to the kayos of keeping track of them all.
"Great software - horrible installer"
Version: EMDB 1.81
Great software - I've been using it for years and it's the best I've found for cataloging my movies - and it's free!
If you aren't VERY careful the installer will install a lot of crapware - some of which is difficult to remove.
I no longer use cnet for software downloads because the installer messes up my computer. I understand the lure of making money but the crapware people are just too sneaky about loading their junk on my computer. I always respected cnet - but no longer. (If it were just EMDB I'd give it five stars - the installer pulls it down to one.
Version: EMDB 1.78
** Great for organizing DVD collection
** Fairly intuitive
** Fun to use
** Tons of features and options
** Interface is colorful and old-school
** Interface is colorful and old-school
** Might be too complex for some users
This is one of the most amazing pieces of freeware I've ever downloaded. I began collecting classic movies recorded off TV when I bought two DVDR's last year, and I already have almost 100. In buying a storage box on SuperMediaStore, one reviewer there suggested using it in conjunction with EMDB. As a long-time user of IMDB, I was intrigued.
The download (probably from CNET) and installation was easy and quick; I was not offered other programs/spyware. I did not read any directions, just glanced at the EMDB support page, and off I went, adding my movies one at a time to the database. About halfway through, I realzed there were some default setting I wanted to change, so had to go back and change them on each entry so far. But the program finds the film on IMDB (or DVD Empire) and fills in LOTS of data: year, director, actors, plot summary, technical data. You can edit this info before saving, or change it later.
I am really enjoying EMDB- it's WAY more useful than the simple spreadsheet I was using before. It can alpahbetize, or arrange by year, or genre, or various other ways. You can print out a list, keep track of loaned items, even change the color and arrangement of the virtual bookshelves the cover art is displayed on. (The GUI is kind of like being in a video rental store- remeber those?)
For sheer features and usefulness versus price, I would give this SIX stars if possible. Great program for the money ($0)!!!
"Software is great - installer sucks!"
Version: EMDB 1.78
Software is easy to use.
The installer which is required for installing the software also installs other stuff I don't want - even when I uncheck and decline. It is VERY intrusive.
I will find another source for software and avoid the installer here.
"Easy to use and quick to access"
Version: EMDB 1.73
Very bright and attractive and easy to sue.
Limited at times on availability of movie and description of movie
A good easy to use database. No feills
"EMDB is by far one of if not the Best movie DB out."
Version: EMDB 1.57
Easy. you can get a cover image of almost any movie. You can add in depth or basic info that you choose about the titles in your personal movie collection.
I highly recommend it to anyone with a video/dvd collection.
I have nothing negative to say about this program.
"Great free program"
Version: EMDB 1.47
a)Importing a movie or a folder full of movies is extremely easy.
It automatically finds the details as also covers for your movies.
b)Easy database extraction in HTML, so you can allways take your movie catalog with you, or upload it to your website (there are many free hosting services out there, it's not hard to do it)
c)You can search and filter your movies with many many variables such as cast, genre, year, certification etc etc etc...
a)It takes some time (about 20secs) to download the information for every movie and the first time that you will insert your movies it will take some time, depending on the number of your movies of course.
b)You cannot select the data (rating, cast, duration) that you will extract, when extracting in HTML, as also there is no search button in the HTML file.
I downloaded plenty of trial and some free programs to make my collection look good (having a movie collection on your external HDD does not look very nice :p )I forgot the most important info.. it's completely AD free :)
This one did the job, and i can't believe that it's free. It was only 1.23 mb so while i was downloading it (those 3 seconds :p ) i thought, weah another crap that i'll delete immediately after installation... I was wrong.... :)
Thx guys, keep up the good work!!!!!
Updated on May 17, 2012
Updated on May 17, 2012I forgot the most important info.. it's completely AD free :)
"it is easy to use"
Version: EMDB 1.44
good infos about films
the order of infos
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