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Moovida Media Center

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You have more choices than ever in media center software. Moovida Media Center is a free media player that collects your movies, music, TV shows, and pictures in one easy-to-use interface. With built-in codecs, a media library, and automatic album art retrieval, Moovida's emphasis is on ease of use instead of being customizable and comprehensive. As such, it seeks to be a viable standalone alternative not only to Windows Media Center or Media Player but also VLC and the other popular free players.

Moovida's interface is based around gray tones, but its bright pastel highlights are a matter of taste, though not ours. We started by importing videos into the program's library. Movies in multiple files showed up individually, which is an unsatisfactory situation if you have a lot of copied DVDs with chapters. But the program automatically retrieved and displayed cover art, credits, and even a synopsis for several of our movies. We could access our videos on the left-side panel, which includes an entry for TV Episodes. Counters displayed how many files we had in each category; likewise with the Music tab, which accesses Podcasts, Radio, and other choices. However, when we clicked on some of the unplayed selections in the Music tab, they turned out to be video files extracted from a DVD, which Moovida had listed under Unknown Artist and Album. Worse, some of the movie's files had gone to the Movies library, while others ended up under Music. We rescanned our libraries, but to no avail. While we could easily toggle a full-screen view, the so-called Mini mode merely hides the navigation panel, not the toolbar or the player controls.

Like most media players, Moovida's playback quality is limited more by the media and your system's graphics and sound capabilities than by codecs. But its library feature is awkward and error-prone, and its interface needs attention. It's certainly worth a look, but so are many other free players.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Finally I can watch a movie on my computer."

    January 10, 2012  |   By Donald L. Butts

    Version: Moovida Media Center 2.1.1

    Pros

    It loads up automaticly and switches to full screen easly

    Cons

    Needs an instruction manual to show people how to run it.

    Summary

    I have only used it to watch movies. If the help selection worked I could probably figure out how to view my photos and do way more with it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Answer to many codex problems"

    January 5, 2012  |   By plodinspain

    Version: Moovida Media Center 2.1.1

    Pros

    simple, easy to use,

    Cons

    found NO probles

    Summary

    Solved a codex problem with some files required to play some torrent films, and others.
    Easy to set up just follow instructions, easy to use, and very good reperduction. 9 out of 10.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "didn't work"

    December 26, 2011  |   By gymini29b

    Version: Moovida Media Center 2.1.1

    Pros

    couldn't tell you

    Cons

    installed and it failed during scan for files (windows vista warning: that the program failed), tried repeatedly to get it to work but no luck. so didn't work for me. can't tell you how well it works at all

    Summary

    good luck if you can get it going

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Excellent organizer with control issues"

    October 16, 2011  |   By ktoff

    Version: Moovida Media Center 2.1.1

    Pros

    This program does a really good job of organizing your media, downloads covers and info better than any other program I've used(I've tried plenty). The 3D part of it is really impressive, the player works well. Takes some time to figure everything out, no Help File just directs you to their FAQ on the web page. This would have gotten 5 stars except for one big problem, read Cons

    Cons

    This program makes itself the default program for close to 100 file extensions without asking, it even set itself as default for my Corel Draw .cdr files but can't even open them. If not for how well the program work I would have given it a lower rating for this issue.

    Summary

    If you don't mind it taking over defaults it's a very impressive piece of software

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