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@Lithurge:
I know the difference between P&S and open matte. But when I profile a movie that was shot widescreen but was released fullscreen, I can seldom tell if it was created by P&S or open matte.

Nowadays films are rarely released in fullscreen if they were shot widescreen, but for older DVD released this is a problem. Knowing that a release is not in the original aspect ratio is important, but open matte is less serious than P&S.
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Quoting Nexus the Sixth:
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I wouldn't assume anything. I would go by the packaging unless your research shows you otherwise.

The packaging hardly ever tells us how a fullscreen version was created, so that's really no help.
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It's my understanding that open matte presentation of widescreen films should be entered as Full Screen rather than as Pan & Scan. If that is correct , how are we to know if something is open matte?

It has been suggested to me that widescreen films that were originally no wider than 1.85:1 would normally be transfered as open matte for full screen presentation. Is that correct? If so, should we assume that full screen presentation of such movies are indeed open matte, and report them as Full Screen unless it can be determined that they actually are Pan & Scan?
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Make sure that the locality matches as well.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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How about locking the rating, and saving a backup copy of localities.xod? There will be no legitimate updates until further notice I think.

It's database updates, i.e. any time you refresh updated profiles, not program updates.

Rather than assume I can't read, try it. I did. I changed a rating, locked the profile, then refreshed from the online. The rating remained at the locked value. Saving the file protects against Invelos downloading and overwriting it.

I didn't say that your way couldn't work. I only commented on when the overwrite would happen.
I wouldn't recommend uploading a profile with a "fake" rating, but for a strictly local use I guess it would work.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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How about locking the rating, and saving a backup copy of localities.xod? There will be no legitimate updates until further notice I think.

It's database updates, i.e. any time you refresh updated profiles, not program updates.
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Yes and no, but mostly no.

The ratings are specified in a file named localities.xod normally found in C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\DVD Profiler. Theoretically it would be possible to add a new rating there (for local use).

BUT as the comment at the top of that files states:
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Users should not edit this file.  Any changes will be overwritten automatically as database updates are received.
And this is exactly what happens. I tested it.
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I have no plan to leave DVD Profiler, but out of curiosity I have looked at a few alternatives. I recently stumbled across EMDB - Eric's Movie Database. It's a free movie cataloging app, and if it is - as the name suggests - created by a single developer, then I am really impressed with what he has accomplished. I doubt that many Profiler users will find it a suitable replacement for DVD Profiler, but I decided to take a closer look anyway.



It does have features that some people have asked for in Profiler, like the ability to catalog downloaded movies, and play them from the the app. But it lacks a lot of features. It doesn't list any crew other than director, writers and composer, for example. And the program doesn't feel quite stable.

Would it be possible to import from DVD Profiler? Yes and no. There is a import facility. It requires a .csv file. Creating a .csv file that allows a basic import of title, UPC/EAN and production year is not too difficult. Creating in import file that includes things like cast and features would be a lot more complicated and would require some programming skill. There is in fact no field for features other than an "Extras" checkbox, but here are two custom fields, and one of those could probably do.

The program is then supposed to be able to update from IMDb or TMDb. The IMDb update didn't seem to find cast and crew, but it did import a poster image (used rather than a cover image). The update was slow, and unfortunately ended in a crash after a while. Updating against TMDb didn't seem to find very many of the titles.

There is no way to get the cover image from DVD Profiler in a batch update. You can update it manually, but that's not really practical unless you have a very tiny collection. Getting cover images from DVD Profiler could be possible with some programming.

To sum it up, it's fun to play a little with EMDB. Don't be afraid to try it. I seriously doubt that anyone who is used to DVD Profiler would settle for EMDB. But what do I know?
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Hm, interesting.

When I originally downloaded it I am sure that it was entered as a boxset. And when I look at the exported XML for the parent I see two child IDs. But when I check I can only find contribution notes for one of them.

It looks like the original contributor may have created two child profiles, but only got round to contributing one of them. So apparently that child profile was removed from the boxset, and its content was added back to the parent profile. That's what confused me.

Anyway, I'm glad we agree that it should be a boxset.
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I am a bit confused about this one:


EAN 5-027035-004761

It was originally entered as a boxset with two child profiles, but was later changed to a main profile with one child entered as a bonus film.

It looks like a boxset to me. Both film are equally presented on the cover and in the main menu. What say you?
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Am I the only one who watches Kenny Johnson in S.W.A.T. ?

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Quoting RMC:
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Does that mean no more discs will be added etc?

Nothing has changed. The web site is up (obviously) and contributions are being accepted.
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I think that the "child optional" rule should be viewed in historical context. When Blu-Ray/DVD combos were introduced, the storage space on Blu-Ray was so much greater than on DVD, so even though the HD features took much more space than the SD features on the DVD, storage space was never a constraint for the Blu-Ray, so there was never any reason to leave out any features.

With 4K/Blu-Ray combos, the situation is different. As I understand it, it is quite possible for the 4K features to take up so much more space that not all features that are found on the Blu-Ray may fit on the 4K. It is my belief that when the "child optional" rule was introduced, the 4K/Blu-Ray problem had not been considered, and in my opinion, when the Blu-Ray contains features that are not present on the 4K, the child profile should be submitted. Those who don't want the child profile can add said features to the 4K profile and keep it local.
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Quoting Kvack:
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I feel that people are mistreating how the main disc should be represented just because they don't like the "optional" child entries. Personally, I like being able to easily figure out which disc has which content.

And where do we draw the line? Are features really different than audio tracks. Some might consider a Spanish dub to be a feature. Or closed captioning. Would you really want them added to the main entry if they only existed on the child?

I agree.
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I just want to point out a minor problem.

4K discs are region free, Blu-ray discs may not be. So adding features from a Blu-ray disc to a 4K profile may be misrepresenting the accessability of that feature.
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Thanks Cyclograph!
I should have realized that bulk deletes could leave images. I seldom use it. I had seen the prompt, but forgot about it.

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if you do open a full profile preview window those images are left behind to be purged... or at least they were on my test.

Interesting! I just tried that with a profile, and I did get two images left. But not the images that was shown in the preview, but two of those "Image not available" with a big question mark. They were named with the correct UPC though. Strange!

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Now I wonder how many instability issues may be occurring due to file count overload with possibly many many thousands of such files orphaned over a long period of use..!

Gosh! I hope no one runs this tool with thousands of orphans images! It would be ugly. Not only would the program appear to hang for quite a while, it might well crash with an "out of memory" error. 
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I'm not going to add this program to my officially released programs, but if anyone wants to play with it to see if they can deduce why we get unused images, be my guest: UnusedImages.zip



Do remember: You must have an export of all profiles, not just Owned, if you have profiles in other collection categories as well. And if you have more than one database, make sure that the export file is from the database selected in the combobox.

Feel free to share your thoughts about why we get unused images!
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Quoting Nexus the Sixth:
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I think it's just thumbs from profiles you preview, but then decide not to download the full profile for.

Should be easy enough to confirm. Clean out your unused, preview a new profile and then run your tool again.

That sure sounded likely, but I just tested and no images were left after preview.

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I think you can check your Recycle Bin after running the command to see what artwork got deleted.
I think when you remove a profile from your collection the artwork remains.

Nope, that doesn't seem to be the case either.

I also tested if the cleanup affected the regular images as well (by copying in an image pair that wasn't in my collection), and it did.

So, no closer to the "why", I'm sorry to say. 
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Quoting Nexus the Sixth:
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I think it's just thumbs from profiles you preview, but then decide not to download the full profile for.

Should be easy enough to confirm. Clean out your unused, preview a new profile and then run your tool again.

Makes sense. I'll give that a try. Of course, it isn't conclusive proof that this is the only way to get unused images, but it seems logical. Thanks! 

I guess this means that the program stays in my ”Test” directory. Every little challange I take on teaches me something, so not a waste of time.
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One of the utilities found under Tools / Options / Utilities is Clean Image Directory. It removes unused images. I've always been curious about that. Why do we get unused images. What are they?

Well, I hacked together a small program to find and show these images before I clean them out.
Here's what it looks like in its early rudimentary form:


It turns out that right now I have 18 unused images (9  front and 9 back images), all Thumbnails. No unused regular images. That doesn't tell me why they are orphaned, but perhaps it can give me a clue. Is it always just thumbnails, or can there be regular images as well?

Now, given the apparent low interest in new tools, I'm inclined to leave this as just an experiment. I'm not going to spend time making it "market ready" if no one is interested. So if any of you are actually interested, let me know and I might reconsider.
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Quoting Mithi:
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I haven't tried this, but can you unlock the full functionality of a new DVDP installation using your registration key without a connection to Invelos.com?

Looks good so far. Opened a VM (Oracle VM VirtualBox) which never had a DVD Profiler installed. Switched off the network, installed Profiler and everything looked OK. While restoring a backup it warned of limitations, coz unregistered, I only restored 50. Then entered registration, new BD restore, no nagging and every profile was restored. 

Excellent Mithi!   
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Quoting scotthm:
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can you unlock the full functionality of a new DVDP installation using your registration key without a connection to Invelos.com?

Good question. It's entirely possible that the name / key combination can be verifed entirely within DVD Profiler, but I guess one would have to test it to find out.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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the column is available in the collection tab

Location Description, yes, but not Location ID.
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how can you distinguish two entries in your table that have the same Disc ID, but different localities?

I can't, but the probability that anyone would have 2 (or more) Disc ID profiles with the same ID but from different locations is so low that I don't think it matters. Anyway, double clicking the row in IdCheck will take you to the correct profile.
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Adding to collection "multiple", and flag sets, both use the internal profile ID format, including the locality suffix with the US exception. While not explicitly in the UI, anybody who uses those, must understand the format.

Not sure what you mean by collection "multiple", but it's not necessary to understand the format for using flag sets, unless you manipulate them outside of Profiler (which I assume that most users don't do).
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Quoting mediadogg:
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I would vote for removing the "I" from the disc ID display, because the "I" is actually not part of the disc ID, but it is part of the Profile ID Base (UPC).

I have to admit that I hadn't given it any thought until I was proofreading the post, and I felt that explaining it would be sufficient. But I'll put it on my to-do list for a further update (if any).

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if your table were labelled "Profile ID Base" or "UPC/EAN", it would be more accurate

Well, UPC or EAN wouldn't be accurate since a Disc ID is neither. And since the locality suffix is never actually shown anywhere in the DVD Profiler user interface, I'm not sure that including it would "unconfuse" people.
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IdCheck version 1.1.1

I don't quite know what to say. Looking at the code I see that I actually did the comparison correctly, even for alternate IDs. I just should have displayed the original ID instead of the alternate ID. Color me absent minded.

So I changed that, and added a checkmark to show that the profile actually has a alternate ID.
But I also found I bug that I fixed, so it was good that I had to have a close look at the code. It turns out that double clicking a row to select the profile in Profiler only worked for US profiles. Doh!    Anyway, that's been fixed. And now it looks like this:



There is something screwy, though. It looks like we actually can get different IDs on a new submission. I'm going to have to dig deeper to investigate that.

Note: The Disc IDs don't actually start with "I". This was added to make the comparison easier since the profile ID does start with an "I". Maybe I ought to have dropped it in the display? Call me lazy ...
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