By Don Saunders
Starting CeeMedia brings up the spartan window below.
There are three initial options available to choose from:
Choosing the "Add a new movie" brings up a dialog box, which lets you
either manually add the entries to the movie you wish to add to your
database, or alternatively you can search one of the supported movie
databases. Currently, the All Movie Guide, AlloCine.fr, Amazon, IMDb,
and Laserdisken are supported by CeeMedia. My favorite online movie site
is IMDb, although the All Movie Guide
has great reviews of films. These online databases are essential for
compiling your own collection, as manually entering all the movie
details would be extremely laborious. Using the IMDb database as the source, I entered "Nutty
Professsor II", and searching using IMDb brought up the list below.
Searching with IMDb supports words, fuzzy, or regular expressions
options, and you can limit your searches to movies and/or TV series.
Adding the movie to my personal database was simple and intuitive, and
it did not take more than a few minutes to have added 20 of my movies to
the database. The software allows you to import the cover of the film
into the database, and has a curious feature of viewing
your collection in a 'shelf mode'.
CeeMedia also lets you to import movies from files or folders,
although as I anticipated, the .mvc (Movie Collections format of Movie
Collector) is unfortunately not supported. You can however export the database to CSV (Comma
Separated Value) format, although exporting to HTML would be more
useful for my purposes.
When you have added a number of movies to your database, you'll then
want to view them all together. The screenshot below shows CeeMedia in
its "As List" view.
You can customise this view to show/hide any of the
following columns: Cover, Rating, Title, Original Title, Director,
Media, Starring, Genre, Country, Language, Released, Run time, and
Manufacturer, and you can sort the entries. The program's layout is simple, clean, and allows a
reasonable amount of customization. It is unfortunate that there is a
formatting bug when importing the reviews from IMDb.com, which makes it
difficult to read the reviews, but this should hopefully be corrected in
a later release.
Finally, the filter is a handy feature which
allows, for example, to search for movies that match your criteria,
although there's no functionality to limit filters for specific fields.
Filtering occurs following every individual character entered, which
saves typing the whole term to find the particular movie(s).