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Is this more useful then TmdbCheck? You decide. Here's an example of what you can do to explore The Movie Database:


1) Search for King Kong and double klick "King Kong (1976)
2) See info for the film. Double click on "Dino De Laurentiis Company".
3) See all titles produce by that company.


4) Close the company credits window and click on the Cast tab. Double click "Jessica Lange".
5) See all titles that Jessica Lange appears in. Double click on "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".


6) Now you get the info for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and you can go on from there.

Currently the initial search is only for movie titles. I could expand it so you could search directly for cast/crew or production companies. It's possible to add other features as well. Let me know if you are interested.
No feedback = no further development.

Note: Only movie titles are returned, not TV shows.

You can get TmdbInfo 1.0.0 here.
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Quoting Mamo:
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I considered (but probably this is not always the case) that already in the first 20 results you will get what you were looking for.

Usually true if you know the exact title you're looking for. However, if you would be looking for the 1966 horror movie "It!" with Roddy McDowall, that would come in at place 91. 
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Quoting hallo-marvin:
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I was using the csv export plugin, but you are right of course, it works fantastic in Profiler Query!
Many thanks to you, it is a wonderful tool!

Glad you found it useful! Always good to hear from a happy "customer". 
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Quoting Mamo:
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I do not know if I'm the only one that happens, but lately the excellent CastCrewEdit2 (which I've used for years) is exasperatingly slow.

Karsten added a bunch of functions that slows down CastCrewEdit2, but if you configure it "correctly" it isn't very slow.

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It's the most boring thing and for most users it's also useless. So they do not read them (myself included)

Yeah, well I do try to make my help files as easy to read as possible. So if people complain that they don't understand how the program works I can at least tell them that it's their own fault for not reading the help file. 

By the way, when you search TMDb you get one or more pages of 20 results each. It seems you only use one page of results. I use up to 40 pages, enabling up to 800 matches. There can be more than 40 pages, but if you loop through more than 40 you'll get trapped by TMDb's "40 calls in 10 seconds" limit.
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The image doesn't show.

I don't know what program you used to do the csv export, but you can use ProfilerQuery to do it.
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Why did I develop TmdbCheck?

I guess I can "blame" Mamo for this.    When he announced his program MDBtoDVDP, I learned that The Movie DB has an API. I thought that was interesting. I liked what Mamo had done, but at the same time I thought that it wasn't how I would have done it. So it became sort of an intellectual challenge.

Why would it be unnecessary?

Well, The Movie DB (TMDb) has one thing going for it. It actually encourages people to use its data (through the API), unlike IMDb which does the exact opposite. So if you develop a program against TMDb it should just keep working. BUT ... the big problem with TMDb is that it is far less comprehensive then IMDb when it comes to cast and crew, especially for somewhat older movies. Using DJ Doenas CastCrewEdit2 plus my CastCrewCheck is probably more efficient.

What does it do?

It fetches cast and crew information from The Movie DB and it lets you verify it against the actual movie credits if you play the movie on your PC. You can check off the credits as you see them, and edit them if necessary.

What doesn't it do?

At this point in time it is limited to the credits that are actually in TMDb. It won't let you add missing credits.

Will this, or other features be added later?

Perhaps, if anyone find it useful and asks for it. Right now I consider it more of a toy than a useful tool.
If you want to play with it and see what it can do, you can get it here.

Is there a help file?

Nah! Documentation is boring, and as long as I consider this a toy, you'll just have to figure things out by yourselves. But feel free to ask if you are wondering about something.
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Quoting Mamo:
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New version 1.1.0.1006

Looks fine now! 
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Not quite there yet:


Also, what kind of window are you using. It behaves oddly. It positions itself behind all other windows, so you have to minimize everything else to see it. And it minimizes like it is a child window:
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Ouch! Touchy subject. I hope you realize that my post wasn't entirely serious. You have your favorite development environment, and I have mine. I won't try to convince you to change. Just two points on the subject:

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So you do not have to rewrite everything again every three or four years.
Yes, Microsoft has had some ideas that haven't panned out, but Visual Studio has been fine. I started Windows development back in 1993, I think, with Visual Basic 3. The only time over 25 years that I have had to rewrite anything was when MS shifted to the .Net platform. And that is what, 15 years ago, or so? I did rewrite one of my projects from WinForms to WPF, but that wasn't out of necessity, but rather because I wanted to take advantage of the features in WPF and I happened to have time on my hands.

The main reason that I took a little stab at your development environment was that your program doesn't resize nicely. That may not be a big deal, but the fact is that with WPF that's more or less automatic.

Anyway, I like what you have done. Keep up the good work! And no hard feelings, I hope.
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Sample export file sent.

C++ Builder, huh? Well, close to a "real" development tool. 

I understand if you're reluctant to switch from the development environment that you're used to. I'm stubborn like that, too. But you are aware that Microsoft Visual Studio Community Edition is free, right? 

Personally I like VB.Net and WPF. I wouldn't try to convince a C++ guy to convert to VB, but C# and WPF is a powerful combination. Going from C++ to C# shouldn't be difficult. WPF (as opposed to WinForms) is a bit of a learning curve, but it really makes a huge difference when it comes to designing good user interfaces.

(end of sermon  )
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I know what the problem is. You are assuming that there is a one-to-one relationship between collection number and row number. That isn't true in my case.

If a box set does not contain individual cases for each film, the box set is assigned a collection number, and each title within the boxset is assigned the same number.

I think you'll find that a lot of DVDP users have different numbering schemes that are not consecutive.

Regarding API key:
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Our current limits are 40 requests every 10 seconds and are limited by IP address, not API key.


The program works fine with any name for the collection, mine is Owned.xml, but that doesn't show up when you browse for the collection file (unless you selecy All FIles). It would be probably better if you just browsed for *.xml.

Based on the dll:s you use, I assume that you are using Delphi, right? Just out of curiosity - why?
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I like the idea, but there are some problems.

- I can't believe that TMDB really requires every end-user to have their own API key.
- Why does the program require that the exported collection is named Collection.xml?
- The Settings uses a file browser to browse for the database directory. That's confusing.
- "Move the screen all the way to the left". That seems an odd setting. Why not just save the window position?
- "Automatically copy the data". Copy when? Copy what data?


- It doesn't seem to display accented characters correctly in the titles list: Pokémon
- It picks up the wrong data from my collection. The ID (996) is correct for Clash of the Titans, but the rest of the data is wrong.
- It doesn't handle bold and italic in the overview.
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Why would Invelos react to this? DJ Doena's CastCrewEdit had done the same from IMDb for years without any reaction.
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This is such an unusual credit problem that I seriously doubt that Ken would change the program in order to deal with it. And based on what he has said about covering every unusual situation in the rules, it also seems unlikely that there will be a rule change. But who knows ...

If you're not willing to bend the rules, but instead stick with both roles on one line, then I would prefer to not have the Voice checkbox checked. To me it would be more important to know that the actor actually appeared in the movie than to know that he had a voice-only role. But that's just me.
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Quoting iPatsa:
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We bend the rules all the time, otherwise "A Film by" credit wouldn't qualify as Director

There is a difference. "A Film by" is unambigous. "Ernest Hemingway's" doesn't in itself tell us what his contribution was. We may know that he wrote the story. If not, we may guess it means that he wrote it, since both producer and director are credited. But the credit in itself doesn't say it.

That said, I still think that this is a case for bending the rule.
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Based on logic - OMB
Based on the rules - no credit

We shouldn't bend the rules, should we? 
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Quoting dee1959jay:
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Bending the rules? Sacrilege!     

I'm a bad boy! 
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Ken has said that it is not possible to write rules that cover every possible situation.

This is a very unusual situation, and there seems to be two possible ways to handle it;
1. Change the program the way CubbyUps suggests.
2. Change the rules, or barring that, bend the rules.

So, if a movie credit requires two Profiler credits in order to properly document it, then I would bend the rules and create two credits in Profiler, document the reason, and let the scanners decide if it is acceptable.

It is, of course, perfectly acceptable to ask for a program change to handle such situations, but in my opinion that's wishful thinking.
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Ok, if it's two different roles, then I don't see why it shouldn't be two different credits?
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If I understand CubbyUps correctly this relates to someone playing the same character both real and animated. So in that case it is not voice only, so I don't see why that Voice checkbox should be checked. Or am I missing something?
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For those who are interested.

How it works in detail

MonoCheck uses a .Net audio library called NAudio in order to monitor the output from the PC's soundcard. This gives MonoCheck a floating point value for the left and right channel, and it computes the difference between these two values.

In theory, if the sound is mono there should be no difference, so the value should be zero. If it is 1-channel mono, then it probably is zero, unless the sound card introduces changes in the audio streams. If it is 2-channel stereo, then we have two separate channels encoded on the disc, and the encoding may introduce some slight variations, especially if it is not a lossless encoding.

So, a standard Dolby 2-channel mono track will definitely have some very minor differences. A stereo track will have much larger differences, but it will still be a very small value. What MonoCheck attempts to do is to magnify that value to the point where the integer part is still zero for a mono recording, but well above zero for a stereo recording. That way, the user should be able to see the displayed value stay at zero when it is mono, and vary quite noticeably when it is stereo.

Internally MonoCheck also keeps track of the highest raw value of the difference, in order to determine with some degree of accuracy if the track is 1-channel mono, 2-channel mono or stereo.

So, there are two things that has had to be determined by trial-and-error; the multiplier for the displayed value, and the threshold for the raw value. This means that MonoCheck is probably not 100% perfect, and may never be. But it should still be good enough to give a reliable result.


Currently the magnifier still seems to need a little tweaking. I have noticed that mono tracks may "spill over" and occasionally display 1 instead of 0. But that should not be enough to fool anyone into thinking that it is stereo. Stereo shows much larger values.

If anyone has a PC setup with more than 2 audio channels, for example 5.1, I would very much like to know if MonoCheck works there as well. I have not been able to test that.
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I found that the "noise" level limit for the prediction needed a bit of tweaking.
Stereo tracks with very limited stereo effects could be reported as M2 (2-channel mono).
You would still see the values changing, so you should realize that it's probably not mono, but still ...

Fixed in MonoCheck 1.0.1
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If it wasn't clear why I thought we needed a way to identify 2-channel mono, here it is.

From the Audio section in the rules:
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Note: Select Mono for both 1-channel and 2-channel mono.


Media players seem to always report 2-channel audio as stereo, which leads to a lot of profiles, especially for older movies, having the wrong information.

When in doubt - MonoCheck

PS For a brief moment I considered calling the program The MonoLisa, because it's a masterpiece. 
PPS Do read the help file before contributing! It really holds important information.
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So, losing the menu item also disables the shortcut? I didn't realize that.
I had an inkling that one could customize the menus, but I didn't know how. It's not exactly intuitive.
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I'm a bit confused because I tried to figure out why selecting a profile from ProfilerQuery didn't work for jfrench, until I found out that "Select by UPC"  doesn't appear on his DVD menu.



We're both running the latest Profiler. I'm on Win 10 and he's on Win 7, both 64 bit. I don't see why Windows version should make a difference. Anyone have any ideas as to why Select by UPC doesn't appear on his menu?
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