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As it says in my signature, I use DVD Profiler for VHS tapes, audio DVDs, audio books (cassettes and CDs) and video games (disk based and digital), as well as films and TV I've bought digitally.  I've just added custom Media Types for these, plus a few tags.  It's interesting to be able to do this and see what cast, crew and franchises have crossed over between them.

There're a few fields that in some cases doesn't make sense, but most of these can just be left blank.  As you can only keep them in your local database, you can invent your own rules for what and who you do and don't track, without worrying someone will object.

I find it works pretty well and it's quite interesting to profile these other things for a change, as they're a bit different to do compared to doing DVDs and Blu-ray discs all the time.  I do tend to profile them from scratch, but as has been suggested it's just as valid to download existing profiles as a starting point and then edit them for your digital copies of films etc.  Of course it takes a bit of time, but the profiling process itself can be quite enjoyable and satisfying to do for it's own sake.
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Quoting DJ Doena:
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I know I'm going to get weird side glances for this, but here it goes.

Ripping my whole collection to disc is not worth the effort because most of the stuff I bought I will never watch again. 

There will be the occasional favorite that get played again from time to time but most movies I've seen once and enjoyed them / did not enjoy them but will probably never watch again.

There's just too much new stuff coming out every year to go back to most of the old stuff. According to my statistics I have a net play time of 854,255 minutes. That's 1 year 228 days 5 hours 35 minutes.

Even if many of the discs in these cases will never play again, I probably would not notice.

Why collect them then? Because movies and TV shows are my hobby. I bought them, I watched them and then I put them on the shelves. Bibliophilists, numismatists and philatelists do the same.

To spend money on hard drives, NASes and - as AiAustria pointed out - the electric bill is just not worth the risk of losing the ability to play one of these discs.


Have to say I kind of agree with this.  It's rare that I watch something more than once.  And I know I buy discs at two to three times the rate that I watch them at, so the 'backlog' problem I have is getting worse as time goes buy. I would guess I've only watched about 10% of the discs I have.  There's something unsettling about measuring one's own mortality by the number of films and TV series I will never get around to watching!

The only exception to making additional copies of things is when I buy films digitally. Whenever I watch one of these I now use AnyStream to make a copy I can keep.  I just don't trust Amazon (or anyone else for that matter) to somehow remove my access to my digital films that I've bought to access.  I backup everything, including these digital copies, once a week to a separate hard drive on another computer (that's otherwise almost always switched off).  I have got a really old NAS (that I bought when I was a lot more interested in 'computer stuff' than I am now), but I just use that for music, so it can be accessed from a number of devices.
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I use it more times than not whenever I audit the cast/crew of a disc.  It's so much easier than trying to search through everything in other ways. 

I REALLY appreciate it.  Thank you for doing it and keeping it up to date. 
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I knew what GoT meant (inset smug emoticon here please), but I've never watched a single episode although I've bought the series box set on Blu-ray. Not sure when I'll watch it. I only watched Babylon 5 last year for the first time but I bought that 15 years ago; the plastic wrapping around the boxes was very dusty!

I don't enter location crew into the main profile for anything, but don't remove it if someone's already put it there. Locally I keep both location and unit crew in the Other section.
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Quoting DJ Doena:
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I love tags! Even an idiot like me can use them too.  Don't have a Christmas one but can identify all the films I've watched with cats in them.  Have most recently added Bleak Ending and Great Soundtrack to mine.
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Quoting DJ Doena:
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The living room window sill is full of cacti though. 


I see your cacti and raise you three succulents:



I probably ought to have pulled the blind down, but at least you get to see some DVDs in the reflection.  I used to have a lot more cacti (and other succulents) than I have now.  They once spent an entire summer in a box under a bed.  The Carnegiea gigantea (second from the left) I grew from a seed in 1982.  It's got a bit to go before it catches up with the giant ones you get in the wild!  And for anyone who's confused, yes, the walls and ceiling are bright yellow.
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Fun reading Spiky! Goodness knows we need a little levity these days. 


To be honest I wish I hadn't started, as it was so complicated! (And I used the wrong their/there too, which really bugs me.)
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In the bedroom are my audio books.

And where do you store your wife? 

The kitchen, obviously! Duh...


I'm afraid there isn't a woman on the planet stupid enough to take on that role.    Even if there was, I'm not sure she'd want to live in what's basically a cross between a man cave, a home cinema in a shoe box, a Blockbusters store and a record shop, stuck between posters (nicely framed) of a Spitfire, the Enterprise (NCC1701-D), Alyson Hannigan, Sid Vicious, Ani DiFranco, and Tom & Jerry.

The living room window sill is full of cacti though. 
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No, no no, you're all doing it wrong! 

I store all my DVDs & BDs in these boxes.  I've three that sit under the sofa out of the way, but are easy just to pull out when I need access to them.  Discs here are stored/sorted in the order I buy them (with the storage numbers referenced via Profiler that I've installed on a small Android tablet I keep just for this reason), unless a gap opens up where I've got rid of something for some reason, when I'll fill that first.  Nearly all the cases I've disposed of (mostly given away via Freecycle), but the sleeves, slip covers and any inserts, booklets etc I keep in A5 plastic pockets in A5 leaver arch files on some shelves in my hall.  There are presently 28 of these.

However...

I keep all my music-related (live performances etc) discs (with their original cases etc) (and quite a number of VHS tapes) on there own shelves (in my hall).  These are stored alphabetically (with the media types and different case sizes mixed up together), as it's not too much bother to move them when needed to make room for something new higher up the alphabet.  The exception are old bootleg VHS tapes, which sit on top of the shelve units.

All my TV series and programmes are in the hall too, but in separate shelf units.  These are also stored alphabetically, and within franchises normally chronologically.  Again, like the music the media types and cases types are mixed up.  However, bigger TV box sets get stored sort of on top of the shelf units and a book case in a quite random way, to use the most of the available space as the shelves are basically full now.

However...

In the living room are shelf units with all my Marvel, DC and Doctor Who related discs/cases, both films and TV.  Doctor Who is stored in chronological order, (except box sets containing more than one story, which are then stored where the oldest episode in the box would be placed.)  DC and Marvel have some degree of chronological storage, but I also take into account their release dates and which sub-franchise they're related to as well. In all cases media types are mixed together.

Also in the living room are shelf units for any other releases that have more than one disc to a box/package, or an unusual case or cover, plus all my UHD discs; (if they didn't have any of these things they'd be in the storage cases under the sofa).  These are stored alphabetically with the media types mixed together.  A few large box sets get stored on top of the shelves just because they look nice and use up the 'spare' space there.

All my non digital games are in the living room too (along with all my CDs, cassettes and vinyl).  These are again stored alphabetically, although in the case of my cassettes, vinyl and CDs, these are also sorted by media type and size first, with any unusual sizes kept separately.

In the bedroom are my audio books.  These are stored together by franchise, with some attention to chronology.

See, much simpler and straightforward.
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Same thing here, pretty often actually.
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Thanks for the replies people.

I think an 'empty' box set profile with four child profiles (one per film) is my preferred option too.
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Hello

In the UK the Post Office has just released some nice Star Trek stamps.

https://shop.royalmail.com/special-stamp-issues/star-trek

There're 37 options for purchasing related things! 
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Quick question.  I hope...

Just image if you will, a keep case with two, doubled sided discs in it. Each side has a separate feature film on it, (so four films in all).

Do we make a box set and then add each film as a separate child profile?  How do we indicate the double-sided nature of the discs in this case?

or

Make a box set and then two child 'sub' box-sets (one for each disc) and then one child profile containing both films to the relevant sub box set, (a bit like episodes for a TV series or a compilation of shorts)?

or

Make a box set and then two child 'sub' box-sets (one for each disc) and then two child profiles to each of these relevant sub box-sets, one for each film?  Again, how do we indicate the double-sided nature of the discs in this case?

or (dare I say it)

Something else.

I've seen a few different ways of doing this within existing profiles, so am not sure which is the best way to do them now.  Thanks people!
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It seems to me that most disc have "Spanish" and "Castillian" Spanish which if I understand correct, is not the same at Catalonian which is an option.  I think people treat the two as the same sometimes and again if I understand correctly, Castillian and Catalonian are different.

This is true. "Castillian" should not be entered as "Catalonian". The question that remains is, when faced with both a "Spanish" and "Castillian" audio track, whether you would just call that second audio track "Spanish" again, or whether you'd label that as "Other". From what I've seen, "Castillian" is pretty consistently entered as "Spanish", so that's what I've been doing as well.


That's what I think I've been doing too.  Unfortunately it doesn't work for subtitles, because of how they work in the database.

Lots of interesting things about languages here that I didn't know before, so thanks for taking the time people.
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Has anyone ever created a coffee table book by using a report or created a report that one may like. I wanna create a book so I can inform guest that come over to my house on to what movies I own and all and not have to pull up the website nor show them my iPad.

Thanks


I really like this idea, it's a bit silly but kind of nice too.

I like the idea of one profile per page, but then I realise how thick and heavy that would be.  For my collection I'd need a book about 16" wide to hold them, a hefty tomb!  (I measured an ordinary new book with 250 pages in it of 'art-quality' paper and it's about three-quarter of an inch wide.)  If you wanted a book which you could remove, add or changes pages in, it would need to be even wider to accommodate that sort of spine/binding.

I have a decent sized collection and about 75% of my discs (so that's about 2,700) are stored in 'flight cases' with all the sleeves in A5 punched pockets; it takes 30 lever arch files to hold all the latter, which take up over 7' of shelf space.

As a compromise, I quite like the idea of a sort of electronic book that could sit in a tablet, that actually works like a magazine.  But even this doesn't have the speed of use and flexibility of a real book and that nice ability they have to flick through them.  Or something that would work like an e-book perhaps?

I guess I could have lots of smaller coffee table books, split into different categories somehow....  (Cue hours of fun trying to decide what those would be.)   

Maybe one page per profile just isn't feasible once a collection gets to a certain size?  (The cost of the printer ink alone...!)
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Catalonian, the second "Spanish" language is available.

If there is really a language, which is not available we have "other"...


Hello. The example that prompted my question has Audio Tracks for Spanish (Traditional Sort) 1 and Spanish (Traditional Sort) 2, but as my Spanish speaking ability is worse than my Klingon, I can't tell the difference.  Also, I recently saw a disc that had (I can't remember the exact wording but basically it was) Spanish for Spain and Spanish for South America, so the latter would suggest there're still two versions of Spanish as well as Catalonian. 

Seriously, life would be so much easier if no one working in films/TV was allowed to have the same name as anyone else ever who's also worked in films/TV; and everyone spoke English, (Traditional of course). 
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Hello.  Have question.  Need wisdom.

Some languages come in different 'versions', such as Spanish.

How do we deal with these with respect to the online database?

If there're two different Spanish audio tracks do we enter them separately, but call them both Spanish?

If there're two different sets of Spanish subtitles, we enter then as Spanish and Other, or just one as Spanish?

Thanks.
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Just took new pictures today, they can be found here.


That looks so lovely and tidy.  Whatever I do I can't seem to make my room look anything other than Blockbusters used to on a Saturday night after all the drunks have been in!  Who does your dusting?  The tops of my cases seem to permanently have a layer of dust on them.
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Just noticed that the name of someone I've included in the details for a contribution I've made is too rude for Invelos.  It's been replaced with the somewhat silly "meanie-weanieo".

Anyone else ever come across this?  (I guess it's hard to compare details, as we can't actually put the names here.) 

Has it ever happened with a Title?
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Hello.  Thanks for your replies.  It does indeed look like one of things things that's been considered a few times but never really been resolved.

For myself, in my local database I list all the audio tracks available for either version once, T!M's "merge" variant that eliminates duplicates.  (I also do this for double packs that contain the same film on both BD and DVD, as I don't keep the DVD as an individual profile locally but like to have a record of what's on it anyway.)

If you only list the audio (and for that matter the subtitles) from the longest version, then you can end up with slightly inconsistent looking information, such as a Commentary ticked as a Feature but with no corresponding audio track. (In fact this is exactly what's happened with a contribution for "Ted" I submitted this morning that I didn't change the Audio for as it got me thinking about this).  We merge information like Features (and in fact most other things), so not to do the same for Audio (or subtitles) seems again a bit inconsistent.  I guess another alternative nowadays might be to list each version as a totally separate Alternative Version, effectively treating each as a separate film?

The more I think about this the more frustrated I get (I like things to be black and white) and I suspect it's just an example of a bigger issue in how the 'same' film is treated in the online database, whether it's different versions or the same versions on different media.  The original system based on UPC or Disc ID has generally worked well, but when we start to try to be more granular, the limitations and inconsistencies start to get in the way.

The world is full of 'lumpers' and 'splitters' and the two will never agree!
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Hello.

I can't imagine this hasn't been discussed before, but I can't seem to find anything in the rules or forum, sooo..

When there's more than one version of a movie on a disc (for example Theatrical and Extended Versions) that have different audio tracks, which are eligible for the online database? 

Thanks.
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I do have a suspicion that people maybe contribute less now because the Rules have become so out of date and looking through the forums for answers (if you can even work out how to do that effectively), just turns up a small group of people disagreeing over the interpretation of them.  As physical media has 'upgraded' and more and more examples of things that don't fit the Rules have been highlighted, it really has become difficult in a lot of cases to confidently contribute, especially if you haven't done it often.

Speaking for myself, I sometimes don't contribute updates I've made to my own local database, as some things are too contentious/unclear and I can't be bothered to waste my time and that of others with inaccurate contributions. I like clear instructions and for an increasingly larger number of DVDs etc, the Rules don't really provide this.
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And it just feels more fitting to have a 90s sitcom on DVD.


That's an interesting thought.  I've recently watched both Dirty Harry and Rocky on DVD and do remember thinking that the DVD quality somehow added to the grimy feel of the locations. However, not sure if this was me thinking clearly or just trying to justify not upgrading them to Blu-ray to save the money.

(I also have to admit though that I have very recently bought Rocky on Blu-ray, but haven't watched it yet.) 
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Yes I agree with you entirely.  Even pretty mainstream and popular films are quite often missing.  If certainly an issue that's getting more common I think.

And yes, the fact that actually most are there when I add a new film to my collection is still pretty cool.
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Where's the dissenting voices?!

Still, we'll have Star Trek Picard / Star Trek: Picard to think about at some point.

When I win the Lottery, a whole box set of Power Rangers is top of my buy list; like that one I think Shout! Factory released a few years ago. 
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