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Just to set the record straight, I agree with the original poster's idea and the need for this. I got some feedback that I was coming across as trying suggest a plugin would be a better way to do it. Wrong. I was offering to help. As my days of plugin programming diminish, perhaps I am a bit over eager to get as much done while my brain is still working. So consider the plugin talk over until/unless somebody requests it. I'll try from now on to "speak only when spoken to." 
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Quoting Blade185:
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I've taken a few example screenshots from an entry with the "Free_MovieDB" software that focuses on an Actors profile - bio, dob, age, place of birth, filmography, film posters and screenshots of the Actor from movies, award shows etc.

This software actually also incorporates additional info that I have been using myself for years (and not copied from another person's idea) like goofs, trivia and one I don't use quotes. Anyway, how do I upload without the use of some external image managing site? As far as I can tell, you can just upload photos to a message directly right...you have to link to a image vault?

Send me a private message and I can give you an email address where you can attach images. I can then put them on my own web site for posting here. Based on what you've mentioned so far, the only thing we would probably avoid up front would be awards, since there is already a plugin for that, with a documented format for loading awards data. So, it would be someday be possible to also load that data into DVD Profiler.
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Quoting Blade185:
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Quoting mediadogg:
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OMG I just noticed your country flag! Guess where I am now? East London, visiting my son and his family. Having a blast with my grand daughter. Heading back to New York tomorrow.


LMAO!! And guess where I am...East London as well!! 

Clearly an omen if I ever saw one ... cheers!!!!
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Another point about plugins - not specifically to you, but to any who may be following our conversation: I've noticed that Ken sometimes waits to see how people react to plugins before spending the effort to change the program. I remember:

Before Copy/Paste, we had BulkEdit, which is still here, but Copy/Paste does a lot - easily and simple to use.

Before the ability to email, there was DVDeMail, now obsolete. Need I say it, Ken's version is better.

Before My Links, there was LoadDVD, still here, but for basic functionality, My Links is fine.

Before Custom Categories, there was MyTabs (a disaster, now obsolete).

(I only mentioned mine, but the same has happened with other developer plugins as well).

Now we have Custom Fields. And this thread has presented one of the most outstanding ways to try and use it. So, let's try. Ken put an enormous amount of effort into that capability.
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Hey now!!!! Something is cooking in the kitchen!

Well, just to start small and easy, do you have any kind of sample app that is xx% close to what you would want as a user interface? If so, maybe just share a screen shot or two.

If not, just whenever you have a few minutes, try to share the type and format of data you capture - like you already did - just more complete details.

That would be a great start. And thanks for your openness and compassion.

OMG I just noticed your country flag! Guess where I am now? East London, visiting my son and his family. Having a blast with my grand daughter. Heading back to New York tomorrow.
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Quoting Blade185:
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I just think we need this feature fully integrated within DVDPro. I was messing around with a few external applications like Free MovieDB, Movie Library and Memento Database a while ago, just trying and create my own local Actors library of personal information, career info and movie history. But I gave up, because even though it had alot of the information I wanted on individual Actors, I got frustrated with the thought that this should be part of DVDPro, and if it ever was, I didn't want to have to compile it all over again (it's alot of work and very time consuming). So I still wait here in hope it will happen one day

What if a couple of developers collaborated on a plugin - the new kind, that can save data into the database, so you don't have to redo it later?

Would you be willing to contribute your design ideas for what data needs to be captured and then test the prototypes? Don't worry, no hard feelings if you say no, and stick to your guns. Trust me, there is lots of work to be done. This item just happened to catch my attention.
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Quoting Blade185:
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I just think we need this feature fully integrated within DVDPro. I was messing around with a few external applications like Free MovieDB, Movie Library and Memento Database a while ago, just trying and create my own local Actors library of personal information, career info and movie history. But I gave up, because even though it had alot of the information I wanted on individual Actors, I got frustrated with the thought that this should be part of DVDPro, and if it ever was, I didn't want to have to compile it all over again (it's alot of work and very time consuming). So I still wait here in hope it will happen one day

Totally understand. But just so you know where I was coming from, my proposal is to use the new feature in DVDP called custom fields. The Bio app I am proposing will store all information in the database and online, be filterable and available in HTML windows. See the SideCar plugin for an example. Create a test database and play with it, to get an idea of what it means.

One of the justifications for plugins, is that new features can be put into DVDP without needing to wait for official releases or depending on an already overloaded Ken. But if the view continues to be "if not in the base product, then we will either do without it, or wait", then I will just stop proposing plugins. Hammer looking for nails - why bother.
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I have an idea of how I could add this to SideCar (no reason other than to avoid the overhead oif supporting another plugin).

I was thinkig of doing a mockup of the UI that people could play with, so it would be no impact on the database. Anybody interested in messing with a prototype and suppling feedback? I wouldn't even mind if somebody wants to totally replace it - if the community likes it better. Then I could either "plugin-ize" it, or help the other guy get started if he is not already a plugin developer.

But wait, isn't CinematicCollectionViewer already sort of that? I guess I need to go ahead and install the plugin to learn it. I keep recommending it, but have only a brief understanding if what it does. I absolutely HATE redoing work that has already been done, or stomping on some other good plugin. So, everybody who is interested, please take at look at that one before going forward ...
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But, that said about Tags, "rifle shots" are easy to do: such as, Collection>Flagged>Unset all Tags, or "Clean all Tags from the database" - stuff like that. Requires no complex UI interactions, just loop through and smash.

So, anything like that ... let me know.
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Quoting bebbaboo:
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I use BulkEdit all the time!  Please don't scrap it!  It does what I need as is, unless you can add tags somehow.  They are custom, so I don't imagine that would be easy.  But it is an excellent tool.

Thanks!

Whew, just in the nick of time!    I was kind of depressed to get no feedback from users.

I do have some bug fixes and a few improvements done, and will go ahead and release those.

Not doing tags was a conscious decision  because DVDP already has a way of bulk updating (set / unset) Tags. An yes, it would be a fair amount of work.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Quoting Devion27:
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what is a Mac?

The child of a Mac Daddy. 
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Oh, sweet!  A little trial and error, and then that worked like a champ.  Well, at least setting the parent DiscIDs from the child DiscID.

Flagged all the profiles, went into the sheet, and just copied and pasted.  (I ran into a couple of access violations, but I'm assuming that's because the current plug-in is for 3.9+ and not 4.0)

Thanks for the tip and plug-in mediadogg

Rink

Well that's what I do ... helping you do what you do - called teamwork.

By the way, if you ever get the time to grab a screen shot of one of those access violations, I would appreciate it.
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Thanks for those updates. My PC is just about configured. Will get to try it soon myself.
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Or the plugin SideCar. But maybe not ... those custom fields are at the profile level. But it is there if you want to take a look.

Another idea: find a way to trick the credit photos or scene photos. The information would not be searchable if you kept the image instead of text, but it's an idea. Since it is biographical information, it wouldn't change so much. Just keep a folder of nicely formatted bio info as pdf or powerpoint, and save pages as necessary as images.
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Quoting specise_8472:
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EDIT: DVDFab and SlyFox will possibly NEVER offer 4k support. They have come out and said that they are not developing it. I suspect that they 'made a deal' to be allowed to keep doing Bluray but not 4k so the studios would leave them alone. Just my personal take.

I agree that this is likely the case.

What I am concerned mostly with, is being able to play a 4K disc on my PC, which Cyberlink claims it can do, and being able to read 4K UHD discID into DVD Profiler. I still don't know if that is possible. Is that what you were saying?
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Not sure if this helps you: BulkEdit Collection > Flagged > Clone Children from DiscIDs

I have an open question in the BulkEdit thread, asking for suggestions for next release. Not sure if you use BulkEdit, or would want to, but now is the time to request whatever you need. If you make a request, the more explicit you can be, the better - i.e. an example.
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I worked a little bit on AutoHotKey. Now I'm able to add them in bunches of 1000 to profiles. So I'll create profiles for v10...

Wow, good man!!! I started a bit with AutoIT, but didn't get very far. Glad you had better success! 
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Great information here! I just bought a used ThinkPad and a "4k" replacement drive for it and the latest CyberLink, and I also have DVDFab Passkey.

I haven't put it all together yet, but based on this discussion, I don't expect to be able to play 4K UHD, which was my hope. But that's OK - maybe at least I can get "discID" setting within DVD Profiler?

I know that Blu-Ray DVDP discID is proprietary and not related to any kind of Blu-Ray standard. Is it the same for 4K UHD, or is there an actual Industry discID that is being used in DVDP?
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I used AutoHotKey for another (similar) problem, but it ended up in multiple entries of the same case member in the profiel. There is some timing issue between AutoHotKey and DVDProfiler...

I've sent a PM to the author of the Headshots Master DB v10, how he created the files. Let's see, if he can help...

Good idea!
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I just looked at the Cast Edit screen. It is ripe for an AutoIt approach. Place the cursor in the cast list and press arrow down. Scrape the name and birth year. Notice whether an image appears in the fixed rectangle (it will either be mostly all white or not - simple). And loop until done. Do the same for crew.

Anybody up for a fun AutoIt game?
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Yes, and the fact, that the XML export only covers cast and crew for exported profiles. Cast and crew members, which are not listed in any profiles are ignored.

Brutal solution (feasible?): Create one mock-profile and assign all possible cast & crew to it? 

Even that would not be so brutal if there were a way to do it with a program. But even a plugin can't do that - at least I haven't found a way. A USER can do it - manually - but .... yeah ....
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Ok got it. The code for profile-attached head shots was easy (i.e. flag cast / crew with/without images). It was an interesting diversion, so I did it, but I think that feature is also part of CCV. If I can find a way to discover orphans inside a plugin, I will let you know.
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Just to be sure, you are not talking about custom photos that are in the CreditPhotos or ScenePhotos folders, right? They are of course, already mostly organized by profile ID, except you can have files or folders with Cast or Crew names as well.

Do you have some of those that you didn't know about?
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Ok, a couple of things:

1. I need that confirmation. No points for doing work that is already done. (Edit: I think you already did that in a post that I missed.)
2. I'm not sure I can access cast / crew not attached to a profile, even in a plugin. So maybe I can't help after all ... I think the Repair Tool will strip them out, but I don't see a way for a plugin to get that data. I'm guessing that it would be orphaned data that was not removed when a profile was deleted or edited. I can't think of another way non-connected cast / crew could get into a database. Can you?

Plugins can use either Delphi or C#. But first you must get approved as a developer. All details are then available in the Plugin Development Forum. It would be nice to get another developer.
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Quoting AiAustria:
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... just a thougt: Does anybody know, which data base the files in the database folder belong to? Maybe the files can be imported to Access or another data base??

Did you look at the tools and links I provided? There is at least one that creates an Access from the XML export.

Only problem is: the XML does not have a flag for the existence of a head shot (maybe I'm wrong, I only checked briefly). But of course that information is available internally to a plugin.

If you can confirm by looking at the references I gave, that nothing is available, I would be willing to take a look at doing something quick. Probably stuff some code it into a non-public version of an existing plugin such as MyTools, that you could install temporarily. It wouldn't be pretty, but I would try to make it do what you need.
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