Movie Explorer is a handy tool that will help you build a database or a kind of overview of what movies are available on a specific source. It’s really meant for those of us who have a large collection of movies, most likely in a number of digital locations like various hard drives or external storage, but it could be useful to nearly anyone who has a collection they want to keep track of.
I have a huge collection of movies. I have been a film lover for as long as I can remember, and many of my earliest memories are of watching one thing or another on the screen. Therefore, I have more movies than the average person probably does, in both DVD and digital format, and I am always on the lookout for good ways to keep track of my collection, what’s in it, and other kinds of organizational tools I can use to keep my collection straight and easily navigated.
Now, Movie Explorer really does appeal more to people like me, that have a large collection of movies on digital storage of some kind, but it also has a lot to offer the average user that just wants to be more organized, or that might be looking at building a larger collection.
The first and biggest thing to describe Movie Explorer as an application is “easy” in my opinion. To begin with, it doesn’t require any installation. It is designed to be run as a standalone .exe file so you can put it on a flash drive or other portable device for quick and easy access to it from anywhere, no matter if you have internet access at the time. Once you’ve downloaded and run the program for the first time, it will automatically scan the drive it is running from, and display results in the open window.
The first thing you will likely want to do is to open the Options menu (via the little wrench in the upper left corner) and change a couple of things to suit your own needs. For example, as a search engine and database, it has imdb.com as the default. While there’s nothing wrong with the imdb source, there is also another and a third option to combine the two. I personally use the combination option, as it offers the best coverage and method to get accurate results, in my opinion. What it does, specifically, is to let you assign either imdb or moviemeter as the database to pull relevant information for each tag section like genre and year of production. After you have made your changes in that area, including the option to have Instant Search turned on or off, you’ll want to move on the to Categories tab. This is where you’ll be able to add different directories for the program to scan. Once given a complete list of locations, Movie Explorer will offer a pretty accurate view of the movies on your system.
The main view in Movie Explorer is the explorer window, where you’ll see relevant information for each of your movie or other video titles. The only major downfall I found in this whole program was the fact that incorrectly tagged or titled files don’t come up accurately, since the database of imdb as well as moviemeter are based on tag comparison. This means that, as opposed to fileprint recognition (like that used to identify audio programs on some popular software) you will have to make sure you have things, at least, labeled properly. If your files are labeled incorrectly, you’re bound to get incorrect info from the database but since that is a problem most other programs of this type suffer from as well, I don’t count it as much of a downside.
Fast, easy to use, no frills, basic and effective and all for free. These things combine to make Movie Explorer one of the solid programs on my list of excellent freeware. If you’re looking for another way to organize your movie collection on your storage devices, this is a great way to do it at no cost. Until next time, my friends.
Get Movie Explorer here.