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Giveaway of the day — Movienizer 6.3

Organize your movie collection with Movienizer!
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 263 (33%) 546 (67%) 28 comments

Movienizer 6.3 was available as a giveaway on October 29, 2013!

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Movienizer is a movie organizer for home collections of any size. Works with all sorts of media, including DVD, Blu-ray, video files in any format, and more. Downloads information about movies and actors from the internet, including covers, photos, wallpapers, filmographies, etc.

Can create illustrated movie catalogs for Dune HD, Popcorn Hour A-400, Google TV, HD TV, Windows Media Center. Includes a plugin to rename video files.

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1

Publisher:

Maniac Tools

Homepage:

http://www.movienizer.com/

File Size:

32.2 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#28

Just tested the portable version, as suggested by Giovanni (thanks!). It works great - with the reg details, taken from the regular zip file, offered here. I only needed to restart the program, after inserting the name and the code. This way I don't have to make changes to the Registry and still get to download all the relevant movie info.

Yes, the program does create a folder in My Documents but obviously, the info HAS to reside somewhere on the HD, so no big deal there.

The updates are a snap.

Thanks for this offering. I'm keeping the portable file and erasing the other one.

Reply   |   Comment by Hans A.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Will not install on second PC. Tried to install on 2 notebooks on the same LAN. Second notebook could not register the GOTD version. I emailed the developers about this. It seems they may be checking the ISP external IP address before allowing the program to register. I asked the developers if this is the case. I will probably get an answer in a day or 2.

Installed correctly on Windows 7 Home Edition notebook. Scanned network drives and added movies on external drives, correctly.

Thanks GAOTD for this download.

Even if I don't keep these programs, I at least am able to test-drive them in a true (not crippled) environment. That is a valuable opportunity, when comparing software before paying the price.

Reply   |   Comment by PCUG  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

As others have said, the program really won't be worth anything without updates, but I seemed to have found a way to disable update checks if one wishes (it checks EVERY time the program is opened). Using Microsoft's Registry Editor (if you have to ask for details, don't even try it!):

Change
"AutoUpdateScripts" at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Movienizer\Movienizer
from a "1" to a "0"

Seemed to work for me on XP SP3...

Reply   |   Comment by Avid Gamer  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#25

I have Plex and use it.
This is much more robust as a movie reference. Click on an actor and see all the movies in the data-base with that artist. Just one + amongst
many features I personally like.

Reply   |   Comment by JMJahn  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#24

One of the features I LOVE the most is the ability to QUICKLY add movies via barcodes. Using my USB camera, I simply took my massive pile of DVDs and scanned the barcode on the case. Done.

I found the benefit of scanning the barcode is that it pulls the correct info for my version of the movie if other versions of the movie have been released in either later or earlier years.

Movienizer is an AWESOME app, Maniac Tools!
Now can we have Booknizer and Musicnizer too? Those would really simplify my life too.

Thanks Maniac Tools and GAOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by ej  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#23

Crap...my first attempt got bit-bucketed...

Short version: I don't see the real draw to this over Plex Media Server, which does all the same categorization and such, along with streaming to basically everything, and doesn't cost anything. the thing it seems to do that Plex doesn't is to help catalog movies that don't exist on a hard disk. I can kinda see the appeal to have a database of one's DVD collection if you're into that sort of thing, but it seems like more effort than it's worth to search one's computer as to whether or not a movie exists. If a collection is small enough to catalog, it's small enough to search the old fashioned way. If it's big enough to require an actual database query, it seems big enough to be prohibitively time consuming to actually create the database in the first place...and apparently upgrade every year or so to keep the data moving.

I'm not trying to knock the product as I'll readily admit that I haven't downloaded it or installed it, but I'm honestly unable to see the value in buying software whose functionality can be greatly exceeded by Plex and/or Microsoft Access, to solve a problem that's been attempted to be addressed since the early 1980's (Anyone else here old enough to remember "Ultimate Home Manager" on Dos 3.x?).

--Joey

Reply   |   Comment by Joey  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#22

My wife and I have been accumulating movies for years, mine dating back to the days of video tapes, while her more recent addition is mostly remaindered DVDs. Our vast collection totals 7 movies. We're gonna need a bigger archiver.

Reply   |   Comment by Carpe Derriere  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#21

A request (limited to those who actually use the software): Is there any way I can add Netflix movies to my database? I'd like to be able to know if a movie I want to watch is on Netflix. I figured I can just create a field and enter the info and add it when I come across the movie title on Netflix, but if I could automate it... sweet. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by PeterD  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#20

I just looked at the Thumbs Up/Down counter. 33% Up v 66% Down? I think it's time GAOTD requires a code provided POST-INSTALL + 30 MINUTES before anyone can give a rating. There is no way most of these Downs have even bothered to install and run the software.

Reply   |   Comment by PeterD  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

Tried the portable version (thanks #9 Giovani for the link)
registered fine, works pretty well with the default settings except that the database is placed in the users Documents\Movienizer folder so it is NOT a portable database by default.

It is nicer to have the data inside a real local applicatiom rather than in a selection of disjointed web-browser tabs.

Will take some further experimentaion to determine if this "portable" edition I'm using can create and use a fully portable database, when I have more time I may have a go at it.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#18

I first tried Movienizer a long time ago (version 2? and portable I think). It was free then. I tried 2-3 others at the time and I liked Movienizer the most. It took a long time to make a decent database -- and it forced me to sort out all the thousands of movies I had on DVDs in a box, on my shelves in cases, in four large binders, and on three different hard drives! -- but once it was done, I could click and find so much info that I would have to go to IMDB,etc. to find. I was also able to add my son's DVDs, and take it to my friend's house and catalog all her movies so that either of us could look for a movie and see if the others had it already. That was a really useful benefit. Based on that previous experience, I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars even if I paid for it.

To the people complaining it's not a downloader: it doesn't claim to be a downloader! You might as well whine and moan that you can't draw pictures or edit photos with it (it's not a graphics/photo editor). Don't fault a package because it doesn't do what it doesn't claim to do or because you want it to do something outside the scope of what it does.

Pricing
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Is it worth $39.95? Probably not. I think it used to cost $29.95. It's probably worth $29.95 as long as you can get upgrades or updates when the version or format changes.

What I would suggest to the author is that he charge a certain price for the current version ($29.95?) and then an upgrade price when a new one comes out ($10?), or use the Annual Fee model (which creates a steady income stream) such as $10/year. O have a Lifetime/Platinum version for 2-3x the price of the single version ($59.95-$89.95?).

As for the multiple computer licenses, 50% more for a 2x license ($59.95) is too much, especially when it is common to have more than two computers in most households today. This can be overcome by using a single Portable copy but I'd pay $10 for the convenience of not having to bother moving it around. So charge whatever + $10 for a second license. "Family" (up to 5) for $99.95 (and limited to major version upgrades only) is too much.

How about a tiered system of $10 for 1 extra license, and $20 for 2-4, making a "Family" (5) cost $20 more? I think people are able to see that it's fair to pay more for the convenience of more access and $10 is a fair price to add another computer, and $20 to add a few more. As for upgrades or annual fees in lieu of upgrades, maybe $10 per main account, $5 per each additional?

Reply   |   Comment by PeterD  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#17

I second Giovanni's recommendation of ANT MOVIE CATALOG. I tried a few catalog programs but ANT was the only one that could Import a plain text list. My list was already 500 titles long and ANT's Import was flawless. The reason I want to try this Movienizer is to see if it does better (easier) than ANT on exporting the list with thumbnails and IMDB info to HTML page(s). I'm pretty handy with plain old HTML, not so much with CSS, and ANT seems to require a good knowledge of CSS to get good pages.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob H  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Cannot run the program after installation, codes entered, and program restarted as advised.

The only thing the software is able to do is opening a web page ---which I hate, and will always deserve a thumb down vote.

What happened? I tried many times to run the program, but failed. So, there were many "movienizer.exe" processes running, because the software is unable to close itself on exit (or on failure to start). This is a big bug. And a thumb down vote ---oops, I already did this!

Uninstalling.

Then, running the portable version:
- No option to NOT update
- Only 4 custom fields? (No necessarily bad however.)
- Cannot create thumbnails from video. So, I made a 900x562 image of 4x3 thumbnails. Put in "shots from video", it is resized to a useless smaller size. So, in order to have bigger movie shots, you'll have to create multiple files instead of one.

This GOTD could be more appealing. It's quite cumbersome, not very intuitive, with less than average usability, although packed with a bunch of features and options. Responsiveness is a bit slow too.

It's more oriented to commercial movies available in DVD, not home made videos. It's not the ultimate movie/videos manager...

I think I'll delete the portable version as well, as I don't think I will ever use it.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#15

I dunno; I've used this guy before and was unimpressed w/look, use, reports, etc.
I'm still using MeD's Movie Manager and still have no problems with it, event though it has not been updated since 2010. You can change the skin/colors/styles in so many ways and does what I want it to do well. And it's free!

(http://xmm.sourceforge.net/index.php?menu=main)

Reply   |   Comment by Richy  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

@ Movienizer:

I DO have the latest update of ver.5, with updated scripts. Well, I did until I installed this version over it. This happened with the switchover from 4 to 5 for me. It's possible something just happens to get corrupted simply because of the beatings I regularly give my computer, resulting in the same issue for both versions. I even tried manually to put the IMDB code into the entry and it still couldn't find it. The same movies I was having problems with are loading find in ver.6

I do remember there being the final solution on the forum to a user that the only answer left was to switch to the newer version or they did it voluntarily and posted a missive that they didn't need further help. I may just reinstall ver. 5 and see if a clean install fixes the issues, just for kicks. If I do, I'll post later on the results.

To everyone else, the quick response from the Movienizer team is indicative of their normal involvement on the forums. They are fairly quick to respond and, on the forums, will ultimately help the user work through issues. It's one of the biggest selling points for me regarding this software. They are VERY active in its development and in the personalized help they give to clients.

As for the looks of the software/web site, I generally like it. It's clean and easy. The software is a workhorse & extremely customizable, so I don't really care how "modern" or beautiful it looks. I prefer my workspace to be plain, it's easier on the eyes, so there are never any squeals of joy from girls when they see my monitor. I was able to switch the interface to one of 4-5 installed that works for me. None of them are very flowery or pretty, a few are downright ugly, but since they have been installed in all the versions I have seen, I presume there are people out there who like it.

Reply   |   Comment by Melika  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#13

Sorry about the unneeded call for portability. After I submitted my comment and refreshed the screen, Giovanni's note that there is a portable version appeared. Nice, and thanks for researching a bit more than I did.

Reply   |   Comment by David H.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#12

I'm not the usual "make it portable" reviewer. However, with a program like this, it would be nice to keep a portable copy on my external drives that hold my movies. That way, the catalog would move with the portable drive and movies and not be tethered to my desktop or laptop. I've been using the more generalized WinCatalog (also, not portable) from a previous giveaway to track and search my movie files. With Movienizer's specialization, however, I will give this program a try and see if it works any better for the movies specifically.

Reply   |   Comment by David H.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#11

Not sure how accurate the program is when it is fetching info from the internet. I added "Simpson Season 10", clicked the button "Get info from the internet", and I got the info for "Medium Season 6: Zombies on the Loose: The Making of Bite Me". I think I will pass this one.

Reply   |   Comment by MrBub  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#10

installed etc ok BUT
filled my HD with a load of unwanted and unneeded thumbnails from the sample data page
may be good at what it does for normal titled movies but not my pre retitled/classified ones
soon removed it

Reply   |   Comment by caeos  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#9

This GAOTD actually looks more like as a sort of movie encyclopedia, since it gives you a plethora of infos (film synopsis, audio tracks, subtitles, list of actors, movie rating & awards, age of actors etc...).

And can also be used as a loan-tracking tool, in order to keep track of those DVDs you have lent to other people.

Portable version:
http://www.movienizer.com/cgi-bin/download/movienizer_portable.zip

Overall I found this GAOTD a pretty good database tool for movies which deserves for sure much more than 30% THUMBS UP (are you joking dudes?).

Obviously as GAOTD it cannot be used effectively forever since requires frequent updates (see comment 4), but for what it does it deserves a THUMBS UP!

BEST FREE ALTERNATIVES

* (Portable) ANT MOVIE CATALOG (==> Softpedia Editor Pick and my Personal First choice)
Amazing FREE APP that manages your collection of movies on DVD, CD (VideoCD, DivX, etc...) and tapes with very advanced features, such as the ability to automatically download movie info from the NET, besides generating sophisticated statistic data with charts & pies concerning the total number of your movies' collection, the average movie length, subtitles, actors and producers for each film etc...
Each movie of your collection is sorted by predefined fields (media label, original and translated title, director, producer, country, category, description, actors, rating, subtitles and languages etc...), but if you wish you can also add your own custom field using a dedicated tab.
Yes, if you have a huge amount of movies at home, usually creating a long catalog of them could actually be a tedious and time consuming task, but this software helps you cut your efforts on this since it supports importing and exporting from and to Excel files, from another Ant Movie Catalog database, from Microsoft Access Database, eXtree Movie Manager, Origons and many others.

http://www.antp.be/software/moviecatalog

* MEDIA COMPANION
Pretty good FREE movie & TV Shows manager and organizer offering you full XBMC integration.

Movie Features include:

· Scrape movie information from IMDB (plot summary, actor names & actor images, ratings etc.)
· Download movie posters from any of IMDB, TMdb, IMPA, and MPDB
· Download movie backdrops from TMdb
· Download movie trailers from IMDB
· View and edit all obtained data
· Search and browse movies using a selection of filters and searches
· Export to HTML list, with customizable templates

TV Show features include:

· Automatically download information for TV Shows and episodes from TVdb
· Download actor images from either TVdb or IMDB
· Download and select poster for Show and individual seasons
· Download episode screen shot
· Create screen shot if download is not available
· Automatically rename episodes
· Display episodes missing from your collection

http://mediacompanion.codeplex.com

Enjoy!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni Mr FREE  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+110)
#8

Can this be used like Mizuu, for the Android, and play and catalog video files on your hard drive?

Reply   |   Comment by sjc1963  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-22)
#7

To Melika, thanks for your review. However, one should note that Movienizer 5.x is still working fine... yes, download scripts are working, too. If something does not work in Movienizer 5.x for you, most probably you do not have the latest 5.x version, in which case you simply need to download and install it.

Reply   |   Comment by Movienizer  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#6

One of the few free data-base archive downloads I really like.
The feature *Edition #1, 2 ,3 etc* is great.
I knew if I downloaded enough of these data-base programs
one of them would be Great, and this one rocks.

Reply   |   Comment by JMJahn  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)
#5

I have hundreds of movies downloaded via torrents and 10-20 new downloads every week, is this tool able to create an index based on titles of the files and add the related information such as storyline, cast, images, IMDB links etc. automatically? Looking at their horribly outdated logo and website I don't expect anything serious but bugs actually.

Reply   |   Comment by Downloader  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-68)
#4

I've been using this organizer for a while. It downloaded and installed fine. I had version 5 installed on my computer and this installed in the same directory with no problems (removing the old version). If you have an older version you want to keep, be sure to change the default install directory.

Once installed and registered (register with supplied info in the ReadMe file), the program automatically located the old version database, made another backup of it, and imported the database into the new program. This version uses a different database structure, so once you have converted to the new database, your old version won't be able to utilize the converted database (per the pop-up window).

When you enter a movie, it searches the various databases available (imdb.com, allmovies.com, etc & adult)and automatically downloads a great deal of information and pictures, including actor bios/pics. You can set what and how much information is downloaded in the Options menu, as well as a great deal of other settings.

This catalogs multiple editions (Director's Cut, Extended Version, etc) & digital files, including their locations and details, in one entry. You can create customized lists that will you can use later to quickly sort movies into one group.

There is a lot that this program can do, and many ways to customize it; too much to go into here. You can visit the forum to post questions; the developers are very active on the forum and are very helpful with issues & problems. If you can do some programming, you can tweak the program a bit, and there are some on the forums who do so with skins, scripts, etc. Some of the popular scripts are eventually compiled into newer editions.

Now for the bad. I've gone through about 3 versions. I think I started with 4, last was 5, now 6. What I have found is that just before they release a new number version, the program stops being able to download movie info from the internet. I know these sites change their formats,etc. so that these kinds of programs need to update their scripts. The developers DO update the scripts, but only for the current version they are selling. This just happened to me with version 5 (and version 4). I have the latest scripts for it, but they don't work and they didn't work before the latest version was released. The program can't find any movies on the internet and so it becomes useless. I've been on the forums and have found that this happens with other uses. Sometimes the mods can recommend tweaks that work, but ultimately the final answer is "you need to download the newest version because XYZ.com changed their online database and only the new version will work with it.". I may be asking too much of a company, but I have a problem with that. I don't think it is too much to ask a company to support the most recent version of their software. I was happy with version 5, the "new" features of version 6 weren't worth the cost to me when it first came out. However, I'm not given a choice when the program stops performing one of its main basic features. To be fair, I think there is a "lifetime license" available, but I don't want to pay for that - maybe that indicates that I'm not completely sold on the product.

The other two major problems I have with this program involve the customized data I enter. Sometimes I use text in the titles of episodes for my own edification. The program allows me to do this and will even save it automatically (a welcome change in ver.5) However, when new episodes air and I update the series entry for those episodes, ALL of my entered text in the episode section is overwritten by the program. UGH! I have a choice of losing all of my entered data, or having a series without photos/info for the episodes.

In the "edition" tab section, the information you enter isn't automatically saved. If you decide to enter edition data for two editions you have, you need to click the tiny blue disk icon that is about 1/3 of the way down (next to the digital file address box) to save it BEFORE you go to the #2 position to enter that data. There is a big "Save" button at the bottom, but that is for saving all data before closing the multi-tab window. It is very non-intuitive and frustrating because if you forget to click that little button, you lose all the work you just did. The episode tab used to be this way and it was fixed, I don't know why, even in this version, that this flaw hasn't been addressed.

I don't like the look of this new version, it's too boxy, like the new Windows. Boxy was "in" during the 80's (*sigh*). Windows is so retro now it looks stupid (imo). I'm hoping there are some other skins available. On the plus side, the icons are larger and much cleaner.

Overall, I would definitely recommend that you download this. It's free and it is a fairly powerful cataloger. Yes, there are some large, free catalogers out there, but this one has the interface I can tolerate the most. Just personal preference on my part.

Reply   |   Comment by Melika  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+161)
#3

EMDB is free and good!

http://www.emdb.tk/

Reply   |   Comment by Svend Ostergaard  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#2

@Stortch: This is an archiv and not a downloader.

Reply   |   Comment by idiotshunter  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+86)
#1

Sooo I cannot download moveys with this? It dont make sence, what this for? Thank

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-212)
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