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ViMediaManager - Media Manager for Mac OS X! - MariusTh86 - 2011-09-12 16:34
ViMediaManager is a media manager for Mac OS X, allowing you to gather, store, and manage information, extra art, trailers and television tunes for your movie, television and anime collections, and can be used on it’s own, or in combination with XBMC, YAMJ or Boxee.
This is my try at building a media manager for Mac OS, since the Mac platform has been seriously lacking any good apps in this department, and I felt like filling that hole, keeping in mind the Mac's passion for ease-of-use while still building a very powerful program with a really clean user interface.
Latest release: ViMediaManager v0.7α12 (Jan 09, 2014) (Anime section isn't ready yet)
Requirements: Intel Mac OS X 10.5 and an active internet connection.
With ViMediaManager you can:
Official website: http://mariusth.heliohost.org/vimediamanager/
Intel version: ViMediaManager v0.7a12
Old release: ViMediaManager v0.5.4.dmg (Sep 3, 2012)
ViMediaInfo: ViMediaInfo.zip - Just a quick GUI app for mediainfo I made to show any video file's information in a user friendly display.
YouTubeDL: YouTubeDL.zip - A simple Youtube downloader.
Frequently Asked Questions?
If you have any questions that aren't answered below, found bugs or have feature requests, feel free to make a post in this thread, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I do this? or how do I use that?
Thanks to Jim Worrall, we now have a User Manual!
If you still have questions after reading that, don't be afraid to ask!
Some of my movies aren't showing up in the list, what's up with that?
ViMediaManager needs your files to be in a certain structure to be able to work with them:
Movies Root Folder
- - Movie Title Folder
- - - - Movie File
- - Movie Title Folder
- - - - Movie File
But don't worry, you won't have to restructure your movies by hand, just select the 'Tools' menu and choose the 'Put Movies Into Folders' option, which will automatically place all movie files it finds in the 'root' folder inside their own folders.
Does your app show studio/network logo's?
Yes it does, but you'll have to download them separately from this thread: (or similar threads)
Once you've downloaded these, navigate to:
The app doesn't start or shows some very abnormal behavior, how can I reset the application?
IMPORTANT NOTE for OS X 10.9 Mavericks:
To reset the app you need to follow the steps in this post: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=109976&pid=1542973#pid1542973
You can reset the app by removing the preferences files which are located here:
For ViMediaManager v0.5.x:
For ViMediaManager v0.6.x and up:
And the application support folder can be found here: (or just the XML files directly within this folder)
Throwing away these items into the trash will reset the app to it's 'factory' settings.
- MariusTh86 - 2011-09-12 16:35
★ Tips & Tricks! ★
While in a manual search dialog, you can use ID's instead of names for lookup.
You can put the IMDb ID into the search field. for example: "tt1234567"
You can prefix a Database ID with "id:" (without the quotes) for example: id:1234 (TMDB ID's for movies, TVDB ID's for TV shows)
For anime, you can prefix an anidb.net ID with "anidb:" (Again, without the quotes), note that it's still a good idea to also include the corresponding MovieDB or TVDB ID in the extra ID field.
While the previewing window for downloading images is open, you can use the arrow keys to quickly move to the next or previous image.
Movies inside RAR files
Movies that are RARred will not be recognized as movies!
To enter "Debug Mode", hold the [ALT] key at the app's start up.
What debug mode does:
Let me know what you think!
- DrPepper - 2011-09-12 17:50
i was so HHHHHHaaaaapppyy when i saw that , finally a manager for OS X.
However , after installing and setting up the preferences, it crashes.
this is the report if it can help you :
Hopefully we can fix this , i am so anxious in testing this out :-)
- MariusTh86 - 2011-09-12 18:00
Well that's off to a rocky start ^^;
I'll have a look at it!
It could be that it's not reacting well to an old NFO file if you ever created one using another Media Manager?
Remove the preferences under your ~/Library/Preferences/com.vidalvanbergen.xml to try again and using a test folder with just a movie in it.
- Jönke - 2011-09-12 18:20
Maybe its just me but my 2 xbmc dont see the poster.jpg in filemode. Why didnt you choose folder.jpeg?
- MariusTh86 - 2011-09-12 18:34
I had been thinking along the lines of a poster being called poster.jpg sounding reasonable, but I haven't been using file mode a lot, and if you refresh a movie's information using the saved NFO file, I think it shows up in file mode with the assigned poster, and I believe that the Poster.jpg is more commonly used, specifically when showing the movie info panel.
But if a folder.jpg is actually the more common method, I think i can switch to that.
- cbr600ds2 - 2011-09-12 19:27
Damnit...If I had seen this about five days ago I could have saved about $150 bucks! (I bought a netbook just for Ember and the Renamer and all that)
anyways, I was wondering if you could add one little bit of functionality - Would it be possible for it to look at your tv shows and check off which ones are missing in the seasons for you? I'm not sure how hard that would be to code but something like this would be very helpful to most/all/ok just me of us here.
I'll be checking this out tonight after class and I'll definitely be dropping you a line.
- MariusTh86 - 2011-09-12 19:35
It doesn't support episodes just yet, but i'll write it up!
- Jönke - 2011-09-12 19:46
Ok nice! Same goes for banner.jpeg must be named folder.jpeg to show up under filemode for tv series. Maybe you can have an option to choose all off them?
- pecinko - 2011-09-12 20:23
Thank a bunch for this. Just downloaded and trying it out. Looks great.
A question - It seams that the metadata fetching is being done by file name. Is there a way to use folder names? They tend to be much cleaner in my case.
- MariusTh86 - 2011-09-12 20:39
I guess I might as well use folder name, since it uses the folder/moviefile structure anyhow, I'll think about it.
- cbr600ds2 - 2011-09-12 21:52
Wait a second, it doesn't do episodes? I don't get quite what you mean....
- SpoBo - 2011-09-12 21:55
w000p very excited about this. Thx!
But I also absolutely need the lookup to be done through the directory name. If for some reason you don't want to make this default ... perhaps allow it through a preference?
But the ones I tried with proper naming did pick up nicely Thx man!! dankjewel
- chander - 2011-09-12 22:04
Nice work but no imdb metadata??
- MariusTh86 - 2011-09-12 22:15
@cbr600ds2: It currently doesn't show episodes in the list, and doesn't fetch episode data on it's own and as such, there is no support for fetching or editing loose episode metadata, or at least... not yet.
Instead it fetches a TV Show guide which XBMC can use to fetch episode data. (TVDB Data)
@SpoBo: I think I remember hoping that people would use the directory name instead of movie file name way back when I started making this app, but just in case they didn't, I used the filename as default and made use of as much name filtering (removing flags such as 720p, divx and group name) as possible while searching.
So I'm glad to hear that folder name seems to be preferred over filename. ^^
It should use folder names in the next beta, and I'll see how that goes.
So you're welcome in advance & alvast graag gedaan!
@chander: There's an option to use IMDB data (Ratings, Plot/Summaries, Premier date, etc) in addition to TMDB data, but this is through an unofficial API that only works in english and doesn't receive as much information as TMDB provides.
You can find the option in the preferences window under "Movies".