Why Use DVD Collection Software?
The top performers in our review are eXtreme Movie Manager 8, the Gold Award winner; Movie Collector Pro 15, the Silver Award winner; and Movie Label Pro 2016, the Bronze Award winner. Here's more on choosing DVD collection software to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of these 10 programs.
Whether you prefer to download all the latest high-definition movies or still love watching your vast DVD library, it can be hard to keep your videos organized, especially if you lend them out to friends and family. DVD collection software can catalog your movie library and keep it orderly, letting you spend more time watching your favorite movies instead of looking for them. Some applications even let you keep track of which flicks you've watched or lent out.
Keeping your movie collection organized makes it easier for you to find a movie to watch, whether you watch it on your laptop or a DVD player. To learn more about how DVD collection software works and the interactive options it offers, check out our articles on DVD collection software.
We found that the cheaper options tended to be the better ones, and that the more costly ones generally weren't worth it. There is even a great movie database option for those who want to keep their movie library organized but are also on a budget: Coollector, which costs under $10, has plenty of functionality and is easy to use.
DVD Collection Software: What We Tested, What We Found
When we tested this software, we checked which media types each program was compatible with. We looked for how many ways there were to upload and input video details, as well as how many details we were allowed to input. Additionally, we checked what kind of personalization options and technical support the programs offered.
Database Input: The More Ways to Add Data, the Better
Good DVD collection software has no limit to the movies and details you can add for each of them. It should also give you many ways to add any kind of file to your new collection library beyond just typing in all details manually. Some programs let you simply scan the barcode from a Blu-ray, DVD or VHS movie case, and automatically fill in all data points from there. Some let you import movie information via an IMDb URL. Others have the capacity to scan your computer's hard drive or an external hard drive looking for video files, and can automatically upload the information from there. Or you'll have the option to insert a Blu-ray or DVD into your computer's disc drive, and the software will upload the information once it reads the name of the movie.
User Interaction: Customize and Manage
If you simply wanted a list of your movie library, you could just use spreadsheet software. What sets DVD collection software apart from a plain spreadsheet is its ability to have a visually appealing and easy-to-use interface while uniformly compiling all your different video formats – Blu-ray, DVD, VHS and even various digital files – in one central place that you can easily browse. It allows you to customize the software skin and layout, letting you really make the software yours, and some let you change the text font and size. You can easily keep track of which movies you have seen or want to buy, and export or publish copies of your library. Additionally, you can use the loan manager feature that comes with most DVD collection software to keep a detailed log of which films you lend, to whom you lent them and whether or not they have been returned to you.
Video Details: Get the Who and What
Cinephiles value their collections and want to be able to search them in a variety of different ways, such as by genre, actor, language or movie studio. Luckily, this type of software allows you to input a large variety of important details, add keyword tags, and link box sets of TV shows or movie trilogies. Some, like DVD Profiler Unlimited 2016, even let you input links to a film's trailer or website.
Help & Support: Tutorials and Troubleshooting
Data entry software can be daunting to use at times, and the best DVD collection software comes with an array of options to help you use it. You can reach most manufacturers via email or by filling out an online form. In case you don't want to talk with someone directly, you have other resources on developer websites, such as user forums, FAQs, manuals, tutorials and knowledgebases.
You should know that, while most of these programs come with free minor lifetime upgrades, very few come with free major upgrades. Some options have no free upgrades whatsoever, though they say their products will continue to function normally, and other manufacturers want you to pay extra for upgrades, anywhere from about $10 to $50 a pop.
Top Ten Reviews seeks, whenever possible, to evaluate all products and services in hands-on tests that simulate as closely as possible the experiences of a typical consumer. We obtained the software in our comparison through retail purchase. The manufacturers had no input or influence over our test methodology, nor was the methodology provided to any of them in more detail than is available through reading our reviews. The results of our evaluations were not provided to software manufacturers in advance of publication.
DVD Collection Software: Our Verdict and Recommendation
Three DVD collection software applications – eXtreme Movie Manager 8, Movie Collector Pro 15 and Movie Label Pro 2016 – rose above the rest in our comparison, mostly because of their ease of data input, various user-friendly options and high quantity of video details that you can edit. These are the factors we gave the most weight to in our rankings.
The number one product, eXtreme Movie Manager 8, won out over the others because it's extremely easy and fun to use. This software makes it easy to input video information, offering many convenient means to do so, and allows you to add an extremely wide variety of details for any video type. Movie Collector Pro 15 is also easy to use and lets you add a variety of film details in its unlimited database, while Movie Label Pro has a beautiful, intuitive interface and makes adding movie details a cinch. When your movies are organized, you can show them off proudly to your friends and spend more time enjoying them than trying to find them.