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Working with DVDpedia

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Tips & Tricks for working with DVDpedia


Setting VLC as your preferred movie player

If you'd like to set VLC as your default movie player in DVDpedia, open the application Terminal found in Applications/Utilities and type in the line below, followed by a return:

defaults write com.bruji.dvdpedia "VLC for VIDEO_TS" -bool YES

Contextual menus

Contextual menus (menus that appear when you ctrl-click or right-click on a certain space in the program) often save you time and sometimes reveal commands that aren't found elsewhere so it's always a good idea to check out what they have to offer.

DVDpedia offers several different contextual menus depending on where you ctrl-click but specifically in the image well, the list/grid view and the details view the contextual menus offer some commands that are only available there.

The contextual menu for the image well gives you the option to download a cover image for the selected entry (Download from >), search Google Images for a cover (Open Google Images) or find the cover image on the MoviePosterDB (Open MoviePosterDB). For the latter the program uses the IMDb number to find the correct entry so make sure you have that field filled in for the command to work.

The contextual menu for the list/grid view lets you find an entry in a different collection (Show in Collection >) without having to search for it.

In the details view you can access the internal web browser (Go to Site) which in turn reveals another contextual menu where you can directly add cover images, links and summaries by selecting and ctrl-clicking certains parts of a webpage.

Turning off the automatic backup option

By default, DVDpedia creates an automatic backup of its data file (Database.dvdpd) once a month. These backup files are saved in your DVDpedia data folder, by default located in your Home folder under ~/Library/Application Support/DVDpedia. The backup files are called backup1Month.dvdpd, backup2Months.dvdpd and backup3Months.dvdpd. After three months, the first file gets overwritten with the 4th month backup so you should always have three backup files in your DVDpedia data folder.
If you make regular backups of your data already and would prefer that DVDpedia didn't make these automatic backups, open the application Terminal found in Applications/Utilities and type in the line below, followed by a return:

defaults write com.bruji.dvdpedia NoAutomaticBackup -bool YES

Lowering the compression for cover images

By default, the compression for all cover images is set to 0.9. If you would like to lower this setting to save space, open the application Terminal found in Applications/Utilities and type in the line below, followed by a return (and replace the [integer] part for whatever 0.x integer you want to lower it to):

defaults write com.bruji.dvdpedia "JPEGCompression" -float [integer]