DVDPedia and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD

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DVDPedia and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD

Postby markcapp » Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:40 pm

I'm surprised that there doesn't seem to be a field that will indicate whether or not a title is on standard DVD (or VHS or Laserdisc for that matter-- I have both!) or on Blu-Ray or HD-DVD (yes, I have a few titles of the latter as well). It would make sorting significantly easier and would give us a better idea of how our collections break down by format. The "Video Format" column -- between NTSC and PAL -- is much less useful to most DVD buyers today than one where it would automatically spell out whether something was a standard DVD, Blu-Ray disc, or HD-DVD and could be categorized (still alphabetically) as such. I'm new to the "Pedia" world, so if there's a setting for this that I'm not aware of, I apologize, but this seems like an odd omission to me.
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Re: DVDPedia and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD

Postby Nanook » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:39 pm

No apologies necessary. It's the "Media" field.
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Re: DVDPedia and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD

Postby markcapp » Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:08 am

Thanks! That's not very apparent. I'll have to do some digging, I'm sure, before I get the hang of this. Is there any support for laserdiscs at all?
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Re: DVDPedia and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD

Postby sjk » Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:29 am

Nanook wrote:It's the "Media" field.

Ahh, yet another field that's not populated by Amazon or IMDb lookups so it's purpose isn't necessarily clear. :)

Seriously, some documentation of the purpose of different fields and whether or not their values are candidates for being automatically populated would be useful. There are probably a few empty fields I'd like to use (e.g. Media) instead of using custom fields/values if I know they won't be auto-populated.

Also, I've been looking for easier ways to temporarily view different fields/values for multiple entries. Adding/removing columns to the list view, especially with several regular/smart collections, has been tedious. More generally, I'd like to search/filter/view metadata and values to simply finding entries of interest on-the-fly. I'll post some specific ideas in another thread after after I've thought them through more clearly.
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Re: DVDPedia and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD

Postby Conor » Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:12 am

yet another field that's not populated by Amazon


It is filled in by Amazon, to DVD, VHS or Blu-ray. It won't automatically set itself to laser discs as we don't have a laser disc information source.
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Re: DVDPedia and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD

Postby sjk » Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:01 pm

Conor wrote:It is filled in by Amazon, to DVD, VHS or Blu-ray.

Ahh, you're right -- my mistake. :oops:

And it also includes at least Theatrical Release.
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