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Jan. 23rd, 2009

A few days ago, I mentioned that I was looking for a way to catalog my DVDs without having to manually enter the data, and was trying out various scanner-based solutions, except that barcode scanners are expensive.

While at Micro Center today, I stumbled across a bunch of surplus webcams: Microsoft LiveCam VX-1000 USB units in black and gray for 20 bucks each. They're focusable, which means I could actually try to use them in one of the programs.

I settled on Media Man 3. It's pretty simple to use, and it works with the webcam nicely. There are some issues: about 85% of the time it reads the code and identifies it fine, but the rest of the time is split between unreadable UPC codes and mismatched ones. The unreadable ones I can type in manually; the mismatched ones I have to do a title search.

Still, it's nice to finally start getting them sorted.

It also can catalog Blu-Ray discs, CDs, paperbacks, videogames, and probably a few other things I haven't tried yet. Seems like it may be limited to a tie-in with Amazon.com.

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lisianthia
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
How many do you have? My housemate just bought a PS3 just so he can watch blu ray discs. I don't get what the hype is about.
magicmarmot
Jan. 24th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing around 500 DVDs and maybe 12 Blu-Ray discs. Blu-ray is capable of high-def, which does have a cleaner, sharper image... but it's not that big a deal. The real advantage comes when places start making additional content for the discs. So far that's pretty minimal, but it's starting to pick up.
slyefox
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I use Ant's Movie Catalog myself. You type in the title and it downloads everything from the Imdb. Works flawlessly after a little setup of the options. And it's free. :)
magicmarmot
Jan. 24th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm lazy and don't want to do that much typing. Besides, barcode scanning is geekier.
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