Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

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.
Tags: techgeek, toys
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 4 comments