Adding Trailers, Links and Files

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Introduction

Movie Collector allows you not only to catalog your collection, but to interact with it as well. You can embed trailers from YouTube or add hyperlinks to both online and local sources which can be accessed from within your database. You can also add images, movie posters and background images.

Figure 1: Details Template showing the various types of links available


Note: Movie Collector does not open your linked files it uses your default Windows software. For example if your default player for .avi files is Windows Media Player and you click an .avi link, Movie Collector will tell Windows Media Player to play the movie. Find out how to change your Windows default programs here


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The Links Screen

The links screen (Figure 2 below) can be accessed via the Edit Movie window. Here you can control which trailers and hyperlinks will appear in your Details Template. Click the topics below to learn more about the different kinds of links you can create.

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Figure 2: Edit Movie > Links

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Online Links

You can create links to webpages which will appear in your movie's Detail Template. Figure 3 below shows the icons available when creating an online link.

Figure 3: Onine Link Icons

The icons from left to right:

  • Add URL
  • - Link to a website of your choice; clicking the link in your Details Template will open your default browser and display the page.

  • Add Trailer URL
  • - Embed YouTube videos directly within your Details Template

  • Edit URL *
  • - Click to Edit an existing link from the list

  • Remove URL *
  • - Click to delete the selected link from the list

  • Move Up *
  • - Move the selected link up the list, this changes the position in the Details Template

  • Move Down *
  • - Move the selected link down the list, this changes the position in the Details Template

  • Open *
  • - Opens the selected link in its default program

N.B. Icons with a * will appear grey if a link is not selected from the main list.


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Movie Trailers

Movie Collector v8 and the new v8 templates enable you to embed YouTube links directly into your collection. You can add trailers, reviews, bonus features, etc. then view them directly within the movie's detail. Basically any video you can find on YouTube (which allows embedding) can be embedded into Movie Collector.

The Movie Collector database will automatically provide you with trailer links when adding movies via the Add Movies Automatically screen but you can easily add your own by following the instructions below.

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Already have a database? You can add trailers to your existing collection simply by updating your movies. Movie Collector connects with our central database to provide you with embedded trailer links automatically. You can update your entire collection by clicking:

- Edit > Select All
- Edit > Update Movie(s) Automatically...


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Adding a Trailer Link

The steps below explain how you can add a trailer link to movies in your collection:

  • First you need to locate the trailer for your movie on YouTube
  • Click the Share button in the area below the YouTube video
  • Ensure the entire link is highlighted, right click on it and select Copy

Figure 4: YouTube screen showing share button

  • Now start Movie Collector, open the Edit Movie screen and click the Links tab
  • Click the Add Trailer URL icon from the list of 'Online' icons (shown below)

Figure 5: Adding a Trailer URL

  • Movie Collector should automatically paste the link into the appropriate box
  • Write a short description for the link
  • Ensure the 'YouTube' button is selected then click OK

That's it! The YouTube videos you entered will now be shown in the details template. If you don't see it, make sure you've selected a template which includes the embedded links. You can change templates by right clicking anywhere in the detail view, or by clicking View > Details View Template.

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Local Links

Adding a local link allows you to open a file on your computer from within Movie Collector. This can be an .avi of the movie itself, an additional image, a local trailer or anything else. You can link to any file on your computer and it will appear in your movies Detail Template. Images will also appear embedded (as shown in Figure 1 above) in selected templates. Linked files will open using your default Windows software.

If you have a DVD rip of a movie stored on your hard drive you can link it to your database and play it by clicking the link within Movie Collector's Detail Template. The movie will start playing in your default media player. It also allows you to play movies via our MCE plugin. If you have a lot of DVD rips you can add them in batches, we have a separate topic explaining this:

Figure 6: Local Link Icons

The icons from left to right:

  • Add Movie File
  • - Add to a DVD rip of the movie; clicking the link in your Details Template will open your default media player and play the movie.

  • Add Trailer File
  • - Adds a link to a local trailer file which will appear as a link in your Details Template

  • Add Image File
  • - Creates a link to a local image, some templates will show the image while others will show a text link

  • Add Other File
  • - Create a link to any other type of file on your computer

  • Edit *
  • - Here you can change the details, e.g. give it a description and change how it appears in your Detail Template

  • Remove *
  • - Click to delete the selected link from the list

  • Move Up *
  • - Move the selected link up the list, this changes it's position in the Details Template

  • Move Down *
  • - Move the selected link down the list, this changes it's position in the Details Template

  • Open *
  • - Opens the selected link in its default program

N.B. Icons with a * will appear grey if a link is not selected from the main list.

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Template Backgrounds

Movie Collector 8 allows you to specify background images which can be used in both your Detail Template and with our MCE plugin. Adding a Backdrop is easy, you can even use Movie Collector's Cover Finder to locate a wide variety of HD backdrops.

To add a backdrop image:

  • Open the Edit Movie screen and click the Covers tab.

  • Click the Backdrop tab and you can now add your own image:

    • Click Browse to find a local image
    • Click Find Online to use our built in Cover Finder to find high resolution images from Google
    • Click Acquire to obtain an image from an image scanner (must be setup and selected via the Options menu)
    • Click Settings to view the Image Settings screen within Movie Collector's main options

To use a backdrop image as a background for your Detail Template you will need to select an appropriate template. You can change your Detail Template by clicking View > Details View Template > Vee 8 > Backdrop

Already have a database? You can add backdrops to your existing collection simply by updating your movies. Movie Collector connects with our central database to provide you with backdrop images automatically. You can update your entire collection by clicking:

- Edit > Select All
- Edit > Update Movie(s) Automatically...


N.B. Backdrop images will display differently depending on which version of Internet Explorer you use. Even if you do not use Internet Explorer as your default browser it must be installed in order for the templates to display correctly. We recommend using the latest version of IE for the best experience.

Movie Posters

Adding a Movie Poster is similar to adding a backdrop image;

  • Open the Edit Movie screen and click the Covers tab.

  • Click the Movie Poster tab and you can now add your own Movie Poster:

    • Click Browse to find a local image
    • Click Find Online to use our built in Cover Finder to find images from Google
    • Click Acquire to obtain an image from an image scanner (must be setup and selected via the Options menu)
    • Click Settings to view the Image Settings screen within Movie Collector's main options

Figure 7: Selecting a Backdrop using the Cover Finder

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