When it comes to my favorite movies, I still like the old school feel of popping a disc out of the case and putting it into the player. You’re not dependent on transfer rates, an Internet connection, or streaming availability. I also like the look of my film library on a shelf. The problem with having so many movies is that you tend to lose track of what you have sometimes. My Movies 2 is a way to curb that issue - you can catalog your collection and then sync it between devices to make sure that you always have your updated list on the go.
Setting up the app was easy enough on a Mac. There’s a free trial that limits you to 50 uploads if you’d like to give the software a shot. Once you’ve got it up and running, it’s time for the labor - adding in your titles. This can take a long time if you’ve got a big collection, but it’s made easier by the scanner built into the mobile app. You can simply pull the disc and scan the barcode and it’ll import. I found that most of the special editions, rare collectors editions, and Steelbooks were in there, save for a few imports I own. It took me a long time to import everything, since I have around 650 movies in my collection. It’s easy enough to find the edition of the movie you’re adding if you don’t have a barcode to scan - simply type in the title and use a drop down menu for the type. You can also add a title if they don’t have one listed.
Newly added to the fold in the sequel is the ability to add digital copies in. I do have digital copies of a few movies, so I was able to toss those into my collection. You can always narrow things down by category if you need to, and you can create custom lists based on things (my wife created a custom Disney list).
The software side of things seems very smooth for me. When you open the app subsequently, it’ll ask you if you’d like to sync your titles automatically. It’s a breeze flipping through movies to find something to watch or sell. Apparently you can also use this in a Control 4 setup if you’re going with a robust movie server, which is amazing, but I don’t have Control 4 in my home at this time.
If I had to nitpick, there are a few things I would like to see in the next iteration. On the My Movies website, it shows the titles laid across a wood-styled background (which reminds me of my old software I once used, Delicious Library). In my version, it’s just a plain white background. Digging through menus and experimenting, there’s no way that I can see to customize that background. Other features I’d like to see are charts/graphs of what I own. I’d like to see who the most represented actor is in my collection. I’d like to get a rough estimate of what it’s worth. Access to some features, like rating movies, is a bit hidden in the menus, but after a bit of digging, I found that you could edit personal info on titles (adding notes in, etc.). Delicious Library has all of these features, but it’s more than double the price.
If you have a big movie collection, this is a great way to keep track of your collection. Set aside some time to import everything, and you’ll be glad you did. It’s not super robust in terms of features compared to it’s competitors, but it does what it does well and it’s very reasonably priced.