I love to watch movies from time to time, especially documentaries about Space — it gives a good food for the mind and even inspiration for my music.
This post is not about a movies, thought, but about the way they could be arranged and managed.
As soon as I noticed that my “Movie” folder has grown to almost of 1 TB size, I realized that organising movie by simple folders is kinda outdated method.
I started to search for different apps and alternative ways to organize movies, but everything wasn’t as good as I wanted. Until I found Plex.
Here is what they write about themselves:
“Plex is a centralized home media playback system with a powerful central server–the Plex Media Server–that streams its media to many Plex player Apps. The Server is available on many platforms like Windows, OS X, and many flavors of Linux, as well as many NAS devices like ReadyNAS or Synology. You use an App to view your media library and watch shows. Apps are available for PCs, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and many Smart TVs.”
Basically Plex is pretty complex system, but I’m using it for just a single purpose — as a nice GUI (graphic user interface). And I like it.
For instance, that’s how documentary TV show looks like, with all seasons at a glance:
All images and descriptions are grabbed automatically from internet databases, such Wiki, IMDB and TheTVDB.
Not only documentaries, but movies looks amazing too:
Movies list can be sorted as you like:
And even filtered by many parameters, for example by Actor — Leonardo DiCaprio (one of my favorite actor, by the way):
And again, all this information such a cover artworks, actors, directors and plots are grabbed automatically. I love this word. Machines should do routine job. All you have to do manually is to name movie file properly to let the system recognize it: for example, “Inception (2010).mkv”. That’s it.
If you have a massive amount of movies and still use simple folders to sort it out (as I did few days ago), then I definitely recommend to check out Plex. Did I mentioned it’s cross-platform and free?