Categorizing Your Movie Collection with IMDB
If you have a ton of movies like I do, scrolling through the full list on the PS3 is painful. After about 100 movies or so, you realize that you need a better method of doing it.
Well if you’re on Linux, you are in luck! As I started categorizing stuff by hand, I ran into another unrelated problem. While I was searching for the solution, I came across IMDB-to-MPEG. I had to hack around a bit in the PHP code to get it to work the way I wanted, but man did it save a lot of time. I fixed a number of things and submitted it back to the author, so hopefully we’ll see a new version soon.
Basically, you give it a movie name and it queries IMDB for the movie. Based on the IMDB Genres and Ratings, it creates your symlink tree for you. So in the PS3 XMB, when you go t your movie server you have all of your movies categorized by Genre so you can get a list of all Action movies, for example. Of course, since it’s all just symlinks, you can have the same movie covering multiple genres. So for a military crime drama — such as A Few Good Men — it would be listed under all 3 genres of Military, Crime, and Drama.
But it also had another interesting feature. It creates a MPEG video file that you can play from your uPnP client that gives you IMDB info, like the plot, the year, the ratings, etc.
This is what the original looked like: About Army of Darkness.m4v
This is what my latest version looks like: About Army of Darkness.m4v
And if you have an HTML 5 browser, here it is with the video tag (in Ogg Video format):
I wish I knew a good algorithm for making motion more fluid. The animation frames look jerky. I’m sure I need to blur or leave trails or something, but my attempts have all been failures.