Alex Kuretz May 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’ve been very content with the beta version for a long time, but there’s some nice features in the new version, I think I’ll have to check it out.

Riccardo May 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Great write-up, Damian! I’m using the latest version as well, but I haven’t gotten around to setting up any profiles yet… Seems like it’s something I really need to get sorted, they sound very useful!

Anthony Marquez May 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hey Damien, nice write-up. Do you know where I can see a good comparison of MetaBrowser and MyMovies? I also heard about YAMMM, what do you think about that software.

Damian May 23, 2011 at 7:05 am

I think YAMMM development has stopped (or I thought a new version was upcoming but no news). The other alternative (which I only used briefly a while back) is MCM (Media Center Master)

If you plan on using My Movies for Windows Media Center or Dune then you need My Movies. Aside from that you don’t “need” to use one over the other. MetaBrowser has more added features/plugins (some in particular I use is the TV Renaming feature and trailer download). My Movies has an official App so the mobile experience is much more robust.

Hope that gives you some ideas. I have both running on my PCs for various reasons. Let me know if you have any other questions.

John Zajdler May 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Nice writeup with all the info, thanks.

For my needs and budget, I use the beta 09-02-09 build, the free version. I think that a one time cost of $30 is enough, especially if I continue to use the same version. To expect a yearly fee, to me, is extravagant. It surprises me that Anti-virus software gets away with it. But I’m cheap.

Cubanblood May 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I agree with John, i think the yearly fee is a bit crazy. I can get the metadata using other softwares that are free. They might not have the same features as Metabrowser but they are good for what i need.

Damian May 21, 2011 at 4:40 am

John – keep in mind that in theory you can just get away with a one time cost. If you purchase the first year and then don’t renew you will still have full access to metabrowser, you just won’t get any future updates. So there is no need to pay the yearly fee

Phee May 22, 2011 at 5:25 am

Although it all sounds great, and written up nicely, there is a temptation to try it for the 21 day trial period.

But then, most likely I won’t see the value of $29.99 ($30.00 ffs) Especially when there are others that I have happily DONATED $5 to $10 for their great effort and product.

You can not promise any one here you are able to continue to develop, support and update this like Major Software Companies do!

I just don’t see the value, especially this stone age.

Comp1962 May 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

GREAT WRITE UP DAMIAN! I have been using the beta version since you first pointed it out to me last year. Its been a great addition to my server indeed and the new features you have point out have my eyes popping out of my head.

I have no problem paying for software because I know it helps promote continued developement of the software so the fee is a small price to pay.

I just want to clarify something….. If I install this on my server and run it as a web service then I can use it to stream my media while online and would I be correct in saying that I could allow others to access my media content as well and if so then can I setup individual accounts for those people? I currently allow my family and a few select friends to access my media via ORB or SubSonic. ORB is apain to set things up with private links and SubSonic does not stream as well as ORB does but to have something more automated would be just a dream come true.

For this reason I am asking for clarification so that I do not find myself assuming something just because I desire it so.

Thanks……Its a good day and once agai Damian you have fueled my addition to streaming media.

Comp1962 May 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

No need to claify I got it figured out. My mind just went on overload. I have it running now and am liking it very much.

Damian May 23, 2011 at 7:05 am

I am glad I could help by being silent :-)

Overboardkiller May 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I use MetaBrowser for nearly a year now and i love it. I was once like everyone else and didn’t want to pay as there was free ones out there but found out that none of them did exactly what i wanted except MetaBrowser, I used Version 1 for ages and then paid for v2.0 as it had so many more options.

Damian you did miss one or two things that i use all the time which is the renaming function (http://themetabrowser.com/projects/metabrowser-v2/wiki/Movie_Renaming), this automatically changes the file and the folder name of movies/Eps to what ever you want. The other function is the Locking of movies/Eps, once you have all the data on the movie/ep you can lock it down so it doesn’t process that movie/ep again.

There are some issues. I feel he doesn’t update it that much, to me i don’t think the yearly fee is worth it. I would also like to see Music added as i think it would be easy to add in but i think he is going to look at games next which i think is weird.

Damian May 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Great to hear you have been enjoying v2.

I actually didn’t touch upon the renaming because that feature has been around for a while, I written about it in one of my previous writeups. I actually use the TV Rename function. Since I record most of my shows on my PC after I am done encoding I just name S##E##, dump them in t he TV show folder, and metabrowser takes care of the rest.

That is interesting about the lock down function, thanks for bringing that up. Since I have My Movies running on my PC as well, I can’t lock things down, but that does sound like a great idea.

Music would definitely be nice. I have that MusicArt App that I was using to go alongside MediaBrowser music but I would obviously rather manage this all from one software. For whatever reason games seems to be very big in the Media Browser community so that is my guess why fatal is focusing on that.

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