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A little story related to the Invelos.com outage...
I was adding a new profile to my phpdvdprofiler based website the other day. After completing the update my website wouldn't load the right pane anymore. I spent a couple hours troubleshooting the issue only to discover that it was due to the Invelos.com website having gone offline which I wasn't aware of at the time. Obviously that defeats the whole purpose of hosting my own online collection.  Doh!  I've since corrected the issue, so I guess I have Invelos to thank.

You see, some time ago I updated the way the cover thumbnails populate in the right pane. Originally my website would look to see if I had uploaded a copy of the given thumbnail to my web space. If so, it would display it. If not, it would display an "image not available" graphic. It still works that way, but I added a step in the middle there. If my website can't find the thumbnail on my web space it then looks to see if the Invelos online database has a version of the thumbnail that can be displayed instead. Well as it turns out, the way I implemented this made the right pane always dependent on the Invelos.com website being available.  That wasn't my intention at all and I've since addressed the issue so. Lesson learned.
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There's no way to properly profile each movie unless each movie has its own profile.  As such, I would create a parent profile for the release as a whole and child profiles for each movie by Disc ID, Alternate Disc ID's being used for the 2nd and 3rd movies contained on a given disc.  And I would profile the release this way irrespective of what the Contribution Guidelines call for.

If profiles had yet to be contributed for the release I'd contribute them, then locking my local profiles down.  Whatever is done with the profiles I had contributed is irrelevant at that point.  People can do whatever they want to them.  I'm not going to allow my local profiles to be updated by anything in the Invelos online database anyway and will never need to download the profiles fresh so.

And locally I'd use movie specific front cover images for the child profiles.  It makes for a much nicer browsing experience that way.  My local database is my own.  Adhering to the Contribution Guidelines with respects to one's local database is silly.  To each his own naturally, but I have no interest in being part of the collective.
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The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1
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I don't contribute to the Invelos online database.  That being said, right after this title was released I did scan all the cover art and in the process corrected the episode listing on the back portion of the Season 2 cover art.  I posted the end result over at Blu-ray.com at the time.  The forum post in question is located here for those interested.  Included is the full cover scan I worked up for Season 2 in addition to front and back cover images for everything.  Feel free to use the cover art locally if you like.  As for the contribution rules, you all have fun with that.  Just not my cup of tea.  Have no interest in being part of the collective.  To each his own naturally.
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The Little Rascals: The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 2 (1930-1931)





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The Final Countdown (1980)



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I still use Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. (My laptop originally shipped with Windows Vista.) It runs lean and mean and does everything I could even want it to do.  And no, I could give a rip about so-called security issues and Microsoft no longer supporting the operating system.  I haven't installed a Windows update since Service Pack 1 and have only ever run Microsoft Security Essentials.  My system is so clean you could eat off it.  It's always been that way.  That being said, not long ago I installed Windows 10 on a second hard drive just to play around with it, dual-boot configuration.  When installing DVD Profiler under Windows 10 I just opened the same databases I do from Windows 7.  I've gone back and forth between Windows 7 and Windows 10 many times now.  No issues.  It's pretty awesome to be able to work with my DVD Profiler databases from either version of Windows.  Just thought I'd throw that out there.  It works beautifully.
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Holy thread resurrection Batman!  Figured I'd chime in on this anyway.  Well, I've always wanted to be able to filter by a given aspect ratio.  Not long ago I took care of that in a way.  I created an "Aspect Ratio" tag with "Child" tags under that for each aspect ratio.  I then proceeded to set the aspect ratio tag for all 5,031 of my profiles adding new "Child" tags along the way as needed.  It's awesome to be able to filter by aspect ratio now.  Below is a list of the aspect ratios I ended up with.

1.33, 1.37, 1.56, 1.66, 1.75 ,1.78 ,1.85 ,2.00 ,2.20 ,2.21 ,2.35 ,2.39 ,2.40 ,2.55 ,2.76 ,2.89

The one thing I didn't do was tag a given title with more than one aspect ratio where applicable.  I didn't think about that until seeing this thread.  Well, I did so with my parent profiles, but only in cases where the primary aspect ratio for the child titles differed.  I didn't cover instances where during a given presentation the aspect ratio changes.  Will be going back now and updating my profiles accordingly.  I use physical masking for scope content with my 16:9 (1.78:1) projector screen, so knowing if a given presentation contains multiple aspect ratios will be very helpful.  After some time has past I tend to forget which titles have multiple aspect ratios aside from the Nolan films.

To each his own, but I despite movies that use multiple aspect ratios.  At best I find it distracting.  As such, I've been working up alternate versions of said movies, versions that use the primary aspect ratio throughout.  To reauthor I'm using multiAVCHD as its "Transcode" option has a AviSynth section with "Crop/Zoom", "Resize" and "Uncrop" settings built-in.  To the left of that is a preview window which you can set to any point in the timeline.  The preview window shows exactly what the given frame will look like based on your settings.  Makes it simple stupid to confirm you've cropped down just enough before uncropping back to 1920x1080.

And one last thought on this stuff.  If DVD Profiler were ever to be updated again I'd love to see the "Video Formats" section enhanced.  Over at Blu-ray.com, their database includes "Aspect Ratio" and "Original Aspect Ratio", the "Aspect Ratio" being what's presented on the disc, the "Original Aspect Ratio" being well, the original aspect ratio.  It would be most excellent if DVD Profiler offered the same.  And yes, at the very least DVD Profiler could include a "contains multiple aspect ratios" type checkbox short of a way to call out said aspect ratios.
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Push come to shove you can always create a backup of your database, uninstall DVD Profiler checking to ensure none of the program files were left behind, then reinstall and restore your database.  That should correct the issue I would think.  Hopefully there's a quicker solution for you though.  Perhaps others will chime in.  Good luck.
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I've found the software to be tempermental at times when going back and forth between databases.  And even it I didn't find this to be the case, I wouldn't recommend separate databases for what you're looking to do, Obertc.  Creating "Custom Collection Categories" as Ruben mentioned is the best approach.  The built-in categories are "Owned", "Ordered", "Wish List" and "All".  In my case I hide the "Ordered" and "Wish List" categories.  The custom categories I created are "Concerts", "Documentary", "Movies", "Musicals" and "Television", the contents of each category set to be included in the "Owned" category as well.  For good measure I also use the "Television" genre with all my Television profiles.  I rarely filter by the "Television" genre, but it never hurts to have the option.  I actually host my own phpDVDProfiler based website, so feel free to hit up the link below in my forum signature if you'd like to check out the online version of my local database which includes all the "Custom Collection Categories".
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I download a profile for the first time, check it over for accuracy, update it locally "as I see fit" and completely lock it down.  Done deal.  I've been following this practice since day one.  I don't allow the Invelos online database to update my local profiles.  Never have.  I can update my local profiles myself if need be.  I don't want someone else's updates.  I have no desire for my local profiles to mirror the ones available in the Invelos online database or vice versa.  And if I ever need to restore my database I do so locally.  Works for me anyway.
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