My Movies for Windows Media Center
Experience Your Movie Collection
My Movies for Windows Media Center is a movie and TV series collection program for Windows Media Center in Windows 7 and 8. With My Movies for Windows Media Center, you can experience your entire movie and TV series collection, and browse through and play your titles, browse cast, play trailers and much more by using a remote control within your living room or home theatre. My Movies for Windows Media Center also includes the My Movies Collection Management product, which allows you to conveniently maintain and manage your movie and TV series collection outside Windows Media Center, and through our high quality front-end access your collection inside Windows Media Center.
Windows Media Center is a built-in feature in the Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate packages, and can be bought as an add-on for Windows 8 Pro. Though Windows Media Center is no longer automatically part of Windows packages, it is still the best alternative on the market, and therefore our natural choice of platform for media management.
Compared to the functionality of most hardware based media players which only displays static pre-stored information, Windows Media Center is much more dynamic and has the ability to instantly write directly to your collection, making it able to track the watched status of a movie, or delete a title from your collection among other things, without having to switch to the My Movies Collection Management. As a result it is possible to create a more user friendly, dynamic and elaborate program to manage, view and experience your movie collection with Windows Media Center.
Furthermore you can play your stored Blu-ray titles in full length without any restrictions through Windows Media Center with integration of a Blu-ray player (we support ArcSoft Total Media Theatre and Cyberlink PowerDVD but recommend ArcSoft Total Media Theatre).
Experience Your Collection
My Movies for Windows Media Center lets you browse through your collection with different views giving you a variety of options to easily get an overview of your collection. You can sort you collection according to different criteria and list settings, as well as using genre, categories and custom filters created in My Movies Collection Management.
Furthermore My Movies offers the option to create two custom buttons for easy access to any listing you prefer or use often.
When browsing your collection, and viewing movie details, My Movies displays high quality backdrops, also known as fan-art, automatically downloaded for your movies from our online service.
The program is suited for families, and therefore it offers a password protected parental control according to the rating standards, to secure your children.
View Your Titles
Through a user friendly interface adjusted to the interface of Windows Media Center you get access to data for your titles containing trailer, synopsis, cast and more. Beside from the title data of a movie, My Movies use our high-quality metadata to inspire you by giving you a selection of titles in your collection that are similar to the one you are currently viewing.
Directly from the Windows Media Center you can manage your collection by changing watched status of the title, add the title to a category or delete it from your collection without having to open the My Movies Collection Management.
Customization to Your Preferences
My Movies for Windows Media Center is by default split into two start menu strips; one for movies and another for TV series. But you have the option to customize the start menu, by selecting between one or two strips, and you can customize which entry points each strip has.
Beside from the start menu, you also have the option to change settings for the overlay icons which simply display title data about watched and loan status and more. Thereby you easily get information about your titles from the main movie overview.
By default, your collection will be displayed with three rows of covers on the screen, but by changing the amount of rows, you can change the view to suit your preferences. Changing the number of rows to only two rows result in display of larger covers, and configuring to 4, 5 or 6 rows will result in smaller covers.
With the Play movie function, you can skip the menu and configure My Movies to always directly play the actual movie, skipping all other things such as trailers for other movies and subtitle selection. Especially for small children this option makes it much easier.
Movies have different refresh rates, but with My Movies you do not have to worry about this. By enabling the automatic refresh rate, the program detects the refresh rate, and changes the setting to suit the movie, making your movie experience smoother.
To make the viewing of TV series more convenient, you can select to play all episodes, a random episode or all unwatched episodes of a series or season. (This is only supported for TV Series in individual files, and is not supported for TV Series on DVD.)
If you prefer a different player than the internal one in Windows Media Center, you can, with the external player feature, configure which movie types should be played with a select number of external players, where more players can be configured by the expert user.
Windows Media Center extenders are great to extend your Windows Media Center to other rooms, but unfortunately the media playback functionalities of the extenders are limited, meaning that they do not support various media types, such as online stored DVD's in image files or VIDEO_TS file structures. The transcoder built-in to My Movies allows you to on-the-fly convert the movie you would like to playback to a format that the extender can play. This allows you to not have to store multiple media types to view your movies on extenders.
My Movies contains different libraries to access your titles, persons and trailers. The Movie Library and the TV Series Library separates your movies and TV series into two libraries. If you wish to see you entire collection at once, you can enter the Media Library instead. Through the Trailer Library you have access to trailers of upcoming movies or movies currently or recently in cinema. The Person Library displays a complete collection of the cast and crew of your titles with biography and images.
Copy Discs Directly to Your Collection
My Movies offers a copy disc feature which allows you to copy DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray titles* to your computer or network storage directly within Windows Media Center to either an image file or a folder structure without having to open My Movies Collection Management. During the copy process your disc will automatically be identified through our online service, and the disc will be added to your collection with high quality metadata.
Use Mobile Clients as Remote Control
The My Movies product suite contains applications for several different clients, and they can all be connected to your account, and thereby you can use My Movies for iPhone, My Movies for iPad and My Movies for Android to access you collection on the go. And there is no need to pick up the remote control, the mobile clients offers a fully functional remote control for Windows Media Center, and allows you to start playback of your movies directly from the mobile client.
The installer package for My Movies for Windows Media Center contains My Movies for Windows Media Center and My Movies Collection Management. You should therefore not download and install both My Movies for Windows Media Center and My Movies Collection Management.
If you would like what the My Movies product suite offers in an integrated solution, we recommend purchasing a pre-built product from one of our professional integrators. The integrators offer My Movies as a default integration in their products, or as an add-on option when purchasing. Typically, the integrator offer a full product package revolving around home theaters. Visit our integrator site to see an updated list of integrators and contact information of these.
The basic functionalities of our Windows products are free to use, and only requires a user account. To get extended features to enhance the movie experience you can purchase points, or contribute title data to earn contribution points, that open op for the features described above. View the feature table to see how many points the individual features requires.
Read more about product pricing or contribution and purchase points.
Use the Beginners Guide for Windows Media Center to get started.
The below screenshot gallery goes through the My Movies for Windows Media Center application and describes each part of the application in detail. The application contains several features that are not included in the screenshot.