Q:I just updated to IE8 and now when I add a movie by browsing to the file name, the path is not saved as part of the file name.
After installing IE8 , in IE you have to go to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Trusted Sites > Sites then add http://www.cinemapremiere.com.
Q:I just updated to IE8 and now when I start my Cinema Premiere Personal Server I am prompted to enter a user name and password to connect to my local server. I never had to enter a user name and password before and have no idea what to enter.
After installing IE8 , in IE you have to go to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Local Intranet > Sites > Advanced then Add http://localhost and make sure the verification box is unchecked.
Make sure your web browser (IE if you are using CP Browser) is not ignoring the font style and size of the web page. In Windows XP, you can check this by going to Tools > Internet Options >Accessibility (at the bottom of the page) and make sure the Formatting check boxes are NOT checked.
Q:Who can I report programming bugs or typos to and is there a way to request additional features to the movie manager?
New ideas are welcomed and although much testing has been done, it is inevitable that someone will find a programming glitch or typo somewhere. For all matters related to programming, please email email@example.com. Please be as specific as possible when describing the problem you found or the feature you would like added.
This is just a movie manager. It manages movies you have on your hard drive or a hard drive on a network PC. The move files are not stored on Cinema Premiere's server. Each movie record in your movie database contains a pointer to where the movie is. You can see that location in the "Detail" view when displaying your movies. It is the Path\Filename. As an example, if the Path\Filename was \\Mediacenter\G\TARZAN II [G].avi, when I click on the thumbnail image to play the movie, the default avi player would start and look for the movie on the network where the PC name is Mediacenter and folder or directory is G.You can read more about it in the "Playing Movie Files" section of the user manual. Now, if you just want to access your movie manager from a friends house, you would just type in your user name and password as usual.
Q:It takes a long time to display my thumbnail images of my movies on my search results screens. What can I do to make it faster?
If you have a large number of movies or a slow internet connection, setting the "number of movies per page" field to a smaller value will allow your movies to display faster. You can set your default settings on the Tools > Options > Miscellaneous screen and you can change the setting on all the search screens. Also, if you use Cinema Premiere's browser instead of your default browser, the cover images will load much faster. In my tests of displaying 985 movies in the "thumbnail" view, it only took around 75 seconds for the initial caching of images using the CP Browser, compared to 130 seconds for IE. Without closing the browser and displaying the 985 movies in the "thumbnail" view again, it took less than 5 seconds in the CP Browser compared to 70 seconds in IE. The CP Browser is free. There is nothing to install. It is guaranteed not to have any viruses or spyware. You can download it by clicking on this link. Whenever you want to run the movie manager all you have to do is click on the program icon and it will take you directly to the movie manager and display your default start screen, which can be set on your Tools > Options > Miscellaneous screen.
Q:When I try to play a movie file (.avi) by clicking on the thumbnail image of the movie, nothing happens. When I move my mouse over the DVD cover image, it says "Play Movie", but when I click it, nothing happens.
To play movies from the movie manager, you must be running the movie manager through Cinema Premiere's customized browser (CinemaPremiereOnline.exe). You can download it for free by selecting "Use CP Browser" when you log in from Cinema Premiere''s hom page. You can also access it from the Downloads page from the main menu bar. Either way, all you have to do is save it to your desktop (or whereever you like). When you double click it, you will be taken to your movie manager.
You must also be sure that the movie resides on your local hard drive or on your network and that the movie path is correct in your movie manager. You can read more about this in the User's Guide under the topic of "Playing Movie Files."
Q:The Play Movie option in thumbnail and summary mode does not seem to work on network files ( URL paths ). Why?
There are 3 possible problems that I can think of.
- If you are on a wireless network connection, it has to be fast. When I tried it over my 22 Mbps line, the movie was very choppy. When I tried over my wired connection, it played perfectly.
- If you don't have the movie path set up correctly, it will not play. Here is a snipit from the the user's manual: "On the Personal Server, you can import movies directly from the PC's hard drive on the network. You must be on a PC that is on the network but not on the PC where the movies resides. From the Tools -> Add -> Import HD screen, click on Browse. Select My network Places from the lower left panel on the Choose file screen. Select the network path then browse to any movie file in the directory you want to import from. Continue as you would when importing movies from a local hard drive." The movie path should look something like \\Mediacenter\pg\PG Rated\1941 [PG].avi where Mediacenter is the name of the network PC, pg is the name of the shared drive, PG Rated is the name of the folder and 1941[PG].avi is the name of the movie file.
- If for some reason your avi player doesn't support playing across the network. I use BSPlayer and it works fine.
Q:I think it would be a really good idea to attach an option check mark that would show if a DVD is borrowed, in the collection, wanted but not yet in collection, and/or being available for purchase from collection. That would help me a lot, as I have many movies and it''s hard to keep track of them all.
A possible idea that might work for you is to add borrowed, wanted, etc. fields in the media type on the Options>Misc screen. Each movie can have multiple media types. For example, you can have the movie set to DVD and Borrowed or DVD and Wanted. That way you would also be able to search for all movies that are Borrowed. In the notes field for the movie, you could enter the name of the person that borrowed it and the date it was borrowed.