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Welcome to Movito! It will help you manage and play very large movie collections, consisting of a
variety movie formats and types. Movito can be downloaded and evaluated for free.
Movito is a movie organizer for files, Blu-rays and DVDs. It fetches information about all your
movies from TMDB or TVDB and provides a variety of tools to restructure, rename
and cleanup your collection. All you have to do to is to point it to your
movie file directories and to tell which DVDs BlueRays you have in your home
Movito allows you to manage your movies in collections. These can be local media collections, lists
with movies of interest for you, external lists from web or shared friend collections.
Movito supports different 4 different collection types
File Media Collections
contains the movies you have at home. They can contain file movies on your computer and/or Disc Movies in
living room shelf.
Movie Lists don't allow for duplicates and don't have any media properties. They are
especially useful for sharing or as watchlists (i.e. to track movies of interest).
Whereas disc movies need to be added manually, Movito is designed to index and sort you media files in a fully
automatic way. All you need to do is to tell it which directories you consider to be part of your collection
Just download an installation. Movito
requires Java version 7 or later, so if you haven't
installed Java yet, please do so before installing Movito.
Movito can be tested without having a license key. Testing is limited to a set of example
collections and to collections shared by your friends. To add your own collection to Movito, you need to obtain
We provide two types of licenses, the Movito Evaluation License for evaluation and the Movito Pro
License for unlimited use of Movito.
1. Movito Evaluation License
This license allows to evaluate Movito and all its features for 7 days. It be can be easily
obtained for free from within Movito. All you need to do is to enter your email address in the activation dialog
as shown in the screenshot. Once requested, you should obtain an email
with the activation code within seconds.
2. Movito Pro License
Allows for an unlimited use of Movito and all its features. It also includes lifetime support
for all future versions of Movito. Pro Licenses can be purchased online where you also
details concerning the payment and purchase process.
Navigating your collection
In it's heart Movito is a viewer for your movie collection. Thus, we spent a great deal of time on
creating a smooth and
intuitive interface to filter, categorize and arrange your movies.
When opening a movie collection, the Collection View presents shelf-like view of
all your movies.
Here you can easily find movies of interest
by filtering and categorizing your movies. By selecting a movie you'll see some basic
information about it. By double-clicking a movie you can change into the Details View.
To guide filtering and to expose the statistics of your collection, Movito provides
powerful interactive tag clouds for a wide variety of movie attributes. This
allows to explore your collection in a visual and intuitive manner.
Tip Right-click a movie to see available context-actions. When
ALT key while clicking, Movito will populate the context menu including more advanced options (e.g.
an options to refresh the
movie annotation, or to unlink a media object from a movie).
Sorting and Category Views
You can choose a category attribute in the control bar to create sub-shelfs in the collection view.
You can choose a sorting attribute in the control bar to sort the movies in your current filter set.
You can search movies by name, description, cast, crew, character names and alternative movie titles. Search will
performed as you type and is provide search suggestions.
Movito allows to filter your collection by a great variety of possible aspects: name, quality,
release year, your rating, community rating, genre, cast and some more. It comes along with a powerful
but intuitive tag system to annotate your collection.
By clicking on tags you can filter your selection. The tag clouds will instantaneously update to the new
selection. This allows to define custom movie sets visually within seconds.
You can use the free text search (which will search in the movie title, cast, summary and media-file names).
You can also filter your collection by clicking on tags in movito. When using the tag-clouds you can also
adjust the filter-operation using a filter modifier
Tip Most filters can be inverted. Just double click them, or use Invert Filter from the
filter's context menu.
Every filtered can be toggled to be sticky by using the Make Sticky action from its context menu.
Just click the pin icon to remove the stickyness. Sticky filters are not removed when resetting the view (e.g.
by pressing ESC or by clicking Clear Filters in the filter bar). Think
of them as a filter context. E.g. if you want to see an action movie, you could define the "Action" genre as
sticky filter, to then pin down a particular action to be watched.
Hide unmatched movies
This filter can be enabled in the View menu. It will hide all movies to which no external movie ID
yet assigned. Without an external movie ID no additional movie info like covers, genres, cast, etc. can be
Movito dynamically generates tag-clouds from for the current movie selection (or the complete collection if no
movie is selected). This works for movie genre, release year, cast, quality, language, rating and location. By
clicking on tags of interest, you can easily filter your collection. Movito will update the tag-cloud
immediately to reflect the frequency distribution of tags in the filtered collection. Tag clouds are available
for genre, sound and video codec properties, release year, cast, quality, location and custom tags.
To further improve filtering via tag clouds we’ve added type specific filter condition. For instance the
release year can be matched exactly or via the modes “Since” (which includes all movies since the 1st of
January of the given year) or “Before” (which contains all movies released before this year).
You can save the current view configuration by clicking on "save view" in the View menu. You can
saved view configuration by clicking on its name in the View menu. Saved view configurations
zoom level, sorting, categorization and filters.
By default no filters are set when opening a collection.
However, if your press SHIFT while opening a collection, Movito will restore the last used
Movito can also (optionally and disabled by default) remember the last filter configuration for each
individually. This feature can be enabled under Preferences --> View
Movie Details View
The details view shows you all important movie details including facts about the movie itself, like plot
overview, cast, release year or genres. Additionally, Movito shows you details about your copy of the movie. For
a file movie this will be the media-file (or files in case of multipart movies), some details about the video
resolution and available sound tracks. For BlueRays and DVDs this will include the type of disc and it's
location in your apartment.
You can easily navigate through your movies using left/right keys, you have access to context
actions to play the movie, to go to the movie's website at TMDB or
IMDB . You can also modify the tags assigned to the movie.
After you've explored your movie collection, you might wonder how it compares to other movie lists
or collections. Movito has been designed to streamline this process as much possible.
Creating a new collection
To create a new collection just click the corresponding button in the library view.
To create a collection from a URL, just drag the URL into Movito.
Adding movies to collections
In addition to media-files on your computer, Movito can also help you to manage your physical movie
collection. Just type some bits of a DVD or Blue-ray you would like to add, choose the type of disc and hit
Movito allows you tag Movie Lists that contains movies you would like to watch later as
watchlists. Once being tagged as such, Movito will scan File Media Collections
shared friend collectoins if they contain movies from you watchlist. In such a case
Movito will show a notification, that allows to remove these movies from the watchlist easily.
Using watchlists you can easily keep track of movies that you're interested in.
Each collection in the Movito's library view can be configured and administered from the library view.
Different collections/lists can be compared in Movito using the flexible Intersection Filter. The filter
has a variety of different modes
Show movies of Collection A only
Show movies of Collection B only
Show movies which are present just in A
Show movies which are present just in B
Show movies which exclusively present in A
Show movies which exclusively present in B
Show movies which exclusively present in B or A (aka xor)
Show movies which present in B and A
The intersection filter allows to figure out easily which movies are present in one collection but not in
File Media Collections
Movito can help organizing your Blue-ray and DVDs, or manage lists of movies you're interested in.
However, it's true strength is to organize movie file collections.
Creating media collections
To add new create a media collection from a directory to Movito, just click "Add Movie Directory..." in the
"Collection" menu, and
navigate to the directory where you keep your movie files.
Once Movito has scanned your hard-disks, it will parse your files into movies. It's using advanced pattern
matching techniques to infer movie and series names, as well as season and episode numbers. Movito supports
directory movies, multipart movies, knows about common torrent naming schemes and
can work with any file-format.
When adding a new media collection to Movito the following working stages are performed:
Collecting all media files and calculating a checksum for each of them
Organizing media files into movie objects
Extracting codec properties
Depending on where your collection is stored (local disk, NAS) the most time-consuming step if usually to extract
media codec. However, Movito will do this incrementally while you can already start to browse your collection.
Movito differs from other movie organizers by emphasizing on a neat UI and powerful heuristics to match
file-names to actual movie titles. E.g. most organizer will struggle with names like
Movito supports many different file types like avi, mpg, mp4, mkv, iso and many more. It even allows
arbitrary file-types to registered as movie-types.
Movito will match your files with movies by name where possible. When in doubt, it'll use a
community-driven hash database to figure what movie is contained in a file.
Automatic Movie Matching
Given a media file, Movito aims to match it to a movie in TMDB.
First Movito tries to find the
movie by extracting the movie name from the file name. However this will not work in all
situations. Second, it will try to use a checksum of the first 5kb of the media-file to look up
the movie’s TMDB-id in the Movito hash database.
If both automatic attempts fail, the user has the possibility to match a movie manually. Try to
find the movie manually by searching for some elements of its title. Once you’ve found the movie
double-click it in the table to match it with the file. If you can not find it, press skip to
continue with the next yet unmatched movie.
Manual Movie Matching
You can match movies manually if automatic matching fails. You can also rematch files if the annotation is
Movito is able to match most media files to movies automatically. If the automatic matching IS not possible, you
can match media files to movies by:
Inferring the actual title of a movie from the media details,
Searching and selecting the movie by its title in the movie database (lower panel)
Confirming the movie assignment
Movie Matching Database
As some movies are unmappable via name because they have obscure filenames, Movito implements
another way to annotate them. Whenever a user apply a movie manually, Movito submits the movie
hash and the associated movie-id to a database maintained by the Movito team. No user information is included
nor do submit any kind of system id (like Google Chrome does for instance).
We’re aware that some users might not like this feature because of privacy reasons. That’s why
Movito will ask the user while starting up the first time, if she want’s to benefit from the
feature or if she prefer to keep unlimited privacy. In the latter case, Movito will neither
submit data nor use the Movito-hash-db for mapping movies, which will result in a lower
proportion of unannotated movies.
The hash dataase interface has been designed to be anonymous: just the checksum of a media-file
with your assigned movie-ID along with random
token and the date of submission will be saved.
Movito provides a convenient tool to guide you through all unmatched movies. This makes it just snap
the annotation of your collection. Your decisions about which file is what movie, will be used to complete
Movito Hash Database, so that other Movito users won't have to match those files manually again and
Duplicate Detection and Cleanup
Many collections have grown over the years, and contain some movies more than once. Movito can detect and
cleanup duplicates of the same movie in your collection. As it is aware of the movie qualities in your
you can also clean up your collection automatically to just keep the instance of each movie with the highest
To remove duplicates from your collection click on "Cleanup Duplicates" in the "Tools" menu. Double click the
movies you consider to be the duplicates to be hidden/removed from you collection. To speed up this process
Movito can gueess the duplicates automatically using movie some simple size and type rules.
Once you're done selecting the duplicates, you can then choose from the following actions to process your
Create a tag for the duplicates. You can use this tag later to hide or select them using a tag tag filter
Move to another folder. Use this option to separate the duplicates media files in a choosable
target directory. You can delete them later.
Delete the duplicates. This is a non-reversible operation and should be done carefully.
Hide them in Movito. Movito will permanently hide them but will leave your hard-disk untouched.
Movito occasionally fails to detect multi-part movies as
such. However, you can fix such movies by selecting the parts and by using Combine Parts into
from the context menu.
Movito will remember your correction in its Annotation Database so if another user has
same multi-part movie, it will detect it correctly later.
If you happen to have many multi-part movies in your collection, your can streamline the correction by using
Find Duplicate tool, which will present potential multipart candidates in a coherent split
Sharing, Exporting, Syncing
Movito is not a file sharing application. However, it still provides means to expose your collection to friends and
With Movito you can share selected collections with your friends. Sharing includes media properties and types,
but Movito does not allow to download movies from shared collections.
Exporting movie selections
Just assume a friend is at your place, he filtered your collection and now looking at you his USB harddrive in
his hand with big expecting eyes. That's when you can use the "Export movie selection" function which you can
find in the tools menu.
Movito is using an intelligent copy-queue to copy a movie selection to a friend's drive or USB-stick:
You can even add other movies to the end of the queue after you've started the copying process.
This will dramatically improve transfer speed as movies are copied sequentially and not in parallel.
If you want to make your collection accessible online, you can simply export with movito as a single bit html page.
The HTML Exporter even takes sorting and the current filter configuration into account when creating the html report
of you collection.
Movito will use your ratings (just click the stars!) for all instances of the movie across all your collection.
Ratings can also be synchronized with your TMDb account. This behavior can be configured in the preferences.
When you rate movie, it will be automatically tagged as Watched.
This section is for the techies among the cineastes. It gives detailed information about to use
Movito with just the
keyboard and details out possible customizations.
Here can you configure the directories in which you keep your movie files. Movito will scan these directories
for changes (new, moved or deleted media-files) on every startup
You can also configure which file-formats Movito will consider as movie files. Please note, that not all
formats can be opened by Movito to extract video and sound codec information
Preferred LanguageThe selected langauge will affect how Movito downloads Movito information (like movie
names, summaries, genre
names. If the interface of Movito has been localized to the selected language, it will use the language for the
interface after Movito has been restarted
Triggers delete action for current movie selection.
User Data Backup
When updating Movito to a more recent version, it will automatically create a backup of your current Movito
We try hard to make sure that updates work smoothly. However, if you've afraid of loosing any information when
installing an update, you can create a backup of your Movito user data using the Backup Local Movie
action from the Manager→Advanced menu. All data (ratings, collections, shares) will be
bundled into a .mob file, which you can
restore on the same machine but also on a different (e.g. new) computer by just dragging the file into Movito
Various sources are accessed by Movito to download movie annotation data. These include TMDB.
TVDB, Rotten Tomatoes, OMDb-API. You can not edit movie information in
Movito itself, but you can complement missing bits at TMDB directly and refresh Movito afterwards.
Movito is using an advanced caching system to pull and integrate annotation from these different sources. To
enforce Movito to refresh the annotation for a particular movie (e.g. after modifications via TMDb's
web interface), select it in the movie shelf browser and open the
context menu while keeping the ALT key pressed. Then select the action Refresh movie information.
Movito will automatically tag movies using video and audio codec properties, extracted tags from the
file-name and using all the information fetched from TMDB/TVDB.
Media File Property Extraction
Movito integrates Xuggler to extract video and audio codec
information from your media files.