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Review of My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

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On the Meta-data tab you can make any changes you want – again, the defaults were fine for me.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

If you have a Disc Changer attached you can install and activate Nimbie.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Ripping Music

Here is how the MusicDisc Copier component is described:

My Music Disc Copier is a fully automated CD ripper, that allows you to automatically copy your music cd’s directly to the Home Servers storage making it available to Media Centers, such as Microsoft Media Center, Media Portal, Beyond TV, SaveTV and many others, gaming devices such as Playstation 3 or Xbox 360, and music playback devices such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos Digital Music Systems and many others.

Your music can be copied either to lossless music formats such as Windows Media Audio Lossless or Flac, or to highly compressed Windows Media Audio or MP3 files, or a combination, allowing you to store a primary format for in-house playback, and a secondary format for mobile devices.

CD Ripping have never been easier, simply insert a CD into an optical drive, and the copy process will start automatically, while you have a full detailed overview in your Windows Home Server console, after a few minutes, depending on the target format you have chosen, and the processing power of your Home Server, the disc will again be ejected from the drive.

Pop the audio CD into the drive and wait. To begin with it will show as “Unknown Album”.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

It should then pick up the actual CD title and you can then monitor the progress of the rip.

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When the ripping is complete you will see the status as Done and the progress as 100%.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

You can view the properties of the ripped CD to make sure it is all correct.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

You can then edit any of the information if you need to.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

You can choose the CD from a list and automatically update the data if it is not correct.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Just choose the CD from the displayed list.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

You can add or replace cover art if you wish.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Andrew Edneyhttps://moviesgamesandtech.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

45 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the review. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review for My Movies.
    One thing that is still unclear to me is how the various components of My Movies work together. I do not have a disc drive in my home server and I only have an Atom processor, so I’m not really interested in disc ripping on my server. All I want to do is store my movies and TV series on my home server and serve them to my media centre – do I still need the WHS version of My Movies, or will it all run from the Media Centre?
    Thanks,
    Richard

  2. Hi Richard

    No, you don’t need the WHS version of My Movies to do what you want to do.

    You will need My Movies on your Media Center and also the collection management software as well.

    Then just have My Movies monitor the share on your home server for the media and thats it.

    I have the same setup but with the files stored locally on the Media Center, but it works just the same as My Movies just looks at wherever you tell it.

    Andrew

  3. I am glad to hear that you have had success. I on the other hand have not. I found bugs, installation problems, ripping problems and quality issues. I have also found the lack of support to be a deal breaker. I honestly wanted this to work for me. I was prepared to buy until I tried it out.

    I am using the My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 Version: 2.00 Release date: June 28’th 2011. I ran into problems early so I started a thread to find that support does not exist for My Movies. I felt like I was I was not welcome on the forums and god forbid that I ran into problems.

    Here is my fair review from my experience with My Movies.

    http://forums.usingwindowshomeserver.com/topic/527-my-movies-review/

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