Adding movies manually

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WPMovieLibrary uses Custom Posts Types and Custom Taxonomies; your post edit page now show several new Metaboxes:

WPMovieLibrary − Movie Meta
Located right below the Post content editor this metabox will contain the movie’s metadata once downloaded, and also includes the movies search box you will be using to find movies and import metadata.
WPMovieLibrary − Movie Images
Located below the Movie Meta metabox, this one will show the already downloaded images and a link to open the WordPress Media Modal and import more images.
WPMovieLibrary − Movie Details
Located in the right Widget area, this metabox handles the movie’s details: status, media, rating.
Collections
Located in the right Widget area, this metabox handles collections you want to add your movie to.
Genres
Located in the right Widget area, this metabox lists the genres you can affect your movie to.
Actors
Located in the right Widget area, this metabox lists the actors you can affect your movie to.
Search movies

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Adding a new movie is trivial: input a title and a content like any regular WordPress Post; the title you input in the Post’s title field will be automatically used to prefill the search field in the Movie Meta metabox.

To search a movie and download the related metadata, simply fill in the search input with your movie’s title if it isn’t already prefilled, and click “Search”. The plugin will search for your movie and fill a form in the Meta Box with all the available metadata.

Tip If the submitted title is ambiguous and can correspond to multiple movies, WPMovieLibrary will display a list of posters of the possible matching movie for you to pick the right one.

In some cases your search will return multiple results, and you will need to make your selection from a list of movies matching you search.

A search returning multiple results: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

A search returning multiple results: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Either way, once the movie selected the metadata fields will be updated with the download data. WPMovieLibrary currently stores the following data: title, original title, overview, production company, production country, language, runtime, genres, release date, director, producer, director of photography, original music composer, author, writer and actors.

Depending on your settings WPMovieLibrary can add the movie poster as featured image and automatically fill in Actors, Genres and Collections Taxonomies. See Movies > Settings > Taxonomies.
Obviously most movies stare relatively important quantities of actors; the plugin’s default behaviour is to affect each movie the existing taxonomies and create them if needed, meaning that every single movie will potentially create tens of actors. You have a library containing a large number of movies, you will end up with thousands of actors you probably don’t care about. Actors are automatically sorted by their importance in the cast, so you can limit the amount of actors added as taxonomies to the 10 or 12 first actors; the full cast will still be available as a simple list. See the “Actors limit” setting in Movies > Settings > Taxonomies.

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Import images

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The Movie Images metabox allows you to browse the available images of the movie and save the ones you like through a WordPress Media Modal window.

You can define the size of the images you want to import; default is the original, but you may want to have smaller images. See the “Images Default Size” in Movies > Settings > Images.
Import posters

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Just as images, you can import posters using the “See available Movie Posters” located in the standard Featured Image metabox.

You can define the size of the posters you want to import; default is the original, but you may want to have smaller posters. See the “Posters Default Size” in Movies > Settings > Images.
Set details

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Details are a different way to manage your movies. There’s currently three different details available: status, media and rating. Rating is self-speaking; status can help you remember which movies you own but don’t have presently at your disposal, whether because you’ve loaned them to a friend or because your streaming license has expired. In that logic, media helps you sort out which movies you own as DVDs, Blu-rays… And which movies you saw at the cinema or streaming.

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