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I looked at the Export XML and it provides all the metadata I could want for Media Center, except for the cover art.  So I looked at the XLST XML transformation.  I don't know anything about style sheets, but I downloaded the example provided and it seemed to make sense: for each source XML tag, it specified the destination XML tag to put the data in.  But that solution seems to be a non-starter.  The recommended XLS processor is msxsl.exe and that program is no longer available - Microsoft removed it from their websites.

Mediadogg: I think you're right.  An automated solution could be developed (like YAMMM), which would have to take a single movie disc and find it in the online database - and run into the issues you listed.  Media Center used to do that by starting with the DVD ID.  It didn't always pull up the cover art for the same DVD I have, but it did pull up the same movie (in English) and that's usually good enough for Media Center, where you are just selecting which DVD to watch.

Regardless, I'll need a mapping of DVD Profiler XML tags to Media Center XML tags, so I'll start on that.  I'll look at HTTPJolie to see if it can provide the cover art (Media Center uses cover art images that are about 150x210 pixels).
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Thanks for your help.  I've never found any Microsoft documentation on format of those XML files - just people with questions and no answers.  All solutions I've found for generating those files have focused solely on scanning ripped movie folders on hard drives and not the inserted movie discs themselves. 

Several years ago the author of YAMMM (Yet Another Media Meta Manager) updated the app to work with Windows 7 but that version only works on ripped movie folders (or at least I couldn't guess a way to configure it to scan inserted movie discs).

I have examples of the Microsoft-generated XML files (which are seriously lacking in metadata, but work) and the superior YAMMM-generated XML files (it's easy to fool it into thinking you have a ripped movie folder if you know the movie name - and sometimes the year it was released).  But I think the DVD Profiler metadata is richer than YAMMM's source metadata.  Let me look through those XML files and I can post an example.

I am a programmer so I'm not worried about generating the XML myself if necessary, so long as I have the movie metadata available to my app.  I'll also look at XSLT tools for XML.
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Sorry for the long delay, GSyren... last year was not a good year for my family.  But I think I can turn my mind back to this idea now.

Thanks for the introductions.  I remember mediadogg; back when I bought my VGP-XL1B changers he was the first person I know of (besides Sony) to write software that supported them.  I still run his Mediachanger GUI app on my HTPC.  Since I installed DVD Profiler, I've been using his LoadDVD plugin - very nice!

I haven't yet noticed anything missing from DVD Profiler - it holds the richest set of movie metadata I've seen.  What I'm looking for is definitely an extension for my need.  I need a way to generate DVD XML files used by Windows Media Center so I can have that metadata available in Media Center while trying to decide what to watch.  (I still run Windows 7 Media Center on my HTPC, for which Microsoft disabled all such in-place metadata services.)

I see in the forms that at least a couple of customers have asked for this feature over the years, but were left frustrated... so I assume that feature was never added.  If you know that capability was added to DVD Profiler or a plugin, please point me to it!  I'll look into the DVDProfileLoop, HTTPJolie and ProfilerQuery plugins and see which will work best for my need.
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