Adding film data is normally done manually and on a one by one basis. It is easy to add data such as film title, synopsis, duration and credits for a single film, with a simple and quick copy-paste actions, but when it comes to multiple films, the process might become slow and inefficient.
Luckily, in many cases, the data already exists, either in another website (like a production company or film festival websites), a digital asset management system or a spreadsheet.
You can easily import that data to Movies Everywhere in one simple command!
- Prepare the data in a spreadsheet and save it as XLXS.
- Go to the Media Manager on your Movies Everywhere account and hit IMPORT on top right.
- Select the XLSX file you prepared.
- Map the data fields from the XLSX to the corresponding fields on Movies Everywhere.
- Confirm and finalize the action.
The imported data will be created as separate films in the Media Manager.
Let us explain the basic concepts
What is film data?
It’s everything you’d like to appear in the film page: film title, synopsis, director and producer names, trailer link (from Youtube or Vimeo), duration, title in original language etc.
What is “mapping”?
Let’s assume you prepared a spreadsheet where you called the descriptive text of the film “description”.
On Movies Everywhere, the term for the same very field is “synopsis”.
So when you import, simply map (connect) the “description” field to the “synopsis” field.
What format does the spreadsheet have to be in?
The format is relatively free, since you map the fields when importing. There are very simple guidelines to follow:
- Start the spreadsheet data from the first (top) row. Don’t leave blank rows on top of the spreadsheet.
- Don’t give the spreadsheet a title inside like “My movies for import“. Just headers names for each column.
- The columns headers can be given any name. But they must have a title – e.g – Duration, Length, Running time etc. – The wording however is free, since you’d map them while importing.
- Film length must be in minutes. Instead of “1.5 hours”, write “90”.
- We chose XLSX because it’s very common. If you have issues saving the file in that format, you can easily export it as XLSX from Numbers or Libre Office or save it as XLSX from Google sheets.