Whether you have purchased movies online, made digital backups, or simply have movies stored on your Mac or on an external drive, it tends to turn into a rather dull folder tree with a list of movie titles. Quick look or Cover Flow won’t help me out – I put my movies in directories.
Ouch, this isn’t exactly visual browsing.
Since I had this problem with my digitalized movie collection and I wanted to browse them casually, while at parties and with friends on my Macbook Pro, or simply at home on a dull afternoon, I figured something out to make everything a lot more appealing. Dive on in.
You need very little tools, and a bit of effort for this improvement in your movie-browsing user experience. First of all, get img2icns – it’s a neat freeware, open-source app that will turn images you drag onto its icon into an ICNS file, a folder icon (which is what we want) or something else, which isn’t needed in this how-to. Get it here.
Now that you have the right tools, it’s time to get cracking. List your movies, and find DVD cover artwork or posters (whatever strikes your fancy – I prefer posters) for them. Drag them onto img2icns’ icon (make sure ‘folder icon’ is checked) and the icons will pop up on your desktop by default. You can copy-paste these icons over as you would any other icon. After some clicking, here’s my result;
Nice! Click for larger on Flickr.
And that’s all there’s to it to beautify your collection. Try it in Cover Flow – img2icns supports icons up to 512×512 pixels, so using large images will result in some very nice images!