YAMJ Obsession

YAMJ stands for Yet Another MovieJukebox. It is a time consuming process that is enough to make you want to put your foot through your big screen tv when it doesn’t work.

After purchasing my first networked media centre in 2009 (HDX1000), I’ve been obsessing over this third party add on called YAMJ.

(YetAnother)MovieJukebox is a command line tool, written in Java, which recursively scans your video library for video files (AVI, MKV, VIDEO_TS, BluRay, etc.) and analyzes these files in order to extract information like: year, language, subtitles, container, part, fps, audio and video codecs. Other movie and television information like, director, rating, etc. are collected using various plugins for online databases such as IMDb, TheMovieDB, TheTVDB, Allocine, FilmAffinity, FilmWeb, etc.

MovieJukebox then generates the indexes in HTML format that are compatible with the media players such as the NMT Popcorn HourHDX 1000, etc.


When it works, the reward can be amazing and very impressive to those that have never seen this style of movie jukebox before. It organises your media in such a way that you save time by sorting and filtering certain genres, year etc. As with anything, the downside is that it can be high maintenance and it also depends how anal you are with the fine details of your jukebox.


Fortunately there is light at the end of the tunnel as YAMJ has been built into the newly released Popcorn Hour A-400 so you don’t have to do it yourself. I’ve yet to order this new A-400 version to replace my ageing HDX100 (flashed to A110) but will be doing so in the new year. I wanted to read or watch more reviews on this new model but I haven’t had the time. So far it looks like a feature packed media player and reasonably priced too.

I’ll put up a quick review when I get my hands on one 🙂

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