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Adding New Media to Tellico

Update: This procedure is no longer necessary. It is shown here for historical purposes only.

Tellico is a terrific program for maintaining information about collections. It supports many kinds of collections, including music, book, stamp, video and coin. You can even create your own custom collection.

Tellico has specific media types for its video collection databases: DVD, VHS, VCD and DivX. The program does not offer the capability to add new categories to the media, so I decided to do that by adding new categories in the program source code. The new categories I wanted to add are DVDR (DVDs on recordable DVD-R and DVD+R disks) and BETA (Betamax video tapes).

After adding these new categories to the program, I discovered that my already existing Tellico movie database would not recognize the new categories, as it had been created with the old categories. So I also had to modify the old database to contain the new categories. These two actions would allow me to use the new categories in my original database and any new video databases I create.

Adding new categories to the Tellico program

Since I have the source code to Tellico, I can make changes to it, recompile it and re-install it. First, change to the Tellico source directory and remove the old compilation:

Then to be certain nothing has changed, redo the configuration:

Now for the editing. To find where the video categories are created, change to the src/collections sub-directory and grep for DVD: