Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

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Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

Post by ITgreybeard » Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:52 am

My library of audiobooks and music are auto-organized by album-artists and albums, which stores them in a hierarchical folder system that works great.

But when it comes to videos, I would greatly prefer that the videos are catalogued but not organized, for two reasons: collectively they are too large for a single storage device; and they, unlike music and audiobooks, are not tagged.

Instead, the videos can stay in their present location. That has been attempted via an auto-organize exclusion, but the exclusion appears to apply to the folders listed but not to their sub-folders, which in my case are numerous. Any suggestions? Could there perhaps be a simple checkmark-type option for sub-folders>

For reference, the auto-organize function for music and audiobook files is:
D:\Media (My)\$if(<Type>=Music,<Type>,<Type>s)\<Album Artist:56>\<Album:56>\$Left(Disc <Disc#:2>- Track <Track#:3>- <Title>,56)
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Re: Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

Post by Lowlander » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:15 am

You can limit the rule to a Collection or Playlist, thus you should be able to limit it to just your music files and not have your video files organized.
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Re: Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

Post by ITgreybeard » Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:19 pm

Thank you for the tip. I would hope to take advantage of it, but am not sure how to do so.

I intend to set up an attended or unattended (re-)scan of the drives and folders on which the videos are kept, in order to add the video files to a video collection. But I assumed that a rule applied to a collection only if the collection was first associated with the target files. Can the rule exclude a file that is determined, simply by virtue of having an .mp4 or .m4v or other suffix, to belong to a collection only as it is scanned and analyzed?
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Re: Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

Post by Lowlander » Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:18 pm

Default Collection use Type, which is auto-determined by MediaMonkey. However you can customize (or create your own) Collections to use Extension or perhaps the useful Path Criteria (the latter I use myself).
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Re: Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

Post by ITgreybeard » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:03 pm

Nice. Marvelous, in fact. Using the provided add/edit rule popup window, I was able to choose appropriate collections for the respective rules - or vice versa. Re leaving the video files in place, the video collection rule ended up being the simple entry ".\<Filename>".

Again, thanks.

p.s. Along the way to a solution, I tried putting "<Folder>\<Filename>" as the value, only to create what appeared to be an infinite progression of container folders. Windows must have intervened and ended the progresssion at some level of depth.
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Re: Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

Post by Lowlander » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:17 pm

I prefer to set full Path (including drive letter) as organize rules, so I always know where files end up as other Masks are relative to where the file is.
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Re: Possible Enhancement to Auto Organize Exclusion

Post by ITgreybeard » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:09 pm

My non-video re-org phrase does place files in a hierarchy at a defined location: "D:\Media (My)\$if(<Type>=Music,<Type>,<Type>s)\<Album Artist:56>\<Album:56>\$Left(Disc <Disc#:2>- Track <Track#:3>- <Title>,56)".

Because video files may reside on any of several large external devices, and because I want to catalog them but not move them - that is, they are to stay where they are - it seemed as though the relative path was the most straightforward way to accomplish that. It's fortunate that there is a "trick" to catalog without re-org (~location = ".\<Filename>") - that can be employed for video files only.

Thank you for your input leading to a solution to the conundrum.
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