Originally Posted by Zon2020
Am I understanding this correctly that if I create, say, 4 folders, entitled "Movies", "TV", "Sports," and "Concerts", the program will sort the files that I have in those four folders accordingly, without my having to individually tag the files?
Is there something I need to do to tell it to do that?
Originally Posted by CountryBumkin
There are three libraries (Audio, Video, and Images)...
Although CB's entire post is basically right, unfortunately, it could be unintentionally confusing to new users.
These are actually 3 "Media Types" (not libraries). Meaning that the data (tag) in the Field called "Media Type" will show Audio, Data, Image, Playlist, TV, and Video as possible tags. All your files will fall into one of those Media Types.
A Library is actually the collection of all files, and views, and playlists, and ratings; everything. this library can be "served" to other 'clients' to use locally. it is NOT a real client/server setup, and lacks in some areas, but for most
stuff, it's great. You can have several different libraries, each with a separate list of files and views and playlists and ratings and so forth, perhaps called Family, Beverly, Kids, Party, Tagging, etc.
Anyway, this might seem to be a technicality, but JRMC has SO MUCH STUFF going on that if you start using the wrong terms, it gets confusing fast
But, to further answer the original question, I have to admit I don't actually understand what you're asking here, exactly...
|the program will sort the files that I have in those four folders accordingly?
but I hope the following answers it anyway
If you have those folders, and tell MC to watch them (or import once), and tell it which Media Types to look for (see above) in each folder, it will populate your library with any files of those types in those locations.
if you have previously 'tagged' those files with some metadata, MC may or may not read that data. there are many ways to get it into MC without manually tagging, but let's use the folders to start. It cannot just magically know that files in the "Sports" folder are actually files where the Field called 'Genre' is "Sports", maybe its 'Series' is "Sports"; the point being *what* is Sports, what does that "tag" apply to? We'll 'fix' this below
Continuing from the recent import of these files, MC will show you the name of the actual file in the field called "Name". If that name is meaningful, great, but if you files are named Lincoln_01, Lincoln_02, etc there's not much to be gained from that. however, if that file is in tree structure \\images\ raveling\\US\\South Dakota\\Black Hills\\Mount Rushmore (or whatever it may be), you can use 'Fill Properties from filename, on any/all files, and the dialog that follows will let you tell it where to put all that folder info. For example...
Directories would be customized to read \\images\\[Genre]\\[Country]\\[State]\\[Places]\\[Description]
Filename would be customized to read [Person]_ (the 02 part adds nothing, so we can stop with the filed seperator '_')
this would then put the folder names into the corresponding fields in the tags that MC keeps for your files. This would not change any names or locations of any files. (that can
be done, elsewhere though).
(also, you can use directory and filename above independently too, you don't have to use both if not meaningful)
So all of those fields would have their tags populated by the names of the folders in the tree example above. i.e. field "Places" now = "Black Hills"
MC would then automatically include that file to any smartlists or views where this matched the criteria.
for example, a view scheme showing all images where Places includes "Black Hills" would show all the files in the folder example above; after this process, but not before.
You can also use some other various tools to fill your tags automatically for you, for ripped movies, mp3s, etc. the more metadata you have, the more "stuff" you can do with the data RE sorting, viewing, etc. None of this 'scraping of metadata' is super automated, nor totally accurate yet, but it is improving all the time, and they usually listen to user feedback to guide their development.
I hope that helps answer your question
PS, I'm still learning new stuff all the time after 10 years of pretty dedicated/involved use. Other than being 'tough to get started with', it's pretty amazing.