Originally Posted by cgott42
That should work.
Also - since I won't be using the blu ray's menu to navigate, and instead clicking on the individual file - can I just rename the actual filename, and put them all in one folder - e.g. Season1, and another folder "season 2", with just the episodes in that folder, and have it show up that way on JRiver.
We're talking about ripped DVD's and Blurays here rather than individual MKV/FLV/AVI/etc. files for each episode, correct?
The particles that get created for the individual titles on a Bluray are virtual files - I'm pretty sure there aren't physical files that you can move around to a different folder or rename. I don't believe there's a way to use an imported date/time field to figure out the episode order either as they'll just inherit the date/time of the Bluray that was imported into the library. AFAIK
, the only way to figure out the correct order is to go by the duration field (which obviously only works if each episode has a slightly different duration) or watch just enough of the start of each episode and compare it to the episodes on the original Bluray played on a regular Bluray player.
It's pretty much the same deal with DVD's. The advantage with DVD's is that JRiver will play a ripped DVD with full menu support, so there is the option of just watching the episodes just as you would with a normal DVD player. I don't think I've handled breaking out TV episodes from a DVD yet, so I'm not sure what the exact process is for creating particles for them, but I suspect it's pretty similar to the process with Blurays.
I think we would all like to see JRiver add full menu support for Blurays (if it could be done without bringing a whole lot of DRM into JRiver) and/or some sort of online database that has season/episode number lists that could be used to figure out which title is which. But since neither is likely to happen, we're stuck with the options outlined above, unless I've missed some other way to deal with the process. FWIW, I purchased the complete Sopranos series on Bluray on an Amazon black Friday special back in November and went through the process of ripping all the discs, creating particles for each, and figuring out the season and episode numbers for each particle. It took some time and definitely wasn't fun, but it really didn't take all that long and I didn't have to watch enough of any episode during the process to run into any spoilers. For most shows, watching just a few seconds is enough to figure out which is which.