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How do you sort your collection?

Discussion in 'Idol Discussion' started by fwildly, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. fwildly

    fwildly Well-Known Member

    I'm just wondering how everyone sorts their videos.

    By name? By code?

    If you do it by name, how do you deal with the large number of resulting folders?

    How would you find back a specific video within your folder tree?
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  2. kjamc1982

    kjamc1982 Well-Known Member

    I usually do it by studio for myself. I could then break it down to the idols name in said studio would be the quickest way to find the specific video I would want to watch.
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  3. fwildly

    fwildly Well-Known Member

    I see. But than how do handle it when the idol has videos in different studios?

    I suppose one can always use a 3rd party search utility like Everything (surprisingly fast and efficient, but needs to scan all your drives at least once eac day) but I'm trying to come up with a system that doesn't require it

    Right now, I'm sorting by idols. Whoever has at least 2 vids gets a folder of her own. Everything else is by studio.
  4. dinhbang123

    dinhbang123 New Member

    I used to be sort my colletion by this format Acctress name - Title [C-ode]. Then i only use code, i prefer to watch random vids.
  5. ether202

    ether202 loli enthusiast

    Not sure what you're talking about, I've never noticed any scanning or anything like that from Everything and I've been using it for years.. literally just set the drives you want it to be able to search and go, I have it running all the time.

    As for the question, I sort by code, and then I add the actress names of the girls in the video to the folder name as well, and I just use Everything to find videos very quickly. If the video has many actresses, I only include the ones that I like from the video.
  6. fwildly

    fwildly Well-Known Member

    ^ Everything has to refresh its file database which is why it does a full scan the first time you run it every day....err...that's assuming you power off your PC at the end of every day. I don't think it bothers to do this when your PC is left on.

    But yeah...I'm thinking I should switch to sorting by code too. Sorting by idols is getting...unwieldy. Too many girls, too many folders of which some have too few files.

    I'm thinking I should only maintain specific folders for those who were really that prolific.
  7. ether202

    ether202 loli enthusiast

    Oh I guess that's why I never noticed that.. I leave my PC on pretty much 24/7.. but that's weird, even when I do a reboot I never noticed it doing any kind of scan.. Well anyways when I do reboot, the scan must be super fast, and while I'm running 24/7 any changes to the filesystem I make are reflected in the search results instantly. I'm curious about this though, how do you know it' s doing a scan? When I startup I look at my task manager often and it doesn't seem to blip on that, and no dialogs or anything pop up that says it's doing a scan.. I never really knew it did that, and I guess it doesn't bother me too much since it doesn't impact my system at all it seems. It's the best tool I've found to manage my collection really, unless you want to try to shoehorn one of those movie collection apps to JAV but they seem cumbersome..

    I'm learning a lot of Java for web development, but I think maybe it would be a cool project to make an application specifically for JAV collections.. I'm really surprised there aren't any already..
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  8. Death Metal

    Death Metal Burning Knuckle

    @ether202 I would support your development of an application for that! If it had some cool features...

    Anyway, I really like the topic raised by @fwildly. I am kind of paranoid with organization so I tend to organize my stuff really well. I used to have folders for each studio and, inside them, files were organized primarily by code in this format: "[DVD_CODE] Idol_Name - Movie_Title", very simple. Then I realized it didn't fully serve me and sometimes the studio name was not mentioned in the DVD cover so I had to put it in some general foder. Then I did some major reorg, which took major effort, and now folders are organized by idols (like: "Romaji_Name Kanji_Name DOB") and files within them are like this: "Idol_Name Release_Date [DVD_CODE] Movie_Title". This way videos are sorted by release date then DVD code when in alphabetical order. It took me several weeks to rename everything but I feel my collection is pretty neatly organized by now :)
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2016
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  9. fwildly

    fwildly Well-Known Member

    I do know some programming and I actually kinda built some sort of program. Its ridiculously basic, as in no GUI (I hate coding for GUIs) and it compiles and runs within Eclipse (for simplicity's sake). But it does what I want it to do, which is scan a designated folder and create a text file for me that lists all the videos I have sorted by idol and than DVD code. This is so I don't have to start up my NAS and sift through directories just to check if I have a video. I can just search the text file.

    Not going to share it out partly because its just a .java file which I didn't even bother to compile, plus its not even particularly robust. As in it can only handle a specific file naming convention else the parsing will throw an unhandled exception. When one codes for a living, you sometimes get lazy about 'working' for something as silly as this haha.

    It does a few other various things too, like generate another index file for .iso files or files that are older than a specific date along with a list of files that are either avi or rather large MKV that I might want to re-encode later to a more smaller more efficient format.
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  10. ether202

    ether202 loli enthusiast

    So far I've been sticking by my system. It's so easy to search by movie code and actress with Everything so I can instantly see if I have the movie or if I have any other movies by that actress.. Obviously it's key to have the correct actresses when making the folder, sometimes that's not possible.. There are a few studios that just don't provide actress names on their releases, so occasionally I'll have to go back and see if those names have been provided by the JAV junkies at jablibrary or sougouwiki and then rename the folders with the names. The only problem with this system is I can't really use tags. I could put them in the folder name with the movie code and actresses but I think at that point it's getting unweildly.. some of my folder names already get pretty long..

    [​IMG]

    I know how to code a solution using MySQL for a Java application with a local browser interface that could be an answer, but I don't think it's fair or user friendly to have people install and maintain a local installation of MySQL just for this.. I'm looking into a solution using sqlite which would not require any such installation or db maintenance from the user.. I'd still use a browser interface, because coding a UI with HTML/CSS/JavaScript it still vastly preferable to me and I already know those inside out.
    Casshern2 likes this.
  11. kunoichi

    kunoichi Occasional Visitor

    I use this format and simply put my complete collection of videos and covers in the same folder without subfolders:
    Code:
    [TSDV-41611] Juna Ooshima (大島珠奈) - 妖精時代.jpg
    [TSDV-41611] Juna Ooshima (大島珠奈) - 妖精時代.mp4

    I usually remove any additional files and just keep the cover, not the best for reseeding I know, but it's pretty nice and clean for organizing.

    Having a database of IVs and a way to import titles would be pretty nice, preferably through a standard fileformat in .csv / .xml / .json

    You could then had a way to rename existing files using a user specified pattern, possibly you could identify the titles using the product code or filehash, maybe even by title or actress and have a popup dialog to select title if there are multiple matches.

    SQLite is a good choice for db since it's cross-platform, and there is also the excellent sqlitebrowser: http://sqlitebrowser.org/
    I haven't used Java for a while but I guess it would be nice to use some type of ORM framework like OrmLite: http://ormlite.com/

    Personally, I would use C# and .NET framework as it has built in Language Integrated Queries (LINQ) which makes life a whole lot easier when working with databases (and collections):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_Integrated_Query#Language_extensions
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2017
    ether202 likes this.
  12. javpixelcat

    javpixelcat New Member

    Yes Everything does use indexing, it has to for the instant search. I switched to (non-indexing) XSearch. Its amazingly fast for a non-indexed search, and has the ability to search within files. Just have to remember to hit enter after entering the search term.

    I agree, its easiest to organize / sort by movie code. All other data (like actress name) goes in a sidecar text file within a folder for each movie. XSearch for terms inside the text files to find whatever.
  13. ether202

    ether202 loli enthusiast

    Honestly, the indexing is so fast that it's not even noticeable, unless you have a bunch of external drives..