Making Pages list from movie Hard Drive

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  1. Aloma macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacBook Pro running the latest software - good for me!:)
    And i have an external Hard Drive with LOTs of movies on it... and these movies are nice n neat in folders.
    I would love the know the EASY way to make a list of what is on the HD,, to then later put it in pages to do a TOC - i know how to do a TOC, but can't seem to do the list.
    I know i can take a screen shot, cut & past it in a pages doc, but then i can't edit it or spotlight/find a movie title if needed....
    AND
    I dont want to highlight & copy every single movie title on the HD. (lazy i guess)
    So.. anyone got any ideas?
     
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Select all, Copy, Paste will get you all of one folder level listed in Pages 5.5.
    It will not expand subfolder contents.

    Dragging a folder into a blank TextWrangler document will get you an indented list of all files in the folder and its subfolders.
    TextWrangler (4.5.1) is free.
    You can then copy and paste that text into Pages and have your way with it.
     
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Hmm...just tied that(in List View) and all it did was paste the actual movies into the Pages document.

    Worked in Text Wrangler though, but didn't show the contents of sub-folders.
     
  4. sracer macrumors 603

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    If your video files contain metadata tags, then MediaInfo can be helpful.
     
  5. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Did you drag the folder rather than copy/paste? That's working for me this morning. I don't use Pages, so have no idea what the trouble may be there.
     
  6. Aloma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Aloma

    Hello All & thank you for your suggestions..

    Just learnt want i needed from Mac Apple Care..
    FYI…
    Use Spotlight to find TERMINAL
    Open - TERMINAL
    Type - Ls /
    And - drag & drop folder after Ls /
    Click - go to end of line of code & click RETURN
    Voila!
    Looks like this..
    Alomas-MBP:~ email$ Ls //Volumes/NS\ DOCOS/Water
    It puts all titles into text, so all i had to do was C/V from there into pages etc..
    Clear as mud.. sure you will understand.
    I would never have found that - in a million years!
    Best Regards
     
  7. Aloma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Aloma

    But i forgot to say.. Text Wrangler is a little ripper!
    Wish i had known that first..
    Would have saved a lot of time..
    But i know now,, and can continue to use it..
    So
    Thank You once again!
    :D:p:cool:
     
  8. MVallee macrumors 6502a

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    I keep a list of movies that I have on a hard drive as well and just for future reference, there is an easier way to do it.

    Copy all the files/folders in list view and then open text edit, choose "Format>Make Plain Text" then paste into the document. That will give you just the text which you can then copy and paste into Pages to get a spreadsheet without it pasting the files instead.
     
  9. Aloma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Aloma


    Hi MVallee...
    YOU BROUGHT A SMILE TO MY FACE!
    That was what i was looking for in the very beginning!
    Great.. Now i have two easy ways to do my listing..
    Thank You one & all
    Ax
     
  10. Aloma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Metadata?

    Hi Sracer,
    Sorry to be SO NEWBIE, but what is the advantage to something containing Metadata tags?
     
  11. sracer macrumors 603

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    In a nutshell, when media files (audio and video) are properly tagged, they appear in various library management systems in an automatically organized manner and contain information about the content.

    Very helpful when using Plex, XBMC, iTunes, etc.

    I've been methodically ripping my DVD collection and using Subler to properly tag those videos. The results are a sort of "personal Netflix" of my collection.
     
  12. MVallee macrumors 6502a

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    Glad I could help :D
     

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