|Since I have a lot files to
archive when I'm done with them, I came up with a bunch of batch files
to simplify the process(es) of moving them to the appropriate
I regularly download
several podcasts, so one batch file takes care of any new
entries. In this case, it moves any episodes of This American
Life and Doug Stanhope's podcasts to my "unlistened mp3s" folder to be
put on my iPod later.
Stuff I've listened to:
The same batch file also moves any
videos I've downloaded to a folder where I can rip the audio, which I
often do with YouTube videos of interviews or stand-up comedy.
Note: I have to tag the videos first. Specifically, interviews
get the prefix iii; comedies just get "comedy" attached to them.
These tags are also used when I put them on the iPod because it allows
me to make playlists of files of similar type merely scrolling through
an alphabetical list. (Other tags include things like "books" for
The text of the batch file (which
continues to be called batch-move-TAL.bat) reads:
move TAL*.mp3 "c:\working\music"
move doug*.mp3 "c:\working\music"
move iii*.mp3 "c:\my shared
move comedy*.mp3 "c:\my shared
Update: I've since just lumped all the commands into one file instead
of running it one line at a time like I describe above.
moves all the things that remain in the music sub-folders (after I've
deleted files I have listened to and no longer want) to a folder called
"done." From there (i.e., the "done" folder) I run a series of
batch files that take all the collected mp3s and file them
appropriately. Since I'm often listening to songs and audiobooks
by the same set of artists (e.g., working my way through
discographies), it makes it easy to do this over and over.
batch-move-gene.bat - Moves Gene
Vincent mp3s to my rockabilly folder.
batch-move-HP Lovecraft.bat -
Moves audiobooks of Lovecraft stories to my Halloween folder.
batch-move-TAL.bat - Moves This
American Life episodes to their folder.
batch-move-u2.bat - Moves U2 mp3s
to the folder where I keep their discography.
batch-move-chicane.bat - Moves
Chicane podcasts to the folder where I keep his discography.
Update: Again, putting it all in
one file is easier on me, and the computer just zips through the
commands that don't find any files to move.
As I mentioned above, I
often convert videos to mp3s (i.e., I just rip the audio), so I have a
file that automatically moves the mp3s to my "unlistened mp3s"
folder. I could probably set up the program to just place the
converted files there automatically, but this is just as easy since I
don't always want every file moved, so this step allows a pause in the
process before moving them all.
Moving files off camera cards,
cleaning the card, etc.
This involves multiple
batch files for each stage of the process. I go into much detail
on this page.
Similarly, I also use a
batch file to manage security camera footage. The file does the
following: 1) pulls the files off the card onto my hard drive, 2)
cleans the card, and 3) opens the file converter (Files are in a
proprietary format and must be converted to something usable by
conventional media players). Additionally, I have another file
that I use for the "clean-up." It deletes the temp files as well
as the converted file.