Level 5* gazumped 9,538 Posted July 29, 2012 Level 5* Share Posted July 29, 2012 There's a query at the end of all this, if you have the patience to read on..My latest brainwave has been to try out Evernote as a media manager. Like Food, but with Music and Film. To explain: I have, as part of my archive of a misspent life, a copiously random collection of acetate (I think), vinyl, cassette tape, reel-to-reel, VHS, CD and DVDs, not to mention MP3/4, AVI, MOV and miscellaneous other file formats.I also have a few 'media manager' databases that list some of the above with a bewildering number of extra fields for genre, producer, inside leg, and other terms relevant to their specialist content. I haven't found one yet that deals with all media types, and there are glaring gaps in some records where the data is not available, or I've been too lazy to type it in.Despite considerable innovation on the part of my various software providers, there's no easy way to enter a new item either - you fill in all the details in the database, or you select a match (if there's one available) from the thousands of language and media options that apply for that media.What I want to do is have one place where I can think "I want to see a Spielberg Film.." or "What Django tracks can I play.." and check out what I have available.The 'easy entry' part comes with the DVD cover or the sleeve notes - scan (or photograph, for LP's and boxes) the documentation that was wrapped around the media, and you necessarily have all the data that are available for that specific item.The limit on note sizes means I won't be storing any movies or DVDs, but I can at least add a code or confirm the name under which the item is filed, so I can walk right to it.I'm just in the testing phase at the moment, and I ran into one small glitch - a recent addition to the 33 items in there now was Tom Cruise in Mission Impractical 4 (sorry - not my choice of film!) which is a 3MB JPG of the DVD cover. There's lots of design in the cover, and so far I can't 'find' that item by any normal search - 'mission' or 'cruise' etc.(If you're still with me, thanks; you've arrived at the punchline:)So - query for any peeps who Know About This Stuff - is there any limit on size for an OCR'd JPG? Any known limits for text rotation or colouring? TC's name forinstance is in white text on a dark brown/black background. (If Evernote doesn't yet parse pics of your typical two-page and a spine DVD cover (with explosion graphics) please can this be logged as a feature request!)It could also be that the OCR gnomes haven't done their job yet, so I'll retry in a day or two..If all this works I'll have the most convenient means to index my collection, and for most purposes I can probably box or sell lots of the items after digitising the cover and transferring the content to MP4. All of my stuff -including the items I've forgotten about- will be available to family and friends, and there will be even more free shelf space around the Casa del Gaz.All of the above, of course, is subject to Finagle's Law of Copious Free Time - something about the faster you move, the less of it you seem to have - so I'll put this in my 'someday' folder for now... Link to comment
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