Working with subfolders

poit57

New member
I've been using VAP for the last year to process recordings from WMC in my Recorded TV folder. Recently, I've started trying out Silicon Dust's new HDHomeRun DVR, which is still in development and available as early access for Kickstarter supporters.

I think in attempt to work easily with Plex, Silicon Dust programmed the DVR to sort the recordings in subfolders by series title. I know that VAP only scans a specific directory and ignores the subfolders in that directory. Is there any type of tool that can automate moving all recordings out of their subfolders and into the parent directory so that VAP can process these recordings?
 

dlflannery

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I don't use such a tool but it seems there are a number of free programs that monitor folders and some will move files -- just Google "folder monitoring software" for example. One that's been around a long time is DirMon, actually DirMon2 now, but I'm not sure it it's being maintained. However I've not seen one that will monitor more than one folder, which is what you need. I can conceive the code to do what you want and it should be fairly simple to program. I may take a crack at it when I get time but can't promise when that will be.
 

riplee

New member
I have also been looking for this feature....I switched to Windows 10 and had to switch from Media Center to NextPVR, which I can find no way to stop from putting the recordings into subfolders. If VAP could look inside subfolders it would be awesome!!
 

dlflannery

Moderator
OK, try File Collector 1.0 contained in attached FileConcentrator100.zip. It moves all video files that appear in subfolders of the Collection Folder you configure into that folder.

EDIT: Attachment removed. See next post.
 
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dlflannery

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Never mind File Collector 1.0 -- Try Ver. 1.01 contained in attached FileConcentrator101.zip

Changes: Made more robust and improved GUI response.

Some info of possible interest:
1. It checks files in subfolders every 30 seconds and moves those which show no change in size from the previous check
2. It moves only files with video file extensions.
3. Any folder can be the collection folder (although the intended use is a folder being monitored by VAP).
4. It ignores subfolders that have "failed_files" or "stalled_files" in their name, since those are special subfolders created by VAP.
5. You can set the collection folder either by browsing (the Set button) or typing in the folder name directly. In either case the program checks that the folder you configured actually exists before allowing you to start processing.
 

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jtcreate

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I have also been looking for this feature....I switched to Windows 10 and had to switch from Media Center to NextPVR, which I can find no way to stop from putting the recordings into subfolders. If VAP could look inside subfolders it would be awesome!!
Actually you can stop NPVR from doing this. You don't need file collector. Many of NextPVR tailored settings are not found in its GUI. You need to simply alter the NPVR config.xml command file line that says "Autocreatefolders"
to stop the folder creation. Here is the link to how you do it. There are a ton of other controls in the config file too. :)

https://www.nextpvr.com/nwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Configuration.Advanced
 
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