Building a Media Center with Audials One

Now that I’m making progress on organizing all the files on my drives, I need some way to actually find them. Like I said, I now have 14 drives connected to a single system so finding the right movie, TV episode or song is a bit of a challenge. Yes, I can drill down once I find the right drive, but I want something a little simpler. Audials is helping me with that part of the task. I’ve sent Audials to scan every drive in my system looking for video and music files. That alone took a hot minute, but now that it’s done, I can type in the name or partial name of a file and find what I’m looking for without having to search every drive. I have a mixture of .wma, .mp3, .avi, .mkv and .mp4 and Audials handles each file type without issue. Things seem to be working pretty well so far. I’m still moving files around so I need to keep updating the database, but once I get this all sorted out, it should only have to update every once in a while. Even on this slower machine, it doesn’t take too long to scan all the drives. The updates go pretty quickly.

So far, Audials is proving to be a great player. I’ve mainly been using it as a way to capture music and video and then play what I want in VLC Player or Winamp. I may change that workflow and use Audials to both watch and listen to content all in the same program. The only thing it can’t do is organize my picture catalog. Still need a program to get that mess under control.

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