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Title: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 22, 2014, 04:59:49 PM
i'd like to have a full tutorial how to use every single ability of musicbee.

is there none? i couldn't find one


i am now trying for 3 hours to find a way to DON'T have a global sorting. example: i want the music sort by year but my videos to sort them genre.
its just impossible. every time i klick to change the sorting musicbee does it globally! :(
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: psychoadept on August 22, 2014, 05:06:28 PM
A full guide to MusicBee would be a huge undertaking.  The wiki is a start, but certainly hasn't covered everything yet.

For your question, you can use Custom Views to accomplish this.  It's under the Customize Layout menu by the searchbox/tabs.  You can set a view how you like, then save it.  When you look at the Video node, set it to that custom view and it should remain that way.  The Custom View will automatically remember changes you make once it's set.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 22, 2014, 05:32:19 PM
hey thanks for helping.

another question. how can i DELETE a library? is there some "library manager"?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 22, 2014, 05:33:31 PM
i am now trying for 3 hours to find a way to DON'T have a global sorting. example: i want the music sort by year but my videos to sort them genre.
its just impossible. every time i klick to change the sorting musicbee does it globally! :(

I don't get how a settings for a specific node could be applied globally. Each node remembers its own layout and sorting set without using custom views. Can you post some screenshots to show how each node looks?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 22, 2014, 05:36:03 PM
another question. how can i DELETE a library? is there some "library manager"?

You will need to remove the library folder using Windows Explorer. It's for safety purpose.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 22, 2014, 05:54:34 PM
i installed the portable version. are there any disadvantages?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 22, 2014, 06:05:24 PM
i am now trying for 3 hours to find a way to DON'T have a global sorting. example: i want the music sort by year but my videos to sort them genre.
its just impossible. every time i klick to change the sorting musicbee does it globally! :(

I don't get how a settings for a specific node could be applied globally. Each node remembers its own layout and sorting set without using custom views. Can you post some screenshots to show how each node looks?

there are no popups or something like that. a screenshot will only show you a video library that looks the same as the music library but with other media.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 22, 2014, 06:15:45 PM
i installed the portable version. are there any disadvantages?

None.

there are no popups or something like that. a screenshot will only show you a video library that looks the same as the music library but with other media.

Still I don't get it. You mean if you're adding a column or changing a layout in Music node, Video node follows that? Are you using a custom view for the two nodes, or just any of the three general views?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 22, 2014, 06:25:31 PM
it's exactly the way you describe it!
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 22, 2014, 06:30:23 PM
problem solved. i just deleted and installed it new.

maybe something went wrong with the old installing.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 22, 2014, 06:37:55 PM
OK, that sounds good.

BTW you can consult the wiki and the pdf guide linked on the wiki homepage. Searching in the forum will answer most of your questions.
Also have a look at various guides under How-To's board including this one: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=7974.0
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 22, 2014, 07:22:06 PM
thanks for the link. just one quick question.

mediamonkey had a skript that automaticly tags the song numbers. 1-10, 1-100 and so on.

does musicbee has such a script?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 22, 2014, 08:05:12 PM
Use Tools> Tagging Tools> Renumber Tracks command.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 23, 2014, 12:57:02 PM
thanks.

sorry for asking so many question but heres another one.

i sorted in groups and use the cover-browser but the groups don't have any covers. can i somehow add them manually?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 23, 2014, 01:32:01 PM
Not sure what you're asking, but maybe this?

http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=7974.msg75221#msg75221
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 23, 2014, 07:52:18 PM
yep, thats what i ment but i cant paste a picture by rightclicking on the cover of my "groups". there is a "paste cover" button but i cant klick on it because its not black.

sorry for that bad description but i really dont know how to describe it. its just a normal button but its not active. its kind of grey...
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 23, 2014, 08:05:54 PM
If the command is grayed out, that means your clipboard is empty. So copy an image first, then right click on the icon. Then you will see the command is enabled.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 23, 2014, 08:08:09 PM
i did. i tried it also with drag & drop.


a .jpeg image. maybe other?

i am using the portable version. maybe because of that?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 23, 2014, 08:14:36 PM
Did you create the "Genres" sub-folder?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 23, 2014, 08:48:46 PM
not exactly. there was none Icons folder, so i did create one. and then a "groups" subfolder...
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 23, 2014, 09:10:52 PM
still not working. the musicbee installation didnt even had an icon folder. i had to create one.


and something else. how can i watch videos within musicbee. do i have to install codecs or plugin?
now i am using vlc media player as external.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Bee-liever on August 23, 2014, 10:49:37 PM
still not working. the musicbee installation didnt even had an icon folder. i had to create one.

As redwing advised you, you need to create a "Genres" sub-folder within the created "Icons" folder.
You then can put your "grouping" images into that "Genres" sub-folder.

The playing of videos within MB is currently not supported.  There is a plugin that allows you to queue them to an external player and then return to MB when playback is finished.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 23, 2014, 11:14:47 PM
thanks! it worked!

hmm... then is it possible to show the data (wikipedia, youtube, etc.) of the movie (.avi, .mkv, etc.) i just opened in the "currently playing" tab?

because when i click to start a movie. the vlc media player pops up, but musicbee doesnt change the "currently playing" status within mb. its like musicbee just ignores it.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 24, 2014, 02:18:34 AM
Have a look at this thread. MB only supports organizing of video files: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=11581.0

BTW what was the problem? Now paste artwork command works?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 25, 2014, 07:03:15 PM
no, paste artwork command still not working. i just renamed the picture file to "whatever the group name is". now its working just right. :)
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 25, 2014, 08:05:58 PM
It should work. Does it work for artist icons in thumbnail browser? How about in artwork view? If it doesn't work at all, tell me how you copy an image.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 25, 2014, 08:43:27 PM
it doesnt work with artist icons either but artwork view works fine.

i just copy the picture i want to \MusicBee\Icons\Genres and name it just like the group. and then i just restart musicbee.

Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 25, 2014, 09:06:36 PM
i dont even need to restart musicbee. just refresh and the cover is there.


something different... is it possible to edit the "play/views counter" by hand?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 25, 2014, 11:13:27 PM
If the command is grayed out, that means your clipboard is empty. So copy an image first, then right click on the icon. Then you will see the command is enabled.

When I said "copy an image first", I meant something like right-click on an image from Chrome > "copy image".

Editing play count is possible only with tag editor in floating window. Also you can reset it using the command under Tools menu.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 28, 2014, 11:07:27 AM
yes, youre right. when i copy an image from a browser itw working! but copy & paste of an image within windows explorer doesnt work!


sorry i dont know what you mean with "floating window"?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 28, 2014, 11:19:40 AM
Good! If you have an image file, you can open it with MS Paint or other image editors. With Paint, open the image and press Ctrl-A (select all) and Ctrl-C (copy), then the image will be copied to clipboard.

Tag editor can be docked at the bottom of the main panel or move around in floating window: http://musicbee.wikia.com/wiki/Tagging#Tag_Editor
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 28, 2014, 12:06:58 PM
thanks! works!

i love it! :)
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 28, 2014, 01:11:13 PM
is possible to "mark" an album within the album cover view?

i want to mark a few albums permanently so i can distinguish the marked ones much faster from the unmarked albums.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 28, 2014, 01:29:58 PM
and something else about the view.

i sorted my videos in groups. i want to have different views whithin the different groups.

example: movies (cover view), personal videos (detail view)

is this possible?

Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 28, 2014, 01:59:53 PM
is possible to "mark" an album within the album cover view?

i want to mark a few albums permanently so i can distinguish the marked ones much faster from the unmarked albums.

Highlighting is not supported for artwork view. I saw a similar request on the wishlist board.

and something else about the view.

i sorted my videos in groups. i want to have different views whithin the different groups.

example: movies (cover view), personal videos (detail view)

is this possible?

I think your best shot for that would be creating two auto-playlists for each genre.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 28, 2014, 05:46:18 PM
ok. thanks.


there is a feature called "custom view", where you can browse a file with windows explorer and use your own customized view.
are there some plugins oder files to download or do i have to program it myself?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on August 28, 2014, 06:19:21 PM
I don't know what you're referring to, but that's separate two features.

- Select file> right click> Search> Locate in Windows Explorer
- Configure layout button (next to search box)> Custom views> Copy current view settings to...
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on August 28, 2014, 07:01:53 PM
ok, i get it. thanks.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 02, 2014, 03:34:44 PM
the "new media" section is full of files i already have in my library. is there a way to automaticly delete duplicates? not just marking them. :/
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 02, 2014, 04:03:49 PM
You mean inbox?
Use Duplicate Manager (Tools> Manage Duplicates). But I don't think it's a good idea deleting them automatically even if that's possible because a duplicate might not be a real duplicate depending on how you define it with the tool. The tool works for files inside the selected node from left navigator. So you will need to import those tracks to your Music library for the tool to recognize them as duplicates of library files. If you think that's unnecessary, you could just delete them from inbox manually.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 02, 2014, 04:06:55 PM
i would just delete them but they show up every time i restart musicbee...
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 02, 2014, 04:14:41 PM
Are they grayed-out dead links with exclamation mark or real duplicate files? If they are real, where do they come from? Monitored folders?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 02, 2014, 05:01:02 PM
If they are real, where do they come from? Monitored folders?

exactly!
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 02, 2014, 05:11:18 PM
But why? How could the folder create duplicates after they were moved to your library?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 02, 2014, 05:19:56 PM
i thought you could tell me that... :(
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 02, 2014, 05:27:32 PM
Did you enable this setting?: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=11962.0

And what version of MB are you running?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 02, 2014, 11:53:46 PM
i think its something else...


automatic organizing doesnt work with musicbee properly. it didnt work with mediamonkey as well.

in windows explorer: when i want to delete, rename or move certain folders, windows tells me that these files/folders are in use...
but its not with every folder/files like that. i can delete/rename/move some of the files/folders without any problems... but other files/folders just won't move. only with unlocker software.

Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 03, 2014, 01:37:05 AM
That's Windows permission/ownership issue with those files and folders. Until you fix the issue, any program won't work properly when needs to access those files and folders. Google the problem and you will find lots of guides and suggestions, or ask around in Windows forums for the solution.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 03, 2014, 05:19:35 PM
ok got it.

something different: how do i enable folder.jpg view?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 04, 2014, 09:43:25 AM
you can consult the wiki and the pdf guide linked on the wiki homepage. Searching in the forum will answer most of your questions.
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 09, 2014, 11:29:01 AM
ok, i found a lot of answers but there is still one thing i dont know where to find.

is there an automatic volume analysis? mediamonkey did all new mp3 files automaticly to 89db.


i only found this topic but its very old and no one answered:
http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=3375.0

Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 09, 2014, 02:51:40 PM
Yes, you can tick "calculate and write missing replay gain tags for new music files" option under Preferences> Tags (2). Then MB will do volume analysis when new files are imported to library. But if new files are detected on start-up and moved straight to the library, then currently they miss volume analysis: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=13515.0
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 09, 2014, 03:39:21 PM
thanks.

and where can i customise the volume to 89db or is this the default adjustment?
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: redwing on September 09, 2014, 04:04:44 PM
Yes, I think that's the default target dB for RG2 as well. For more details, consult this thread: http://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=10394.0
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 16, 2014, 10:29:27 PM
hey, its me again.

i have a question, maybe a problem...
i selected at "tags (2)" -> automatic genre searching and tagging but musicbee does not search the genre on its own... :(
Title: Re: Beginner Guide / Tutorial
Post by: Withein71 on September 17, 2014, 04:19:42 PM
got it. :)