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Old 01-28-2008, 10:05 PM
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Default Zune Desktop Software Dysfunctions: Video Sorting Options

I just reinstalled the Zune desktop software a couple of days ago (after my install of Windows Vista went belly-up forcing a complete re-format and re-install) and after it scanned my music, videos, and pictures, I was reminded of the truly useless way the Zune software organizes my videos. There are only two sorting options: by Name, or by Date Added. Over a period of months, Date Added starts to actually work (just a little bit), but when you first install the software every single video, regardless of how old it is, it stamped with the same date - which effectively gives you no sorting option at all. Why did the Zune team think this would be useful to the user?<br /><br /><img border="1" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//zt/auto/1201379577.usr1.png" alt="" /><br /><em>Figure 1: The above videos were created more than three years ago, yet are at the top of my video list as the first videos shown.</em><br /><br />What would make much more sense would be to list the files by the created date - because that's the real date of the video, similar to a photo. Sure, it's not entirely perfect because if you digitize a video today of your family holiday from ten years ago, it will be stamped with today's date, but at least the date is relevant to the file: the date you digitized it (and the Created Date can be manipulated via software if you want to really get accurate). The date that the Zune software scanned it has no practical use that I can think of - because even if we're talking about TV shows &amp; movies recorded via Windows Media Center, the file creation date will be the date it was recorded, so those will show up as being newer than most of your other videos.<br /><br />I'd also like to see a folder-based approach for organizing videos, rather than having a single flat-file approach. Thinking about how your organize and access your videos, how would you like to see the Zune desktop software improved?
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:21 AM
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I could not agree more. The Zune team was a sleep at the wheel. Do they really use the product?

I miss Zune1 desktop

It is worse with dvr-ms files. I used to sort on show descriptions so I would not sync reruns. Not anymore. Date and title only too!!! Only to hope the title has some remnants of the show description when syncing.

To keep ranting... Some tv shows show up in one folder on the Zune player. Cool!!! Other shows individually, not cool. Go figure.

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Old 01-29-2008, 05:08 PM
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I understand the difficulty here actually. If they go off of time stamp of the file then its quite possible files you just added to the library won't show up there which is what the function is really for. Only in the case of new installs will you have a big disconnect on file age & addition to the library.

I actually think it should remain the way it is...otherwise it could be much worse later.
 
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:43 AM
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I totally agree. Basically, we need more sorting options, and features to more easily edit metadata.
 
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Old 01-30-2008, 09:20 PM
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If they go off of time stamp of the file then its quite possible files you just added to the library won't show up there which is what the function is really for.
But other software such as Picasa, and even Windows Media Center, have this figured out - it's not rocket science. You combine a folder level view with a file date view, and you have the best way of viewing your video content. The current method is just broken because I'll NEVER get to see my oldest videos at the beginning or end of the sort...I'll see them all in a clump with the date I installed the Zune software.
 
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Old 01-30-2008, 09:39 PM
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But other software such as Picasa, and even Windows Media Center, have this figured out - it's not rocket science. You combine a folder level view with a file date view, and you have the best way of viewing your video content. The current method is just broken because I'll NEVER get to see my oldest videos at the beginning or end of the sort...I'll see them all in a clump with the date I installed the Zune software.
Over the next 204 days, load your videos one at a time, oldest first. Then, on day 205 (August 22), all of your videos will conveniently be sortable by date!

Oh, but don't reinstall the Zune software, or you will have to start over.
 
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:32 AM
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Over the next 204 days, load your videos one at a time, oldest first. Then, on day 205 (August 22), all of your videos will conveniently be sortable by date!
<snicker> Wow, why didn't I think of that?
 
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