"Copy to" option on Context Menu
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Add a "Copy to" function on the Context Menu when on a Movie, TV Show, Music File, or Photo.

I have a very de-centralized library. In fact, my movies, TV show, music and photos are spread out on 7 different hard drives attached to various system on my network (5 drive NAS, and 2 PCs). None of my content is actually on my XBMC box (small SSD for speed, low power, low noise).

Low end media players are cheaply available. I just bought a Seagate Go-Flex TV for my Mother-in-Law. In her house a few blocks away, there is no internet or for that matter, even a computer. She has a TV with a VCR (no DVR, no DVD player, no stereo). My wife wants to be able to take movies, tv shows, photos, and music from our system and play them at her house.

The Seagate Go-Flex TV allows me to use a removeable HD, USB Flash drive, or a USB attached HD.

What I would like for my wife to be able to do, is plug in one of these devices to my XBMC and while in Library mode on the XBMC, use the context menu to "Copy to" the attached device. In this way, she could load a USB HD or USB Flash drive with the content (movies, TV shows, music, or photos) that she sees in our libraries. She would not have to search manually through the 7 different network locations for the content. It would be nice if the "Copy to" copied all the associated files (Subtitles, 2 part movies, nfo files, etc...). Additionally, it would be nice if the "Copy to" function worked on directories.

I do not want this external device to become part of my libraries, it would simply be a temp storage device for taking files from my place to my Mother-in-Laws.

Well, that's my idea. I hope I explained it properly and that someone capable of implementing it will give it a shot.

Thanks in advance,

Keith
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#2
I must agree this would be a very-nice-to-have feature, but I fear it might be alot of work...
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#3
Why not just use the filemanager?
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jmarshall Wrote:Why not just use the filemanager?

Because, as I said, my content is spread across 7 networked drives. Thats 600 plus movies, 3000 plus songs, 5000 plus photos, and 20 plus TV series. Now I can easily find just about any file in a minute or two because I setup the system. But the idea is to make it easy for anyone (mainly my wife) to use the library interface she is already accustomed to and copy to a removable drive.

Maybe your significant other is adept at using the file manager but I doubt if I could teach mine how to do it in less than hour and even then I would probably have to retrain her everytime she wanted to transfer more stuff. So the feature suggestion is an effort to make it simple (KISS) for those less proficient at various non intuitive GUI interfaces like XBMC file manager.

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In the meantime you could try adding videodb:// as a path to the filemanager.
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jmarshall Wrote:In the meantime you could try adding videodb:// as a path to the filemanager.

Thanks for the suggestion, however I was under the impression that this forum was for Feature Suggestions. I respectfully ask anyone out there with the talent and means to consider my original request.

As a Feature of XBMC I think this would be a good one. Perhaps in settings a selection for a removable could be added. This could be set as a default "Copy To" location to further simplify the operation. Then the context menu selection could just be "Copy to Removable" or something like that.

Keith
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#7
I would like this option as well. And also a similar option to be able to copy files from a USB drive to a location in the Library. ie, Copy to Movies, Copy to TV Shows, Copy to Pictures, etc.

I don't have the ability to run an ethernet cable to my HTPC, and wireless is way too slow for transfers. So it'd be very convenient to plug a thumb drive in and copy the files straight over.
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(2010-12-02, 17:09)keithskaggs Wrote: Add a "Copy to" function on the Context Menu when on a Movie, TV Show, Music File, or Photo.

I have a very de-centralized library. In fact, my movies, TV show, music and photos are spread out on 7 different hard drives attached to various system on my network (5 drive NAS, and 2 PCs). None of my content is actually on my XBMC box (small SSD for speed, low power, low noise).

Low end media players are cheaply available. I just bought a Seagate Go-Flex TV for my Mother-in-Law. In her house a few blocks away, there is no internet or for that matter, even a computer. She has a TV with a VCR (no DVR, no DVD player, no stereo). My wife wants to be able to take movies, tv shows, photos, and music from our system and play them at her house.

The Seagate Go-Flex TV allows me to use a removeable HD, USB Flash drive, or a USB attached HD.

What I would like for my wife to be able to do, is plug in one of these devices to my XBMC and while in Library mode on the XBMC, use the context menu to "Copy to" the attached device. In this way, she could load a USB HD or USB Flash drive with the content (movies, TV shows, music, or photos) that she sees in our libraries. She would not have to search manually through the 7 different network locations for the content. It would be nice if the "Copy to" copied all the associated files (Subtitles, 2 part movies, nfo files, etc...). Additionally, it would be nice if the "Copy to" function worked on directories.

I do not want this external device to become part of my libraries, it would simply be a temp storage device for taking files from my place to my Mother-in-Laws.

Well, that's my idea. I hope I explained it properly and that someone capable of implementing it will give it a shot.

Thanks in advance,

Keith

I find myself in the same conundrum actually. I need a menu option such as Labeled Copy to USB (or a similar path I've preset).

My main media center is a mac mini with 8 tb of attached external storage. I at this point I have a router and 6 repeaters throughout my house, and trust me i've tried but theres no way I can get reliable 1080p streaming to one of my other 6 tv's connected to mac minis. I've tried all kinds of NAS devices, routers, repeaters but its just not going to happen. What i'm now trying to do is turn my main media centre into a media library, where anyone can go browse through the files, and say they like a movie, they just put their usb key in, and select the "copy to external device" option from the popup menu. The file gets transferred, they go onto their own mac mini simply go to file manager (Or video sources), and select "External storage" which would be the only option selectable. and presto...they get to play the file.

The other people in the house are nowhere as technically inclined as I am, so I really wouldn't want to make it any more complicated than it already is.

Let me know if theres some files I can edit, or script/plugin I can download that might be able to do this for me.

Alternatively, maybe someone can suggest a third party media manager that I can scan my library into that would give me such an option that would be used solely for people to copy files.
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