Solved How do I print off an list of my Videos?

Intel / D865glc
May 12, 2015 at 23:49:32
Specs: Windows 7, i7, 4 gig RAM

Hi All.

I have a list of about 100 video clips of one format or an other. The list is too long to type out.

When I open the folder that contains these video clips they are all listed, but when I try to print that list, I find that this is not possible as the whole folder content and NOT the listed summary is action-ed.

So my question, how do I print out that list ONLY?

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#1
May 13, 2015 at 00:20:06
There's probably third party software that would do that but the MS procedure is to do it from command prompt. The problem with that is you need to be able to use dos commands to navigate to the folder containing the files. Once there you use the DIR command and send the results to a text file. Here's some info:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

Edit There's some freeware downloads here:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways...

that might help--Karen's power tool, Directory list and print and JR directory printer

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#3
May 13, 2015 at 07:05:55
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A simple batch file will do this easily - I have one I use all the time.

Open NotePad then copy into it the text between the following lines:

======================================
dir *.* /b >>fileListing.txt
======================================

Save as a batch file with a useful name such as FileList.bat
[if it produces FileList.txt just change the txt part to bat]

Whenever you wish to use it copy it into the folder you want listed. Double click it and it will list the contents in a text file called fileListing.txt which contains the information. Very useful for producing track lists.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
May 13, 2015 at 17:47:58
Hi All.

Well that was a good response, thanks to all.

Derek, I would like to try your solution first as I have never worked with batch files and here is a chance to start with something small, but I have a small question first, how do I "save as a batch file" ?

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#5
May 13, 2015 at 17:52:21
" how do I "save as a batch file" ?"
You just save it with the extension .bat instead of .txt that's all.

One little thing that might make the file extension situation clearer is to go to "Control Panel > Folder Options > View" and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types". Otherwise normal saves in NotePad will not show the txt part. I think it is good setting to keep but that's up to you.

As long as it ends with .bat though it will work (note the dot before bat).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
May 13, 2015 at 19:33:41
Hi Derek.
Thanks for that. I located the created .BAT file in "My documents" and when I click on it there in a split second of the black Command screen and then it disappears.

My question now is, how do I go about "Using" the BAT file and making it print the titles?

At the moment I can not get the BAT file to even display the media titles let alone being able to click "print".

Regards

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#7
May 13, 2015 at 19:57:38
Here is probably an easier way:
If you can see the entire list (or a significant enough part of it at a time), use the Snipping Tool (Windows 7 & 8 have it), open up your list, then open Snipping Tool, High Light the area of the screen you want to 'snip' and when you are done, the results open up in a new window. Save it to the desktop or your documents and close it. When you open it again, it will open in Windows Picture Viewer or whatever is your default for images. From there you can print it. It is not editable except as far as Paint and image editors can do but it is an easy way to copy, save, and eventually print whatever you can see on your screen. I use it all of the time at work and you can open it in paint and add lines, arrows, colors, and even test boxes and they can be easily emailed so others can see what you mean by what you see on your screen. It is like a limited area screen shot and I think it would be useful to you in this case. I keep it on my task bar always ready when I need it.

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#8
May 13, 2015 at 21:06:27
"black Command screen and then it disappears"
It leaves the file from where you ran it from, in your case > My Documents.

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#9
May 14, 2015 at 00:24:51
If you use Derek's command (which is the MS procedure. Derek made it easier by putting it in a batch file.) you'll get a listing of all the files in the directory you're running it from. He mentioned you need to copy it to the folder containing the videos and run it from there. You ran it from 'my documents'. My guess is the videos are in a subfolder within 'my documents'. That's where you need to run it from. If they're in some other folder, well that's where you need to copy and run the batch file. After running it (the black screen opens and closes) locate filelist.txt, or whatever you named it, in that same folder, as Johnw says. Then you can open it in Notepad and print it out.

And remember when running that you get a list of every file in the folder, even ones you might not need.

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#10
May 14, 2015 at 04:38:20
Hi all.

Well I still have no joy. This is what I have discovered thus far.

In My Documents I found two .bat files. The first file is entitled "fileListing.dat."

When I right click this and select print, it prints alright (as you say Davincaps), and as you say, everything in that folder is printed. I turned the printer off after 2 pages of printing everything except the required listing.

As to the second .bat file (that I created) it is called "ListedMedia.bat". When I right click and select print, all I get is the short line of code used to create this file..no media titles.

I forgot to mention that all my media that I wish to print the title list for is located on an external HD connected to the PC via a USB cable. I "copied" this second .bat file onto this external HD, but all I got to print was that short line of code again.

Is it that the .bat file will not work as it is required to do because the list is on an external drive?

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#11
May 14, 2015 at 08:05:09
You're doing it incorrectly.

Where do you have all these videos? Are they in their own separate folder or are they in the My Documents folder? If you don't have your videos in an exclusive folder, it would be best to create one for them. For simplicity, let's call the folder - VIDEOS.

- Open the VIDEOS folder, right click inside the folder & select New > Text Document (it would help to have file extensions enabled)
- the default file name will be New Text Document.txt
- open the new text file & copy/paste the following & then save it:

dir *.* /b >>VideoList.txt

- rename New Text Document.txt to VideoList.bat. Ignore the warning about stability & click on Yes.

Now just double click on VideoList.bat & wait for the VideoList.txt file to be created in the VIDEOS folder. You can then print out the contents of the VideoList.txt file.

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#12
May 14, 2015 at 10:00:29
Just got back - not sure why it's getting complicated.

All the batch file does is pop a text file into the folder containing the batch file. Unless you change the code, the file that it puts there will be called fileList.txt and, yes, you will get a flash of the command prompt. That can be stopped but it is useful because it confirms it has done something. You then double click fileList.txt and it will give the listing.

If you change the name of the text file it produces with the code, as per #11, it makes no difference to its function. It is not able to differentiate between media titles, video files, pictures or anything else - it just produces a File List, in other words a list of the file names which the folder contains. In that respect the text file title in the original code was quite correct.

"In My Documents I found two .bat files. The first file is entitled "fileListing.dat.""
Can't imagine why there were two bat files and there should have been no reference to a DAT file. Best delete them and start over.

Just do "exactly" as given in in #3 (without changing the code) and it should work. You just save (store) the bat file somewhere safe, then "copy" it to whatever folder or sub-folder contents you wish to check at any given time.

Get it working in its original form first. If you then want to modify it to select specific file types we can help you do that. If you want it to do something more ambitious, either look at the suggestions in #2 instead or post your batch file requirements on our Programming Forum.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#13
May 14, 2015 at 13:05:55
So 'listedmedia.bat' is the batch file you created with the command line and 'filelisting.dat' (or .bat if it's a typo) is the file containing the results? The name of the results file, even the extension, doesn't really matter but I'm thinking maybe you accidently edited the command line instead of the saved file name and changed it from .txt to .bat. You can always look at listedmedia.bat and see if the command line exactly matches what it's supposed to be, but as I said, it doesn't really matter as long as you can view and print the results file.

Yes the batch file (listedmedia.bat--the file with the command line) needs to be on your external drive and in any folder the videos are in.. If you don't do it that way then you need to get their via dos commands as I first mentioned.

If for some reason you can't get it to work you can always try the third party software that Johnw and I linked to above.

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#14
May 14, 2015 at 19:53:53
Hi guys.

Bingo it has all fallen into place, much like learning to ride a bike I suppose.

I would like to thank all you guys for your input as I managed to get different perspectives with each post. Unfortunately the "Best and Clearest" title can go to only one so I started at the top most "Batch file" response that being Derek #3, but you all are deserving as you all gave me something I could use. :)

To those who nominated the stand alone programs, I will take a closer look at them at a later point of time, thank you also.

Regards

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"


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#15
May 14, 2015 at 20:14:39
Glad to hear you sorted it and, yes, always best to consider the options.

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