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mojave

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Adding Smartlists to Playlists
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:10:27 am »

I started a thread a few years ago called At The Movies. I'm trying to do this again using a Movie Night Playlist since video and images were recently allowed in a slide show. I have the following type of media I want to use:

  • Trivia Questions/Answers
  • TrueHD, DTS-HD, or THX demo clips
  • Other demo clips
  • Trailers
  • Feature Movie
  • Closing soundclip (airplane flyover at the end of the credits of Flight of the Phoenix)

I would like to make dynamic Smartlists for each of the above items (except Feature Movie) and then stack the Smartlists in a playlist. However, when I add Smartlist to the playlist it adds all the files that meet the criteria instead. The Playlist is then no longer dynamic.

Can JRiver allow one to just add the smartlist with its criteria to a Playlist?

I want to do the same thing for pictures and home videos. For example, I want a Playlist to show the following
  • 20 random pictures of each family member that haven't been viewed in the past 2 years (this might be multiple Smartlists with a Smartlist for each person)
  • 10 random home video clips that haven't been viewed in the past 2 years

This would allow the family to sit down for 15 minutes or so and enjoy looking back at pictures and videos.
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Re: Adding Smartlists to Playlists
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2015, 11:13:16 am »

Maybe I'm not understanding, but you can already set a playlist as a rule for a smartlist.  So if it says "Only in playlist A" then playlist A defines the set of files for other rules.
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Re: Adding Smartlists to Playlists
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2015, 01:34:45 pm »

I figured out I could use Playlist Groups to add multiple Smartlists and Playlists (see attached). Playing the Playlist Group adds the proper items to Playing Now. All I have to do is send a movie to the Feature Movie Playlist and then play the Playlist Group.

Is there a way to select a movie and have it automatically added to a Playlist and then start the Playlist Group? This would be similar to launching a movie in XBMC with Cinema Experience.

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Re: Adding Smartlists to Playlists
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2015, 06:01:18 pm »

Maybe I'm not understanding, but you can already set a playlist as a rule for a smartlist.  So if it says "Only in playlist A" then playlist A defines the set of files for other rules.

Be very careful with these rules.

It breaks if you make any changes to them while a Client copy of MC is connected.  The client copy can just be connected and sitting idle, but if they're open and connected, when they sync changes, all uses of the nPlaylistID (which is how the Playlist is any X rules work) will get borked, and the Playlist rule will no longer limit the Smartlist.

If you're using these to do anything "auto" (like deleting or syncing) this can cause badness, in some unlucky cases dumping your entire Library, or a good portion of it, into the Smartlist in question.

As long as you make sure ALL clients are closed before you make any edits to the Smartlist at all, then it works fine.  But all you have to do to bork them up is open the Edit Smartlist dialog and click OK to it (instead of Cancel) and, if a client copy of MC is connected, the Smartlist will be borked in a few minutes.
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