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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Building Your Media Library
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Building Your Media Library
Windows Media Player is designed to help you create and organize a media library.
Your media library contains any folders you’ve added that contain media files, audio
CDs you’ve ripped, and TV shows you’ve recorded. Within your library, your media
is organized by category with separate areas for music, pictures, video, recorded TV,
and other media and subcategories for artists, albums, songs, genre, year created,
and so on. Windows Media Player adds all the media information automatically for
audio CDs, movie DVDs, and recorded TV when your computer is connected to the
Internet.
Because Windows Media Player handles most of the heavy lifting for you, building
your media library is easy. All you need to do is add folders containing media files to
your library, copy your audio CDs to your library, and let Windows Media Player
handle the details. Using the built-in audio CD and data CD/DVD features, getting
your media out of your library is just as easy. You can save copies of your music and
other audio files to audio CDs, and you can save copies of your media to data CDs
and DVDs. If you have an MP3 player or other device with removable storage, you
can sync your media library to your device as well.
Adding Media Folders to Your Media Library
The easiest way to add media to your library is simply to move the media files to the
appropriate personal folder. To add music or other audio to your library, simply
copy or move the audio files to your Music folder. To add digital pictures to your
library, simply copy or move the digital pictures to your Pictures folder. To add vid-
eos or recorded TV to your library, simply copy or move the video or TV files to your
Videos folder.
Wondering how this works? Well, when you start Windows Media Player, the player
checks your Music, Pictures, and Videos folders for any audio, picture, or video files
you’ve added, and then updates your media library to reflect these changes automati-
cally. You can have Windows Media Player add media from and monitor other fold-
ers in exactly the same way by completing the following steps:
1. In Window Media Player, right-click Library and then select Add To Library.
2. In the Add To Library dialog box, shown in Figure 8-25, the “My personal fold-
ers” option is selected by default under “Select the folders to monitor.” This is
why the player monitors your Music, Pictures, and Videos folders. If you want
Windows Media Player to add media from and monitor your personal folders,
shared media in the Public Music, Public Pictures, and Public Videos folder, and
the personal folders of other users on the computer, select “My folders and those
of others that I can access.”
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You can monitor files stored in another user’s personal folders only if
that person has shared the folder with you. For more information on
folder sharing, see Chapter 11.
3. Click Advanced Options to display a complete list of monitored folders and
additional advanced options.
4. To monitor additional folders, click Add. In the Add Folder dialog box, select
the folder to monitor and then click OK.
5. To stop monitoring a folder that you previously added, select the folder in the
Monitored Folders list and then click Remove. Removing the folder tells Win-
dows Media Player to stop monitoring the folder. The folder still exists on your
disk drive.
Figure 8-25. The Add To Library dialog box

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