November 7th, 2011

pod | even better than words on a page

A Podfic Tagging & Organization Tutorial (aka "You, too, can now reap the benfits of Bess's OCD!")


Podfic: it's an audio recording of a fanfic, like an audiobook, how awesome is that? Fans from all over put their voices out there so you can enjoy fanfic on the go or just in a different way. To find out more about podfic, why we do it and how to get started, check out pod_aware on LJ or DW.

Now, if you've been following my journal at ALL in the last year or so, you have probably picked up on the fact that I REALLY LOVE PODFIC. No seriously. I love it. I love it a lot. And I think everyone else should love it TOO, which is why I think Pod Aware week is AWESOME ^^

I even participated in the recording of several of what shall be a daily podcast this week for Pod Aware. And you can hear the first of these, on today's theme of "Podfic 101/Why We Podfic" with me, paraka and podklb here, which y'all SHOULD, because it's great, in my humble opinion ;)

In the process of recording...uh, one of these--probably the one with the SIX HOUR LONG raw file?--I mentioned to paraka that I SUPER METICULOUSLY tag and organize my podfics. And she went, "you should write a tutorial on that!" So here is that tutorial. It's really more of a guide-like thing.

Let me preface this whole thing by saying that I am actually diagnosed with OCD. My computer folders have sub-folders which have sub-sub-folders which have sub-sub-sub-folders (and NONE OF THE FILES CAN EVER GO IN AN OUTSIDE FOLDER, except for Special Exceptions); my DVD and bookshelves are organized in a (frankly rather "Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler") way which makes PERFECT sense to me but probably not anyone else (I have REASONS for putting "A Cinderella Story" next to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", OKAY); I have a set of swatch wheels for all 85 bottles of nail polish that I own which are each labeled with a code that can be cross-referenced with an Excel spreadsheet, telling you the name, brand, line, and number of recommended coats for a specific color. And if you mess up any of these organizational systems I will flail and freak out a bit at you and then BE VERY DISPLEASED.

So obviously, this same concept applies to my iTunes library, and by extension, all of my podfic.

(Sidenote: this OCD is actually the reason I started making podfic covers for other people--I can't add a podfic to my iTunes library unless it has cover art (and is in M4B form, but that's not too hard to fix), and so I had a bunch of podfics that didn't come with cover art that I really wanted to listen to! So basically, it was completely selfish XD)

I've gone through a couple different tagging systems in the last year and a half, but I've settled on one that I'm pretty happy with, and I'm going to attempt to completely explain it to you. Feel free to adopt it exactly, reject it entirely, or just take the bits and pieces that work for you.

(SECOND PREFACE: This is all going to be very iTunes-centric, because it's what I use, and I know a LOT of other people do too. However, it can probably be adapted to most other music library programs with decent tagging functionality.)

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So, anyone else have any thoughts to add on tagging?