Hello. I need advice from users that have found a good way to manage a large media library that will have more than one use.
Media Sources (thousands)
- Roots Magic Media Library. Photo’s, documents.
- Photo and document library on hard drive, organized by family branch. Many are were tagged by Picasa, and Windows, but the tags don’t seem to be visible from within RootsMagic.
- Assume that future contributions to my collection will have been tagged using different programs like Picasa, Photoshop, Windows, & whatever Mac uses.
- Scanned images, still on the disks but not imported into the library.
- All family related media files in one place without duplication. A data deduplication feature or program is needed to ensure that the images, not just the file names, are all unique. And, if it finds duplicate images, mark for review.
- All photographs and documents from certain directories, and new imports, will be moved (not copied) and combined into one Media location. This new location will be used by Roots Magic and image manager (?), I hope.
- Tagging and metadata from various source programs will convert to whatever the new image manager program is, without intervention.
- Prefer program that can be run from time to time to cleanup library.
- Am not opposed to purchasing a program as long as it really does what I need.
- What/how do you store your media files so that you can locate them easily, link them in your family tree software, keep them available for albums (without being linked to a family tree), all while avoiding duplication and only needing to tag each file, one time?
- Is there such a program out there? Would appreciate hearing from other users that have success managing large media libraries.