How to sync video pages (web internet location) without syncing the donwloaded video file

I my use case, I always save the video website link (web internet location) and at the same time download the raw video files (.mp4, .flv, etc.) in case the website dies.

However, as we know, the raw video files are too big for syncing. Even if my iCloud is 2TB, it still cannot hold many video files. And I do not think it is necessary to sync the videos into iCloud.

So I wonder whether there is a way to

  1. Still use devonthink to manager the video files
  2. separate the video files from syncing

I find this post very similar to my need:

In that post the conclusion is that you can use “see also & classify” function.

However I didn’t figure out how to use it.

Ideally I imagine that I can use a database (name it LargeFileDB), and exclude it from syncing, and keep the mp4, flv files the same name as the web page files.

I imagined that at the “see also” of the web pages, the same-name video file could show up, so that I can easily get the video file from the web page file. However in the see also page, even if two files have the same name, they just don’t show up.

I wonder how to let same-named files show in each other’s “see also” page. Or is there a more elegant solution?


Welcome @shoals0l

As noted in that post, no you cannot sync parts of a database. If you have items you don’t want synced – for whatever reason – don’t include them in the database. I’d suggest you create a separate database to contain the videos, if you want to keep them in DEVONthink.

Yes, my approach is just as you’ve suggested: keeping files I don’t want to sync in a separate database. But this is not really my question

My question is

  1. I have one database VideoDB (excluded from syncing), and one database WebPagesDB (included to sync).
  2. I wonder if there is a way to quickly correspond the web page in WebPagesDB with the video file in VideoDB, so that I can conveniently find the video file when browsing web pages.
  3. I’ve looked at the “see also & classify” function. And I’ve tried to keep video files in VideoDB having the same name as original web pages in WebPagesDB.
  4. Sadly, even if two files have the same name, they don’t show up in each other’s “see also & classify” column, which is quite counter-intuitive.

See Also & Classify doesn’t use the names. It’s matching content or tags on a document. Videos have no content, so the obvious default choice would be tags.

You don’t necessarily need to use See Also as you can search for tags.

Also, you can use item links, see Edit > Copy Item Link and do things like creating a bookmark or adding it as custom metadata.