I wish I had know about this when I started tagging my files!
I didn’t know you could just pull them all in and wait for picard to work on its own.
What I did was album by album: I felt safer that way and had complete oversight, so I could tell if picard matched my files to a wrong album, which happened quite regularly. Then, I’d just pull my files back out of the right pane and work on a different album. I was very persistent and repeatedly scanned and looked up and got 'em all in a few tries over a few hour duration each.
What I didn’t realize was that picard would just keep on working in the background on my files. Interesting and it might have saved me a considerable amount of time, but, given the number of false matches and the trouble I had getting them straight, I think taking a manual approach was likely better—album by album, that is. That way, I could check the match, see that it’s right and stash the successful album away into a different directory and move on to the next one.
I probably messed it up a few times by pulling mismatched files out of the right-hand pane and found them renamed in such a way that it was nearly impossible to tell what they were beforehand. That scared me. Perhaps, had I left the files in, they might have gotten rematched successfully?
Well, what I wanted was for the matches to occur with the releases I was entering into the database, since I knew that a large part of my collection wasn’t in there until I added them. This definitely slowed things down considerably.
But, it worked and I’m kicking off the boots for a bit.