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Old Aug 1, 2008, 12:17 AM   #1
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Properly tagging TV Shows

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Recently purchased an Apple TV a few months ago and absolutely LOVE IT. It is hard to imagine life without it now. A few months ago before I purchased it, I ripped a few TV on DVD seasons onto my computer (Arrested Development, Entourage and HIMYM complete seasons).

I tagged them all manually, and they look okay within iTunes, but when I open them up in my Apple TV the episode numbers are all off, they are missing ratings, descriptions, etc and my OCDness tells me I must fix this ASAP

I used MetaX to tag all my ripped movies and they look great - its impossible to tell the difference between a movie I purchased in iTunes and a movie I ripped and tagged with MetaX

Is there a solution for TV shows?

Thank you!
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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i think appletv sorts by track number, not episode number, but i could be wrong.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 07:46 AM   #3
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And the reason you don't want to tag your TV shows with MetaX is...?
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 09:23 AM   #4
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You can also use Lostify to tag TV shows.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 09:57 AM   #5
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And the PC/Windows based equivalent of Lostify and MetaX is...?

<crickets chirping>

Yeah, that's what I thought. <sigh>

That's why I have to resort to manually tagging all my TV shows and Movies.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 10:41 AM   #6
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Another vote for using Lostify, I find it much easier to use than MetaX for TV shows. I just pull up the episode list and description in wikipedia and then input the info. If you want to add artwork than just throw all of the tagged files into MetaX at the end and you should have a good result.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 10:46 AM   #7
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Add another vote for Lostify. I personally use TV.com for descriptions, date, and production number info.

P.S. You rock for watching HIMYM
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 11:36 AM   #8
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And the PC/Windows based equivalent of Lostify and MetaX is...?

<crickets chirping>

Yeah, that's what I thought. <sigh>

That's why I have to resort to manually tagging all my TV shows and Movies.
http://www.textzombie.com/videotag/

Great Windows Program to tag TV Shows / Movies and their Cover Art. Its quite new but Its the best I have found and love it.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 01:35 PM   #9
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Add another vote for Lostify. I personally use TV.com for descriptions, date, and production number info.

P.S. You rock for watching HIMYM
HIMYM is hilarious. Thanks for the input everyone, downloaded Lostify, trying out now.
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 01:58 PM   #10
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http://www.textzombie.com/videotag/

Great Windows Program to tag TV Shows / Movies and their Cover Art. Its quite new but Its the best I have found and love it.
Thanks for the heads up on this one -- first I've heard of it! I'm going to go try it out right now..
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 02:10 PM   #11
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Thanks for the heads up on this one -- first I've heard of it! I'm going to go try it out right now..
Yeah thanks I was using Tagger but thats stopped development and sometimes crashes. This seems to work nice but has no provision for adding Actors, still pretty nice.
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Old Aug 2, 2008, 03:26 PM   #12
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I've tried this, but everytime I write the file and try to import it into iTunes, the import works fine, but when I try to play the file it locks up and I have to kill iTunes. Anyone else get this problem?
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Old Aug 4, 2008, 05:58 AM   #13
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My OCDness also failed to cope with bad TV organisation, especially when TV Shows that I had purchased on AppleTV were listing episodes alphabetically!!

I found that MetaX worked just as good for TVShows as Movies. The sorting tab was the most important and if the episodes had different titles, instead of just episode 1,2 etc. then I would have to manually plug in 1, 2, 3.. into the sorting field. That kept the level of organisation without having episode numbers visible whilst browsing media.

Are you definitely switching the media type to TV Show in MetaX? I found that there was a drop down list to sort media into Movies, TV, Music Video etc. which then changes the fields.
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 05:06 PM   #14
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Necroposting a little here. MetaX hasn't been updated in a couple of years, Lostify seems abandoned.

MetaX 2.4.6 seems promising, but has some bugs that make it hard to work with.

Set video kind of selected is neat, but doesn't write changes to files: if you add a file tagged with this script to another iTunes library you're out of luck, it just shows up as a movie.

What do you use nowadays to make persistent changes to TV show metadata in iTunes?
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I use iFlicks. I think that its interface is a lot nicer than MetaX and it has been great for all my movies and TV shows. The only problem I have is that it is OS X only and all my ripping, encoding, and library storage is done on a Windows box so I have to transfer stuff back and forth between 2 machines. I still haven't found a good Windows substitute.
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I have been using Identify 2 for all of my tagging needs. It works well I have used it on over 600 DVD's and over 1,100 TV shows.

I also use playlist folders and smart list in iTunes to keep my TV shows organized.
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 10:11 PM   #17
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Thanks guys. It appears that iDentify and iFlicks are the only games in town. iDentify is working pretty well, but I'm having a really hard time getting it to tag my 2004 Battlestar Galactica files properly.

EDIT: Operator error. BSG is 2003. Bought iDentify in Mac App store and reviewed with 5 stars. Total win.
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Thanks guys. It appears that iDentify and iFlicks are the only games in town. iDentify is working pretty well, but I'm having a really hard time getting it to tag my 2004 Battlestar Galactica files properly.

EDIT: Operator error. BSG is 2003. Bought iDentify in Mac App store and reviewed with 5 stars. Total win.
good to hear, i have had great luck identify.
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Identify is the champion tagger IMO

If your having problems getting certain tv shows tagged, go to thetvdb.com and search for your show. Once you find it change your tv shows file names, season numbers etc, appropriately to match the data on that site, and because identify uses that website it should now find the meta data.
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I use filebot for mac it grabs all data from tvdr.com and imdb among others. I use plex though as a media server for my jailbroke atv 2! And it's simply awesome, gets all the artwork and info etc! Looks wicked.
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I use Subler for metadata on tv shows which also gets from thetvdb.com. Works great for movies too. Simple GUI and reliable.
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