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Old Sep 17, 2009, 04:56 PM   #1
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MetaX tagging and SL

I have MetaX and I loved the program and used it a lot in Leopard. Since upgrading to Snow Leopard when i import a movie and tag it, it wont play in Quicktime or iTunes. Luckily i still have the file before i tagged it and that file is working perfectly fine. Any suggestions??? Is it snow leopard? Thanks for any help.
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Old Sep 17, 2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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I'm fairly sure it isn't Snow Leopard. Mine works perfectly. Will the files themselves play in iTunes before you tag them?
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Old Sep 17, 2009, 06:54 PM   #3
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Here is a step by step on how i have done it...

1) DVD into handbrake and encode using "AppleTV" preset

2) Test in Quicktime 10

3) If it plays correctly i toss into MetaX and tag it

4) Copy into iTunes and sync with AppleTV

However with this movie (The Island) and Shrek 2 they wont play after being tagged. They both played correctly in Quicktime and iTunes before the tagging. Using Handbrake SVN 2829 i386 and MetaX 2.4.6

This has only occurred after i installed SL.
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Old Sep 17, 2009, 07:30 PM   #4
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Which version of Handbrake?

I have had trouble with MetaX and Lostify when tagging files converted by Handbrake 093 and the SVN.

I now use Subler to tag Handbrake generated files. It is tougher to select all the fields but sure writes the changes to the file quickly.
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Old Sep 17, 2009, 09:28 PM   #5
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My handbrake is version 0.9.3 SVN2829 i386. Same version i was using in Leopard. Doesn't make sense. I love the load times in SL but some of the programs and codecs are missing and its a real bummer. Why would it work in Quicktime X before the tagging and not after?

Doesn't MetaX only tag the file and not change the codec?
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Old Nov 19, 2009, 06:33 PM   #6
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I am having the same problem and seems to have just started recently. I am also using snow leopard and both 0.9.3 and SVN versions of handbrake rips are being corrupted with metax. I dont think it is handbrake...movie plays fine before tagging, it is only after tagging does the movie becomes unplayable.

Not sure what has changed but rather spending much time trying to figure it out, i am open to any alternatives to metax....any suggestions?
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Old Nov 19, 2009, 07:16 PM   #7
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It's a metax problem not SL.

I've been having the same problem with my recently converted movies (using the latest snapshot of Handbrake). After running it through metax, the video comes out all black with no sound. If possible use metax on the windows side. It tags A LOT faster and it hasn't corrupted a file yet.
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 12:38 PM   #8
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Has anyone tried Vidalin yet with Snow Leopard? MacUpdate users give it 5 stars, albeit only three reviews.

I'm going to give it a shot this weekend.
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 05:06 PM   #9
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Thanks for the Vidalin tip. Tried it today with 2 files at a once...maybe a little slow when writing (although i was writing to external HD) but it has a simple and clean interface and best of all the movies still played after tagging!! Glad to find alternative to Metax. It was wearing me out even when it was not corrupting files because the "lookup" seemed to never find my movies and i had to enter all tags manually anyway. No problem with Vidalin so far...huge fan at the moment. Thanks again!!
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 10:11 PM   #10
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It was wearing me out even when it was not corrupting files because the "lookup" seemed to never find my movies and i had to enter all tags manually anyway. No problem with Vidalin so far...huge fan at the moment. Thanks again!!
This has been an issue for a while now--apparently the developer of the OS X version is no longer supporting it and when tagChimp changed their guidelines back in February, MetaX Mac no longer met these guidelines no new submissions and as a result your not going to find any of the newer movies are going to match--or something to that affect (this was taken directly from the tagChimp.com site/forums). Supposedly there was also an issue with Amazon so right now, OS X users of MetaX are SOL. You can still populate the fields yourself and as it sounds like you need to do that anyways with the other options I've seen mentioned (Lostify, Vidalin, Subler), I'm sticking with MetaX, especially since most of the stuff I've been encoding isn't brand new.

Also, strange about the corrupted files--just checked a bunch of movies I've tagged over the past few weeks and all played in QuickTime X (encoded to .m4v using Handbrake version 0.9.3 (2008112300) in SL 10.6.2)
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You can still populate the fields yourself and as it sounds like you need to do that anyways with the other options I've seen mentioned (Lostify, Vidalin, Subler), I'm sticking with MetaX, especially since most of the stuff I've been encoding isn't brand new.
Hmmm, I thought Vidalin had the capability to "lookup" the info by hitting a button. Not true? And I thought I read somewhere the dev is actively improving the tool, trying to make it better.

And while it's hard to complain about a free tool like MetaX, I have to admit I always sweated when I used it. Whether it was corrupted files, crashes halfway through writing, and/or longstanding bugs..I was hoping Vidalin could replace it. Bummer if it can't do auto lookups...guess I'll find out this weekend..
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Old Nov 21, 2009, 12:44 AM   #12
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I wrote a couple Automator actions for Snow Leopard that auto-tag and add cover art to mp4/m4v files using themoviedb.org and thetvdb.com databases. They're part of the Batch Rip Actions for Automator suite for automating dvd & blu-ray ripping. The tutorial at the top of this forum explains how to use them.

How-To: Automating DVD & Blu-Ray (Backup, Encoding & Tagging) for Mac OS X 10.6

Happy tagging!
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Hmmm, I thought Vidalin had the capability to "lookup" the info by hitting a button. Not true? And I thought I read somewhere the dev is actively improving the tool, trying to make it better.

And while it's hard to complain about a free tool like MetaX, I have to admit I always sweated when I used it. Whether it was corrupted files, crashes halfway through writing, and/or longstanding bugs..I was hoping Vidalin could replace it. Bummer if it can't do auto lookups...guess I'll find out this weekend..
Well I stand corrected--just downloaded Vidalin and it in fact does have a lookup feature. May have to give it a try on my next encode.
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The lookup feature in Vidalin works great for me so far. I have done 5 files since I installed yesterday....all of them spot on.
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