Apple TV: organizing movies / tv shows

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by macd00d, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2006
    I'm looking for a way to "categorize" movies into some sort of folders on the Apple TV in an effort to have some sort of tiering within my movie selections. Heck same goes for TV shows too, but I haven't gotten that far.

    It appears to me that while iTunes supports genre, artist, etc... that the Apple TV only organizes music in this way.

    Am I missing something? Anyone else come up with any creative ways to organize movies??

    Overall.... very impressed with the product!
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2004
    I'm thinking that I'll add comments to my individual videos and then organize
    them in playlists. Then, I'll selectively choose the playlists I'd like to synch.
    The videos should then appear in playlists on AppleTV. Now... if I can get
    EyeTV to do that auto-magically...
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2006
    Don't see where playlists with video are supported.... do you?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2007
    Does Apple TV Support Video Playlists?

    This is an excellent question, and one that I have not seen definitively answered anywhere.

    iTunes can easily organize video content via Video Playlists. I have several Video Playlists designed to play through a list of random videos such as those gotten from podcasts (like StrongBad Emails) and movies/TV shows from the iTunes store.

    Today I can watch Video Playlists on my computer with iTunes or on my iPod with only a few clicks. However, watching them in my living room requires me to plug my iPod into my TV. Of course I would prefer to have Apple TV perform this function so that my iPod can remain untethered and others can watch the Video Playlists when my iPod is not available.

    Unfortunately, I have seen no evidence that Apple TV supports Video Playlists.

    Can an Apple TV owner please confirm if Apple TV supports Video Playlists? Or can someone provide a link to a credible reviewer who covers this topic?
  5. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2005
    Sorting TV Shows

    Unfotunately AppleTV only is capable of sorting TV Shows by Date or Show.
    Whereas "Date" relates to the date added or purchased, "Show" relates to the Artist!
    When adding self recorded shows (labeling them with different artists but the same show name) the list in AppleTV will be named "Various" instead of showing the show name.
    The only way to correct this sorting problem is to use the same name for "Show" and "Artist" ...
  6. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    But that will basically do the trick (for now), though it is a less-than-ideal "workaround." Currently the best way to organize the movies in the Movies folder is not use the Movies folder. Instead tag all of the movies you want to organize into folders that :apple:TV will use as "TV Shows" (you do this by selecting the movie, "get info", "video" tab, then choosing "TV Show" in the "Video Kind" drop down menu.

    The key to making the :apple:TV-friendly folder organization work is to put your organizational naming convention (say "drama" or "sci-fi" or "comedy") in the "Show" and "Artist" fields, and a unique number (from those you'll use for all other movies) in the "Episode Number" field. The name of the movie will still show correctly because the name appears in the "Name" field.

    In :apple:TV, choose "TV Shows" instead of "movies" and you'll have folders as you want them named holding the movies you want organized in those folders.

    It would be nice if this worked in the "Movies" folder too, but it does not. And this method forces you to choose one folder max for each movie (you can't put a film in both (say) Sci-Fi and Comedy by this method.

    But, the original goal of organizing movies into folders in a way that works for :apple:TV will work by this method. Hope it helps.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    iTunes is a depressingly one-sided media app. My emphatic suggestion is to get on Apple's website and demand that they increase the level of control over movies and TV shows to approximate the level they have for music.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
  9. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    That's pretty much antiquated now that we have genres for Movies.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    I sort mine kinda like i sort my tv shows, under the Video tab in Get Info, I put in say 'The Bourne Trilogy' in the Show field. Then when my Apple TV gets synched, they appear with an arrow next to them, so you can then select just the three movies there


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