Best way to group movies in iTunes

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  1. macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    So I have all the Bond films ripped from my DVDs (Eventually) and I was wondering whats the best way of grouping them all together in iTunes, I've tried setting them as a compilation, but thats not working.

    Any ideas?
  2. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2008
    There are a couple of different methods you can try. You can try changing the titles to something like: James Bond 01: Dr. No., and so on. or you can try creating a specialized genre such as Action/Spy/Bond. and then just sort the films this way. This will only work in list view though, the first method should work in any view.
  3. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
  4. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    A few ideas. If you want to just name them what they are (Dr. No, GoldenEye, Moonraker, etc.), best idea is to create a standard playlist and drag them all there...OR you could create one, put the Artist (or another field) as "James Bond" and then do a smart playlist.

    You could also name them "James Bond - Dr. No," "James Bond - From Russia with Love," etc. Then they will list together in your Movies list. If you want them in order, you can either do the standard playlist thing and order them yourself, put the year in and sort the playlist via that, or call them "James Bond 1 - Dr. No," etc.

    I just have all of my movies named what they are and have a few movie playlists for series (Bond, Indy Jones, Back to the Future, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings).

    Tomorrow, kids, we can spend 2 hours on how to organize 500GB of TV shows.
  5. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2004
    You could always use the "Sorting" tab. That way, you could name your movie whatever you want and label them in the order you would like in the "Sort Name" box. After that, even if you sort by name in the main iTunes window they will still show in the correct order (ie. it will override the alphanumerical for those particular items).

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  6. thread starter macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I ended up making an album, so putting in 1, 2, 3, etc of 21. :D
  7. macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Perfect, Thank You

    I needed it for my Rambo movies in the Action category, and when I get around to my Bonds and Palmers in Spy, it will be used there.
  8. Big Stevie, Jan 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Big Stevie

    Jun 20, 2012
    Thanks to this forum, I learnt about iFLicks yesterday. Ive downloaded their free 15 day trial app and i can now drag my ripped DVD's into iFlicks and it creates artwork for the DVD cover image.

    Ive started to put my rips into iTunes and it looks a lot more professional with the new artwork than before. They now look like ive bought them from iTunes Store. They also appear this way on my iPhone5. iFlicks is a great app.


  9. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2014

    I am using the sorting field which is awesome but when I have 10 or more then it doesn't put them after 9 how can I fix this?

  10. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Moulton, TX
    You'd probably have to start with 01 instead of 1.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    That's what I'd go with - it's a straight-up alphabetic sort, and that's what I use to group all of my "series" movies. I haven't tried the method of using the album field - are there any advantages to using that rather than just the sorting field?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    Organizing Movie Series in Itunes that Actually Works...Mostly

    So a little trick I have found is that you can use the "sort Name" field in the sorting tab in the "Get Info" and organize them that way...Now here are the caveats...
    1. Put your series in order, which I was doing successfully by naming them numerically
    Batman.1, batman.2.batman.retuns
    2. Right click and get to the "Get Info" screen.
    3. Click on the Sorting Tab
    4. Enter a logical Series name and numerical value in the "Sort Name" field.
    batman.1 and then for batman returns...batman.2
    5. Change the names of the original movies to delete the numerical soon as you start to change the names, Itunes will automatically reorganize by sort name field...
    6. After you have done this, Itunes will use this field to organize your at first that doesnt sound too is an example where it screwed up my OCD beautifully organized collection...
    Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty...technically a i used Almighty.1 and almighty.2 for the sort name...well now they are in the "A"s in my collection since Itunes uses the sort name field now instead of the title...
    7. So the take away from this...I would use it for the big series, but just be careful

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