iTunes/atv artwork

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mlody, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2012
    A dvd in my kids room finally died and instead of replacing it with a new one, i would like to buy them Apple TV and let them stream their movies from my computer when they want to watch something.
    I use my Windows 8 to rip the disks using handbrake using Apple tv 3 settings and everything seems to be fine, but I am missing movie artwork (cover page) when browsing them on ATV or iTunes.
    What is the easiest and free way to add the missing artwork to all those movies I rip? I have heard about meta date and honestly, I do not think I care or need it, just the art work is what I would like to have so my kids could easily recognize the movies by the covers. Any suggestions?

    Thank you
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2008
    If it's something that's also in the iTunes store, I would use this site to grab the artwork:

    If that does work, or it's not in there, I usually use
    They have some really nice custom artwork, all in high quality. They don't update the user submissions very often, so if you can't find what you're looking for by browsing, try the search function and you'll usually find a lot more items.

    If that also fails, try They don't always have the best quality, but they usually have good enough quality, and their selection is much wider than the other two sites.

    Once you get the artwork, just add it by selecting "Get info" on the movie and going to the artwork tab, and add the file there. It can take a while, but it's worth it, IMHO.

    Good luck, and I hope this helps.
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Do yourself a favor and pick up a little program called iDentify from the Mac app store. I think it's around 10 bucks. It makes it very simple to add tags and artwork to your media files. If you're going to be doing this more than a couple times, you'll quickly appreciate its usefulness.
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2002
    I think he said he is on Windows, so mac programs won't help (subler is the best for movies, btw). If all you want is artwork, you can do that through iTunes itself. Right click on the movie and Get Info. There should be an artwork tab - click the add button and add the artwork you want.

    I like this site for getting artwork - it gets it directly from the iTunes store (while it sill works)
  5. macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2011
    McGee's Crossroads, NC
    I am on WIndows and I use MetaX for Windows. You can find it here:

    I retrieves info about the movie and artwork. It writes info to the tags that iTunes will recogonize and the ATV in turn.

    Used it it for all 150 plus of my dvd rips.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
  7. macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2009
    I also used MetaX on Windows. Works great and worth the $10.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2009
    Well, if you're up for a little DIY and you want the exact art used by iTunes you can get it for free pretty easy. First, find the Movie via the iTunes web store. I usually Google, "iTunes Movies" followed by the name of the movie. Once located, right click on the artwork and "copy image address." Then in a new window, paste the address and remove the dimensions, hit "Enter", and voilà, the artwork.

    For example, the image address for Avatar is:

    but if you take out the "227x227-75" you'll get the full art work.

    Then use an app like Subler to tag it. All of this is free, but involves a little DIY.
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2012
    I greatly appreciate all the responses and info. I was quickly able to find the art work to some of my movies and add them to iTunes without any problems. This is great! Thanks again.
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2009
    #10 also has some good ones, but their selection is pretty limited. is my usual go-to source, since they've got a wide variety of choices. also has some good stuff, but the resolution is much lower than the other sites.

    Also, never underestimate the power of Google Image Search. Found some good stuff on there as well.

    If you don't care about metadata, then the simplest way is just right-click, select Get Info, and click on the Artwork tab. On Mac you can just drag and drop the artwork from your browser into the iTunes artwork. Not sure if that's the case on Windows as well. If it's not, you can save the artwork to your drive and then use the Add button to attach it to the movie.

    The simplest way would probably just to get a good metadata editor, drop your movie files into it, and then let it search for the correct titles. If you're not picky about the metadata or the cover artwork, you can do a whole batch of them in no time at all.
  11. macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    I use iDentify to pull up Artwork and Metadata. Got it from the App Store, not sure if there is a windows alternative, but I've yet to come across a file it doesn't recognise.

    But like an earlier post suggested going into the Get Info file properties in iTunes and then dragging and dropping from an artwork search does the trick if you just want the artwork.

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