QuickTime ID tags overriding iTunes?

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  1. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    #1
    I have a couple of .mov-format music videos, which have the artist name and song title in the "Name" tag, and this seems to override what I set in iTunes.

    When I first import the videos into iTunes, they get tagged like this:
    Name: Artist - Title
    Artist: (Blank)

    I can do a Get Info and re-tag them like this:
    Name: Title
    Artist: Artist

    However, as soon as I try to play the video, or do another Get Info, the Name tag changes back to "Artist - Title" (the Artist tag stays the same). I'm guessing that when I change the tags, iTunes is writing the changes to its library file instead of back to the .mov, and then when I access the file again it copies the tags back across.

    Hopefully that made sense, it was a bit tricky to explain. Has anyone else experienced this sort of thing?

    By the way, it's not a computer- or account-related problem as this has been happening across three computers, possibly from as far back as iTunes 4 (did that support video? Maybe it was 5). I just haven't really worried about it until now, but with a video iPod on the way I want to get this all working properly :)

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Nermal thread starter Moderator

    Nermal

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    #2
    OK, my iPod's here, and the videos won't transfer across. However, the Export option in QT Pro is greyed out! iTunes won't convert them either - "Name could not be converted because this file does not allow saving or conversion."

    What's going on here? :confused:
     
  3. capiendo macrumors newbie

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    #3
    your .mov file probably has a 'nsav' atom that's set to prevent changes and editing.

    there is an Apple tool, Dumpster (scroll to the page bottom), that might help you, depending if your movie is meta-data compressed or not. if your movie is meta-data compressed (Dumpster will let you know if it can edit or not), you're out of luck.

    if your .mov file is not meta-data compressed, open it with Dumpster. then look for the 'nsav' atom by expanding the tree by clicking. you should see a 'nsav' field with a value of 0001. change it to 0000 and save. close the file. you should now be able to edit and convert your .mov file.
     
  4. Nermal thread starter Moderator

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    #4
    They're compressed :(

    The video iPods didn't even exist when this CD was made, so I bet the record company didn't even consider that people would want to convert the videos to a different format :(
     

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