Apple TV Embedded Movie Menu's

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Roadrunner23, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. Roadrunner23 macrumors newbie

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    All,

    New to this board this morning. Recently purchased an Apple TV and have to say it's the best device I've ever owned. I have quite a bit of movies that I stream from my PC, the problem is that there's too many. Not a bad problem to have I guess.

    My question is does anyone know if there's a way to create submenu's (aka Playlists) for movies when streaming from your computer to Apple TV? It works for music with all of the custom playlists I've created. I've tried creating several playlists with only movies and this doesn't seem to work. When selecting Movies, all titles are listed.

    Any advice/know solutions?:eek: :eek:
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    This is one item that Apple's getting hammered about. Here's what I do:

    1. Drop the movie into iTunes' "Movie" window.
    2. Do a "Get Info".
    3. Under the Video tab, change Video Kind to "TV Show".
    4. In the "Show" box type a genre (e.g., SciFi & Fantasy, Drama, Action, etc.)
    5. Exit the dialog box and the movie will be moved into your TV Shows.
    6. Repeat for other movies.

    On Apple TV, look under TV Shows and you should see the genre you typed above and the movies you have put into that category. The best this can do is provide you with one subfolder per genre, though.
     
  3. roland.g macrumors 603

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    That was a big thing for me too. Since there has yet to be a consensus on ripping settings, close but not quite, and the next release of MediaFork will address more anamorphic issues (as Leopard/Quicktime may as well), I have decided to put off ripping more of my collection a while longer.

    But your fix is a decent work around for now. I too want to have my movies by genre, that's how I had them in Front Row.
     
  4. Roadrunner23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for info, Glad to see that I'm not the only one having this problem. Is there a way that the changes can be batched in some manner, or does this need to be done on a file by file basis?

    Using a Window's XP system as the file server, not a Mac. It's also where all of the encoding takes place using Nero Recode. Great results from another post on this forum.:rolleyes:
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    As far as I can tell, it's only on a file-by-file basis - a real pain in the @$$. I'd bet money that Apple will fix this in an iTunes update shortly. Another issue is that if you buy movies from ITMS, you cannot do this - all info is lock (presumably by DRM).
     
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  7. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I decided to try this. It took me a bit to figure out why it wasn't working. You can't have any artist info in there, like director, as what would come out of iTS download movies, b/c as soon as you add that info, it renames the Genre folder Various. It will keep them separated by Genre, you will just have multiple Various subfolders. I think I will wait to see if there is a software update to address this within the movies rather than calling them tv shows.
     

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