Bulk iTunes Video Conversion

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by blevins321, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    #1
    Hi all,

    I'm trying to figure out the best strategy to allow me to add all of my media to iTunes. I have approximately 700 movies and 90 complete TV series (~4000 episodes) in my collection in varying hodgepodge of formats and codecs. Here is where my issue lies. I haven't been able to find a tool to tell me which files are already iTunes compatible WITHOUT having to add them to iTunes and read the little dialog box of individual failures. The ultimate goal is to be able to use the ATV interface to browse my library instead of having to Airplay Plex, which has some issues.

    Anyone know a bulk tool to do this? I'd prefer to not convert everything because of both exploding timeframes and quality loss via an unnecessary format change. I know it will take a long time regardless (especially the TV shows :( ) but I feel its a worthwhile project in the long run.
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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  3. merelli macrumors newbie

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    #3
    The videos need to be in mp4 or m4v format to work in iTunes.

    Handbrake can do the conversions and there are scripts you get find to do batch conversions.

    Atomicparsley can set the meta tags for show, season, episode, etc..
     

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