Front Row TV Shows

macrlz9

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Hi all. I searched the forums and couldn't find an answer to my specific problem. I have TV Shows that i've ripped and what not in iTunes. I have set the video kind to TV Show in the options for each video file, but they will not show up in Front Row still? Does anyone know how to fix this. I read about using Lostify, but that won't work anything other than .mp4 files it says. Any ideas?
 

Chundles

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macrlz9 said:
Hi all. I searched the forums and couldn't find an answer to my specific problem. I have TV Shows that i've ripped and what not in iTunes. I have set the video kind to TV Show in the options for each video file, but they will not show up in Front Row still? Does anyone know how to fix this. I read about using Lostify, but that won't work anything other than .mp4 files it says. Any ideas?
What format are the videos if not .mp4??
 

Kingsly

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macrlz9 said:
Hi all. I searched the forums and couldn't find an answer to my specific problem. I have TV Shows that i've ripped and what not in iTunes. I have set the video kind to TV Show in the options for each video file, but they will not show up in Front Row still? Does anyone know how to fix this. I read about using Lostify, but that won't work anything other than .mp4 files it says. Any ideas?
Just drop them in ~/movies/

they'll show up in front row under /videos/movies/
 

balamw

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Chundles said:
What format are the videos if not .mp4??
Probably M4V, since they were created by iTunes, which Lostify will work with just fine (since it's just another name for MP4).

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macrlz9

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ok so if i'm understanding correctly the must be converted to .m4v to work? they are mostly .mpg's why would iTunes let me tag them as tv shows but not show up in front row? that doesn't make sense to me.
 

balamw

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macrlz9 said:
ok so if i'm understanding correctly the must be converted to .m4v to work? they are mostly .mpg's why would iTunes let me tag them as tv shows but not show up in front row? that doesn't make sense to me.
Ah. iTunes will let you "tag" a file like an AIFF or WAV or MPEG file that doesn't support the tags by adding the info only to the iTunes database. For M4V files when you use Lostify, the info is actually saved to the file, but even in that case when you use iTunes to do the tagging it doesn't make it to the file, only the DB.

Unfortunately Front Row doesn't really read the iTunes DB, but looks at the files to determine if somthing is a "TV Show", so it really needs to be in M4V format.

It's similar to the way that you can't have iTunes treat an MP3 as an "Audiobook"...

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brandon6684

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I seem to remember reading somewhere that even if a file is tagged as a TV show, FrontRow will still stick it in the Movies category. As far as I know, a work around hadn't found at the time, but it may have changed.
 

Peace

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Far as I know the only "TV Shows" that can/are labeled and show up in Front Row as a "TV Show" is a TV Show purchased from iTunes.

I've tried and tried and have yet to be able to do this and my video library is 40gigs.
 

dsnort

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TV is a wasteland. TV shows off of iTunes will vacuum out your brain as surely as if you had watched them on the tube. Let it go. Read a book. Go to the park. Dance with a beautiful girl, (or an ugly one, depending on personal circumstances). Your life will be much richer.:D
 

balamw

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Peace said:
Far as I know the only "TV Shows" that can/are labeled and show up in Front Row as a "TV Show" is a TV Show purchased from iTunes.

I've tried and tried and have yet to be able to do this and my video library is 40gigs.
:confused: Lostify/Atomic Parseley has worked great for me. I have a number of DVD rips that show up in TV Shows in FR.

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chillywilly

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My experience with Lostify has been less than successful on my MacBook Pro.

I've run a few shows through it and I've changed them to TV Show and it's stuck in the file, but they don't show up under the TV Shows on my iPod nor under Front Row.

For now, on the iPod, I've created a smart playlist that they show up under.

As for Front Row, I've put them under a folder under Movies and they show up.

Not sure what it's doing (or not doing), but they are designated in the file as being TV Show.
 

balamw

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chillywilly said:
Not sure what it's doing (or not doing), but they are designated in the file as being TV Show.
FWIW I always find I have to remove the file from iTunes, Lostify, then add it to the iTunes library again. But when I do that it works all the time.

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