How do I separate kids and parents' movies and tv shows? (tagging)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by lali, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. lali macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007

    I want to do something simple. I have a large library of movies and TV shows that need to appear separately on AppleTV, for kids and for parents.

    Movies - Parents -Movie1

    - Kids -Movie1

    How do I do this? right now it's a big mess since all the kids movies are moxed up with the parents' movies. I would appreciate it if you had a solution.


  2. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    There are a couple of ways to do this easily.

    1. Separate them by genre. You could put all the kids movies in the same genre.

    2. Put all the kids movies in a separate iTunes library that is set up to stream to the AppleTV. This could be done with a separate user account or a separate computer. The kids library would be selectable from the "Shared Movies" menu item.
  3. darkcurse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    Or, you could just tag them according to ratings? And set the rating on the kid's AppleTV to like below 14+ or something like that. Other than that, I'm not really sure how AppleTV works seeing as I don't have one myself :(
  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Use MetaX to tag the movies with ratings and then follow darkcurse!
  5. PodPacker macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2006
    Manage Multiple Libraries

    I think what you really want to do is keep things separate. To really do that and not have duplicates of everything you can created different iTunes Libraries for different users.
    If you hold the ALT/OPTION key while iTunes is starting up you can create a new iTunes Library or choose an existing one. This is what I do to keep my kid's music and movies and the wife's music and movies separate from my own. The last thing I want to go from The Ramones to Van Halen to Celine Dion.
    Playlists just don't cut it, cuz you end up with too many, plus it means you have to create playlists every time you import new stuff. This is simpler, you can import music or movies and they will not be seen by the other users unless you import them into their library.
  6. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    ^ I agree with the above – separate libraries is the way to go – but there is no need to create separate libraries using the ALT/Option button.

    OS X already has a built in user system. Just create different User Accounts on your Mac for each user in your house (or group of users: You, Wife, Kids). Then when on :apple:TV, simply switch the source according to which content you want to load.
  7. gadabout macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2007
    i would just use genres like was said before. multiple libraries is a hassle if your wife likes some of the same music that you do, or you want your kids to be able to watch star wars, but you consider that a "you movie," etc.

    tag all little kid movies as kid or children's or whatever, and the rest as what they actually are, and browse by genre.
  8. lali thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007

    thank you for the suggestions. I will try and see which is easiest for my family to use.


  9. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    yhup thats the way to do it.

    How is it a "You" Movie it is rated U which means everyone.
  10. uva25 macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    TV Shows

    I tag all my kids movies and TV Shows and I tag the name of the show "Kids Movies". I wish I could do this in Movies but it does not allow it. Movies is now only non-kids movies so the kids only go to TV Shows and select "Kids Movies". It works well for me.

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