How do YOU tag your TV shows?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Jigga Beef, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Jigga Beef macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2009
    Philadelphia, Pa
    I have been ripping LOTS and LOTS of TV shows from DVD's I own. I rip all of the episodes Video_TS folders with Mac the Ripper than encode them alll at once with Handbrake. After that I generally

    Example if i am tagging The Office: Season 3:
    1) Add them to an iTunes Playlist: The Office Season 3

    2) Use AppleScript (From Doug's AppleScript) "Set Video Kind of Selected" to set , TV Show, Show Name, Season # and Episode #.

    3) I use another Applescript to auto-tag the Track #'s.

    4) Batch Tag Artist, Album Name, Disc Number, Grouping
    Artist: The Office
    Album: The Office: Season 3
    Disc Number: 3 (I always do the season number in the disc number, if the show is over than i will the final season number in the out of box)
    In Grouping I put the network the show airs on

    5) Manually Add Episode Name, Episode ID and Episode Description.
    I get the names and descriptions from, i tag the episode IDs as
    301 for Season 3, Episode 1

    6) Open Entire season in Meta-X for Album artwork, Show Rating, TV Network and Date Aired
    I get the artwork for that season on DVD off Google, I use the rating of the show. Than i add each dated aired from

    It's quite a long process, I have most of the tagged automated but I thought maybe i am missing something or don't know about an easier way to do something. The only things i really do manually are Episisode description, Episode ID.

    Anybody else have a better/more productive way of tagging entire seasons?
  2. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I use Lostify. It's not an automated process, but it only involves one piece of software and some cutting and pasting. I usually get the episode descriptions from
  3. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I used to use MetaX, which used to have decent episode matching, but for some reason it’s quit working with TagChimp.

    I really wish someone would take up development on MetaX or something similar. Lostify is time consuming considering there’s no automatic fetching of metadata.

    I’d gladly pay Visual Hub-like pricing for it.

    Did something happen to the MetaX for Mac developer?
  4. JonHimself macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    I rip them all as you do then add a whole season into MetaX at once.

    When all of the episodes are highlighted I'll add the show name, actors, producer, network, ratings, etc and select each episode individually to add the episode name, description (from or wikipedia), and episode/track numbers.

    All very tedious but I'm looking to replace the DVDs (ie put them in a box and never use them) so I'm ok with taking the extra time to add in a bunch of information... you should see my music library - BPMs, producer, label, recording studio, etc...
  5. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    I rip the episodes following the naming convention:
    {showname}.S{season number}E{episode number}.m4v
    ie Lost.S03E01.m4v

    I then pull the files into iFlicks, which tags them using data from thetvdb
  6. rmb7984 macrumors regular


    Apr 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    This is great. I just downloaded it and gave it a try. I only wish it would allow me to save in a .m4v container.
  7. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Same here. I haven’t checked yet, but by converting a .M4V file to an .MOV does it remove the AC3 track?
  8. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    No, it contains all of the same audio and video streams from the m4v, plus the added tags.
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Do not use iTunes to tag your videos! It doesn't actually write the meta data to the file but uses an iTunes file to store it. So if you import the file again, it has no meta data. Use something like MetaX (best there is imo) to tag your videos, as it writes the meta data to the actual video file itself.

    I encode in VisualHub, then tag using MetaX (with artwork, descriptions etc) then import into iTunes.

    I use for episode guides. I use for South Park though - I actually use the proper episode artwork for South Park seeing as they provide it and it is recognisable when flicking through episodes.
  10. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    This is why the iFlicks developer "flattens" the .m4v file to a .mov. The mov file actually contains the tags, unlike the m4v.

    I understand that MetaX actually adds tags to m4v files, but it seems to have been cut off from Amazon's API recently.
  11. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Yeah.. not tagged a movie for a while, so didn't notice any issues with Amazon's API. Still, I swear by MetaX.
  12. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    MetaX also doesn’t seem to have access to new Tag Chimp data. For example, it couldn’t find “Up.” I’m liking iFlicks. However, it keeps overwriting my manual artwork and ratings even though I wait for it to automatically fetch metadata first. So, I end up having to save the automatic data, then reimport it to iFlicks to adjust the cover art and rating again.

    And I guess iFlicks doesn’t support chapters, right? I can’t seem to find it.
  13. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    I'm not sure if chapter editing exists/is planned.

    iFlicks support is at:
  14. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005

    Thats why TV Scrapers are nice, I've gone over to XBMC all I have to do is drop my properly loaded file into the correct directory, the scraper goes to and gets the info, and it's already there.
  15. rspeaker macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2006
    With Handbrake'd files, I add to iTunes, and add as much information as it will allow (title, show, album, track/disk/episode number, sorting info, change to TV show if necessary.) It's nice that I can add info for multiple items within iTunes. I then run the files through Lostify, which pulls all the info I put in iTunes, and I'll add air dates, networks, actors and directors for movies.

    Using iTunes to fill in most of the information makes Lostify a less tedious (though still time-consuming) process.
  16. jendrik macrumors newbie


    Dec 18, 2008
    Have you tried using the beta version from
    It allows you to set custom rules. That way you can define your own artwork, ratings, ... for yout TV Shows.

    Not yet, but this will be added to future versions.

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