How to organize movie series.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by chickensdontcla, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. chickensdontcla macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2006
    Hi All. Hopefully someone will have an answer to this question. I have a few movie series (like James Bond) that I want to organize in iTunes for my Apple TV. Ideally, I want to have them all under one category in my "Movies" list like "James Bond" and all of the movies in the series in chronological order under that heading. If anyone has any idea how to do this, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much!
  2. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Well the Apple TV displays these by default in alphabtical order. Also there is no sub categories. So they willbe right in order with the rest of them . Only thing I can suggest is to rename them and start them all with "James Bond" then the name of the movie. Example

    James Bond - Golden Eye
    James Bond - Tomorrow Never Dies

    If you want them to show up in chrono order than you can do something like

    James Bond - 1 - Golden Eye
    James Bond - 2 - Tomorrow Never Dies
    James Bond - 1995 - Golden Eye
    James Bond - 1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies

    Either should put them in order.

  3. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    you could edit the tags via itunes or another app to make them TV shows and then organize them by creating series.
  4. Jasoco macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    Sort Order.

    It's under "Sort Name" in the Sorting tab.

    James Bond 1
    James Bond 2
    James Bond 3

    Star Trek 1
    Star Trek 2
    Star Trek 3

    Lord of the Rings 1
    Lord of the Rings 2
    Lord of the Rings 3

    Bill and Ted 1
    Bill and Ted 2

    You get the idea. This way you end up with properly named files, but correctly sorted.

    It's the ONLY way to do it correctly while preserving the correct title.
  5. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    That works well with in iTunes but will it transfer and show up on TV that way?

  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    This has been addressed several times before on the forum. It is one of the big issues with iTunes at the moment.

    Here's what you need to do. Drag and drop all your James Bond movies into iTunes under the Movie category. Do a Get Info on the first in the series and under the Video tab set the following:

    Video Kind: TV Show
    Show: James Bond
    Episode Number: 1

    Do the same other movies so that Episode Number corresponds to which movie it is, in order. Then, on the Apple TV under TV Shows there will be a series called James Bond which will have your movies in order, with the first at the bottom and last at the top.
  7. Jasoco macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    Yes, for goodness sakes. Yes. It was fixed with the YouTube update. It was my biggest complaint with the out of box AppleTV.

    And putting them in TV shows is clunky and should be unnecessary. Movies are NOT TV shows, so why put them there?
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Yes, it is.

    It should be, but it isn't. Apple need sot fix this in iTunes.

    We have more than 300 movies. I don't want to have to scroll through that many. Until Apple fixes this, this is how we'll continue to do it and it's the most efficient means of doing so.
  9. chickensdontcla thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2006
    Jasoco, you rock. Thank you very much. Let's hope that Apple addresses this issue and allows us to create a grouping of movies under the same heading. It would be quite nice, but thanks for the tip in the meantime! It's works like a charm.
  10. rodlykins macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    How To Organized TV Shows That are not Seasonal

    First, I apologize if this has been answered previously; however, I was unable to locate the answer in the forums. My problem is that I have tagged all my son's videos to include artwork with AtomicParsley in accordance with the iTunes 101 article regarding videos; however, non-seasonal DVDs are showing up with the same artwork. For exampe "Blue's Jobs" and "Classic Clues" are both showing up in TV Shows in a long list under the "Blue's Jobs" artwork and not separated by DVD. Is there a way around this (other than naming the TV Show as TV Show + Name of DVD) i.e. Blue's Jobs - Classic Clues and Blue's Clues - Blue's Jobs. My reasoning is that if this is "corrected" in the future I will need to retag all my videos. Any help would be appreciated...
  11. gadabout macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2007
    the best way to get all of the artwork shown is to make sure that the videos are tagged as different seasons. itunes shows one picture per season of each tv show. so, even if they aren't really seasons, i would tag them as season 1 and 2 or 6 and 10 or whatever just to make the artwork shown. hope that helps!

  12. xplnusa macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009

    5 years later and a search on here answered my questions... Thank you!!!

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