Is there seriously no way to get my TV shows to show up under "TV Shows" in Front Row

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Vegeta-san, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. Vegeta-san macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2006
    I've been toying with everything! And I cannot get my Divx TV shows to show up under the TV Shows slot in Front Row? Categorizing everything else is childs play...What am I doing wrong!?!?
  2. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Can you add them to iTunes and set it from there (Get Info>Video> set to 'TV Show')?
  3. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2006
    this is the truth.
  4. Vegeta-san thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2006
    When I attempt to add them to iTunes by dragging the shows straight into iTunes, it will not let me. I think this is because it is a Divx file and not iTunes doesnt accept video files not compatible to be viewed on an iPod maybe?
  5. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    that is how you do it. some people just havent figured it out yet :D
  6. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    Almost Correct, iTunes does not play DivX Video Files, and as a result neither does the iPod. If you can convert the files, then there is hope. If you have QT Pro, you can import QT Playable DiVX files into iTunes.
  7. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    let me dumb this down a little for our O.P.

    download iSquint

    drag movie file(s) to iSquint. make sure you check 'add file to itunes'

    go to iTunes, find the movie file.

    right click > get info > video tab > drop down menu will say 'movie' just click the menu and change it

    simple. done.

  8. Vegeta-san thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2006
    Hmm...Does this maintain the visual integrity of my TV shows? As I download DVD-Rips of TV shows, can iSquint maintain visual integrity of my shows and still stay at the 350MB original file limit..

    Dude, and you really need to calm down with the whole "Simple. Done. /thread" junk. I come her to ask questions. If you honestly don't want to answer them because they are so damn above you, deal with it and click on to the next thread.
  9. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    Unfortunately the TV Shows section is, I believe, read directly from the iTunes database file. This means that files must first be parsed through iTunes in order for Front Row to read them as a category of "TV Shows." There is an alternative, however. Unlike "TV Shows," the Movies section does use a folder on the hard drive (as well as the iTunes db).

    To put this simply, if you go to ~/Movies and create an alias to the TV Shows folder that is located under the folder you specified as your iTunes Library, you'd be able to use those DivX avis. Just drop them in your "TV Shows" folder and then you'd be all set.

    The only difference here is that you'd do Videos -> Movies -> TV Shows instead of Videos -> TV Shows.

    In this way you'd not lose any video quality as a part of transcoding, and you'd still have a central repository of TV Shows in one folder. This is how I get around the whole ordeal.
  10. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Open your file in QuickTime Player, then Save As it out to a .mov container. You will then be able to import into iTunes, and will not lose any quality.
  11. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Yeah, that did seem rather uncalled for. But we all make mistakes on occasion.

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