iTunes automatically changes m4v file name

guydor

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Mar 10, 2009
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Hi,

I have m4v movie file named for example:
movie.m4v

After I import this file into iTunes the file name is being changed to:
movie (HD).m4v

What can be the reason for that?
Why does iTunes change my movie files?


Thanks!
 

mic j

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Mar 15, 2012
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Hi,

I have m4v movie file named for example:
movie.m4v

After I import this file into iTunes the file name is being changed to:
movie (HD).m4v

What can be the reason for that?
Why does iTunes change my movie files?


Thanks!
Is it the actual file name (as it appears in the "Where" file path under Get Info) that has changed, or the movie name as it appears under "Name" in iTunes library view?
 
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guydor

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Mar 10, 2009
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Is it the actual file name (as it appears in the "Where" file path under Get Info) that has changed, or the movie name as it appears under "Name" in iTunes library view?
It's the actual file name, how it appears inside the iTunes library folder
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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It's the actual file name, how it appears inside the iTunes library folder
In iTunes > Preferences > Advanced if the boxes below are checked, iTunes makes a copy of anything you import and names it according to its own naming convention.
https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=317699&d=1325136893​
It's not renaming the original file.
 
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guydor

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Mar 10, 2009
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In iTunes > Preferences > Advanced if the boxes below are checked, iTunes makes a copy of anything you import and names it according to its own naming convention.
https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=317699&d=1325136893​
It's not renaming the original file.
Thanks

I do need these 2 options checked, is it possible to change the file "base name"?
If iTunes changes the file name, from where it take this name?
 
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Cinephi1e

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Jul 19, 2012
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If you check the HD tag (either 720p or 1080p) in the movie, then yes the file will be renamed when you move it into iTunes. If you don't want this to happen then leave the tag as SD.
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Thanks

I do need these 2 options checked, is it possible to change the file "base name"?
If iTunes changes the file name, from where it take this name?
I'm not sure about movies, but with music, iTunes creates the name from the tags. I don't let iTunes manage my files, but if I recall correctly, it creates a folder named with the Artist or Album name, then names each track with the track number followed by the song name. I assume it uses a similar method in naming movies.

You may be able to go to the iTunes-created file and manually rename the file. I prefer to manage my own file/folder structure, as it has taken many years to develop my library and I don't want iTunes screwing it up.
 
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