iTunes library Management - Adding Movie & TV Shows

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by aaagat111, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. aaagat111 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Here is the situation:

    I have a large iTunes music library that is updated daily (songs are added) and right now my iTunes library is all songs. I have the advanced preferences option checked in iTunes to automatically organize and copy any imported songs to the default location on my mac --> Music/iTunes/etc... So I store all my music locally, since when I bring around my laptop with me I want to be able to access all my music. But with video...its a different story.

    I now want to add my video media library to iTunes so that all my digital media will be in one place, and I can organize and search shows by genre, artist, etc. First, all my videos are .avi, so I figured that since iTunes accepts only .mp4 I have to convert ALL of them which will take SOO LONG. Any easy way of batch converting?? Should I even store my videos and tv shows in iTunes, or do people do it differently? (I want to do something other than just putting them in folders)

    But my main question is, because I store all these videos on an external drive, I simply want to link them to iTunes and keep them in their original paths, since they won't fit locally. I can accomplish this by simply un-checking the advanced preference option of copying the files to the default location, but that means I have to turn this off and then back on each time I want to import video. I understand this is not a HUGE deal but wanted to see if this was the proper/most efficient way of going about this.

    I wanted to ask if people run into this situation often, and what they do? Or is there a direct solution to this? How do people with large media libraries (both music and video) utilize iTunes?


  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    From iTunes Help function:

    Personally, I don't let iTunes manage my library or copy files, as I prefer to do that myself. My library spans over 2 drives, internal and external, as it won't fit on my internal drive.

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