Looking for a way to import metadata automagically for TV shows and movies

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Obioban, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Obioban macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    I've recently ripped all of my old TV series and movies from DVD, so I can watch them on the ATV.

    I have them labeled using show name, with episode and season number in the meta data.

    When I look at them on the ATV1 using sapphire, it automatically adds album art, a description of the episode, episode name, etc. It's great!

    I'd really love to get the same info into the actual metadata of the file, so that it shows up in iTunes (future proofing). Is there any way to do that other than manually?

  2. maturola, Jan 31, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012

    maturola macrumors 68040


    Oct 29, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  3. mac.jedi macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    The O.C.
  4. jamesvdm macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2011
    Perth, Australia
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    I'll second the identify.

    as long as the files are named it pulls everything in, and tags the files properly.

    I have found it to be picky on show names so "american dad.s01.e01" won't auto match, while "american dad!.s01.e01" will. Just make it match the entry on thetvdb.com

    it's pretty easy to do a manual match though (you select a range of shows, manually enter the show name, and hit rescan), but much nicer if it does it all automatically.
  6. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    metax is so slick.

    i sometimes duplicate my files first then use metax. i've had issues where it would screw up the file somehow. other programs did this as well so it's a dupe as a default then apply metax then delete dupe.

    works well though!
  7. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    MetaX for Mac is no longer updated I believe.

    Identify is in the Mac App Store works great and is constantly updated.
  8. jdastas macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2008
    I use ViMedia Manager, Got it off an XBMC forum...


    It does update my files for me as long as you have an individual folder set up for each show and movie.

    You should have it structured like this:

    TV Shows/Lost/Season 1/episode01.mpg

    Hope this helps...
  9. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    I'll jump on the "identify" support wagon! Excellent program. Worked on 99.9% of my stuff!
  10. techchallenger macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    mac.jedi's setup works great for me!
  11. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    +2 not only for meta tagging, but automating the whole ripping and encoding process too.:D
  12. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    I just switched from MetaX (on PC) to Identify 2 (on Mac). I'm *much* happier now. Identify requires none of the hand editing I often had to do in MetaX.

    I do all my rips and transcoding on a PC I set up as my "compute server". The files then come back to be hosted on the media drives attached to my Mac. That makes it easy for me to do the tagging on either OS.
  13. punitnaker macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    I'm going to recommend iFlicks. I use it everyday, plus it has easy to use built in folder scripts which will scan any new files and update metadata. Can also be done directly from iTunes which is handy for stuff that is already in there.
  14. Obioban thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    I ended up buying IDentify because of this thread-- it's FLAWLESS.

  15. Aragornii macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    +1 on Identify. I use Subler to edit chapter info but Identify for everything else.
  16. WhatAmI macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2009
    I use iFlicks. It applies all the meta data I could wish for, adds it to my iTunes Library and deletes the original file. I run large batch jobs and it hasn't failed me once so I can not but recommend it - smooth sailing =)

    If I need to convert ISO/IMG or want to apply subs I use Handbrake
  17. ekwipt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2008
    I use identity 2 as well great program.

    Is there anything that does AVI though?

    Or maybe i can just wrap the videos in a quicktime container?
  18. murdoc158 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    West Bend, WI
  19. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    I agree, plus if you need it will convert to iDevice friendly format in addition to metadata and art and such. Great little app indeed!

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