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

Obioban

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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?

Thanks!
 

waw74

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May 27, 2008
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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.
 

Keebler

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Jun 20, 2005
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iFlicks, MetaX, Subler
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!
 

b-rad g

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MetaX for Mac is no longer updated I believe.

Identify is in the Mac App Store works great and is constantly updated.
 

jdastas

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

Thread

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...
 

jrm27

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

KevinC867

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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.
 

punitnaker

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Jan 29, 2008
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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.
 

Obioban

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I ended up buying IDentify because of this thread-- it's FLAWLESS.

Thanks!
 

WhatAmI

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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
 

ekwipt

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Jan 14, 2008
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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?
 
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