Meta tags for VisualHub .MOV files

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Toups, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Toups macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2007
    Does anyone know how to get the meta tags to show properly on files built in the .mov format in VisualHub? I am using the Apple TV 5.1+2.0 setting, and MetaX shows the tags being written, however they are not showing properly in the AppleTV or iTunes.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  2. Toups thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2007
    or... is it possible to encode Apple TV 5.1+2.0 with a .m4v instead .mov?

    Thanks in advance
  3. marklight macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2006
    Rename the file in iTunes... it should then ... for some reason... show the correct tag data and fix the problem.
  4. Toups thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2007
    by rename, do you mean rename them from .mov to .m4v or just add the tags in iTunes? I am trying to use MetaX to tag the files as I often move them between libraries.

    Thanks again for everyone's help!
  5. crotalus99 macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    I have a similar problem with visualhub. In the past I would convert a .avi file using the appletv 5.1/2.0 setting and it would create an mp4 file, now it creates .mov files.

    Are you saying I can just change the file type to mp4 or m4v from .mov and that is alright?

  6. marklight macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2006
    I mean add the .mov file to iTunes. Then just rename or change any tag data in iTunes - like change the genre of the file, or rename the name of the movie , and the correct tag data should then just appear.
  7. Toups thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2007
    Unfortunately this data does not all copy over when moving files between libraries.
  8. ohsnapitskyle macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    I have the same problem. I'm ripping my DVDs with HandBrake using the Apple TV presets, and sometimes it displays the information, and sometimes it doesn't. It will always display the description, title, genre, and length, but the rating emblem and the producer, screenwriter, actors, and director tags don't show up. I've tried changing the tags in iTunes, then syncing, but no luck.

    Anybody else have this problem? Anyone know how I can go about fixing this?
  9. GregA macrumors 65816

    Mar 14, 2003
    Sydney Australia

    If you make a regular AppleTV file (2.0 sound) VH makes a regular MP4 file. MP4 containers don't have a standard for integrating Dolby Digital/AC3 surround (5.1) sound.

    For 5.1 sound, Apple uses it's own quicktime .mov container for MP4, which puts the 5.1 sound as a special audio track. VH uses Apple's system when you ask for a AppleTV 5.1/2.0.

    So don't change .mov to .mp4 or .m4v - it's non-standard and I'm guessing you'll lose your 5.1 sound.

    ps. for people who say Meta tags work sometimes and not others, are the files different as above?
  10. eddyg macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2003
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    For those saying that it is non standard having ac3 in mp4 take a look At ETSI TS 102 366 v1.2.1 which specifies how to do just that using The same method as apple and handbrake are using

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