Tagging MetaData for recorded TV shows

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  1. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    I used to use identify2 to tag my recorded TV shows before putting them into iTunes. Looks like that program is no longer available.

    Any suggestions for what to use.
     
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  3. From A Buick 8 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Not sure how plex is going to help me.

    I looked at Meta Z and Subler, man I miss identify2. That program was so easy I could just dump several files in there and it would just work.

    Thanks for the help though.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Wow, didn't realize it was discontinued - http://identify2.arrmihardies.com

    I still use my copy all the time, but this is on a couple machines running Mountain Lion. I copied it over when I moved my iTunes server to a new machine running El Capitan but have not tried using IDentify there. Does it not work on new versions of MacOSX? That would be a shame… :(
     
  5. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    It's cross-platform and free of iTunes. There's a free version and a PlexPass subscription model. Definitely give the free version a try, you might find the lack of tweaking for iTunes a major plus ;)
     
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  7. From A Buick 8 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I have tried to use plex several times over the years and just do not get the hype. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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    I was not able to get it to work on Sierra, we just bought a new iMac and I am trying to get my process worked out on this new beast
     
  8. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Just gave it a quick try under El Capitan and everything seemed to work. Didn't do any serious testing, but it found the cast, crew, description and artwork for a m4v movie file with no problem. I just had to login to the app store to activate it on the new machine. How did you install it on your new Mac? I used Migration Assistant to move everything from an old machine. This often works when a simple file copy doesn't.

    But maybe they did something to break it under Sierra….
     
  9. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    No hype, just utility -- good luck with your iTunes puzzle though. Even Infuse is a better option... o_O
     
  10. JBaby macrumors member

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    I used to use iDentify2 too. Now I use iFlicks. I like it a lot. I bought the Mac App Store version.
     
  11. priitv8, Oct 9, 2016
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    Subler now also supports batch processing.
    Open the queuee window (File > Open in Queue... / Alt-Cmd-O) and drop your files tere.
    IMHO it is still amazing piece of work, considering it's free. And it does much more, than just metadata.
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  12. From A Buick 8 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you, that helps a lot, was able to make it work.

    Is there a way to have Subler add the tagged files to iTunes when done?
     
  13. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Let it output files into the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder. iTunes will take care of the rest.
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    I tried to update to plex last year and found it confusing to set up, but not unsurmountable.. The kicker was the mess it made of importing from the itunes library. Total disaster. I don't need to tweak anything for itunes, except perhaps home movies where I want a certain sort order.
     
  15. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    If you are sourcing your own media then use plex or infuse and call it a day.
     
  16. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Likely not a Plex issue, but user error. Works flawlessly for me and about as non-confusing as it gets...
     
  17. cpenner macrumors regular

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    iFlicks 2 is great. I've been using it for years. You can set up watched folders, and it'll automatically start adding metadata to files in those folders. You can also specify numerous rules to help organize your library.
     
  18. trombo22 macrumors member

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    I use Filebot and Plex. Setup once now everything is automated works great with the Apple TV.
     
  19. AL2TEACH macrumors 6502

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    Identify 2 was the best. Still don't know how to work Subler and will probably toss it or figure it out. At the moment, it's iFlicks2.
     
  20. Otaviano macrumors 6502a

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    I use MetaZ, but I think I need to give Subler a look.
     
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    The Online TV Database.
     
  22. MallardDuck, Nov 17, 2016
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    Having the same challenge here. Sublr doesn't have a 'mass edit' function to change the show name (and doing it file by file is a massive pain). iFlicks2 spins up all four cores and takes freaking forever to do anything. MetaZ's interface is beyond confusing. I don't need anything to convert files, just simply tag them.

    Is there anything remotely like identify out there? Drag/drop the files, mass-edit the show name, quickly add episode numbers, hit 'go' and have it tag everything automatically?

    I'd be happy to even run a windows VM if it would solve the problem.
     
  23. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    I can achieve it via using sets and you can apply sets as bulk edit (shown in my post #12 above).
    Applying a set only adds/replaces the individual tag(s) contained in set, leaving all other untouched.
    Just create a set, that adds a name you need.
    PS If you need to rename eg a season, where every episode has a different name, then you need to let it fetch metadata for each episode from iTunes Store or TheTVDB. (Sets can not specify dynamic values) Here you can use Metadata mapping preferences to configure, which exact values you want to get updated in the file.
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  24. Tech198, Nov 21, 2016
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    It may no longer be available from developer but u can still get it, he even links to it from his page in relation to the version that broke on the App Store... he links to the same one from MacUpdate:-

    https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33814/identify/download

    I have a backup of it , registered and all.
     

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