Where does iTunes store video information?

mrochester

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Hi all

I have added some TV programmes to iTunes and I have used iTunes itself to edit the meta-data (adding series number, episode number etc). Where is this information stored? Is it associated with the video file itself or does iTunes store this meta-data separately? Just wondering in case I ever reinstall Windows I want to be able to just drop the same information back into iTunes.

Many thanks

M
 

rigormortis

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the meta-data is stored in the actual file itself. , this is based on my understanding that "meta data" is defined by the stuff you can type in command i, like name , artist, director, song name, album etc

i went to a movie the i had in my iTunes library , and i filled out command I and then i went to finder and copied the file itself ( which had new dates and times ) to another computer's iTunes library and my edits were still there
 
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mrochester

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the meta-data is stored in the actual file itself. , this is based on my understanding that "meta data" is defined by the stuff you can type in command i, like name , artist, director, song name, album etc

i went to a movie the i had in my iTunes library , and i filled out command I and then i went to finder and copied the file itself ( which had new dates and times ) to another computer's iTunes library and my edits were still there
Thanks for that. What I might try is putting the same file on another computer and add it to an iTunes library and see if it has all the same information I've added.
 

mrochester

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So I copied over one of the files that I had edited in iTunes with the correct series and episode number. However, the second computer had none of this information and I would have to re-enter it all again. As such, it doesn't appear as if iTunes stores this data in the video file itself. Does anyone know where it is stored?
 

rigormortis

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So I copied over one of the files that I had edited in iTunes with the correct series and episode number. However, the second computer had none of this information and I would have to re-enter it all again. As such, it doesn't appear as if iTunes stores this data in the video file itself. Does anyone know where it is stored?
when i drag a file from another computer it goes to home videos. can you check to make sure media kind is tv show in command i? other then that, i have no idea.
 

mrochester

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when i drag a file from another computer it goes to home videos. can you check to make sure media kind is tv show in command i? other then that, i have no idea.
On the second computer the video type is 'home video' despite me having changed it to 'TV programme'.