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When copying a DVD box set of TV shows to iTunes, it can be very frustrating when your shows are labelled as 'Movies.' There appears to be no way to label them as anything else, except for the equally-wrong 'Music Videos.'

There are two ways around this problem, though. The video type is stored in the file as an ATOM (metadata for QuickTime and MPEG4) called stik. You can use a hex editor to modify the ATOM directly, but this is very clunky and dangerous.

A better method is to use the open-source app Atomic Parsley to re-write the file with the stik atom set to TV Show. While you're at it, you can also set the TVNetwork, TVShowName, description, TVEpisode, TVEpisodeNum and TVSeasonNum atoms.

Please remember that Atomic Parsley is still beta, but I have been using it for a while and not lost any files or data. Have you backed up lately?
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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: logich on Dec 20, '05 07:58:05AM

I have had great luck with atomic parsley on several of my tv shows. It's great to have them show up nicely ordered on the ipod.

You can even set description and network name. Here's and example of a command line that I used.

ThePartingOfTheWays.mp4 --title "The Parting of the Ways" --TVEpisode "113" --TVEpisodeNum 113 --tracknum "13/13" --description "Rose Tyler has seen danger and wonders alongside the Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test." --year 2005 --genre "TV Shows" --stik "TV Show" --TVNetwork "BBC" --TVShowName "Doctor Who" --TVSeasonNum 1 --artist "Doctor Who" --album "Doctor Who, Season 1"

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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: lanval on Dec 20, '05 08:09:33AM

You can copy dvds to iTunes?

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Cheers,
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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: zpjet on Dec 20, '05 08:25:53AM
yes, i used handbrake, works good. there are others but this one is free.

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Lostify: a GUI Wrapper for AtomicParsley
Authored by: lstewart on Dec 20, '05 09:01:10AM
AtomicParsley works very well indeed. So well, in fact, that I decided to write a GUI wrapper for it, which is also free (though not currently open-source). Note that I have done so with the cooperation of AtomicParsley's author--he even contributed some code snippets to make my job easier. Check it out. It's called Lostify, in honor of the show on which I've used it most.

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Thanks!
Authored by: GORDYmac on Dec 20, '05 05:19:33PM

Thanks for creating this app! I was dreading using the other method.



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Lostify: a GUI Wrapper for AtomicParsley
Authored by: barr104 on Jan 07, '06 03:43:06PM

worked like a charm on some Sealab 2021 episodes I created with QT Pro, but when I downloaded some already iPod formatted videos off of BitTorrent they are in mp4 format, not m4v - and whenever I uses lossify on these mp4's it crashes every time I hit apply.

I also tried renaming the file to a .m4v file, which opened fin in lossify, but again it crashed when I hit apply.

Until this is resolved I suppose I will either have to deal with it being labeled at a Movie or I will have to re-encode it from QT Pro and loose quality.



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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: inferno10 on Dec 20, '05 09:47:21AM

There is no ATOM data for avi files. Is there no hope for these kinds of files?



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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: lstewart on Dec 20, '05 10:32:24AM
Disclaimer: I am not an expert on the internals of any video or audio file formats. I'm just sharing my understanding of the way things are. With that out of the way...

When you store metadata in video files, the information is stored in different structures and formats, depending on the package format (MPEG4, AVI, Quicktime) into which the info is being embedded. Software which knows how to embed and extract metadata from an MPEG4 file is clueless about how to do the same thing with an AVI file.

Atomic Parsley (and by extension, Lostify) are written to work with MPEG4 files. They can't do AVI. For that matter, I don't think iTunes deals very well with AVI files, or understands the metadata embedded in them. The iPod certainly won't.

If you want to modify metadata in AVI files, you can get other free utilities to do that (mostly on Windows, like abcAVI ). But if you want to categorize those movies in iTunes and watch them on an iPod, they would of course need to be transcoded into MPEG4 first.

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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: lgc90 on Dec 20, '05 11:44:17AM

You could use mpeg streamclip, which can convert pretty much anything playable in quicktime to anything else playable in quicktime. (including avi to mp4)

http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html



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Tagging AVIs
Authored by: brainzelda on Dec 20, '05 12:28:00PM

If the avi container itself has ipod-compatible mpeg4 and aac streams inside, you can open it in Quicktime and export it to mpeg4 to wrap it in an mp4 container. Just set the audio and video to pass-through and there will be no transcode. Now you can edit the mp4 file in AtomicParsley as described.



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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: dkordik on Jan 07, '06 04:34:37PM
Ick! Why go through all that termy work or hex editing when there is a full user friendly mp4 metadata editor, Lostify? Check it out!

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Label non-iTMS Videos as TV shows
Authored by: dkordik on Jan 07, '06 04:37:09PM

Yikes, see Lostify author's comment a few comments up. I wish there was a way to delete comments...

But anyway check it out!



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