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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone Apps
I use my iPhone a lot to watch things while traveling. Most hotel room TVs, at least where I stay, have red/white/yellow RCA jacks on the TV somewhere, allowing you to connect your iPhone and watch your TV shows or movies on a full sized screen. The On-The-Go playlist also supports adding videos, so you can easily stack up any number of movies or TV shows and avoid getting up entirely.

It's frequently awkward, however, to transcode content and tag it properly as a TV show in iTunes, because adding the tags consumes a great deal of time. Apparently, the file is fully recopied and rewitten when you add the tags, and video files can run to the hundreds of megabytes.

If you have video content in QuickTime Player Pro, however, you can accelerate this process. Let's say you have an AVI file you'd like on your iPhone. Open it in QuickTime Player Pro. Select Show Movie Properties from the Window menu. Click the Add Annotation pop up menu at the lower left corner of the Properties window, and select Title. Type in the title you'd like the episode to have, and close the window. Then, from the file menu, select Export. The file browser has a pop up for format Export, from which you should pick the Movie to iPhone choice.

Navigate to the subfolder in your iTunes Music folder where the TV show should reside. This is typically something like iTunes Music/TV Shows/Cop Rock/ or whatever show you had in mind. Wait a few minutes for the export to take place (it's about 40% of the show duration on my MacBook Pro; YMMV).

Open iTunes and select "Add To Library..." from the file menu. Navigate to the show you just exported. It will be filed under "Movies." Select the show in the iTunes main window and select "Get Info" via the keyboard, the file menu, or right clicking. You can edit the title under the "Info" tab, the show, season and episode number under the "Video" tab, and the Media Kind under the "Options Tab." When you hit OK, the save is basically instant and the show is immediately tagged properly under "TV Shows".

What I think is going on here is that adding the annotation in QuickTime Player Pro adds fields for all the tags such as media kind and so on to the file, and the tags are preserved during the export process. Skipping the annotation step makes iTunes copy and rewrite the file rather than just moving it, taking somewhat longer.
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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: robtain on Jan 09, '09 07:53:40AM

You can also use the free tool MetaX to tag your video files, which puts them in the appropriate category when you import them into iTunes.



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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: lujo on Jan 09, '09 08:31:06AM

MetaX does work, but it's not perfect either. MetaX also copies the whole file in the process of applying the tags, so it's not super quick, but it does leave just one file when it's done so you don't end up with duplicates. MetaX also does not convert formats so the file already needs to be in a right format. Additionally, TV show tagging is a little wonky because the tag fields displayed are better tuned to movie or music tagging (it's easy to not put the TV show's title in the right field and you end up with orphan shows not associated with its series).



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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: frgough on Jan 09, '09 08:39:40AM

Copying a file is a whole lot quicker than the original hint of exporting it via QuickTime Pro



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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: joshforman on Jan 09, '09 10:13:04AM

There are several tabs in MetaX, one including tv related fields.

Plus MetaX integrates with tagChimp so it can just download the (usually) proper tags for the episode or movie.

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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: designr on Jan 09, '09 11:10:49AM

"MetaX also copies the whole file in the process of applying the tags, so it's not super quick, but it does leave just one file when it's done so you don't end up with duplicates"

Copying is optional in MetaX. You can turn it off in the preferences.



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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: shingle on Jan 09, '09 08:38:16AM
If your video is already in your iTunes library, use Doug's Set Video Kind of Selected iTunes Applescript to do the trick pretty much instantaneously.

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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 09, '09 09:41:48AM

This has always annoyed me. Not only does changing one little tag (such as remember playback position) cause tracks to be reimported into an iPod, but it also causes Time Machine to rebackup the whole file. Clearly, the metadata management of Mac OS X is still incomplete.



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Quicker tagging of video content for iTunes/iPhone
Authored by: shingle on Jan 09, '09 11:27:37AM

Since the metadata is stored in the file itself, when you change it you're changing the contents of the file. While iTunes might could be updated to handle these changes and not resync the file to an iPod/iPhone, Time Machine should still, rightly, identify the file as being and changed and back it up again.



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