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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder System 10.8
You are probably already aware that extra columns of meta data can be added to the Movies folder in the Finder by right-clicking (ctrl-click) on the folder's header row. The following extra columns can be added: Duration; Dimensions; Title; Codecs. These extra columns do not feature in the View>Show View Options menu selection.

This hint describes how to obtain the same columns in folders not named "Movies".

This is a little pedantic, but in the UK we do not tend to use the term "movie" so much. We don't "Go to the movies" we "Go to watch a film". In fact the UK version of iTunes recognises this and in the sidebar or pop-up menu we have "Films" instead of "Movies" (and "TV Programmes" rather than "TV Shows" as well).

The Finder does not do this and the "Movies" folder is there in your home folder as expected.

In the "Movies" folder and any folder created inside it the above extra meta data columns can be added, and this applies to any other "Movies" folder created anywhere else - on another drive for example. But if you have another folder elsewhere that is labeled "Films", for example, the extra columns cannot be added.

However it is easy to add these columns - simply (re)name the folder "Movies". Open it and add the columns that you want. Then return and rename the folder back to "Films" or whatever. The extra columns remain and are still there after a log-out or restart.

And as long as at least one of these extra columns remain others can continue to be added or removed at will.

Now all my films on my external 3TB Raid drive show the extra meta data for convenient reference or sorting.
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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder
Authored by: dzurn on Sep 17, '13 10:03:29AM

Good tip! I wasn't aware of the available extra columns in the Movies folder, and now I can also use them on other folders too.

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Thank you!
Authored by: sr105 on Sep 17, '13 11:20:51AM

I had no idea those columns existed.



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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder
Authored by: ricede on Sep 17, '13 10:26:11PM

".... extra columns of meta data can be added to the Movies folder in the Finder by right-clicking (ctrl-click) on the folder's header row....."

I seem to be very thick today - where is this folders header row ?



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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder
Authored by: ricede on Sep 17, '13 11:42:06PM

Got it . Didn't realise that the finder needs to be in Cover Flow .
Shame it doesn't work to give info on .mkv files.



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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder
Authored by: Andrea Mosconi on Sep 18, '13 10:30:36AM

The same feature is available for the Pictures and Music folders (you will see different metadata, of course) and the same workaround apply to those as well.



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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder
Authored by: tkothe on Sep 22, '13 01:13:08AM

But where dos OS X store this information? Shouldn't we find this out? Then I guess we would be able to tackle the problem at its root without using the renaming workaround.



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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder
Authored by: beepotato on Sep 23, '13 12:59:30PM
This is cool! I wasn't aware of the extra columns.

Well, in addition to the renaming explained in the hint, there is also a more complicated way of getting the same result. More complicated, but maybe interesting to some readers, so I'll explain it.

The short version: take advantage of the automatic file/folder name localization system built in Mac OS X.

The long version: rename your folder Movies.localized (or Pictures.localized or Music.localized, etc., to get the other special columns). Then, in the folder, create a subfolder named .localized, in which you will then create a UTF8-encoded text file name en.strings (or fr.strings, or de.strings, etc., based on your preferred language). In the file, just type one line as below, including quotes and semi-colon:

"Movies" = "Whatever name you want to be displayed for your folder";

And that's it. Of course, you can put several .strings file there, to cover as many languages as you want.

What are the advantages over the simple method displayed in the hint? I'm not sure, honestly.
In my case, the multilingual aspect is an advantage, since I live in a multilingual family sharing one computer. But it's not a very common case, of course.
Another (small) advantage may be found: if and when new specific columns get added to the Movies folder in a future OS version, it will be available right away for the folders named using this method.


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