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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 01:40 PM   #1
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I've been ripping my DVDs to m4v format and putting them on my 80 GB iPod (love it), but I'm noticing that I cannot seem to add Descriptions to added shows in iTunes. There doesn't seem to be an option in the info menu to change the Description. The "info" box doesn't control it. Any ideas, anyone?
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Old Nov 1st, 2006, 02:27 PM   #3
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Look for an app called Lostify. It will give you access to the metadata of the file where you can set the type of show (tv, movie, video) so that files show up properly in iTunes. Don't know if there is a Universal Binary version or not.

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Thanks! It does the job, though its not really perfect. Rather than simply re-tag them, it copies the file and creates a duplicate with the new tagging. Copying 500 MB files takes it quite awhile, and seems to be a bit of a waste of time.
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Old Nov 2nd, 2006, 02:45 AM   #5
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If you click get info for the episode, you should be able to select a catagory in the 'Video' tab of Music Video, TV Show, or Movie. I'm using 7.0.2 so I don't recall where the option was in previous versions of iTunes.
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Thanks, but I don't think I was clear enough. The "Get Info" will allow me to change it to TV Show, to add an show name, season, episode name, and episode number. That isn't the problem. If you look at the screenshot above, though, there is a box for "Description" which I would assume would allow me to type in the premise of each episode. It doesn't. It is nowhere to be seen in the info tab. I think Apple must have left it out, but I don't know why.
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We've come a long way from requiring file taggers like Lostify but I am having a problem with video files in iTunes 8.

The video type drop menu is missing from the get info box. It was there in version 7 (I used it all the time) but now it isn't and I'm forced back to script tools to set imported video files as TV shows.

Any idea why this went away in iTunes 8 or where it went on my system?
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It's in it's own tab in the get info box now. We can finally do batch editing of video information now as well.
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It's in it's own tab in the get info box now. We can finally do batch editing of video information now as well.
It looks like it's been moved from the video tab to the options tab although I could swear that I didn't see it when I looked in options earlier today. Must have been wearing my "pissed-off" glasses.

Thanks for making me take another look.

Edit: I don't really understand why they moved it to options. It makes much more sense in the video tab as that is where you set details about the video content. In the options tab it's just dropped in there along with master volume, eq presets, and start/stop times. Seems to me like a bone-headed place to put it.
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Old Oct 1st, 2008, 11:46 AM   #10
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I think they jammed it in there so that it fit within all the other options and could be done in batches, with the former setup you could only edit one video at a time, which when you have a whole bunch of stuff to tag was quite annoying.
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