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Beautify Your iTunes Movie Collection

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I’ve said it before, I’m a real stickler for organization. For some odd reason, my Music collection must contain only full albums, with correct covers and ID3 tags. I just can’t stand having anything out of place. Even with this sort of near-OCD, I’ve for the longest time had a mass of Movies and TV Series’ on my computer in various formats (DivX, XviD, etc) and various resolutions. All sorted only by filename.

Thankfully, I discovered that iTunes serves as a downright excellent means for managing all this (the Movies and TV Shows tabs aren’t for nothing). Sure, it would take some time to convert my collection from random formats to MP4, but with great tools like Stomp (beautiful icon and interface) and VisualHub (not-so-beautiful icon and interface), but the outcome definitely worth it.
I painstakingly (over many weeks) converted all my media to H.264 at an iPod classic-compatible 640px wide resolution and a relatively high bitrate, then using the wonderful MetaX filled out the futuristic meta-data of each file, giving my movies automatic gorgeous covers and other details.

iTunes Movie Meta

Finally, with a properly-sorted media library I can sleep soundly. Sure, it means when I download acquire new Movies and TV Shows I need to convert and tag them, but that only adds an extra few hours. It’s well worth it.

13 Responses to “Beautify Your iTunes Movie Collection”

  1. Matthew Hall says:

    It’s nice to know im not the only one whos OCD about these kinda things.

  2. Matt says:

    I used to be anal about having all complete albums until I started running out of space on my iPod… Now I’m only anal about having full albums for artists I really like.

    Also, is there much noticeable quality loss when you convert your movies from one lossy compression codec to H.264?

  3. Matt says:

    @Matt – To my eye, the quality loss when converting already-compressed video to H.264 is really not noticeable, as long as the original video is of relatively high quality (no artifacts etc), it’s really fine. H.264/AVC is a brilliant codec in my experience.

  4. LP says:

    Wow. I’m equally happy to meet someone with this obsession. Thanks!

  5. Alex says:

    I have a friend with around 6,000 (yeah you heard me right), acquired songs in his iTunes library and he hasn’t bothered to include proper album/artist/track data for hardly any of them.

    And then he complains that it’s hard to find the song he wants, and to add album art to them; it would take an entire summer to organize that mess!

    I, however, share your obsession – each and every song in my collection has all of the available data and album art. But haven’t got around to my movies and TV shows yet…

  6. There’s been several movies that I’ve been tempted to add to my iTunes collection but have been reluctant to do so because of the amount of space that it’ll take. I don’t have an Apple TV at the moment and I don’t find myself watching movies on my MBP that often. Nevertheless, I am a neat freak and so regardless of what I decide to do later on, you get bet it’ll be well organized as well.

  7. Jason says:

    Followed your advice on this post a couple of weeks ago and it really work out for me. Visual hub is a great app when you have a fast computer. I had so meny movies on diffent formats now I got them all on iTunes ready for my Apple Tv and Iphone. Thanks! great post!

  8. OBR says:

    I have 30,000 tunes all with cover art.

  9. Giuliano says:

    what do you use for the tags? i have no idea how iTunes tags there movies, and to get the album art i have to tag them correctly. how do you tag them? Also, how did you get the album art to?

  10. nick says:

    Man i thought i was weird having doing everything you do…tidying up itunes but i aint. i hate looking at my iphone and seeing wrong artists, albums and no cover art. im soon buying a new computer so i can put my whole dvd collection into itunes. thanx for you help!!!

  11. Cespur says:

    Damn, I thought I was the only one as well. I’m really obsessive about album art, but even more about my movies. I got 85 (all HD) movies in my iTunes, all with cover art and all the tags (Actors, Producers, Screenwriters, Descriptions, etc.), but one thing that really bothers me is that I can’t find a way to add the HD tag to them. Do you know of any application able to do this?

  12. Christian Movie Fan says:

    I am really glad I have found this page. The knowledge was very valuable and will be happy to bookmark it. Will be back next week to find if there are going to be any new changes.

  13. Cespur says:

    My near-OCD thing first made me convert ALL my files to iPhone format. Then I deleted it all and downloaded it all again in standard definition. Then I added all the album art-work and meta tags only to delete all the video’s once again and replace them all with HD video’s. It’s a hell of a lot-a work but it’s worth it. Trust me.

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