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Export for Apple TV with Date?

1136 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2009 11:57 AM by hanumang RSS
Jeff Zacharias Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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Dec 31, 2009 10:22 AM
I have over 70 home movies dating back to 1952 in the latest version of Final Cut Studio that I want to export to Apple TV and I need the title and date (year) to be displayed. I cannot get the date to show up in Apple TV reliably.

I export from Final Cut Studio using Share and then Send to Compressor where I use a custom Apple TV setting which just exports in SD without any audio. The resulting m4v file is imported into iTunes and viewable with Apple TV. On Apple TV the title shows up for each movie but no date (release date?) is listed. Since these movies date back to 1952 I want to have the date displayed (I don't want to include it in the title text).

I have set the year in iTunes, can't find out how to set the date in Compressor, set the date with MetaX, Lostify, etc., but the date never shows up on Apple TV.

I have searched these forums and the internet but have not found a solution that works. Can anybody offer any suggestion on how to reliably set the date?
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  • hanumang Level 6 Level 6 (9,245 points)
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    Dec 31, 2009 11:09 AM (in response to Jeff Zacharias)
    Jeff, in my experience, for the date to appear (and be sortable) on the AppleTV with video, files must have complete Month, Day and Year info, stored as 'Release Date' in the files' metadata. Just entering Year - as you can only do within iTunes - gets stored in a separate metadata entry that the AppleTV doesn't make use of.

    I enter all 3 values (usually fudging the Month & Day for home movies) with Lostify and it works OK. Or are you asking this question because that's what you're doing and it still doesn't work?
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  • hanumang Level 6 Level 6 (9,245 points)
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    Dec 31, 2009 11:57 AM (in response to Jeff Zacharias)
    Hey Jeff, I realized that you've marked this thread Answered but, in case it matters, the issue with retagging files already imported into iTunes is a known issue (For whatever reason, the iTunes Library Database file doesn't update the metadata when a file is retagged externally.)

    What many of us (iTunes nerds) do is delete the file from our iTunes library, retag externally, then Add to Library in iTunes.

    That's the most foolproof way, though sometimes after retagging externally (and not having removed beforehand) a simple Get Info in iTunes does the trick. But that fails a lot for me personally.
    3.0 Ghz 8-Core Mac Pro (2007) / 2.5 Ghz 15" MacBook Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.2), I cheat at Motion


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