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iTunes 11: importing non iTunes movies

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hammersb Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Nov 30, 2012 6:23 AM

Just updated to iTunes 11. When I imported a non iTunes movie in iTunes 11 it imported fine but did not show up in the unwatched or movies tab. After searching I found it under the genre tab.

I don't know what the genre tab actually means.


Has anyone else experienced this and should I just consider it a bug in this new update? The handoff to Apple TV worked OK and it showed up under movies on the ATV and played fine. 

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
  • Swisstony11 Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:31 AM (in response to hammersb)

    Hi - found exactly the same issue using MetaX to import the files.


    If you Get Info and change the type of file to Movie it will then appear in the correct place but it is a pain!


    Also I had my James Bond films listed and I had added episode numbers so I could get them in order - guess what cant even use that now either - episodes only appear in TV shows

  • psendeavor Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 3:05 AM (in response to hammersb)

    Well, doesn't solve it for me...


    First I tried to import a video as usual (with "Copy to iTunes" turned off in preferences, as I've always done, successfully): doesn't work.


    Switched on "Copy to" (don't want to, my library is already too big, but...), and it still doesn't show up anywhere in iTunes (not in List view too, even when I search for it). Not under my Home videos tab (calles "Thuisvideo's" in Dutch).

    Thing is... iTunes created a new folder in my iTunes folder on my harddrive called...."Home Videos", and there it is, it does contain my newly imported video. It still doesn't show up anywhere in my iTunes 11 library though, how very annoying. I guess some programmer didn't think of international versions ...


    Edit: after restarting iTunes, the video (finally!) shows up in List view, not in Home Videos.


    Edit 2: if I change the label in Options ("Thuisvideo" (without the "'s") how confusing) it finally showed up under Movies... What a work around, thanks a lot Apple! And very, very annoying that I have to copy everything while previous versions would just let me link the video....

  • TheOneAndOnly BiGMaC Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 1:23 PM (in response to hammersb)

    Well.... I hope Apple's idea is not in support of retail sales of plastic media or of iTunes store movies... the prices are massively inflated by the time a movie has been available for 1-2 months...  By law I can have a copy of anything (video) I buy, and I have always put it in my iTunes library.... by just drag and drop!  I also have used numbers in metadata to keep many series of movies in order... If iTunes doesn't sort by alpha.... we're all lost. I don't like the idea of "home movies"... what apple still needs is an alpha search field on ATV to make movies easy to find... Love itues 10.x, love coverflow, love ATV.... Think 'll wait till Apple gets the message about we use OUR computers before I upgrade... Thanks for the info

  • JimMKE Calculating status...
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    Dec 3, 2012 6:31 AM (in response to hammersb)

    Thanks!  This answered the questions for me!

  • warren244 Calculating status...

    Very disappointed with this change. When I saw how my movies presented themselves in the Movies menu, I thought this was really cool. But now I find my series collections divided between Movies and Home Movies.


    So, I thought "okay, I'll move them all over to Home Movies"..seem to make sense. Then I stopped that thought! Home Movies doesn't give me the same cover flow as Movies. Seems a little self-serving of Apple to start splitting the "Red Sea" on what is bought from them and other methods of video collecting. It is pathetic. Was this Steve's idea?? Seems to hinder the "experience" of using Apple products...I'm getting second thoughts on buying the new 27" Mac now and move away from Apple...gees.

  • Lynn Wittmer Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to hammersb)

    If you're like me and don't want your movies tagged as "Home Movie" but as they were tagged before iTunes 11 as just "Movie" and don't want to have to select the movie file in iTunes > Get Info > Option > Media Kind and change it from Home Movie to just plain Movie (because if you delete the movie from iTunes and add it back it defaults back to Home Movies (grrr)... do the following instead. Stop using Meta X and start using Meta Z. You can change the Video option to be "Movie" instead of "Home Movie". You're even able to retag movies that may be tagged as Home Video (via Meta X) into now being "Movie" using Meta Z. Works get. Download it from here.

  • kuztcd Calculating status...
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    Dec 8, 2012 2:53 PM (in response to Lynn Wittmer)

    I don't see Home Movie as a movie option in MetaX. What version are you using? Also, is there a toggle options button in MetaZ? Without that, I can't seem to make the jump to it from MetaX. And no IMDB browser either?


    It looks like this categorization by iTunes automatically effects any non-iTunes purchased movies. The issue appears online by people using different convertors.

  • dsword19 Calculating status...
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    Feb 4, 2013 7:16 PM (in response to kuztcd)

    It's all unecessary sorting! In the least, any movie should show up under Movies, no? A movie is a movie! The other buttons can do sorting I guess, don't care, but a dang movie is a movie and all of my movies should show under the Movies list...


    I had to fumble, then investigate, then take actions in iTunes to make my MOVIE show up under the MOVIES button. Never get that five minutes back, nor the time in the future when I have to complete more actions to get them to show up where they should've been in the first place.


    Just my opinion Apple, but in my world it makes infinite sense.

  • Steve Taylor1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)
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    Feb 4, 2013 7:28 PM (in response to hammersb)

    in iTunes the behaviour for importing of any video is that unless it is tagged with a Media kind of Movie or TV Show then itunes will place it under Home Video. You can change this in Get Info, Options and change the Media Kind from Home Video to what you want it to be.


    If you want to do that  before you import to iTunes then use a Program like Subler or MetaZ ( I am sure there are others) and then put it in itunes.

  • siamless Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 5:14 PM (in response to hammersb)

    Either it is too difficult for Apple to add metadata-editing in iTunes or they don't want us to...

    Besides, movies and shows (non-iTunes) are sorted from 10-1 and Z-A in AppleTV - I wish 10.9. wouid bring some improvements in iTunes, too.

  • TheOneAndOnly BiGMaC Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 5:25 PM (in response to hammersb)

    Hi All,


    I like coverflow, and it is just as efficient as the current view for searching, So my answer was just not to use iTunes 11.x since Apple ignored the user feedback on the above issue.  The answers are here above... why should we have to use an extra step?  Apple software used to "just work".



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