5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2008 3:30 AM by John Lockwood
Dean Lehwalder Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I would like to be able to organize movie like you can with TV shows.

So the menu would read like it does for TV shows

James Bond -> (and have all the James bond movies)
Star Trek ->
Star Wars ->

Anyone know how to do this or if its even possible?

P.S. I know I can do this by telling iTunes there all TV shows but I want them to stay listed under movies.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • 1. Re: Can you organize movies into folders?
    John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)
    Dean Lehwalder wrote:
    I would like to be able to organize movie like you can with TV shows.

    So the menu would read like it does for TV shows

    James Bond -> (and have all the James bond movies)
    Star Trek ->
    Star Wars ->

    Anyone know how to do this or if its even possible?

    P.S. I know I can do this by telling iTunes there all TV shows but I want them to stay listed under movies.


    If they are stored in iTunes then the only possible solution to try would be to create playlists e.g. a Star Wars playlist.

    If the movies are not stored in iTunes but are simply files accessed via your Movies folder in the finder (and this could include VIDEO_TS copies of DVDs) then you can create sub-folders in the Movies folder to organise them however you wish. Movies accessed this way do not have any iTunes provided meta-data, the most you can do is to put a file called 'preview.jpg' in each folder as illustrated below.

    ~/Movies/Star Wars/Episode IV - A New Hope/starwars4.mpg
    ~/Movies/Star Wars/Episode IV - A New Hope/preview.jpg
    ~/Movies/Star Wars/Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back/starwars5.mpg
    ~/Movies/Star Wars/Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back/preview.jpg
    ~/Movies/Star Trek/The Wrath of Khan/VIDEO_TS/
    ~/Movies/Star Trek/The Wrath of Khan/preview.jpg

    Note: If you have your movies in iTunes, you could also try putting an alias of it in the Movies folder. This would allow it to be organised the way I described but still be available for iTunes to sync to an iPod or AppleTV.
  • 2. Re: Can you organize movies into folders?
    Woggledog Level 4 Level 4 (1,870 points)
    Not quite....

    If you use iTunes, then you can always classify Movies as TV shows and then use the Show Name as the movie franchise name (star wars, etc) and then the epsiode ID / Name as the actual movie name
  • 3. Re: Can you organize movies into folders?
    Dean Lehwalder Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks, creating folders in the Movie folder works. I can even store the movies anywhere I want as long as the alias is in the movie folder. The downside is I do lose my iTunes data.
  • 4. Re: Can you organize movies into folders?
    venanzio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have tried this in the latest iTunes and it does not work. Suggestions please
  • 5. Re: Can you organize movies into folders?
    John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,360 points)
    venanzio wrote:
    I have tried this in the latest iTunes and it does not work. Suggestions please


    As I indicated, and Dean confirmed, using sub-folders in the Movies folder does not work from an iTunes point of view, only for Front Row. The only way to organise movies in iTunes is via iTunes and not folders. The nearest you could get in iTunes would be to create multiple playlists.

    I have switched to using Plex a Mac version of XBMC, see http://www.plexapp.com