9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2009 9:42 PM by Katrina S.
SK8TRBOI Level 1 Level 1
Hi Folks,
I imported a short (3 min.) home movie into my Movie Folder (.mp4) in iTunes for Windows. It appears in iTunes just fine, and it PLAYS - in iTunes - just fine.
Trouble is...when I attmept to sync my U2 Video iPod, the Title for that home movie is in gray - not black like the others. I check the box so this movie will sync, I hit the sync button...and it does NOT transfer to the U2 iPod.
All other movies (w/titles in BLACK) transfer/sync just fine. The one in GRAY does not.
I did try the "Make an Apple Ipod Version" i.e. Convert...and the file it creates (.mv4) exhibits the same behavior: it shows up in my Movie folder, I can play it WITHIN iTunes for Windows, but the Title of said movie is in GRAY when I attempt to sync and it will NOT transfer. Please help! Anyone? Thanks!

Home built Core i7 920 OC to 3.2Ghz, Windows XP, 2.5 GB RAM available to Windows (32-bit)
Reply by Katrina S. on Jul 29, 2009 1:49 PM Helpful
Sorry for the incomplete directions.


RIght-click > Get Info on the home movie. Change the title to anything else, just to make sure you have Windows permissions to change the file and it is not set to read-only. You can always change it back, assuming permissions are correct. If the change doesn't "stick" permissions are not correct.

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  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7
    Hi, the grayed-out movie title thing sounds like a common problem with file permissions on Vista. Haven't really seen too many posts about it with XP.
    Can you right-click > Get Info on that title and change the title?
  • SK8TRBOI Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Katrina,

    Thanks for the reply! What do you mean by right-clicking, though...i.e., what am I looking for w/ regard to information? Also - "change the title" ...to what? Just anything other than the current name?

    Thanks in advance!
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7
    Sorry for the incomplete directions.


    RIght-click > Get Info on the home movie. Change the title to anything else, just to make sure you have Windows permissions to change the file and it is not set to read-only. You can always change it back, assuming permissions are correct. If the change doesn't "stick" permissions are not correct.
  • asboyds Level 1 Level 1
    Hi, I am having the same problem. I can change the fields in Itunes just fine (Name, Genre, Description...). Same as other person, the movie plays fine in Itunes, but is grayed out when I try to sync to my Ipod (30 GB Video), and even when checked, will not sync. My video happens to be in MP4 format.
    Thanks
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7
    hmm, my home movies play find on my ipod.
    What happens if you right-click on the movie and choose "Create iPod or iPhone version"?
  • asboyds Level 1 Level 1
    Cool, I tried it and it is converting. I thought that this was automatically done in the import process. I suspect it'll work fine once it is done.
    Thanks
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7
    Glad that worked. I guess I'm lucky; my camera files don't need that conversion step.
  • SK8TRBOI Level 1 Level 1
    Hello Again Katrina,
    For me, it was "changing the name" that worked - then either mp4 or mv4 work...doesn't matter.
    Thanks for your help! I never would have stumbled upon just changing the file name and adding some details into the 'Info" page would do the trick, but lo and behold, it does!
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7
    Excellent, seems to be a weird bug. At least there is a workaround.
    Thanks for the poitns.