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randyrants.com Level 2 Level 2
This is a new one for me.

I've imported some MP4 files into iTunes that I want to be seen in iTunes and iPad as TV Shows. For all the MP4 entries in question I have set in Get Info:
- Options | Media Kind: TV Show
- Video | Show, Season Number, Episode Number
- Info | Name, Artist, Album Artist, Album

The videos play fine and show up in a playlist I have (via the iPod app). However, in Videos, I only see a thumbnail and no Text of any kind. If I click the thumbnail, I see a list of episodes but I only see the "Info | Name" - never any of the other information I've entered... to get around that I gave each of the Episodes their own name (i.e. Show Name 01, Show Name 02) but otherwise, I'd never know which episode was which.

I'm at a loss and the only two web pages I've seen on this involve iTunes 7; I'm on iTunes 9.1 and I did everything I can think of to have the meta data show up.

Thanks!

Core 2 Duo, Windows 7, iPad 64GB with iTunes 9.1
Reply by Jballou on Apr 7, 2010 11:53 PM Helpful
I'm having the exact same issue. I can't tell which show is which sometimes depending on how distinctive the thumbnail is.

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  • Jballou Level 1 Level 1
    I'm having the exact same issue. I can't tell which show is which sometimes depending on how distinctive the thumbnail is.
  • randyrants.com Level 2 Level 2
    Nice to know I'm not alone (and that it's not platform specific).
  • randyrants.com Level 2 Level 2
    bump

    Sorry for the impatience but I'm still evaluating the iPad and I sort of want to know if this is fixable...
  • enderx Level 1 Level 1
    The easiest thing to do is to find a thumbnail of the title screen of the TV show(or make your own), then make sure you put that cover as the album art for each episode of the show. Then instead of a thumbnail from a random show you will see the thumbnail of the title.
  • randyrants.com Level 2 Level 2
    I can see how that's an option if I use MetaX, but I guess then the question is why isn't Video showing all of the information it has? I know at least some of it gets to the device because I can see it in iTunes (via Playlist) if not all of the metadata... I just don't get why it's not showing up there.
  • randyrants.com Level 2 Level 2
    It would appear that TV shows bought from iTunes and iPads that are out for demo in the stores don't have labels either... my guess is that it's a bug with the iPad software.
  • chicagofilms Level 1 Level 1
    Ugh... This is driving me nuts now that I'm finally putting some shows on my ipad.

    I've trie adding the show title just about everywhere I can & it made no difference. This must be a limitation (and seemingly easy to fix) of the Video app.

    Hopefully it gets fixed sooner rather than later, and we don't have to wait for iOs4 this fall...
  • Schwa72 Level 1 Level 1
    Same issue here. Hopefully a fix is coming.
  • simoncook1969 Level 1 Level 1
    It's amazing that this still hasn't been sorted. I actually went through a very long process of deleting much of the title (the E01S07 for example) so I would just see the episode name, naturally assuming that the info from iTunes would carry over. It hasn't. Come on Apple, let's get this sorted.
  • simoncook1969 Level 1 Level 1
    I just found this EASY work around on a forum which solved it for me. It tool about 15 seconds per season.

    "Make sure you fully tag them on both the info tab (track #, album is "showname, season#) as well as the video tab(season #,episode#). Make sure you have kind set as tv show."
  • Schwa72 Level 1 Level 1
    Not sure what I did wrong, but it's not working for me. Just for reference, here's what my Info and Video tabs look like:

    !http://home.earthlink.net/~kfscoll/images/info.JPG!
    !http://home.earthlink.net/~kfscoll/images/video.JPG!
  • chicagofilms Level 1 Level 1
    Same here, not happening.

    I do now have it showing up as "Season 1" and "Season 2" but still no show title.

    I do get the show title if I click on it & then get the list, but at the root of "TV Shows", I just get a pic of each season and it just says "Season 1", etc.
  • pjb904 Level 1 Level 1
    NOT solved
    I get the same problem too......
  • mikegood2 Level 1 Level 1
    Having the same problem, and was hoping to find a solution on the forums, but have not had much luck. Spent far too much time trying to figure this out and actually thought I had a few times, but when I tired to repeat a step that appeared to work to an group of shows it didn't work.

    I guess my work around will be creating photoshop files with show info on them and place them in the artwork field.

    Love my iPad, but hate the video app. Hope iOS4 solves this issue.
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