Im­port­ing videos into iTunes

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My hobby is making home movies. In the past I was able to add th­ese to my iTunes li­brary and watch them on TV us­ing my Ap­ple TV. The lat­est iTunes version does not al­low me to add to its li­brary. Is there any way of get­ting around this de­fi­ciency? Den­nis Lamb I’ve seen re­ports of a bug to this ef­fect, but first let’s check that this isn’t due to iTunes’ re­ar­ranged in­ter­face. When you choose File > Add to Li­brary in the menu bar and se­lect an MP4 file, it looks as if noth­ing has hap­pened, be­cause the video doesn’t ap­pear in My Movies. Se­lect Movies from the me­dia icons at the top-left cor­ner of iTunes and you’ll see the tabs along the top now in­clude a ‘Home Videos’ sec­tion. Click that and you’ll see that your video files ap­pear there.

If you don’t see them, it should just be a ques­tion of reim­port­ing them. This cat­e­gori­sa­tion is in­tended to keep your iTunes Store pur­chases sep­a­rate from your home movies, but the way iTunes or­gan­ises your me­dia works by look­ing at the me­ta­data em­bed­ded in each file, you can change it if you want to.

To get your home videos in the My Movies tab, Hold ≈ and click one, se­lect Get Info, click Op­tions, and then change the me­dia kind to ‘Movie’. You can’t have a video ap­pear in both places though, be­cause you can se­lect just one cat­e­gory for its me­dia kind. To list a film and a home-made par­ody of it to­gether, say, you’ll need to use playlists.

iTunes now sep­a­rates movies bought from the store and those you’ve cre­ated your­self.

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