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Lostify is an MP4 metadata tagger which supports some iTunes-specific tags. It is based on the open-source command line utility AtomicParsley, but wraps it in an easy-to-use graphical interface.

The primary purpose of Lostify is to allow users to tag their MP4 and M4V videos in the same ways as the ones purchased through the iTunes music store. Most of these "private" metadata fields are exposed, which cannot be set through the iTunes interface. Using Lostify, you can tag your TV Shows as "TV Show", and set the show, series and episode information, so that iTunes, iPod, iPhone, Front Row and Apple TV will display your own tagged more...

What's New

Version 0.7.4: Fixed broken iTunes integration inadvertently damaged in 0.7.3.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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readingroses Member IconComment+1
readingroses
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The link is down, and the website doesn't work anymore... Is Lostify no longer being supported then?

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Version 0.7.4
sjk
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Hmm, the developer's site has been replaced with "ford auto car insurance inserzioni at lostify.com". The MetaX site is still around, though.

VeryCarla
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The site is working.

luzcool Member IconComment+0
luzcool
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I am using Lostify 0.7 I know take a lot of time to rewrite the file but if you ever move your ITUNES library your tv shows and movies will be tagged already so no need for re tag takes time but is worth it
another tip for people don't know, check options you have different ways to buck up the video file even add it to itunes with one click, one thing i wish Lostify developer will add an opton for artwork.

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Version 0.7
David Thomas Member IconComment+1
David Thomas
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While I would love to see the batch processing feature, I am simply appalled at the people who are berating this program and it creator - it's a marvel as far as I am concerned and I will be gladly donating to this fellow as soon as I can - gads, I would kiss his foot if I knew where to find him.
I have been using Doug's Applescript (Set Video Kind) and would probably kiss his foot too, but this only modifies the iTunes directory, it does not permanently tag the files as Tv Shows or Movies. If you remove the file and add it back to the iTunes library, the file will revert to its original "Movie" status and you have to run the script again - which you can do in a thrice since the program is all about batch jobs, but it is nice to have Lostify not only do this permanently, but also allow for adding descriptions to your shows. I have been using an Apple Widget called Descriptor to automatically retrieve show descriptions, but to my horror, discovered that the descriptions vanished if the iTunes directory changed or the file was removed and added back to the library. Once Descriptor retrieves the show description, you can then use Lowell Stewart's Lostify to rewrite the tag permanently - bless'em

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Version 0.7
freebsd Member IconReview+19
freebsd
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Works as advertised, quite well. A bit rough around the edges, and shaky/non-intuitive multi-file support and status monitoring.

But if you're trying to get your TV shows/music videos from your DVD to your iPod, this is the magic link that makes the transition possible.

Thanks!

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Version 0.5
Clarus Member IconComment+2
Clarus
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First of all, thank God for Lostify! It's the only way I've found to tag TV Shows as TV Shows so that FrontRow recognizes them as such. (Tagging them as TV Show in iTunes simply doesn't work.)

Second, if you are tagging a large number of files Lostify requires constant user intervention and takes a *very* long time to rewrite each file to disk.

A great option for a future release would be a batch processing option. For instance, "tag everything in this folder as TV Show" and forget about all the other tags.

I'm greatful that Lostify exists at all . . . and it could be even more useful with some added functionality.

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Version 0.5
VeryCarla Member IconComment+49
VeryCarla
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Sounds to me like you're volunteering to create a new UI for him, since you seem to know so much about it.

You REALLY need to lighten up. Only an ungrateful JERK complains about something he's getting for FREE.

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Version 0.4.2
simX Member IconReview-1
simX
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Ugh. Lostify is nice in that it lets you set video tags, but it's interface is utterly horrid. It only shows you the info for one video at a time, so if you want to batch modify certain info, you have to use the kludgy "locking" mechanism -- you lock certain fields, and the locked values will be retained when you open the info window for the next video. Furthermore, once Lostify finishes processing all files in a batch (which you have to drag to the Lostify icon in the Dock), the app quits! That's really annoying!

The creator of this app seriously needs to take a class in interface design. It's annoying, and it really makes me not want to use this app. I'll come back once Lostify starts using a list, can do batch processing without a kludgy interface, and doesn't automatically quit after processing.

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Version 0.3.2
VGZ Member IconComment+8
VGZ
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Great program, but there is a small bug in the interface. The production number and episode number fields are reversed. This can be worked around by entering the production number in the ep # field and vise versa.

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Version 0.3.2
Lowell Stewart (Developer)
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Lostify is actually working as designed; the problem is the terminology used by iTunes. There are two different "episode number" tags that Lostify can set in your MP4 files: "tven" and "tves". Both are episode numbers, but "tven" is a text string, and "tves" is a plain number.

The "tven" tag is used to store a text string that most TV-oriented websites (like TV.com) refer to as the Production number. It usually has reference to the order in which the episodes were produced, but does not necessarily correspond to the broadcast order. Sometimes it is a 3 or 4 digit number, and sometimes it has an alphabetic prefix and/or suffix. This is why Lostify currently labels it as the "Production #". However, iTunes displays the contents of this tag in the "Episode #" column or field.

The "tves" tag contains only a number. It is probably used internally by iTunes to order episodes within a season (I'm not sure about that), but it is never displayed directly in the user interface as far as I know. I believe it refers to the episode's sequence (as aired) in its given season. Lostify currently labels this field "Episode".

I agree the labelling is confusing. In the next version, if I changed "tven" to be "Episode/Production #", and "tves" to be "Sequence #", would that help?

Dongo Member IconComment+0
Dongo
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It's revolting that this program is still necessary since Apple added the (totally nonfunctional) ability to set videos as "TV Show" iTunes 6.0.2. However, Lostify -- in spite of a kludgy interface -- gets the job done where Apple's official software doesn't. Nice little app.

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Version 0.2.1
tjreck Member IconReview+4
tjreck
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This is a great program, but I just upgraded to 0.2.1, and it no longer creates a new file. I enter all info, and when I click apply, it quits. I've check permissions on the files and folders involved; I have also deleted the Lostify .plist and retried, with no luck. Any ideas?

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Version 0.2.1
tjreck
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I found out that my movie had been encoded improperly! So the problem was with me! Sorry :) I love the program!

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Tchong
Version 0.7.4
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Downloads 25,398
Version Downloads 11,349
License Free
Date 07 Sep 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free