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Editor's Note: MetaX is no longer being developed, nor does the developer seem to be providing any form of support. MetaX's successor, MetaZ, is available here.

MetaX is a free meta-data tagging application for mp4 files and their derivatives. It uses Atomic Parsley on the back-end for tag writing. Tags can be imported automatically from Amazon.com or typed/dragged in by the user. Cover art tags can be retrieved from Amazon.com, Yahoo!, or from the movie frames themselves. Share your tag data with friends using the new archive export more...

What's New

Version 2.4.6:
  • Fixed compatibility with HandBrake 0.9.3
  • Progress indicator for searches
  • Preference/prompt for video kind --> more accurate tagChimp results
  • Minor stability enhancements
  • Announcing MetaX for Windows!

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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MONIROM Member IconReview+0
MONIROM
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I'm confused as to why there are so many negative reviews for MetaX. Ive been using it for the last two years running v2.4.6 on Snow Leopard, Leopard and Mountain Lion (OSX 5.8, 5.9, 5.10).

And MetaX (even now) has been flawless in converting and tagging my movies for the Apple TV (v1, then 2 and now 3). Im converting m4v files generated by Handbrake.

Yes, MetaX is not good for converting large batches of movie files but, it youre patient and do them in batches of 5-8 at the time its very reliable.

Read all the tutorials, work within the constraints of the software and you should be fine.

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Version 2.4.6
MONIROM
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ALSO, its important to understand that for a free app the value of this application is unbeatable.

SB27 Member IconReview-3
SB27
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MetaX Is the biggest pile of fucking shit.
Hours and hours over the past 2 months wasted.
It either fucked up my audio in 9 out of 10 movies and fucked up the picture in 4 out of 10.
So fucking unreliable.

Going to try out iFlicks.

Outraged.

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Version 2.4.6
Paulsvail
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Did you make backups prior to using the software? I don't even trust Apple's software without a decent backup. Remember that iTunes update that helpfully deleted your library? iOS updates have done the same. Seriously -- this software may be flawed (I use Subler so I don't know), but backups and appropriate result testing before massive deployment is SOP for any intelligent computer owner.

Monkeyjunkey Member IconComment+1408
Monkeyjunkey
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How awesome would it be if metax was able to tag mkv files? Imo, mkv is the future but currently there's no proper metadata editor on the mac.

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Version 2.4.6
Zepha Member IconReview+3
Zepha
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I have just moved from 20 years on a PC. On the PC I was using Handbrake and Metax, and loved both programs.

I have installed Metax 2.4.6 on my new iMac with Lion 10.7.2, and it worked flawlessly, including adding the file straight to iTunes.

It would appear from previous comment Metax is no longer being developed on osx, but the latest version works just fine.

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Version 2.4.6
Zignice Member IconReview+4
Zignice
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Great app once you ensure the settings match Handbrake.

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Version 2.4.6
Zignice Member IconReview+4
Zignice
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Loaded file, nothing happens.

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Version 2.4.6
Bdkennedy1 Member IconComment+271
Bdkennedy1
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MetaX has been discontinued. The project has been taken over by new developers and is now called MetaZ. It's cleaner and faster.

http://griff.github.com/metaz/

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Version 2.4.6
Stenchfinger Member IconReview+2
Stenchfinger
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I am hoping that this review helps another user avoid the CRAP that is this application. I have been using it for a couple of days now, and it will randomly destroy a file that it tags, resulting in a blank, black screen for the entire MP4. I thought I was having issues with my drive or the method of import, but a quick check here and I've seen that I'm not alone.

DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE. It will only result in heartache!

If it was TOTALLY broken and just didn't work that would actually be better, since you wouldn't start loading up the queue with your ripped movies to tag, only to have it erase about 25% of them when it's done.

So - anyone have a similar program that they use that is SAFE? Got plenty of time to do some research while I'm re-ripping DVDs that MetaX destroyed.

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Version 2.4.6
Stenchfinger
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It appears that there is a new development of this package called "MetaZ" that isn't listed on MacUpdate. Apparently someone is trying to keep this software alive, but since the new build isn't listed here, I can't find any objective feedback regarding it. There is also "iDentify" that looks like it has a similar functionality.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Even if I do opt to just edit tags through iTunes itself, there are certain tags that aren't accessible so if you want to fiddle with them, you are out of luck unless you use another program to edit the tags.

Thanks in advance.

Bdkennedy1
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You have to enable 64-bit large file support in Preferences.

Johnwilkie Member IconComment+2
Johnwilkie
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Just lost 21 movies after tagging them in MetaX. I am not happy.

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Version 2.4.6
Shmk Member IconReview+236
Shmk
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Tagged a couple of movies with it and now they no longer work and need to be re-ripped. Terrible

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Version 2.4.6
Hotfusion
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You were probably posting 32bit tags to 64bit movies.

While any size movie can in fact be 64bit, the surest sign yours is if the movie files itself is over 4GB in size (because it would have to be 64bit to play, period.)

What's most probably happened is that you were tagging 64bit movies without turning MetaX's 64bit support on in the preferences.

However, if that is what has occurred, you are correct in that you will need to re-rip the movies, however it is not *strictly* MetaX's fault (as it does support 64bit tags, you just have to manually enable them.)

Myself...I encode all movies as 64bit just to avoid the headache of having to remember to do it for the ones that are *likely* to be too large for 32bit tags (again, that would be movies 4GB in size and above).

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Version 2.4.6
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KeNgoaiDao
Version 2.4.6
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 2.4.6
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Pmdf
Version 2.4.6
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Simplymac
Version 2.4.6
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