iDentify
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Tag iTunes-compatible MP4 video files.   Shareware ($9.95)
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iDentify is an OS X application for tagging iTunes-compatible MP4 video files.

Normally, when you convert a video file to the format used by iOS devices such as the iPad, iPod, iPhone, or AppleTV, all the information about the video is missing! The only thing you see is the name of the file where the title of the video should be! Enter iDentify 2!

iDentify looks at the name of files as they are added to it. Based on the name of the file, iDentify determines whether it is a TV show or movie based on common naming conventions. From the file name, a lot of
What's New
Version 545:
  • Fixes file parsing error that resulting in all numbers in movie file names being treated as ID numbers instead of what they were supposed to be, such as dates and years.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later



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PatrickL5785 reviewed on 14 Jan 2014
This is a good tag updater, but it lacks a couple of important features.
One is we should be able to select which tags to overwrite vs all of them in the advance settings.
Another, it should be able to add to tags. i.e. add the tag to the Gravity (2013). I know I can do this by hand, but is not fun when you have a lot of movies.
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PatrickL5785 replied on 14 Jan 2014
How do I edit my own review...it took a whole sentence out...Another, it should be able to add the "year" tag to the "title" tag, etc. i.e. add the tag to the Gravity (2013).
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Wlossw commented on 31 Dec 2013
Latest version continues to lookup incorrect meta data for movies.
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Dimitrimckay commented on 31 Dec 2013
For some reason in the latest version it keeps wanting to set movies up as either "Shadows in Paradise" or "Ariel" - Out of like 100 movies, it's tried to change about 10 of the meta data info to those two movies. I have to go in, look at the title of the movie, the actual movie title, which it's not using, and then look at ID number up in IMDB, re-set the ID Number and then rescan the item and it finds all the correct info.
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ToriM9166 replied on 04 Jan 2014
Yes I have the exact same issue. I have even added a movie that I just tagged and it still has the wrong information. It never used to do this at all. I get a lot of crashes as well. I used to love the program now it is a headache. It only does it on movies not TV shows.
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Rob.h replied on 04 Jan 2014
Same problem here - every movie comes back as either 'Persepolis' or 'Ariel'. Only way to make it work properly on movies is to look up the 'tt' ID on IMDB, paste that into the ID Number tag field and then select Rescan Item(s), which sort of defeats the object.
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MatthewC6984 reviewed on 30 Dec 2013
i used the (lite) version for a while which was very good but limited, so decided to register using the app and paid via paypal. however ive not recieved my registration key so cant use all features
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JoeM3324 reviewed on 09 Oct 2013
I like the functionality and the interface is reasonably easy to use, but the performance is too inconsistent and makes using the app far too frustrating. Tagging the first half of a season of a tv show one day and then not being able to tag the remainder the next day is beyond inconsistent.
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Arr-MiHardies replied on 18 Dec 2013
I know it's been a while, but I'd like to hear more about your troubles. I'm quite sure there is a reasonable explanation for it.
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ToriM9166 reviewed on 02 Oct 2013
I downloaded from the from this site then within the app I registered through paypal but I have never been sent a registration key and the features that should unlock are still greyed out.
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Arr-MiHardies replied on 18 Dec 2013
I know its been a while, sorry, I don't check this site often. If you didn't get a key, email me, and I'll make sure you get it.
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Sunburn reviewed on 30 Sep 2013
It's a tossup between this and MetaX, which is long in the tooth but still does some things better than iDentify. iDentify is very fiddly. It often won't find titles that I can find searching for the exact same string on tagChimp manually. It doesn't let you edit some fields (e.g., the "comment" field). There's no easy option to disable writing all chapters if the chapter names it finds are garbage—you have to manually delete them one at a time, and if there are 25 chapters, that's pretty tedious.
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Arr-MiHardies replied on 18 Dec 2013
Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep these in mind while working on iDentify 3.
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Macaccro reviewed on 11 Aug 2013
iDentify and Handbrake are all the tools you need if you plan to digitalize your DVD collection. The result in iTunes and Apple TV is a total beauty! Thanks for this simple but great software!
[Version 525]


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Muero reviewed on 06 Aug 2013
This is the best video file tagger available on OS X. The only feature I wish would be incorporated would be importing .txt or .xml chapter files, instead of having to manually creating and naming each chapter.
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mtlx reviewed on 27 Jul 2013
Excellent program !! Just drag and drop your file and voila !!!

I didn't put 5 stars only to "Features" because I'd live to see 2 major things done by iDentify :

1. to be able to understand .mkv format (I know that's impossible because the way technically .mkv is done... but I can dream).

2. to be able to have some "advanced" options where I can setup automations like :
- Watch the "Download" folder (lets say with an "iDentify Helper" process in the background) and every time a certain type of file is added to it (.mp4, m4v, avi...) then automatically process it into iDentify and...
- Automatically validate iDentify choices in terms of names, etc...
- Move the file, newly renamed/converted, to a folder specified by user in iDentify "advanced settings" (lets say to my nas for example)
- Close iDentify

What do you think about point 2. ? It's something which would be great :)
I already tried to do that using Automator and Hazel but at the end I always had to do something manually.... so if all of that would be integrated into iDentify core that would definitely be a killer feature. I know, lot of "normal" users would not necessary benefits of that... but... what do you think to have these "advanced options" as a "Pro" pack.... I would be totally ok to pay for this kind of features (not too much of course).
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HappyPig0 had trouble on 31 Aug 2013
It's a great little app and with the fee, ***but why does it change an mp4 to m4v?*** I really like to keep them as mp4.
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HappyPig0 replied on 09 Sep 2013
Found the answer! Disable "iTunes friendly extensions" in the
preferences. Doh! LOL!!!
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BrotherJ8989 had trouble on 20 Aug 2013
Great app!
Maybe because it's a 32-bit app, not 64, but any file I tag that is over ~4GB takes FOREVER to save. Anything under 4GB saves instantly.
I don't have any issues looking up metadata, just saving files.
This is on Mountain Lion on my rMBP and Mac Pro.
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d'Elaphant had trouble on 26 May 2013
It seems that the file download for version 521 is corrupt. When I try to launch the app, I get an "Identify.app is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash" warning.

Note that this is *not* the standard Gatekeeper warning, and trying to bypass Gatekeeper by right-clicking result in the same error message. If this is related to gatekeeper at all, it could be that the digital signature has been corrupted (in which case it would be a very, very bad idea to bypass gatekeeper, since that could be an indication that something has been hacked).

I've tried downloading with Safari and with Firefox, and I've tried different tools to unzip the file. It makes no difference.
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sayewhat had trouble on 05 Jan 2013
For some reason lately, I get the correct tags for the file, but when I "save" (used to be process) it does nothing to the file itself... no renaming, no adding to iTunes (yes, I have it set to do it), no changing the metatags. Anyone have an idea of whats going on or how to resolve it. I have tried a few files several times and even uninstalled it and put it back on. Still the same results.
[Version 520]


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krisbrand had trouble on 19 Sep 2012
Everytime i try and open the app OSX says the file is damaged and cannot be opened. I've tried downloading it a dozen times and get the same response.
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ApollyonQ had trouble on 06 Nov 2011
Ok.... my iTunes is on my macmini. The video files I use are on a NAS. I've tried the free version, tried to add some files from my iTunes, but the program crashes after about a minute.

If this program would work, I would most definately buy it, since it does exactly what I need!
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althoralthor had trouble on 15 Oct 2011
Not sure if this should be a review or troubleshooting entry...I downloaded the app as a demo and it seems to identify the mp4 perfectly, but does not appear to show the info in itunes. Is this the way it is until I actually pay for the app, or am I doing something wrong? I have it scan and it finds all the info, I then hit save but no go in itunes. Please let me know as this is the best app I've found that SEEMS to do what I want it to do..
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althoralthor replied on 17 Oct 2011
OK, so I found something out.. If I attempt to identify a file that is local (on my mac), no problem. Works like a champ. If I try to identify a file on a NAS, it is hit or miss. Mostly miss. Anyone else have problems using identify on files that are located on a network attached drive?
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steco had trouble on 25 May 2011
I'm not sure if I'm being thick, but I can't work out if iDentify2 will automatically parse season and episode information from a filename ?

I've named my TV episodes as
Show - S[Season]E[Episode]

Can I configure iDentify2 to automatically use this when querying thetvdb.com ?

Steve
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 26 May 2011
This is the main purpose of identify. Independently figure out what the file is based on the file name, download the information for it and apply it to the file.

That said, your naming format will work just fine, and is the preferred format of the author (me).

One thing to note though, by default, existing tags in the file will trump any info gleaned from the file name. You can change this in the Lookup preferences by changing the drop down from "Read tag information from files" to "Ignore all tag information from files"
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steco replied on 27 May 2011
Unfortunately I still can't get it to work, eg name "Peppa Pig - S2E32" doesn't come up with anything, yet I can find it in thetvdb.com at http://thetvdb.com/?tab=episode&seriesid=79222&seasonid=29803&id=346443&lid=7

(Apologies for the children's show as an example!)
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 27 May 2011
I'm not having any trouble getting info for that series episode using the file name you specified. What is the source of the original file? If you add the file to identify, select it and click edit tags, what do you see in the show name, season, episode, and video kind fields. You should see "peppa pig", 2, 32, and "tv show". If you see anything else, then there is probably existing metadata in the file throwing things off. In which case, try changing the preference mentioned above to ignore tag information from files.
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 27 May 2011
If you have more problems, you can contact me via email in the bug report/feedback item in the help menu. It would be easier and faster than using the Mac update comment system.
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Andrew Gratton had trouble on 16 Mar 2011
This app would be marvellous if the darn IMDB code option worked. I have lots of media I have ripped with handbrake and never listed the episode name, just the episode ID. Half the items I have tried to tag will not even after copy/paste the imdb code into the search field. EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING. I was and still am more than willing to pay considerably more than even $10USD if the damn IMDB search option would work properly.
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 23 Mar 2011
This is a lengthy reply. The short answer is the IMDB code works, but is only intended for movies, and will not work for tv shows. This is because I don't and can't use the IMDB as an actual data source.

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The IMDB code does work, but it was only ever intended for movies, since the tvdb does not allow lookup via imdb code. The IMDB is not a source that iDentify uses, as it is against the IMDBs' terms of service, and I don't need any lawyers knocking on my door for using them. However, theMovieDB does allow us to do lookups based on the IMDB code, but they only provide info for movies.

Any time you have trouble doing a look up, visit the source site. in this case, thetvdb.com, and search for the series you are trying to tag. Then copy and paste the series name in to the show name field and click rescan. You can apply this change to an entire series at a time by selecting multiple files from the file list then clicking edit.

The names do need to be rather precise. A correct show name and episode id should be all you need for a tv show look up. episode name is not needed or used to get a match. This was a design decision I had to make early on. I felt that taking a moment to match the file names when creating the files or the small tweak during scanning was preferable to having a false positive, resulting in incorrect data being written to the file.

Oh, and sorry it took so long to reply. I do check macupdate frequently, but since "trouble" comments are now on a separate page, your post got unintentionally overlooked until now.
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Freshwreckage replied on 23 Mar 2011
I have had nothing but success with the IMDB tag option. The only gotcha is, you have to delete the "TITLE" info. i.e.: no movie name in that space. Just enter the IMDB number. That works flawlessly for me.
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Andrew Gratton replied on 05 Apr 2011
I have sinces purchased a license for this app thru paypal and now it seems that thetvdb.com look up is not working properly. How does it not know season 1 episode 4 of ancient aliens for example? or BBC Oceans? either listed as oceans, BBC Oceans. Was extremely happy with the app as freeware, mightily disappointed in it now that I have payed for it. On a good note at lease it doesn't corrupt files like metaX
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 05 Apr 2011
I was working with ancient aliens this morning and saw what you were seeing, then it suddenly started working. I checked the TVDB forums and found there are going to be some short site outages today while they do some work on their firewall.. This is the source of the problem, and is hardly iDentify's fault.

If you are really that unhappy with the software, I'll be glad to refund your money and deactivate your registration code.
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Freshwreckage had trouble on 03 Mar 2011
Hey there...

I am starting to import my fav tv shows.
I have imported all 7 seasons of Star Trek The Next Generation but, when I try and clean it up in identify, it doesn't find anything.
I am mostly sure that it is a formatting issue with the naming convention but, not sure how to proceed as all my efforts have failed. Works great with the movies though. Help?
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 23 Mar 2011
Any time you have trouble doing a look up, visit the source site. in this case, thetvdb.com, and search for the series you are trying to tag. Then copy and paste the series name in to the show name field and click rescan. In this case, you need to use "Star Trek: The Next Generation". The lack of a colon is probably your stumbling block here. I understand colons are not allowed in file names, so you can use a double asterisk ( ** ) instead. Easily remembered because it looks like a colon turned sideways.
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 23 Mar 2011
Oh, and sorry for the long reply. I do check macupdate frequently, but since "trouble" comments are now on a separate page, your post got unintentionally overlooked until now.
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Freshwreckage replied on 23 Mar 2011
Thanks for the info but... Where do I put the episode info then?
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AMH Software (developer) replied on 23 Mar 2011
Please forgive me if this appears to be belittling you in any way. I'm just going to post the entire process for fixing failed lookups here for the benefit of the whole community. But the process below will also help you fix your Star Trek files.

Do this. Drag and drop your ST:TNG files into iDentify. You might want to turn off the auto lookups first to save some time.

Select all the files in the file list and click edit tags.

In the show name field, enter "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

Assuming the file names already contained a season and episode number, those should be filled in automatically, though you wont see them when multiple files are selected. Show name, season # and episode # are all that are needed to perform lookups. You can then click rescan, and iDentify will search out all the information for you.

The data will be saved to the files once you click process files.

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Rob.h rated on 10 Mar 2014

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iDentify is an OS X application for tagging iTunes-compatible MP4 video files.

Normally, when you convert a video file to the format used by iOS devices such as the iPad, iPod, iPhone, or AppleTV, all the information about the video is missing! The only thing you see is the name of the file where the title of the video should be! Enter iDentify 2!

iDentify looks at the name of files as they are added to it. Based on the name of the file, iDentify determines whether it is a TV show or movie based on common naming conventions. From the file name, a lot of information can be gleaned, such as movie title, show name, season number, episode number, year of release, and IMDB code. iDentify can then automatically look on The TVDB, The Movie DB, and tagChimp to gather more information about the title, such as description, rating, chapter names, and more! iDentify also inspects the file and can automatically turn on the HD flag on the movie when the resolution of the file goes above a set minimum!

iDentify not finding your video? Fixing it is easy! Simply edit the movie title or show name to match that found on theMovieDB.org, or theTVDB.com (respectively) and click rescan!

Want to change the tags of multiple files in one fell swoop? No problem! Add the files to iDentify, select all the ones you want to edit from the list, and click edit. All changes you make are now applied to all selected files!

When you are done, just click "Process Files" to write the new information to your files, and when iDentify is done, you are ready to add your videos to iTunes!

Want even more automation? You can optionally choose to register the software for the low cost of 9.95. When you register, you will be emailed a registration key that unlocks the following:
  • Automatically add files to iTunes after being processed
  • Automatic file renaming to any naming convention you choose!
  • Option to mark your files with a green label in Finder after iDentify has finished processing them
  • Option to automatically process files and quit iDentify when files are added
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