Metadata Hootenanny
Metadata Hootenanny
2.1

2.8

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Metadata Hootenanny

2.1
18 December 2011

Viewer/editor for metadata in QT movies.

Overview

Metadata Hootenanny is a view/editor for all the spiffy metadata you can put into Quicktime movies. You know how you can view, edit and sort by your mp3s' ID3 metadata in iTunes? Well, the same metadata system exists for all your quicktime movies, too, but until now the only way to access it was through the horrid interface of Quicktime Pro Player (You can see certain metadata items in QT's Info window, and add them in the Movie Properties window under Annotations). Metadata Hootenanny lets you access this information more easily. You can make a list of all the videos in your collection with a certain director or writer. You can search your videos for a certain performer, or a keyword in the description. Of course, you have to add all this information to your movies yourself...which is a breeze with Metadata Hootenanny.

Why Would I Ever Want To Have Metadata in My Movies? Ok, ok. Most people probably don't care about movie metadata yet. The best use I see for this program is for people (like me) who have large collections of TV shows or music videos, somewhat short movies that might conceivably be played back-to-back, or collected into small playlists based on subordinate criteria, as might be stored in Quicktime movies' metadata tags (like writer, director, author, album, etc).

What Kind of Metadata Are We Talking About Here? The Program supports all the Annotations that Quicktime uses (Album, Artist, Author, Comment, etc). In Addition, there are read-only properties about the movies, like video/audio formats, file size, and movie length. Finally, it lets you add or edit Chapter Tracks, which are a cool little feature of the Quicktime container format that is seldom used. They're like little bookmarks in the movie with a popup-menu that lets you jump between them. In Quicktime Pro, in order to make a chapter track, you have to create a text file formatted in a certain way, with timepoints you must type out by hand, then import it to Quicktime, add it to your movie, de-enable it, and set it as a chapter track. My way is much easier, trust me, plus if you have a problem or better yet a suggestion, I will be happy to fix it for you. And in case you feel nostalgic for the QTPlayer way, this app exports chapter lists to the quicktime format, ready for import.

That's Fine, But What Else Does It Do? I'm glad you asked. Well, it also plays movies. You can freely resize your movies (not constrained by the original aspect ratio). It has many little playback features that I like. For instance, there are keyboard shortcuts for resizing, skipping forward and backward through the playlist, fast-forward and rewind (at any speed you like). Also, when you return to a movie the program remembers your place so you don't have to hunt around. While you're playing through the movie, you can click a button and send the exact current time to the chapter editor. Did I mention how cumbersome it was to compose a list of chapters for Quicktime Player?

Editing of movies is in the works. For now, you can adjust the sound sync of non-mpeg movies by changing the offset (delay) of the audio track, and changing the duration (speed) of the video track. Some day you'll also be able to split, join, and trim movies as well.

What's new in Metadata Hootenanny

Version 2.1:
  • Subtitle improvements: uses native movie resolution, auto-updates as sub files get edited.
  • Added shortcut to copy current playhead time to text.
  • Added keyframe jump shortcuts (k and K forward and back respectively).
  • App now remembers tracks view alterations across restarts.
  • Fixed unresponsiveness when opening a large number of files.
  • Fixed lock-up when deleting sprites in sprite editor. TV.com compatiblity updated.

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9 Metadata Hootenanny Reviews

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vangulickc
21 June 2010

Most helpful

Haven't tried this program yet, but am sure it will be a treat. I downloaded it because the icon is the cleverest and cutest I've ever seen - and there are some clever and cute ones out there. Can hardly wait to give it a spin, and to see what the developer makes of it given time.
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Version 1.8
Wmichelsen
10 April 2012
Unfortunately, it only works with .mov files. I'm looking for something to edit metadata in .mp4 containers. I mainly watch my movies and videos on TiVo, not on my Mac. Sadly, if I edit / add data to an mp4 file and save it as mov using this app, my TiVo cannot even recognize the data that existed before using this app to add more. So, to edit/add data to my mp4 files, I have to add them to my iTunes library, edit the Name. Genre, year and Description there, then delete them from the library when I'm done editing. (iTunes adds the data to the recording files) I was hoping that this app would permit me to edit metadata in my mp4 files without having to add to iTunes first.
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Version 2.1
1 answer(s)
ben-marko
ben-marko
13 November 2017
I realize that this comment is old, but MetaZ will allow editing of .mp4 and .m4v files. Both can be imported into iTunes and play fine. Only nightlies are available for MetaZ now: https://github.com/griff/metaz/releases
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vangulickc
21 June 2010
Haven't tried this program yet, but am sure it will be a treat. I downloaded it because the icon is the cleverest and cutest I've ever seen - and there are some clever and cute ones out there. Can hardly wait to give it a spin, and to see what the developer makes of it given time.
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Version 1.8
Xandra
27 December 2009
I got this to fill an Enormous gap: creating chapters in QT/iPod movies (yes you CAN do this in QTPro, but it's quite an ordeal) Does Exactly what promises, simply, cleanly and Quickly. Gave this 5 star for features even tho there aren't that many and BECAUSE there aren't that many. This is not a kitchen-sink app. Just one that does what it does very well. BRAVO TO THE DEVS.
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Version 1.5
sjk
05 October 2009
More Information link here redirects to metahoot.3ivx.com, which is currently a non-existent host.
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Version 1.4
1 answer(s)
sjk
sjk
05 October 2009
Thanks for the direct link.
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Version 1.4
Davehill
20 July 2007
Doesn't work on 10.3.9, get console message dyld: /Applications/Metadata Hootenanny.app/Contents/MacOS/Metadata Hootenanny can't open library: /usr/lib/libcurl.3.dylib (No such file or directory, errno = 2)
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Version 1.2
User-Name
21 October 2006
In case anyone is wondering... Version 1.1.4 works great in Tiger 10.4.8, QuickTime 7.1.3, and in my Intel iMac. But I look forward to a universal version. Really.
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Version 1.1.4
User-Name
21 October 2006
Unbelivably great app and it's free! I nearly give this app a miss because I'm a Mac user and reading its description bores the hell out of me. The description makes it sound like a complicated and difficult to use app. But it's easy to use. I created Chapters in my .mov within the first few minutes of using it. I wanted the chapter markers so Toast can create them "automatically" in the resulting DVD. C'mon author, re-design your web site and keep it sweet and simple. If the user is into more details, he can look it up but others will not be freighten away. I'd give it ten stars if I could. Keep up the good work!!!
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Version 1.1.4
Anonymous
18 March 2004
Great first release! Very nice, needs more metadatas though, like cellulo.
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
Noah Sorscher
Noah Sorscher
19 March 2004
Cellulo does have some nice additional custom categories, but on the down side it doesn't store them in the QuickTime metadata of the file, but rather in it's own format in the resource fork. But since QuickTime allows for custom metadata types, I could add those categories, but other apps wouldn't know what the category titles were supposed to be. Thanks for the feedback
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Version 1.0
Anonymous
08 December 2003
Question to the developer: Where can i find a manual? And, another question, is hootenanny Panther ready? I'm intrigued by this program, but i can't get it to work the way i think it should.
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Version 1.0b1
1 answer(s)
Noah Sorscher
Noah Sorscher
18 March 2004
The only manual is on the website (metahoot.3ivx.com) or included in the download. If you have specific questions I would be happy to answer them and/or make the app itself more clear and intuitive. Sorry I didn't see your question for so long. If you ask in the future by email or on the support forum generously hosted by 3ivx.com, I will usually respond on the same day.
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Version 1.0b1